The Grand Sophy

The Grand Sophy

by Georgette Heyer


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"The Grand Sophy is my absolute favorite Georgette Heyer! Sophy is witty, charming, and an unforgettable heroine." —New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James

Georgette Heyer is known as the "Queen of Regency Romance".

When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece, no one expects Sophy to sweep in and immediately take the world by storm.

Sophy discovers that her aunt's family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right: Cecelia is in love with a poet, Charles has tyrannical tendencies that are being aggravated by his grim fiancee, her uncle is of no use at all, and the younger children are in desperate need of some fun and freedom. By the time she's done, Sophy has commandeered Charles's horses, his household, and maybe even his heart.

The Georgette Heyer Signature Collection is a fresh celebration of an author who has charmed tens of millions of readers with her delightful sense of humor and unique take on Regency romance. Includes fun and fascinating bonus content—a glossary of Regency slang, a Reading Group Guide, and an Afterword by official biographer Jennifer Kloester sharing insights into what Georgette herself thought of The Grand Sophy and what was going on in her life as she was writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492677628
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 335,089
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Georgette Heyer (1902-1974) is one of the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, the creator of the Regency genre of romance fiction. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. She also wrote eleven detective stories.

Sarah Woodward joined the
Royal Shakespeare Company after leaving RADA and has since appeared in many
Shakespearean roles including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Other theater credits include The Sea, Kean, and Wild Oats.

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The Grand Sophy

By Georgette Heyer

Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises Limited
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ISBN: 0373835485

Chapter One

The butler, recognizing her ladyship's only surviving brother at a glance, as he afterwards informed his less percipient subordinates, favoured Sir Horace with a low bow, and took it upon himself to say that my lady, although not at home to less nearly-connected persons, would be happy to see him. Sir Horace, unimpressed by this condescension, handed his caped-greatcoat to one footman, his hat and cane to the other, tossed his gloves on to the marble-topped table, and said that he had no doubt of that, and how was Dassett keeping these days? The butler, torn between gratification at having his name remembered and disapproval of Sir Horace's free and easy ways, said that he was as well as could be expected, and happy (if he might venture to say so) to see Sir Horace looking not a day older than when he had last had the pleasure of announcing him to her ladyship. He then led the way, in a very stately manner, up the imposing stairway to the Blue Saloon, where Lady Ombersley was dozing gently on a sofa by the fire, a Paisley shawl spread over her feet, and her cap decidedly askew. Mr Dassett, observing these details, coughed, and made his announcement in commanding accents: "Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy, my lady!"

Lady Ombersley awoke with a start, stared for an uncomprehending moment, made an ineffective clutch at her cap, and uttered a faint shriek. "Horace!"

"Hallo, Lizzie, how are you?" said Sir Horace, walking across the room, and bestowing an invigorating buffet upon her shoulder.

"Good heavens, what a fright you gave me!" exclaimed her ladyship, uncorking the vinaigrette which was never out of her reach.

The butler, having tolerantly observed these transports, closed the door upon the reunited brother and sister, and went away to disclose to his underlings that Sir Horace was a gentleman as lived much abroad, being, as he was informed, employed by the Government on Diplomatic Business too delicate for their understanding.

The diplomatist, meanwhile, warming his coat-tails by the fire, refreshed himself with a pinch of snuff and told his sister that she was putting on weight. "Not growing any younger, either of us," he added handsomely. "Not but what I can give you five years, Lizzie, unless my memory's at fault, which I don't think it is."

There was a large gilded mirror on the wall opposite to the fireplace, and as he spoke Sir Horace allowed his gaze to rest upon his own image, not in a conceited spirit, but with critical approval. His forty-five years had treated him kindly. If his outline had thickened a little, his height, which was well above six foot, made a slight portliness negligible. He was a very fine figure of a man, and had, besides a large and well-proportioned frame, a handsome countenance, topped by luxuriant brown locks as yet unmarred by silver streaks. He was always dressed with elegance, but was by far too wise a man to adopt such extravagances of fashion as could only show up the imperfections of a middle-aged figure. "Take a look at poor Prinny!" said Sir Horace to less discriminating cronies. "He's a lesson to us all!"

