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African Literature 9 jOadening my horizon I think this has surpassed These Old Shades as my favourite of the Heyers that I ve read The hero isn t as much fun as Avon is but the heroine Sophy far surpasses Leonie Sophy is admittedly forward bold and out spoken enough that she could have become as irritating to me as Leonie is but I think Heyer handled Sophy with far skill than she did Leonie no great surprise perhaps since there s a gap of about three decades between the two books and she s instead a veryoyful character and great fun to read aboutI think it s also superior to ToS in that like Jane Austen Heyer has realised by this time that her strength lies in writing novels in which well not very much happens at all Whereas ToS is crammed full of kidnaps and mistaken identities and cross dressing long lost noblewomen The Grand Sophy s plot is composed of nothing exciting than a 45 stars If you ever wanted to see a Regency era heroine really take charge of her life you ll probably love The Grand Sophy Sophia Stanton Lacy better known as Sophy is dropped on her aunt s family by her globetrotting father who asks his sister Lady Ombersley to watch over his poor little SophyEnter Sophy 5 9 independent minded and brimming with confidence Sophy uickly figure One of Georgette s best loved Regencies it is impossible to read it any other way than as the story is told breakneck the smile never left my faceWhile Sophy stays true to the period in a lot of ways she is a far modern heroine it simply doesn t occur to her she can t be independent or that she doesn t know what is best for her cousins the Rivenhalls when she is sent to stay with themThe whole family reminds me of the Von Trapps in a Sound of Music with Charles Rivenhall having Captain Von Trapp s autocracy his father Lord Ombersley his distance there is a gaggle of adorable young children teens Lord Ombersley would be a good candidate for Most Irresponsible Father in a Georgette Heyer Novel His fecklessness means that Charles has taken over the family reins has become old before his time To ease his load he becomes engaged to the serious deadly dull Eugenia not recognising the mean spirit hidden behind the correct Society mannersClearly Sophy can t let this sad state of affairs continue mayhem follows till everyone gets their happy endingA wonderful caste of characters that I have fallen in love with A minor uibble is that one of the younger children Theodore disappears from the book or else is merged with another son Hubert But Heyer had a lot of strands going in this book so that is understandableLess forgiveable is the anti Semitism baffling since Heyer herself is believed to have some Jewish blood I still prefer to read uncensored ust accept my literary idol did have feet of clayWith this edition a typo in Chapter 8 The cover is a little insipid no way could that girl be the sparkling Sophy Let s say they are Cecy Charlbury This one that I grew up with is far better Outrage there are rumours of a Grand Sophy film in the works Before you break out the champagne read this link I m hoping this is a wind up but not mentioning Heyer s name calling the book a bodice ripper aren t good signsEdit 4815 I ve heard from Jen Koestler another member of the Georgette Heyer fans group has heard from scriptwriter Olivia Hetreed The bodice ripping Jane Bond idea was discarded years fans group has heard from scriptwriter Olivia Hetreed The bodice ripping Jane Bond idea was discarded years Hetreed writes that she is a lifelong fan of GH will hopefully produce something true to lifelong fan of GH will hopefully produce something true to spirit of this bookEdit uite a coincidence last read almost three years ago Still no sign of the promised movie SighMy previous review still stands I ll ust add that I have a far better opinion of Charles this time With that father no wonder he has become bad tempered autocratic I wonder if I ll ever read a Georgette Heyer and not fall madly for itThis one is definitely in my top favourites It was funny witty engaging and Secrets of the TEAS® Exam Study Guide just awesome It was about Sophy s ingenuous plans in rescuing everyone s problems than an actual romance but it was so engaging and hilarious that I didn t really mind All the characters were so special and uniue andust such FUN DThe hero was very different from other Regency romances In fact he acted mostly like an anti hero what with his tyrannical and spiteful ways and his immense dislike of Sophy But I couldn t really blame him because I felt so sorry for him that he was engaged to Miss Wraxton who was undoubtedly the most proper dutiful and well bred woman in London and it really was no wonder that such a dead bore of a Bluestocking would turn him bitter Imagine having to spend the rest of your days with a woman who made it her duty to #report to you even the most insignificant gestures of your relatives And who actually enjoyed #to you even the most insignificant gestures of your relatives And who actually enjoyed about the plants that grow in Jamaica Yeah very tedious Why Charles proposed to her in the first place is still a mystery I m trying to solve The reason I wasn t turned off by him was that Heyer would show us glimpses of his warm loyal and loving side from time to time and we were given to understand that he was Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery just a man who had a lot of difficulties to bear and who needed the right woman beside him to help him through themSophy is independent bold courageous and delightful and she loses no time in taking the town by rage and resolving in untangling everyone s problems And she does it brilliantly Her exploits were indeed wonderful and so hilarious She was so kind and always acted with the best intentions in mind I think she might be my favourite Heyer heroine so far She was very modern minded and if she lived today she would beust the kind of woman who would make an excellent counsellor Or possibly she would prefer to be a zookeeper as she seemed to have uite a passion for animals She arrived in Berkeley Suare with a monkey a dog and a parrot. Ew York Times bestselling authorPrepare to be charmed LINDA HOWARD New York Times bestselling authorOne of Georgette Heyer's most popular Regency romances What are you waiting forSophy arrives at her aunt's house ust in time to save ,
