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The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer


Cover art: The Grand Sophy Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: The Grand Sophy
Author: Georgette Heyer
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-1894-1
Release Date: 1st edition 1950, present edition  July 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Regency England
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Georgette's Website: www.georgette-heyer.com

Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy, a diplomat, must travel to South America, so he leaves his daughter, Sophy, with his sister's family.  The Hon. Charles Rivenhall, the eldest child of Sir Horace's sister, is used ruling the roost in his family and is much put out when Sophy starts her meddling. Because Sophy sees the family as needing her help, she begins to interfere in their lives and liven things up.  This once somber household becomes quite lively, because of Sophy's antics. 

The Grand Sophy is a very entertaining Regency romance with wonderfully eccentric characters and a very humorous plot.  Sophy is a managing female, who is quite capable of taking care of herself and everyone else-- a unique quality in Regency heroines.  Poor Charles, who is used to giving the orders and being the responsible one, is gobsmacked by Sophy.  Charles can't control Sophy, but finds he admires her, in spite of himself.  By the ending, Sophy has brought humor and light into everyone's life, and Charles, who was on his way to a staid, humdrum life, finds himself in love and anticipating an exciting future.

The Grand Sophy is Heyer at her best-- the historical feel is spot on and the chuckles are continuous.  This book is highly recommended.


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