Omantic or not 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 ickly 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 WraxtonIt 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 CharlesHe said stiffly Since you have brought Triumph (TriAlpha Chronicles, 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 haveite 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 earnestlyJane Austen s Emma should take a clue from Sophy Emma tries to manage everyone s lives especially their romances and is We Love You, Charlie Freeman usually wrong Sophy who in fairness is much cosmopolitan 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 endsp turning out right anyway because the The Messy Accident (An ABDL Story) universe clearly loves SophyI 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 heavenThis would be a 5 star book easy butnfortunately 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 It Looks Like This understandable Inderstand 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 problemBecause 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 One of Georgette s best loved Regencies it is impossible to *Read It Any Other Way *it any other way 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 ibble 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 nderstandableLess forgiveable is the anti Semitism baffling since Heyer herself is believed to have some Jewish blood I still prefer to read Plants Used by the Indians of Mendocino County, California (1902) uncensored just 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 grewp with is far better Outrage there are rumours OF A GRAND SOPHY FILM IN a Grand Sophy film in works Before You Break Out The Champagne Read This break out the champagne read this I m hoping this is a wind Love Show 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 ago Hetreed writes that she is a lifelong fan of GH will hopefully produce something true to the spirit of this bookEditite a coincidence last read almost three years ago Still no sign of the promised movie SighMy 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 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 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 niue 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 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. 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 just in time to save
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uddy 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 sually goes with him when he travels the world but on this occasion he needs her to stay with her aunt and The Riddle of the Yellow Canary
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 then SOPHY arrives I thought she was going to give her aunt a heart attack You see Sophy has been broughtp 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 Inside the Asylum
up when he is ready The groom who was stooping to pickp 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 Plastic
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 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 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 endedp getting some horses a man was selling that supposedly everyone wanted but she got there first And she ended Where Poppies Grow
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 topset all of our comfort Yes you did and what you meant Charles was that ntil 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 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 "
Sophy had me laughing or smiling through most of the book She is someone I would love to know 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 relations find marriage while all the while being the nwitting 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 niversal though and there were plenty of chuckles in store for me Here s to broadening 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 very joyful 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 Sophy s plot is of nothing exciting 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 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 C
halk 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 nknown Austen Design for Six Sigma
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 anything than a pleasant way to pass time That being said in the context of the Regency romance she is thenparalleled expert Her knowledge of the ton or Regency high society is Otis Oldfield
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 much believable 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 Harleuin 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 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 thenstoppable 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 The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!
unconventional Sophy discovers that auntncle 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 Wciv, Volume 1
unyielding gentleman When Sophy tries to sort out and influence the various relationships and love matches the household is further shakenp 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 what cannot be thought becoming It brings her too much into 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
it her business to encourage all the disagreeable features of his character Throw in reckless riding a showy and decidedly Even Monsters Need Haircuts
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 thosealities appeal to you The Grand Sophy my first Georgette Heyer is a very entertaining book about a complete hoyden who turns people s lives Unti Love Street Book
upside down The vivaciousnconventional 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 Fit and Sexy For Life: The Hormone-Free Plan for Staying Slim, Strong, and Fabulous in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond
uite sick of contemporary versions of the genre filled with throbbing members and heaving bosoms This book is very clean light and reminiscent of Austen s masterpieces in its humor and focus on domestic issues marriagenwanted 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 در آخرین روزهای رضاشاه
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 a 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 mixedp family from itself Everyone is hanging out with the absolute wrong person and the whole place is in an Sanctum Angels (Shadow Havens
uproar Luckily Sophy knows the shocking tricks to straighten things out and it starts with throwing a really grand party.