The Grand Sophy

The Grand Sophy[PDF / Epub] ☉ The Grand Sophy Author Georgette Heyer – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk When the redoubtable Sir Horace Stanton Lacy is ordered to South America on business, he leaves his only daughter Sophia with his sister, Elizabeth Rivenhall, in Berkeley Square Newly arrived from her When the redoubtable Sir Horace Stanton Lacy is ordered to South America on business, he leaves his only daughter Sophia with his sister, Elizabeth Rivenhall, in Berkeley Square Newly arrived from her tour of the Continent, Sophy invites herself into the circle of her relatives When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece, no one expects Sophy, who sweeps in and immediately takes the town by storm Beautiful, gay, impulsive, shockingly direct, Sophy sweeps into elegant London society and scatters conventions and traditions The Grand ePUB ô before her like wisps in a windstorm Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in Kind hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked, and her arrogant stern cousin Charles Rivenhall, the Ombersley heir, vows to rid his family of her meddlesome ways by marrying her offBut vibrant and irrepressible Sophy was no stranger to managing delicate situations After all, she d been keeping opportunistic females away from her widowed father for years Staying with her relatives could be her biggest challenge yet But Sophy discovers that her aunt s family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right her aunt s husband is of no use at all, her ruthlessly handsome cousin Charles has tyrannical tendencies that are being aggravated by his pedantic bluestocking fiancee Eugenia Wraxton her lovely cousin Cecelia is smitten with an utterly unsuitable suitor, a beautiful but feather brained poet her cousin Herbert is in dire financial straits and has fallen foul of a money lender and the younger children are in desperate need of some fun and freedom, and Sophy s arrived just in time to save them all With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace, Sophy becomes the mainstay of her hilariously bedeviled family, as a horsewoman, social leader and above all, as an ingenious match maker Using her signature unorthodox methods, Sophy sets out to solve all of their problems By the time she s done, Sophy has commandeered household and Charles s horses, but she finds herself increasingly drawn to her eldest cousin Could it be that The Grand Sophy had finally met her match Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her And what of his betrothal to grim Eugenia. 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 critically the s and customs of the society 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 critically the s and customs of the society of her times In an era where women academicians and philosophers were all but unknown, Austen used the only avenue open to her to espouse her brand of social commentary the novel Georgette Heyer, on the other hand, wrote to entertain Full stop Her books are not, and were never intended by her to be, anythingthan a pleasant way to pass time That being said, in the context of the Regency romance, she is the unparalleled expert Her knowledge of the ton or Regency high society, is unmatched by any novelist save those who actually lived in those times Frivolous and flighty though her work may be, the authenticity of her voice cannot be denied The Grand Sophy is my favourite Georgette Heyer book I have a special place in my heart for each and every one of her novels, but in The Grand Sophy, she brings to bear all of the skills that are her forte Sophy is charming and strong willed, a force to be reckoned with Unlike with most of our recent Regency romances, her heroines are never milk and water misses I do not think I have met a single Heyer heroine who could not kick the ass of our current crop of romance heroines Working within the boundaries of a rigid society, she manages to make her women intelligent, witty and charming Sophy is a devious, meddlesome schemer, who manages to win our hearts, and the hero s, without ever submersing her personality What draws me back to Heyer time and again is the sheer sense of fun that she manages to impart to each and every one of her novels The plots are never standard, nor are the heroines or the heros Take, for example, Gilly from The Foundling He s no alpha man he s a timid, weak aristocrat who still somehow manages to be adventurous and find himself and his path in life Or Freddie from Cotillion, a dandy with no great physical prowess or good looks, who manages to get the girl of his dreams simply by being kind and reliable These heroes are so real, so muchbelievable and lovable than the rich, dissolute alpha males of our contemporary historicals who manage to win the heroine simply through the hardness of their abs and the hugeness of their manhood Georgette Heyer s books will live on long after the Harlequin historicals fade from our memories, simply because she is superlative at what she does making you believe in romance Not lust, not soulmates but romance 4.5 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 globe trotting father, who asks his sister, Lady Ombersley, to watch over his poor little Sophy.Enter Sophy, 5 9 , independent minded and brimming with confidence Sophy quickly figures out all of the dysfunctions in the Ombersley family, including a father with a gambling addiction, a 4.5 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 globe trotting father, who asks his sister, Lady Ombersley, to watch over his poor little Sophy.Enter Sophy, 5 9 , independent minded and brimming with confidence Sophy quickly figures out all of the dysfunctions in the Ombersley family, including a father with a gambling addiction, a passive mother, a daughter who throws over the perfectly nice, eligible lord she s supposed to marry in favor of a swoony, absent minded poet, and a younger son