And it is later discovered that she keeps ducklings in her houseThis is what makes Heyer s novels so much fun She always adds super random elements that give such a comedic turn to everything that one cannothelp but to burst out laughing Lord Bromford who was a male version of Miss Wraxton and his cold and mustard bath were simply hilarious There were also two extremely funny shooting scenes a poet who was so lost in his bubble he didn t even have a clue he was getting married a man with the mumps and a lovely girl named Cecilia who was so sweet she deserved the best view spoiler I was never glad than when she ended up with Lord Charlbury The man was such a sweetheart and I felt bad for him that he might acuire the reputation of a rake because of Sophy hide spoiler The one thing that always puzzles me is people s tendency to compare Georgette Heyer to Jane Austen As well compare Crime and Punishment to a John Grisham novel I am not denying the literary merits of either genre far from it in fact However that doesn t change the fact that one is trying to compare chalk and cheese Jane Austen s purpose in writing her novels was not merely to tell a story In fact the story was merely a vehicle to examine critica She was by far too tall nose and mouth were both too large and a pair of expressive gray eyes could scarcely be held to atone entirely for these defects Only you could not forget Sophy even though you could not recall the shape of her face or the colour of her eyesI for one will not forget the unstoppable and vivacious Sophy Stanton Lacy anytime soon A truly entertaining Regency Romance with one of the most delightful and dynamic heroines you could ever hope to encounter from this time period The Grand Sophy is the perfect book when you need a break from your denser and darker reads It is fast paced clever and often humorous When Sophy s father Sir Horace is summoned to Brazil on business he entrusts her care as well as the search for an appropriate marriage match to his sister s family When Sophy arrives at the Ombersley doorstep complete with dog parrot and monkey she instantly creates a sensation While the Ombersleys learn that Sophy is indeed unconventional Sophy discovers that aunt uncle and cousins are perhaps a bit dysfunctional From cousin Cecilia who pines for a flighty poet much to the dismay of her family to Lady Ombersley whose vinegars and fainting couch are always close at hand to the often absent and oblivious Lord Ombersley to cousin Horace with his concealed gambling debts and to cousin Charles himself the true and exacting master of the household Sophy will have her hands full Sophy and Charles immediately butt heads and Sophy proves herself an impressive match for this unyielding gentleman When Sophy tries to sort out and influence the various relationships and love matches the household is further shaken up The insipid and meddling Eugenia Wraxton betrothed to Charles is an excellent counterbalance to Sophy s high spiritedness Eugenia says of Sophy It is a pity that men will laugh when her liveliness betrays her into saying what cannot be thought becoming It brings her too much into notice and that I fancy is the root of the evil In regards to Eugenia and Charles Sophy felt it a pity that so promising a young man should be cast away on one who would make it her business to encourage all the disagreeable features of his character Throw in some reckless riding who would make it her business to encourage all the disagreeable features of his character Throw in some reckless riding showy and decidedly unfeminine at least by the standards of the day carriage an elegant pistol a variety of other colorful characters a scheme to set everyone straight in the world of romance and you will find that Georgette Heyer most assuredly concocted a very pleasurable and wholesome adventure This is my third Heyer read and I have plenty downloaded to my kindle for those days when I want something light witty and engaging I highly recommend trying one of her books if any of those ualities appeal to you The Grand Sophy my first Georgette Heyer is a very entertaining book about a complete hoyden who turns people s lives upside down The vivacious unconventional and head strong Sophy is a delightful heroine She comes to stay at her aunt when her diplomatic father has to sail away to Brazil of all places She soons detects many problems that the family is struggling with and decides to intervene For their own good of course The Grand Sophy is the perfect read when you need a lull from denser darker ones It is fast paced clever and funny Perfect brain candy Enjoy I think The Grand Sophy is an excellent recommendation to fans of Jane Austen and regency romance especially those who are uite sick of contemporary versions of the genre filled with #throbbing members and heaving bosoms This book is very clean light and #members and heaving bosoms This book is very clean light and of Austen s masterpieces in its humor and focus on domestic issues marriage unwanted engagements cheating husbands gambling debts and such The language is sophisticated the characters are well drawn and likable and the romance infused with funny flirtatious banter is uite compelling If I have to compare Heyer and Austen however Austen wins without a doubt Her observations of #the society are much deeper her characters are much better developed her wit is superior While The Grand Sophy is # society are much deeper her characters are much better developed her wit is superior While The Grand Sophy is very entertaining story it drags in places sometimes gets repetitive when the same events are described and explained to several people and the ending is a little hectic with too much going on simultaneously to enjoy the final love confessions Nevertheless I enjoyed the book would recommend it to those looking for Jane Austen substitutes instead of those horrid zombie parodies and seuels and will probably read Heyer in futurePS I saw some reviews accusing this book of being anti Semitic That s a huge stretch IMO. Er mixed up family from itself Everyone is hanging out with the absolute wrong person and the whole place is in an uproar Luckily Sophy knows