His sister accepted the implied criticism unresentfully. Twenty-seven years of wedlock had left their mark upon her; and the dutiful presentation to her erratic and far from grateful spouse of eight pledges of her affection had long since destroyed any pretensions to beauty in her. Her health was indifferent, her disposition compliant, and she was fond of saying that when one was a grandmother it was time to be done with thinking of one's appearance.

"How's Ombersley?" asked Sir Horace, with more civility than interest.

"He feels his gout a little, but considering everything he is remarkably well," she responded.

Sir Horace took a mere figure of speech in an undesirably literal spirit, saying, with a nod: "Always did drink too much. Still, he must be going on for sixty now, and I don't suppose you have so much of the other trouble, do you?"

"No, no!" said his sister hastily. Lord Ombersley's infidelities, though mortifying when conducted, as they too often were, in the full glare of publicity, had never greatly troubled her, but she had no desire to discuss them with her outspoken relative, and gave the conversation an abrupt turn by asking where he had come from.

"Lisbon," he replied, taking another pinch of snuff.

Lady Ombersley was vaguely surprised. It was now two years since the close of the long Peninsular War, and she rather thought that, when last heard of, Sir Horace had been in Vienna, no doubt taking mysterious part in the Congress, which had been so rudely interrupted by the escape of that dreadful Monster from Elba. "Oh!" she said, a little blankly. "Of course, you have a house there! I was forgetting! And how is dear Sophia?"

"As a matter of fact," said Sir Horace, shutting his snuff-box, and restoring it to his pocket, "it's about Sophy that I've come to see you."

Sir Horace had been a widower for fifteen years, during which period he had neither requested his sister's help in rearing his daughter nor paid the least heed to her unsolicited advice, but at these words an uneasy feeling stole over her. She said: "Yes, Horace? Dear little Sophia! It must be four years or more since I saw her. How old is she now? I suppose she must be almost out?"

"Been out for years," responded Sir Horace. "Never anything else really. She's twenty."

"Twenty!" exclaimed Lady Ombersley. She applied her mind to arithmetic, and said: "Yes, she must be, for my own Cecilia is just turned nineteen, and I remember that your Sophia was born almost a year before. Dear me, yes! Poor Marianne! What a lovely creature she was, to be sure!"

With a slight effort Sir Horace conjured up the vision of his dead wife. "Yes, so she was," he agreed. "One forgets, you know. Sophy's not much like her: favours me!"

"I know what a comfort she must have been to you," sighed Lady Ombersley. "And I'm sure, dear Horace, that nothing could be more affecting than your devotion to the child!"

"I wasn't in the least devoted," interrupted Sir Horace. "I shouldn't have kept her with me if she'd been troublesome. Never was: good little thing, Sophy!"

"Yes, my dear, no doubt, but to be dragging a little girl all over Spain and Portugal, when she would have been far better in a select school -"

"Not she! She'd have learnt to be missish," said Sir Horace cynically. "Besides, no use to prose to me now on that head: it's too late! The thing is, Lizzie, I'm in something of a fix. I want you to take care of Sophy while I'm in South America."

"South America?" gasped Lady Ombersley.

"Brazil. I don't expect to be away very long, but I can't take my little Sophy, and I can't leave her with Tilly, because Tilly's dead. Died in Vienna, couple of years ago. A devilish inconvenient thing to do, but I daresay she didn't mean it."

"Tilly?" said Lady Ombersley, all at sea.

"Lord, Elizabeth, don't keep on repeating everything I say! Shocking bad habit! Miss Tillingham, Sophy's governess!"

"Good heavens! Do you mean to tell me that the child has no governess now?"

"Of course she has not! She don't need a governess. I always found plenty of chaperons for her when we were in Paris, and in Lisbon it don't signify. But I can't leave her alone in England."