who s managed to get himself into some deep trouble And the older son, Charles, who has taken over control of the family and its finances to try to pull everything together, and in the process has lost his sense of humor, turned into a domestic tyrant of sorts, and managed to get himself engaged to a vindictive, overly proper woman, Eugenia Wraxton.It s a good thing Sophy is a take charge and fix it kind of person Also luckily, Sophy is intelligent and has a great sense of humor It s a sheer pleasure to watch her take on Charles.He said stiffly Since you have brought up Miss Wraxton s name, I shall be much obliged to you, cousin, if you will refrain from telling my sisters that she has a face like a horse But, Charles, no blame attaches to Miss Wraxton She cannot help it, and that, I assure you, I have always pointed out to your sisters I consider Miss Wraxton s countenance particularly well bred Yes, indeed, but you have quite misunderstood the matter I meant a particularly well bred horse You meant, as I am perfectly aware, to belittle Miss Wraxton No, no I am very fond of horses Sophy said earnestly.Jane Austen s Emma should take a clue from Sophy Emma tries to manage everyone s lives, especially their romances, and is usually wrong Sophy who, in fairness, is muchcosmopolitan than Emma pretty much always succeeds at managing everyone s lives Luckily for everyone involved, she s also pretty much always right, with one notable exception that ends up turning out right anyway, because the universe clearly loves Sophy.I really didn t mean to swallow this book whole in one day, but once I got going I couldn t stop And when Heyer pulls all the main characters together at the end for one of those absurd farcical scenes she does so well, it was comedy heaven.This would be a 5 star book, easy, but unfortunately there s a really problematic minor subplot, right in the middle of the book, that involves a stereotypical greasy, evil Jewish moneylender the name Goldhanger and his Semitic nose are your textual clues It lasts for about 5 pages, max I ve looked at different ways of rationalizing this those were different times it s just one character and not necessarily the author s commentary on all Jews but I can t get comfortable with it Nor do I think I should this was published in 1950, post WWII, by which time people generally and Georgette Heyer specifically should have known better This one scene will ruin the entire book for some people If you can rationalize it or ignore it or skip over it, knowing that Sophy prevails in their brief encounter this is otherwise a completely delightful book If you can t, that s totally understandable I understand the racial descriptions have been removed from some editions of the book, like Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None, which seems to me a happy answer to this problem.Because really, Sophy s a great character and, that one scene excluded, this is one of Heyer s best novels I would love to hang out with Sophy we could braid each other s hair and she could fix all my problems Buddy Read w the wonderful, Candi Phrynne.Once 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 joy Sophy was to a most droll household The eldest brother, Buddy Read w the wonderful, Candi Phrynne.Once 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 joy 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 thenSOPHY 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 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 this just 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 just as the wind blew his hat off, and sent it blowing down the street.Needless 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 phaeton 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 just 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 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 or just shoot him Either wayand 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 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 eyes I 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 timeShe 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 eyes I 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 evilIn regards to Eugenia and Charles, Sophyfelt it a pity that so promising a young man should be cast away on one who would make it her business to encourage all thedisagreeable features of his characterThrow in some reckless riding, a 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 plentydownloaded 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 qualities appeal to you 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 face While Sophy stays true to the period, in a lot of ways she is a farmodern 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 them.The whole family reminds me of the Von Trapps in a Sound of Music, with Charles Rivenhall having C 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 face While Sophy stays true to the period, in a lot of ways she is a farmodern 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 them.The 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 manners.Clearly Sophy can t let this sad state of affairs continue mayhem follows, till everyone gets their happy ending A wonderful caste of characters that I have fallen in love with A minor quibble 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 understandable.Less forgiveable is the anti Semitism, baffling since Heyer herself is believed to have some Jewish blood I still prefer to read uncensored just accept my literary idol did have feet of clay.With 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 signs Edit 4 8 15 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 ago Hetreed writes that she is a lifelong fan of GH will hopefully produce something true to the spirit of this book.Edit Quite a coincidence last read almost three years ago Still no sign of the promised movie Sigh.My previous review still stands I ll just add