Thursday, August 27, 2009

Book Review: The Grand Sophy By Georgette Heyer

Book Review: The Grand Sophy
By Georgette Heyer
Sourcebooks Casablanca
5 Heart Review

The Grand Sophy has arrived...

And when Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy is ordered to South America on Diplomatic Business he parks his only daughter, Sophy, with his sister in Berkeley Square. Sophy can immediately see that her cousins are in a sad tangle: Charles is engaged to a bluestocking, and Cecelia's in love with a poet of all things. It seems Sophy has gotten there just in time...

And the Hon. Charles Rivernhall's life will never be the same...

While Sophy is going to outrageous lengths to solve everyone else's problems, she finds that she herself might have some big surprises in store.

I was extremely excited for the chance to review Georgette Heyer's The Grand Sophy. Having heard so much about Mrs. Heyer and her books, I was sad to say I'd never read one before now. From the research I did, The Grand Sophy is beloved by readers. In fact, many deem it to be their favorite Heyer book. So, it was the perfect introduction into the world of Mrs. Heyer!

I was not disappointed! When an author and book are hyped so often, I sometimes worry that my expectations could never be met. This time though, they were exceeded and I had a very grand time reading this book.

Sophy was uterly charming character and managed to steal my heart as she does the family in the book. She was smart, sassy and meddlesome to perfection and unlike any other character I've read from writers of Mrs. Heyer's time period. It was a blast reading Sophy's exploits!

Heyer perfectly twisted a tale that includes a cast of characters you'll root for and some you'll root against, which makes it all the more fun. Through it all, you just know that Sophy will figure out how to set it all right and find her own happily ever after.

I can only wonder how I made it through advanced high school English classes and an English Major in college and not have been introduced to Mrs. Heyer. Mrs. Heyer should be required reading right alongside the likes of Austen and the Bronte sisters. Likewise, where are all the BBC adaptations of her books!

I'm very against spoilers, so I won't go into too much detail here except to say that if you haven't read The Grand Sophy you should do so immediately!Buy The Grand Sophy Here

Look for The Grand Sophy and other Heyer Classics to be reissued from Soucebooks Casablanca with gorgeous new covers! Speaking of those cover, Smart Bitches Trashy Books did a fantastic interview with the designer of the new covers and its definitely worth the read. Smart Bitches Interview Here.
Have you read Heyer before? If so, tell us about the book and what you thought!

Happy Reading!


  1. I love this book-I've read all the Heyers at least once. It isn't my favorite one though it is high on the list :) I love Frederica, The Nonesuch, Devil's Cub, Venetia, These old Shades, Arabella and An Infamous Army best. I think-but that list could go on and on :)

  2. I have not read any Heyer, but I have heard great things about The Great Sophy. I'm going to my library to find a copy. Thanks, Ms Cheeky!

  3. Heyer never gets the acclaim that Austen gets, I believe, solely because Austen lived during the period that both wrote about. I may be a heretic but my preference has always been for Heyer's work. Her characterization and her wit, IMHO, superior to Austen's. But Austen is considered "classic" and Heyer is denigrated as "romance." Bah, humbug.

    Naomi Johnson

  4. This is my favorite Heyer. I am so glad to come across someone who really appreciated it. Now, I suggest you read These Old Shades.

  5. I absolutely loved The Grand Sophy, too! Sophy was such a fun, brash character, and I loved to hate several of the characters in the story. Personally, I thought Charles was HOT! Even when he was being all indignant and self-righteous. In fact, that might have made him even hotter!

    It was my first experience with Heyer but certainly not my last. I have Black Sheep and The Foundling in my TBR stack next!



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