Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Grand Sophy

The Grand SophyGeorgette Heyer
Regency Romance

"I am very glad to know, because if ever I should desire to please you I shall know just how to set about it.  I daresay I shan't, but one likes to be prepared for any event, however unlikely."

The Rivenhall family is turned upside-down when their cousin, Miss Sophy Stanton-Lacy comes to visit.  Confident, vibrant, and possessing of a very unusual upbringing, Sophy sets out to improve the lives of her cousins as she sees fit.  From Cecelia who fancies herself in love with a good for nothing poet, to Hubert who is obviously having the financial problems of the young, to Charles who is engaged to an intolerable snob, Sophy decides to find a solution to it all whether they want it or not.  

My Opinion: This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books.  Sophy is a fantastic character with great charisma and perfect quips.  I enjoy all the stories that get intertwined together with this family of misguided individuals.  Charles is a great character who, though prideful and a little stodgy at first, is very believable and likable.  Not as steamy or focused on the main romance, you still believe that they have fallen in love.  There is a very good balance between the romance and the rest of the story.  Definitely a great book to read, especially if you want a good laugh.

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