the shocking tricks to straighten things out and it starts with throwing a really grand party. The Grand SophyBuddy Read w the wonderful Candi PhrynneOnce again my goodreads friends and in groups have gotten me to read a book that I thought I would never like and guess what I loved it Lady Ombersley s brother Sir Horace decides to leave his daughter Sophy with them while he is away Sophy usually goes with him when he travels the world but on this occasion he needs her to stay with her aunt and uncle and all of the cousins What a oy Sophy was to a most droll household The eldest brother Charles was so tiresome in the beginning He didn t seem to want to let any of the women have any kind of fun or do anything for that matter Charles is also engaged to the horrible Miss Wraxton I wanted to drop kick her off the roof They both seemed made for each other at least in the beginning And then SOPHY arrives I thought she was going to give her aunt a heart attack You see Sophy has been brought up very differently then most girls She arrives with her beautiful horse Salamanca Tina her little Italian Greyhound and Jacko the monkey she brought for the children that she rescued I think she had a bird too I Womens Political Activism in Palestine just loved her Sophy is a force to be reckoned with she sets out to turn everything right for as many people as she can She works on her cousin Cecy who is being stupid in her choice of men She helps her cousin Hubert who is in a bit of a gambling situation himself There are several things she does and she doesn t take no lip from Charles She puts him in his place so many times I loved it so much Sophy is such fun She asked her aunt where bank was so she could go get her finances in order Well thisust about made the woman in the family fall over not to mention Charles No one ever heard of a woman going into a bank And then Charles is taking Sophy to the back because that s how she rolls They got into a little arguement when Sophy was asking Charles where she could buy her own phaeton and horses and he was livid saying women don t drive their own phaetons Blah blah and blah Well she showed him After her business in the bank where she had Charles wait in the phaeton they stopped off on an errand for Charles She waits in the phaeton with the groom I knew exactly what she was going to do when she takes off one glove and lets it fly over to the ground She talks the groom into going over to get it and this is what happens next Tell your master that it is too chilly to keep the horses standing Sophy called after him I will tool the curricle round the streets for a few minutes and come back to take him up when he is ready The groom who was stooping to pick up the glove nearly fell over so swiftly did the spin round He had an excellent view of Miss Stanton Lacy Sophy driving at a smart pace up the street He made a gallant but belated attempt to catch the curricle but it swept round a corner ust as the wind blew his hat off and sent it blowing down the streetNeedless to say that Charles was furious when she got back I laughed and laughed Since Charles #WOULDN T TELL HERE WHERE TO BUY A GOOD #t tell here where to buy a good and horses she asked another gentleman she met when she was out at the park with some of the family riding horses Of course they had a fit because Sophy was racing Salamanca around and women ust don t do that in the park lol Sophy ended up getting some horses a man was selling that supposedly everyone wanted but she got there first And she ended up getting her own phaeton that was considered a sporting one and not one for a lady This is how I picture it since it s supposed to be 5 feet high which is my height It s like those monster trucks the monster phaeton lol Once again I loved how many family members Sophy helps in this book and I loved the many times she put Charles and Miss Wraxton in their places about things He said through shut teeth I think I told you once before cousin that we did very well here before you came to upset all of our comfort Yes you did and what you meant Charles was that until I came no one dared to flout you You should be grateful to me or at any rate Miss Wraxton should for I am sure you would have made an odious husband before I came to stay with your Mama She even goes to see an moneylender to help out the other cousin I mentioned And oh my goodness She is not afraid of him or cares less for what he says When he dares to try to threaten her she The alphas abused mate just pulls and gun and demands what she came for says she will give him the money owed or she can go to the cops orust shoot him Either way and she gets what she comes for Sophy had me laughing or smiling through most of the book She is someone I would love to know in my real life I loved her and I loved this book Another little gem found in the wonderful world of books and book friends And yes Sophy finds love herself at the very end MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List A Regency Romance What WhatAh but this was nothing very stuffy indeed Sophy was the model extrovert a clever and busy and downright machiavellian girl Do you like characters with so much agency that they pop right off the page Sophy is your girlOf course that also means that she s pretty much a terror #for all the stuffed shirts around her and between getting in the way and deciding to help her # all the stuffed shirts around her and between getting in the way and deciding to help her find marriage while all the while being the unwitting subject of the same dastardly plotHow will this comedy turn out Truly the pacing is good the plot is pretty Shakespearian and the stuffed shirts get stuffedIt was pretty fun Mind you I do love a bit of romance fluff every now and again and this was light and churlish and sometimes even devious but it is also pure popcorn fictionI m glad to have read it but it s not generally the kind of thing I read or at least the setting isn t The storied plots are pretty universal though and there were plenty of chuckles in store for me Here s to br. You're in for a treat NORA ROBERTS New York Times bestselling authorHeyer's women are spunky daring and outrageousher heroes the stuff of dreams DIANA PALMER New York Times bestselling authorGeorgette Heyer's bookssparkle MARY BALOGH ,