It's bright and energetic and hilarious.
The plot is fantastic, the endless capers are quite funny, and the character development seems very real and natural. It reads incredibly fast. So fast I want it to start all over again. And now I want to read it again! Love love love this book to no end. PS: However, there is a bothersome Jewish stereotype in this book. It did give me pause after I finished the above review, but it is such a small part of the book, and the rest of the book is so unlike it, I decided not to change the above enthusiasms.
View all 7 comments. I was told this would be light and fun. By the end, this was exactly as I too saw it to be--my first Georgette Heyer! The author wrote this in It belongs to what is known as the Traditional Regency Romance genre, the genre for which the author is famous.
Such books are, of course romances, but they are without explicit sex. Even discussion of sex is verboten! They are set in the early s but written by authors of later generations. They are characteristically filled with fast-paced dialo I was told this would be light and fun. They are characteristically filled with fast-paced dialogue. Historical details are accurately drawn, including details describing clothes, rooms and their furnishings, modes of transport, mannerisms and social etiquette.
What characters say and how they behave must capture all aspects of early s English society faultlessly. In books of the Regency Historical Romance , a second subgenre of Regency Romance novels, characters behave according to modern standards although the time setting and the other characteristics remain the same. This constitutes a substantial difference. As mentioned, Georgette Heyer belongs to the first subgenre. When I state that Regency novels are characterized by fast-paced dialogue and that the dialogues mimic the talk of earlier days, pay attention.
This does not facilitate comprehension to modern day readers, and perhaps some of the intended humor is not properly grasped. Many of the idioms spoken are not used today. Do you understand these idioms?
Furthermore, the prose is wordy-- VERY wordy. One is swallowed up in pretentious, shallow and, in my view, irritating small talk. What I am saying is that the prose , rather than being delightful and fun, is a chore. There is humor in the prose; I knew where I was meant to laugh, but I was not laughing. One does not speak merely of carriages; one refers to a post chaise, hack chaise, curricle, high perch phaeton, barouche-landau, post chaise and four and more.
This is of course all very accurate, but if one scarcely knows how they differ, such discussion becomes simply tedious. While the prose failed to please me and only off and on amused me, the plot, what happens as the story winds up, did amuse me.
It is what happens that makes one smile. What she does will make you smile. The story, through its plotline, becomes light, is silly and scarcely believable, but fun in all its innocence. This is a story about Sophy Stanton-Lacy, she is twenty years old and the eponymous heroine of the book. Her father, Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy is a diplomat. His wife is dead and has been for years.
It is he who has raised Sophy, in his own and very masculine manner. She has traveled the world with him. He is off to Brazil, but now she is to stay with her aunt, uncle and cousins.
Her uncle and aunt are called Lord and Lady Ombersley. There is Charles Rivenhall who is twenty-six.
I loved it. Apr 14, Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read-in , light-and-sweet , humor , classics. A very delightful Regency, anchored by a strong, clever heroine. Very helpful review! My family left Europe in the 19th century and settled in London. Her enthusiasm for life and her determination that everyone Having recently reread another of Heyer's books, I found I just had to dig this one out as well, slightly dusty, from the depths of one of my book cases.
He is the oldest, and strange as it may seem, the ruling figure of the family. There are lots of characters, but they are not hard to keep straight. They all play a particular role in the story, but Sophy is the star, as the title indicates.
She is the Grand Sophy. Sophy has spark. She is brash. She is resourceful, frank and outspoken. Watch and see what this woman does. She involves herself in the lives of each and every one of the Rivenhalls.
Do remember that this is a romance! Who will end up with whom is the primary question.
More than one alliance must be arranged. The audiobook is narrated by Sarah Woodward. I did not like it at the start. A bunch of people are talking. Yet I grew to like the narration a lot and have given it four stars. Woodward uses different intonations for different characters. You come to understand who is speaking just by the intonation. The intonation of Sir Horace, the father of Sophy, is marvelous.
The story verges o the slapstick. One Heyer is fun, but one is also enough.
Start by marking “The Grand Sophy” as Want to Read: When the redoubtable Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy is ordered to South America on business, he leaves his only daughter Sophia with his sister, Elizabeth Rivenhall, in Berkeley Square. Lady Ombersley's brother, Sir Horace decides to. The Grand Sophy is a Regency romance novel by Georgette Heyer. It was first published in by Heinemann in the UK and Putnam in the U.S. The story is.
View all 9 comments. Jul 08, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: fiction , siver-fork. Except for a gratuitously vicious bit of anti-Semitism in the middle of this book that could just as well have been left out, it's one of Heyer's best, balanced between strong characters and a smacking good pace.
There are some genuinely funny bits, and the whole is so cinematic that it surprises me this hasn't been optioned by the BBC. Dec 25, Felicia rated it liked it Shelves: romance. OKAY Get ready for an onslaught of book reviews because I just got back from vacation and literally read like 20 books, maybe more.
FIRST, this book was on my Kindle for a while because I guess this author is considered the mother of historical romance novels. It was written in , and actually, due to the historical nature of the subject matter, doesn't feel THAT dated caveat, see one of the things I hated about the book, lol , and is very witty and engaging.
The main character reminded me of OKAY Get ready for an onslaught of book reviews because I just got back from vacation and literally read like 20 books, maybe more. The main character reminded me of Katherine Hepburn in "Bringing up Baby", one of my favorite movies, and, although her antics would NEVER have been accepted in the real period, I loved the banter and her saucy attitude, it felt authentic rather than forced like some "spirited" historical romance ladies do. A lot of the insults about the other stuck-up chick made me laugh out loud.
Very sly sense of humor. Overall I enjoyed this book. BUT two things made me take away a star each It's up there with Mickey Rooney playing an Asian dude in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" No one seems to remember that part of the movie with as much horror I as I do.