that I have a far better opinion of Charles this time With that father, no wonder he has become bad tempered autocratic A Regency Romance What What Ah, 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 girl.Of 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 relations find marriage, while all the while being the unwitting subject of the same dast A Regency Romance What What Ah, 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 girl.Of 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 relations find marriage, while all the while being the unwitting subject of the same dastardly plot.How will this comedy turn out Truly, the pacing is good, the plot is pretty Shakespearian, and the stuffed shirts get stuffed.It 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 fiction.I 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 broadening my horizon 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 den 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 Updating my rating to 4 stars on re reading this novel.Full review to come. I wonder if I ll ever read a Georgette Heyer and not fall madly for it This one is definitely in my top favourites It was funny, witty, engaging and just awesome It wasabout 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 unique and just such FUN DThe hero was very different from other Regency romances In fact he acted mostly like an anti hero, what I wonder if I ll ever read a Georgette Heyer and not fall madly for it This one is definitely in my top favourites It was funny, witty, engaging and just awesome It wasabout 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 unique and just 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 talking 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 just a man who had a lot of difficulties to bear, and who needed the right woman beside him to help him through them.Sophy, 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 be just the kind of woman who would make an excellent counsellor Or possibly she would prefer to be a zookeeper, as she seemed to have quite a passion for animals She arrived in Berkeley Square with a monkey, a dog and a parrot, and it is later discovered that she keeps ducklings in her house This 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 neverglad than when she ended up with Lord Charlbury The man was such a sweetheart, and I felt bad for him that he might acquire the reputation of a rake, because of Sophy hide spoiler The Grand Sophy is definitely one not to miss Ducklings 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 farskill 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 very joyful char 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 farskill 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 very joyful character, and great fun to read about.I 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 nothingexciting than a case of the mumps, and the resolution of a number of admittedly somewhat tangled marriage plots Its function is really to allow Heyer to write about the marvellous array of wits, rakes, eccentrics, snobs, dandies and heroines that populate the pages of her novels, and to let her show off the subtle, witty dialogue at which she excels Definitely some of the best historical fiction out there, whether romantic or not

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    EPUB is an ebook file format that uses the epub is hardly the mild mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in Kind hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked, and her arrogant stern cousin Charles Rivenhall, the Ombersley heir, vows to rid his family of her meddlesome ways by marrying her offBut vibrant and irrepressible Sophy was no stranger to managing delicate situations After all, she d been keeping opportunistic females away from her widowed father for years Staying with her relatives could be her biggest challenge yet But Sophy discovers that her aunt s family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right her aunt s husband is of no use at all, her ruthlessly handsome cousin Charles has tyrannical tendencies that are being aggravated by his pedantic bluestocking fiancee Eugenia Wraxton her lovely cousin Cecelia is smitten with an utterly unsuitable suitor, a beautiful but feather brained poet her cousin Herbert is in dire financial straits and has fallen foul of a money lender and the younger children are in desperate need of some fun and freedom, and Sophy s arrived just in time to save them all With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace, Sophy becomes the mainstay of her hilariously bedeviled family, as a horsewoman, social leader and above all, as an ingenious match maker Using her signature unorthodox methods, Sophy sets out to solve all of their problems By the time she s done, Sophy has commandeered household and Charles s horses, but she finds herself increasingly drawn to her eldest cousin Could it be that The Grand Sophy had finally met her match Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her And what of his betrothal to grim Eugenia. 