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The Grand Sophy (original 1950; edition 2009)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:The Grand Sophy
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2009), Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Kindle, Completed in 2012
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The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer (1950)

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    Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (Bjace)
    Bjace: While it's not in the same genre, the books are similiar. Both Sophy and Flora Post are Miss Fix-its, whose practical, problem-solving approach to life is a contrast to the silliness of their relatives. Also, both are delightful reads in different ways.
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    Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer (moonsoar)
    moonsoar: The main females in both books are up to the same sort of shenanigans in both books.
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It's nearly perfect, for what it is -- with one sad lapse of judgment in the character of Goldhanger.
  rmaitzen | Feb 7, 2014 |
Oh dear. I seem to have gone on a Georgette Heyer bender.

So anyway, Sophy is really great. Charles is...okay. The evil Jewish moneylender is--well--let's just say unfortunate.

I really liked that Sophy didn't have to get her comeuppance--that she could be a totally competent badass manager without having to be taken down a peg. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
A cute, bubbly tale of a charmed girl who 'fixes' things in other people's lives. Sophy is charming and modern--in that she's not constrained by what is considered 'proper' for a young lady of that time--that it's entertaining to watch how she handles things and to have the satisfaction of everything being put to rights by the end.

At the same time, the girl annoyed me: I thought her insufferably sure of herself and incredibly pig-headed, and was frustrated to feel that she was forgiven (by the reader and by the other characters) for all these sins just because she is young, charming and lively. Even when she finds love, it doesn't feel like she's all that touched by it--she's forever a bit aloof, looking down at the world for her amusement.

It's a light, entertaining, romping read, but for all that, has little depth or weight. I wonder if Georgette Heyer's writing is all like this... I can imagine she herself must've been a lady with a great sense of humor and an ability to detach herself from the scene. ( )
  emanate28 | Feb 5, 2014 |
Pure unadulterated fun! Sophy is a great character and I loved this book where she fixes everyone's problems with her can-do attitude. Throughout I couldn't help but think this would make such a great play. The dialog and the scenes are all very theatrical in the best way and the action is fast-paced yet realistic. Very entertaining novel and I'll definitely be reading more Georgette Heyer, she's such a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
RATING - 3.5 stars.

I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. It was a nice read.

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  slayra | Sep 21, 2013 |
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The butler, recognizing her ladyship's only surviving brother at a glance, as he afterward informed his less percipient subordinates, favored 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.
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When the redoubtable Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy is ordered to South America on diplomatic business, he leaves his only daughter Sophy with his sister's family, the Ombersleys , in Berkeley Square. Upon her arrival, Sophy is bemused to see her cousins 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 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...
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Sophy sets everything right for her desperate family in one of Georgette Heyer's most popular Regency romances.

When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece, no one expects Sophy, who sweeps in and immediately takes the ton by storm. Sophy discovers that her aunt's family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right: Ceclia 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 finally, his heart.

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When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece, no one expects Sophy, who sweeps in and immediately takes the ton by storm. Sophy discovers that her aunt's family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right: Ceclia 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 finally, his heart.… (more)

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