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megannsgran More than 1 year ago
Georgette Heyer is the original Regency Romance author - all others are pale imitations. Her characters are sharp and charming. Her dialogue is deceiving - at first you think it is just talk, then you start to giggle, because she has tricked you with a sly jest or a little tricky sarcasm. Ms. Heyer is poking fun at all the starched up characters, sliding sweet romance under our very noses. In The Grand Sophy, the main character is a "managing female" who "saves" people wherever she goes, leaving in them slightly dazed but much happier. When she arrives in England to visit her aunt and cousins, she finds a another group in distress. Her cousin Charles, newly endowed with a fortune from a deceased uncle, has just rescued his families fortunes but in the process has become rather autocratic and overbearing. To top it all off, he has become engaged to marry a young woman of impecable breeding and morals (and the whole house is dreading the time when she will move in with them and throw a damper on everyone). Don't worry, Sophy will teach her cousin a few salutary lessons, get rid of the "horse faced" bride-to-be and make everyone happy - and most especially the reader! Don't start this book unless you have a couple of hours, because you WILL forget to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sophie descends on London after being with her father during the war in Spain. She is not the meek young lady her aunt and cousins expect, but turns their lives on end and prevents an ill-fated marriage. Lots of humor in this one. I can't imagine any one not loving Sophie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't know why I picked up my first Georgette Heyer. I think I had heard of her and decided to give it a try. I've been hooked on her historical romances since. The Grand Sophy has got to be one of my favorites. Heyer characters are never cookie cutter. In every book each character is unique. The hero and heroine are not always perfect but ultimately likeable. Heyer writes with such wit and accuracy in details of the period. In Sophy she has one of her stronger, brighter and more independent heroines.
Claira More than 1 year ago
Then you should very much enjoy her romance with Sophy. Sophy is a very hands on Lady who decides to set to rights the sorry state of her cousin's family when she comes to stay with them. All the children and their mother and father have let the oldest son become a tyrant over the household after he saved them from financial ruin, but Sophy will have none of that if you please! Lots of fun will be had watching Sophy and Charles come to cuffs, so cuddle up and enjoy reading The Grand Sophy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Must read this, its the best she has done. There's wit, family drama, good ton and Sophie is a unique, intelligent, witty, appealing, independent and interesting girl. Her battles with Charles, her schemes for her other cousins are warm, funny and brill
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sophy, raised in diplomatic circles in 17th century Portugal by her eccentric father, rides as well as any man, and comes to England to stay with her aunt, Lady Ombersley, 'to find a husband'. In the process, she flouts every convention, infuriates her cousin Charles and generally turns the household upside down. Every woman who has ever been suppressed by a man, because 'women just don't...' will LOVE this one! You will laugh your way through it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love a spirited heroine, if you have dreamed of a hero who just needs the right person to be able to enjoy life to the full, if you enjoy a cast of characters so well written about that you'll identify them with people you know, then you MUST read this book. Sophy is absolutely loveable! She will endear herself to every reader. You'll laugh from beginning to end!
jmaloney17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun! I really enjoyed reading it. I had heard a lot about Heyer's Regency Romances lately. I am so glad that my SantaThing Secret Santa picked this book for me. Sophy is an excellent character. She knows just how to manage people and how to get in to harmless trouble. And it has a happy ending to top it off.
eljabo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After years of hearing rave reviews about this book, I finally got around to reading it. I'm glad I did; it was adorable! Regency heroines are usually so bland and proper but Sophy is spunky and witty. She reminded me of a grown-up Pippi Longstocking. I wanted to have a cup of tea with her. There were so many interesting characters and story lines in this book. When they finally all jumbled together, I laughed out loud. This book is a little Jane Austen, a little cheesy regency romance and whole a lot of fun. It's also completely clean (the opposite of my other favorite authors V.C. Andrews and Laurell Hamilton) - I think there were two kissing scenes in the whole book!