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 critically the s and customs of the society 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 critically the s and customs of the society of her times In an era where women academicians and philosophers were all but unknown, Austen used the only avenue open to her to espouse her brand of social commentary the novel Georgette Heyer, on the other hand, wrote to entertain Full stop Her books are not, and were never intended by her to be, anythingthan a pleasant way to pass time That being said, in the context of the Regency romance, she is the unparalleled expert Her knowledge of the ton or Regency high society, is unmatched by any novelist save those who actually lived in those times Frivolous and flighty though her work may be, the authenticity of her voice cannot be denied The Grand Sophy is my favourite Georgette Heyer book I have a special place in my heart for each and every one of her novels, but in The Grand Sophy, she brings to bear all of the skills that are her forte Sophy is charming and strong willed, a force to be reckoned with Unlike with most of our recent Regency romances, her heroines are never milk and water misses I do not think I have met a single Heyer heroine who could not kick the ass of our current crop of romance heroines Working within the boundaries of a rigid society, she manages to make her women intelligent, witty and charming Sophy is a devious, meddlesome schemer, who manages to win our hearts, and the hero s, without ever submersing her personality What draws me back to Heyer time and again is the sheer sense of fun that she manages to impart to each and every one of her novels The plots are never standard, nor are the heroines or the heros Take, for example, Gilly from The Foundling He s no alpha man he s a timid, weak aristocrat who still somehow manages to be adventurous and find himself and his path in life Or Freddie from Cotillion, a dandy with no great physical prowess or good looks, who manages to get the girl of his dreams simply by being kind and reliable These heroes are so real, so muchbelievable and lovable than the rich, dissolute alpha males of our contemporary historicals who manage to win the heroine simply through the hardness of their abs and the hugeness of their manhood Georgette Heyer s books will live on long after the Harlequin historicals fade from our memories, simply because she is superlative at what she does making you believe in romance Not lust, not soulmates but romance 4.5 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 globe trotting father, who asks his sister, Lady Ombersley, to watch over his poor little Sophy.Enter Sophy, 5 9 , independent minded and brimming with confidence Sophy quickly figures out all of the dysfunctions in the Ombersley family, including a father with a gambling addiction, a 4.5 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 globe trotting father, who asks his sister, Lady Ombersley, to watch over his poor little Sophy.Enter Sophy, 5 9 , independent minded and brimming with confidence Sophy quickly figures out all of the dysfunctions in the Ombersley family, including a father with a gambling addiction, a passive mother, a daughter who throws over the perfectly nice, eligible lord she s supposed to marry in favor of a swoony, absent minded poet, and a younger son who s managed to get himself into some deep trouble And the older son, Charles, who has taken over control of the family and its finances to try to pull everything together, and in the process has lost his sense of humor, turned into a domestic tyrant of sorts, and managed to get himself engaged to a vindictive, overly proper woman, Eugenia Wraxton.It s a good thing Sophy is a take charge and fix it kind of person Also luckily, Sophy is intelligent and has a great sense of humor It s a sheer pleasure to watch her take on Charles.He said stiffly Since you have brought up Miss Wraxton s name, I shall be much obliged to you, cousin, if you will refrain from telling my sisters that she has a face like a horse But, Charles, no blame attaches to Miss Wraxton She cannot help it, and that, I assure you, I have always pointed out to your sisters I consider Miss Wraxton s countenance particularly well bred Yes, indeed, but you have quite misunderstood the matter I meant a particularly well bred horse You meant, as I am perfectly aware, to belittle Miss Wraxton No, no I am very fond of horses Sophy said earnestly.Jane Austen s Emma should take a clue from Sophy Emma tries to manage everyone s lives, especially their romances, and is usually wrong Sophy who, in fairness, is muchcosmopolitan than Emma pretty much always succeeds at managing everyone s lives Luckily for everyone involved, she s also pretty much always right, with one notable exception that ends up turning out right anyway, because the universe clearly loves Sophy.I really didn t mean to swallow this book whole in one day, but once I got going I couldn t stop And when Heyer pulls all the main characters together at the end for one of those absurd farcical scenes she does so well, it was comedy heaven.This would be a 5 star book, easy, but unfortunately there s a really problematic minor subplot, right in the middle of the book, that involves a stereotypical greasy, evil Jewish moneylender the name Goldhanger and his Semitic nose are your textual clues It lasts for about 5 pages, max I ve looked at different ways of rationalizing this those were different times it s just one character and not necessarily the author s commentary on all Jews but I can t get comfortable with it Nor do I think I should this was published in 1950, post WWII, by which time people generally and Georgette Heyer specifically should have known better This one scene will ruin the entire book for some people If you can rationalize it or ignore it or skip over it, knowing that Sophy prevails in their brief encounter this is otherwise a completely delightful book If you can t, that s totally understandable I understand the racial descriptions have been removed from some editions of the book, like Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None, which seems to me a happy answer to this problem.Because really, Sophy s a great character and, that one scene excluded, this is one of Heyer s best novels I would love to hang out with Sophy we could braid each other s hair and she could fix all my problems Buddy Read w the wonderful, Candi Phrynne.Once 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 joy Sophy was to a most droll household The eldest brother, Buddy Read w the wonderful, Candi Phrynne.Once 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 joy 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 thenSOPHY 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 