I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love gun-toting, ass-kicking girls in books and movies, but even with them there’s still so much drama. The Grand Sophy is practical, down to earth and smart. She’s beautiful by virtue of her personality, and not because she’s secretly a vixen once she takes off her glasses. I could (and have) read this book over and over. Here is the link to the Goodreads review, and here you can find it on Amazon.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Georgette Heyer is the author of this book, and I have never disliked any of her stories. Her characters are larger than life, funny, and relatable. She’s a skilled writer, who knows how to draw you into the world and the lives of her characters, and The Grand Sophy is no exception. It’s an easy read, and my ultimate favourite Georgette Heyer book. It’s almost my favourite book of all time, actually.
While this book is a period romance, it’s not a sappy bodice ripper. I’d give it a PG-13 rating, for minor references to ‘scandalous behaviour’. Le gasp! It’s light enough to count as a pleasant read, but done well enough that I wouldn’t count it completely as a ‘fluff piece’.
If you like Jane Austen’s books, you’ll probably enjoy this one, although I really can’t compare them since they each have their own place on the bookshelf. While Jane Austen explores human nature and examines the customs and society of her times. Georgette Heyer, on the other hand, writes mainly to entertain. Still, the romance is tame and the phaetons are plentiful, so if you enjoy one author, you’ll probably enjoy the other.
I’m not going to give any spoilers, but I will give the basic premise from Goodreads:
When the redoubtable Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy is ordered to South America on Diplomatic Business he parks his only daughter Sophy with his sister’s family, the Ombersleys, in Berkeley Square.
Upon her arrival, Sophy is bemused to see to see her cousins are in a sad tangle. The heartless and tyrannical Charles is betrothed to a pedantic bluestocking almost as tiresome as himself; Cecilia is besotted with a beautiful but quite feather-brained poet; and Hubert has fallen foul of a money-lender.
It looks like the Grand Sophy has arrived just in time to sort them out, but she hasn’t reckoned with Charles, the Ombersleys’ heir, who has only one thought – to marry her off and rid the family of her meddlesome ways.
There is no pining in this book. Well, a little bit, but not by the main character. Sophy herself is very practical and while she does have feelings, doesn’t feel the need to drip them all over everyone. Thumbs up from me! There’s actually not very much romance at all in this book. It’s there, but it’s very subtle, which I appreciated since I can’t stand the heart-wrending angst of a woman in wuuuuuuvvv! The whole ‘he just needs the right woman to fix him’ is enough to make my eyes roll right out of my head, so it was so refreshing to read a light regency where the romance took second place to the awesomeness of the heroine.
A friend who has read this book says she didn’t like it as much because she felt Sophy was annoying. She felt that Sophy just nosy and meddling, and disliked her as a character. I mean, I love it, so I think she’s just crazy (wink wink) but if you’ve had an unpleasant experience with meddlesome females in your life, this book might be not to your taste.
Well, if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free as an ebook, which you just can’t beat, or $11 if you don’t have Kindle Unlimited. If you want to order and actual physical copy, however, you can get it used for about $7 including shipping, or you could get a new softcover for $18 (which is a little bit steep in my opinion). Still, there are options to get a copy for under $10, both digital and physical, so I count that as decent, if not amazing.