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Sophy Stanton-Lacy arrives at her aunt¿s doorstep little did they know what was in store for them. Sophy¿s father is off on business and has asked his sister to mind after Sophy (quite possibly even find her a suitable match). Her aunt, although a bit reluctant at first, agrees to take Sophy in and introduce her to the ton. But upon her arrival Sophy finds that her cousins¿ lives are in a bit of disarray. For one, her cousin Cecilia is smitten with what the family considers an unsuitable suitor (a poet). Then there is her high-strung cousin Charles Rivenhall who is determined to marry a horribly prosy bluestocking. Using unorthodox methods, Sophie sets out to put everything to rights... but staying with her relatives could be her biggest challenge yet... especially since it seems that she has finally met her match.Sophy is a this fantastic, fun-loving, unconventional, and adorable heroine. In my book of heroines, she is only second to one Miss Elizabeth Bennett. The fact that her motivation for all her escapades is a desire to make other people happy makes her absolutely endearing. Her determination to force Mr. Rivenhall to lighten up and the inevitable battles that ensue provide pure delightful entertainment. Although at first you are not too fond of Mr. Rivenhall, he actually turns out to be the perfect gentleman with a need for exactly someone like Sophy to provide just what his life was lacking. All the secondary characters were just as entertaining as her main characters. I loved them all - from the distracted poet to the lazy, Spanish Marquesa, even all of the crazy animals. In the span of a few pages, Heyer manages to break three betrothals, create two new engagements, one marriage, and through it all leaves everyone, including the reader, perfectly satisfied.This is regency romance with a sense of humor. Sophy grabs you and takes you on a ride you don¿t want to end. With fabulous characters, zany laugh-out-loud moments, and the need to see just what she will come up with next.You just HAVE to read this!
runaway84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first venture in Georgette Heyer's work and I am definitely hooked. The Grand Sophy was full of delightful and rememberable characters. The regency era was no doubt extensively researched, for the story was so rich you could feel like you actually stepped back in time.Perfection. Can't wait to read more of her books.
Zumbanista on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked "The Grand Sophy" as my introduction to GH, and it's a WOW! Such a satisfying read, chock full of memorable characters, humour and a great detailed glimpse into the society, fashions and speech of the Regency period. I understand the author was the undisputed expert of this era and it really shows. Sophy is such a likeable manipulator, especially when scheming against her adversary, Charles Rivenhall. Many laughs at the predicaments and unexpected outcomes she finds herself in. Excellent detail on the carriages, horses and especially the manners of that time. I feel like I was whisked away in a time machine and stole a little glimpse into the chaos that follows The Grand Sophy. It was truly a delightful journey and am looking forward to delving into the other works by this incredible author.
jsagalovsky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of Hayer's best, but completely spoiled for me by the antisemitic stereotypes. Same thing with Sayers and other mid-century British authors. I'm not quite sure how I can rate this - very hard to get past the description of the moneylender with "semitic nose and greasy sidelocks".
cinnleigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There¿s nothing like a good Historical to curl up with on a rainy day and we have had quite a slew of them recently. THE GRAND SOPHY by Georgette Heyer was the perfect book to cuddle up with. Heyer writes with an astounding amount of wit and beautiful flow, leaving no doubt as to why THE GRAND SOPHY is a favorite for many people.I absolutely loved the story within the pages of THE GRAND SOPHY. Admittedly, I was a little nervous at first about reading a book written in 1950. Typically I love Historicals¿as long as they were written in contemporary times. Perhaps it¿s the change in how people write today than in the past, I¿m not sure. In either case, I felt myself drawn further into the book with each page that passed, proving that Heyer is a writer that can effectively cross decades and will probably continue to remain fantastic for years to come.Sophia, or Sophy as she is commonly referred to, has come to live with her aunt while her father travels to Brazil. Especially with a book set in this time period I was expecting a quiet and demur girl walking along through a sensible love story. Instead, I found myself face to face with an independent and witty Sophy who brought spunk to most things that she did. I think it was the spunk that addicted me to the story. I really just wasn¿t expecting that in the book given the time period and the time when the book was published. Nevertheless, Heyer gave Sophy a fun loving attitude and an ability to stir things up, both of which made for a wonderful read.Sophy sets out to fix all the things that are wrong in the Ombersley household and this provided the greatest amount of humor for me. Don¿t get me wrong; this isn¿t just a humorous book. Heyer also works hard to fill the pages with emotion, intrigue and passion. Certainly not the kind of passion that would require a sensuality rating, but passion in the sense that the reader can really feel what is going on with the characters. Heyer brings