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 this just 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 just as the wind blew his hat off, and sent it blowing down the street.Needless 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 phaeton 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 just 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 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 or just shoot him Either wayand 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 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 eyes I 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 timeShe 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 eyes I 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 evilIn regards to Eugenia and Charles, Sophyfelt it a pity that so promising a young man should be cast away on one who would make it her business to encourage all thedisagreeable features of his characterThrow in some reckless riding, a 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 plentydownloaded 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 qualities appeal to you 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 face While Sophy stays true to the period, in a lot of ways she is a farmodern 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 them.The whole family reminds me of the Von Trapps in a Sound of Music, with Charles Rivenhall having C 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 face While Sophy stays true to the period, in a lot of ways she is a farmodern 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 them.The 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 manners.Clearly Sophy can t let this sad state of affairs continue mayhem follows, till everyone gets their happy ending A wonderful caste of characters that I have fallen in love with A minor quibble 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 understandable.Less forgiveable is the anti Semitism, baffling since Heyer herself is believed to have some Jewish blood I still prefer to read uncensored just accept my literary idol did have feet of clay.With 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 signs Edit 4 8 15 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 ago Hetreed writes that she is a lifelong fan of GH will hopefully produce something true to the spirit of this book.Edit Quite a coincidence last read almost three years ago Still no sign of the promised movie Sigh.My previous review still stands I ll just add that I have a far better opinion of Charles this time With that father, no wonder he has become bad tempered autocratic A Regency Romance What What Ah, 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 girl.Of 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 relations find marriage, while all the while being the unwitting subject of the same dast A Regency Romance What What Ah, 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 girl.Of 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 relations find marriage, while all the while being the unwitting subject of the same dastardly plot.How will this comedy turn out Truly, the pacing is good, the plot is pretty Shakespearian, and the stuffed shirts get stuffed.It 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 fiction.I 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 broadening my horizon 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 den 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 Updating my rating to 4 stars on re reading this novel.Full review to come. I wonder if I ll ever read a Georgette Heyer and not fall madly for it This one is definitely in my top favourites It was funny, witty, engaging and just awesome It wasabout 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 unique and just such FUN DThe hero was very different from other Regency romances In fact he acted mostly like an anti hero, what I wonder if I ll ever read a Georgette Heyer and not fall madly for it This one is definitely in my top favourites It was funny, witty, engaging and just awesome It wasabout 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 unique and just 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 talking 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 just a man who had a lot of difficulties to bear, and who needed the right woman beside him to help him through them.Sophy, 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 be just the kind of woman who would make an excellent counsellor Or possibly she would prefer to be a zookeeper, as she seemed to have quite a passion for animals She arrived in Berkeley Square with a monkey, a dog and a parrot, and it is later discovered that she keeps ducklings in her house This 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 neverglad than when she ended up with Lord Charlbury The man was such a sweetheart, and I felt bad for him that he might acquire the reputation of a rake, because of Sophy hide spoiler The Grand Sophy is definitely one not to miss Ducklings 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 farskill 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 very joyful char 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 farskill 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 very joyful character, and great fun to read about.I 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 nothingexciting than a case of the mumps, and the resolution of a number of admittedly somewhat tangled marriage plots Its function is really to allow Heyer to write about the marvellous array of wits, rakes, eccentrics, snobs, dandies and heroines that populate the pages of her novels, and to let her show off the subtle, witty dialogue at which she excels Definitely some of the best historical fiction out there, whether romantic or not "/>
  • Paperback
  • 328 pages
  • The Grand Sophy
  • Georgette Heyer
  • English
  • 21 May 2017
  • 0099465639