New York Times Bestseller!Sophy sets everything right for her desperate family in one of Georgette Heyer's most popular Regency romances.
When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece, no one expects Sophy, who sweeps in and immediately takes the ton by storm. Sophy discovers that her aunt's family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right: Ceclia is in love with a poet, Charles has tyrannical tendencies that are being aggravated by his grim fiancee, her uncle is of no use at all, and the younger children are in desperate need of some fun and freedom. By the time she's done, Sophy has commandeered Charles's horses, his household, and finally, his heart.
Topics: London, England, Witty, Horses, Scandal, Feminism, Family, Cousins, Domestic, and Comedy of Manners
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Georgette Heyer's novels are simply entertaining, with none of the serious social commentaries that Jane Austen supplied, though her writing style I think is as much sophisticated (and oh-so-English) as Austen's.
The Grand Sophy is my favorite Heyer so far, because it's the one that entertained me the most, particularly Sophy and Charles's chemistry. These two were made for each other. At first I didn't suspect that Charles was the hero in the story, because how could I think that Sophy's cousin would be her future husband? But after I got over that little bump, I thoroughly enjoyed Sophy's and Charles's antics. After all, they did practice marrying first cousins back then, and one of the most romantic real-life marriages for me was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's.
It's a first-rate Heyer (at least for me, since I've only read 9 of her romances so far, and I intend to read all). I recommend all romance readers to read at least this Georgette Heyer.more
The worst I can say about this book -- written in 1950 and set in the early 1800s -- is there are touches of Antisemitism in one section of the book. They are accurate to the period. They are also short and particular, but could upset the sensibilities of those sensitive or concerned about issues of prejudice. However, one can't change history and I thought they were just an example of "stuff we don't do anymore". They don't detract from the book in my opinion if viewed as a product of the research and the time period.
Great rainy afternoon reading, sniffly with a cold reading, or I hate to fly so distract me reading.more