her story to life and encourages Sophy and her entourage to jump off the page. It¿s not at all difficult to imagine being there with her as we watch Sophy¿s story unfold.If I had to make any recommendation to future readers of THE GRAND SOPHY, I would say this. Bring a piece of paper and writing utensil along for the ride. Sophy¿s little marriage plots can get quite complicated! I found myself occasionally flipping back to earlier sections of the book to reread and figure out what exactly was going on. That doesn¿t at all mean that the story was poorly written, rather, Heyer wrote a complex and detailed story that really encourages us to think and interact rather than sit idly by and watch the fun happen.I would have to say that my favorite aspect of THE GRAND SOPHY was how modern the story seemed. It felt very authentic and I don¿t doubt that Heyer did a good amount of research into Sophy¿s time, but she imbued her own sense of humor and modern feel into the book. This is a story that sits up and grabs your attention rather than sitting idly by, dusty and forgotten on a shelf. I have a feeling that I¿ll be grabbing this one time and time again.If you couldn¿t already tell, I would definitely give THE GRAND SOPHY a very large A. The story was wonderful and there were a couple times that I actually chuckled out loud, much to the confusion of those around me. I simply smiled and pointed to the book saying, ¿You have got to read this.¿ Now, I¿m saying it to you. Go find yourself a copy, curl up somewhere and give it a good read. I think that lovers of any kind of fiction, but especially Romance and Historical alike will get quite a bit of enjoyment out of this one.
emperatrix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though I have been meaning to read her works for a while, The Grand Sophy is my first time reading Georgette Heyer and it certainly won't be my last. After browsing several reviews and blurbs, I finally settled on The Grand Sophy from Heyer's many novels and was not disappointed.When Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy prepares to journey to Brazil, he leaves his darling Sophy in the care of her aunt, Lady Ombersley, but little do the Ombersleys know that the "Grand Sophy" will soon turn their quiet home life upside down! Unapologetically wilful and intrepid, Sophy arrives in a house turned dismal by debt and ill-chosen matches. Sophy's eldest cousins, Cecilia and Charles have made up their minds to marry persons who are all wrong for them, as Sophy soon discovers. There is nothing else for it, it is up to Sophy to make things right and restore her family's former happiness.---Reading Georgette Heyer's Regency romance is often said to be the next best thing to reading Jane Austen and I can now see why. Sophy is definitely a young lady who would be right at home among the Bennet sisters, her humor and candid nature making her fit fight in with Austen's heroines. I loved Sophy's personality and her seeming naiveté; she comes across as entirely unassuming but somehow manages to make everyone do exactly what she wills. Her rollicking, yet carefully planned [mis]adventures with her cousin Charles and Lord Charlbury are some of the funniest moments in the novel, and the ending is sweet and fitting.Gricel @
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first I had doubts about reading this book, but in the end I absolutely loved it. Sophy splashes on the pages by chapter three and doesn't stop till the last page. With her vibrant personality you can't help but being drawn in, she is a pure delight. The Grand Sophy was an exciting, charming read. The characters grab you and don't let go. You can't help but want to see what Sophy will do next.Georgette Heyer, is definitely a pioneer of the Historical Romance genre. I think any one today that is reading this genre should read Ms. Heyer at least once.
teckelvik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Grand Sophy is delightful. As always with Heyer, the characters are sharp, the dialogue sparkles and there are laugh out loud funny moments throughout. Sophy herself is a marvelous character, fun and not at all foolish. My only (slight) complaint is that I don't think Charles deserves her, and I never saw him do anything to justify her falling in love with him. (It's abundantly obvious why he would fall in love with her!)
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I struggled to get into The Grand Sophy in the beginning, as I didn't naturally connect with Sophy or her cousins. Like many free-spirited young ladies in novels before and since, Sophy is not only the kind of character you know is going to get into trouble, but who is also going to worm her way into everyone's hearts by showing them a different side of themselves. In short, it's time to hang on for the ride to see where she was going to take the story.Although I liked the story with Cecilia, who Sophy coached into feeling okay about choosing who she cared for and loved (It was fun seeing Charles riled up and annoyed at Sophy's meddling ways), I didn't really start to get into the novel until she stepped in to help Charles and Cecilia's younger brother. He had gotten himself into a precarious situation and built up some debt with a Jewish financier who swindled him out of a bunch of money and some precious family property. (The bit about the swindler being Jewish had a good deal of Anti-Semitism built in that made me cringe, which really was a reflection more of the time period than anything.) In the end, Sophy faced down the swindler and bravely saved the family name and finances! From that point on, Charles sees Sophy less as an annoyance and more as her own person. I loved watching him change his opinion about Sophy, , as she surprised him with her loyalty and bravery, even if he never stopped being aggravated by her lively behavior.If you like period pieces, Jane Austen's romances, or high society dramas, then Georgette Heyer seems to fit the bill. I've seen her name mentioned in British Chick Lit. before, as the main characters drop her name as someone they've read, but I wasn't aware of her work until now. Honestly, it was a fun read, and although slow to pick up speed in the actual story, the comedy in behavior was there and fun to watch from the beginning.
krazy4katz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For the most part, I enjoyed this, my first Georgette Heyer. It was light, just what I thought I needed for the moment. Sophy is delightful! She is a woman ahead of her time in her refusal to play the helpless female and her fearless assault on the male-dominated society. The writing is witty, the storyline never sags. The last chapter is absolutely hilarious. Alas, this book lost at least 1.5 stars because of the gratuitous anti-Semitism. I say gratuitous because she didn't need it for the story. I don't want to give too much away, so I will just say that the moneylenders in general and one in particular didn't have to be so precisely identified as being Jewish. Since the book was published in 1950, there was no reason for her to be insensitive towards this issue, unlike Shakespeare and Dickens, who lived in very different times. Not sure I can read more of her work because of this problem. I hate to say it, but I am just being honest.
Stacey42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite of Heyer's, along with Frederica. Sophie arrives for a visit on her Aunt¿s doorstep with a menagerie in tow & promptly turns the household upside down, include cousin Charles. Apart from being personally against the idea of first cousins marrying, I liked the book a great deal. It was very witty & laugh out loud funny in places.
timswings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heyer's historical novels are perfect summer holiday reading. I keep two of her romances as my favorites in my bookcase, and I reread them once in the ten years, because I still enjoy this form of escape literature; a happy ending in a make believe romance world. In the words of A.S. Byatt, Sophy is a typical Heyer heroine. "A lively resourceful girl (...) with natural moral taste". And her cousin Charles, large and good looking, with keen intelligence hidden under sometimes a heartless, but amused approach. And she write in very good historical detail about the conventions and habits of daily family life in the Regency society period (between 1795 and 1837), and she does it " with good taste", as to quote A.S. Byatt again from her essay "An Honourable escape: Georgette Heyer".
LyzzyBee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(12 December 2011 ¿ from Heather) (April read)When I left my library job last year, I was kindly given a book token by my colleagues, and then my friend Heather also gave me two Georgette Heyers, as we¿d often talked about this marvellous author and I was always saying I wanted to re-read her. Although I had come across the omnibus I¿ve been reading and read a couple from there, it was a real treat to read a lovely paperback edition. I first read Heyer in those hardbacks with the mint green covers, from various libraries ¿ anyone else remember them?Anyway, this is one of the best Heyers ¿ of course. Motherless Sophy is lodged with her aunt and cousins while her father is off in Brazil. Not the shy and retiring girl expected, and seeing the parlous state of her relatives¿ various finances and emotional entanglements, she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work, to the consternation of her cousin Charles, and the glee of his younger siblings, especially when a monkey makes an appearance! With her pistol and her amazing horsewomanship, Sophy could easily become too good to be true, but she is given a rounded character and her own faults, and it¿s a very funny book, too.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh bless, this was just splendid. I think I am now a confirmed Heyer fan, I adored this. The plot might have been predictable, but this might have been the book others were modelled on. An unknown cousin, raised abroad by an unconventional father, comes to stay and shakes a family out of its doldrums.I'd give to any historical romance fan - but they've probably already read it!
patience_crabstick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun! If you distill the fluff out of a Jane Austen novel, the result is a Georgette Heyer novel. This book is loads of fun, witty, elegantly written, clever dialogue, I loved it! This is the first Heyer novel I've ever read, and I will definitely be reading more.
eleanorigby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably her best work, or at least in the top three. She is nothing like Barbara Cartland (curse her name!), thank goodness....