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The Grand Sophy Summary » 107 â ❮Epub❯ ➡ The Grand Sophy ➠ Author Georgette Heyer – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 Suare Newly arrived from her tou When theWhen 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 Suare Newly arrived from her tour of the Continent Sophy invites herself into the circle of her relatives When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece no one expects Sophy who sweeps in and immediately takes the town by storm Beautiful gay impulsive shockingly direct Sophy sweeps into elegant London society and scatters conventions and traditions The Grand PDF before her like wisps in a windstorm Resourceful adventurous and utterly indefatigable Sophy is hardly the mild mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in Kind hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked and her. 45 stars If you ever wanted to see a Regency era heroine really take charge of her life you'll probably love The Grand Sophy Sophia Stanton Lacy better known as Sophy is dropped on her aunt's family by her globe trotting father who asks his sister Lady Ombersley to watch over his poor little SophyEnter Sophy 5' 9 independent minded and brimming with confidence Sophy uickly figures out all of the dysfunctions in the Ombersley family including a father with a gambling addiction a passive mother a daughter who throws over the perfectly nice eligible lord she's supposed to marry in favor of a swoony absent minded poet and a younger son who's managed to get himself into some deep trouble And the older son Charles who has taken over control of the family and its finances to try to pull everything together and in the process has lost his sense of humor turned into a domestic tyrant of sorts and managed to get himself engaged to a vindictive overly proper woman Eugenia WraxtonIt's a good thing Sophy is a take charge and fix it kind of person Also luckily Sophy is intelligent and has a great sense of humor It's a sheer pleasure to watch her take on CharlesHe said stiffly 'Since you have brought up Miss Wraxton’s name I shall be much obliged to you cousin if you will refrain from telling my sisters that she has a face like a horse''But Charles no blame attaches to Miss Wraxton She cannot help it and that I assure you I have always pointed out to your sisters''I consider Miss Wraxton’s countenance particularly well bred''Yes indeed but you have uite misunderstood the matter I meant a particularly well bred horse''You meant as I am perfectly aware to belittle Miss Wraxton''No no I am very fond of horses' Sophy said earnestlyJane Austen's Emma should take a clue from Sophy Emma tries to manage everyone's lives especially their romances and is usually wrong Sophy who in fairness is much cosmopolitan than Emma pretty much always succeeds at managing everyone's lives Luckily for everyone involved she's also pretty much always right with one notable exception that ends up turning out right anyway because the universe clearly loves SophyI really didn't mean to swallow this book whole in one day but once I got going I couldn't stop And when Heyer pulls all the main characters together at the end for one of those absurd farcical scenes she does so well it was comedy heavenThis would be a 5 star book easy but unfortunately there's a really problematic minor subplot right in the middle of the book that involves a stereotypical greasy evil Jewish moneylender the name Goldhanger and his Semitic nose are your textual clues It lasts for about 5 pages max I've looked at different ways of rationalizing this those were different times it's just one character and not necessarily the author's commentary on all Jews but I can't get comfortable with it Nor do I think I should this was published in 1950 post WWII by which time people generally and Georgette Heyer specifically should have known better This one scene will ruin the entire book for some people If you can rationalize it or ignore it or skip over it knowing that Sophy prevails in their brief encounter this is otherwise a completely delightful book If you can't that's totally understandable I understand the racial descriptions have been removed from some editions of the book like Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None which seems to me a happy answer to this problemBecause really Sophy's a great character and that one scene excluded this is one of Heyer's best novels I would love to hang out with Sophy we could braid each other's hair and she could fix all my problems

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N Herbert is in dire financial straits and has fallen foul of a money lender and the younger children are in desperate need of some fun and freedom and Sophy's arrived just in time to save them all With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy becomes the mainstay of her hilariously bedeviled family as a horsewoman social leader and above all as an ingenious match maker Using her signature unorthodox methods Sophy sets out to solve all of their problems By the time she's done Sophy has commandeered household and Charles's horses but she finds herself increasingly drawn to her eldest cousin Could it be that the Grand Sophy had finally met her match Can she really be falling in love with him and he with her And what of his betrothal to grim Eugeni. The Grand Sophy my first Georgette Heyer is a very entertaining book about a complete hoyden who turns people's lives upside down The vivacious unconventional and head strong Sophy is a delightful heroine She comes to stay at her aunt when her diplomatic father has to sail away to Brazil of all places She soons detects many problems that the family is struggling with and decides to intervene For their own good of course The Grand Sophy is the perfect read when you need a lull from denser darker ones It is fast paced clever and funny Perfect brain candy Enjoy

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The Grand SophyArrogant stern cousin Charles Rivenhall the Ombersley heir vows to rid his family of her meddlesome ways by marrying her offBut vibrant and irrepressible Sophy was no stranger to managing delicate situations After all she'd been keeping opportunistic females away from her widowed father for years Staying with her relatives could be her biggest challenge yet But Sophy discovers that her aunt's family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right her aunt's husband is of no use at all her ruthlessly handsome cousin Charles has tyrannical tendencies that are being aggravated by his pedantic bluestocking fiancee Eugenia Wraxton her lovely cousin Cecelia is smitten with an utterly unsuitable suitor a beautiful but feather brained poet her cousi. She was by far too tall; nose and mouth were both too large and a pair of expressive gray eyes could scarcely be held to atone entirely for these defects Only you could not forget Sophy even though you could not recall the shape of her face or the colour of her eyesI for one will not forget the unstoppable and vivacious Sophy Stanton Lacy anytime soon A truly entertaining Regency Romance with one of the most delightful and dynamic heroines you could ever hope to encounter from this time period The Grand Sophy is the perfect book when you need a break from your denser and darker reads It is fast paced clever and often humorous When Sophy’s father Sir Horace is summoned to Brazil on business he entrusts her care – as well as the search for an appropriate marriage match to his sister’s family When Sophy arrives at the Ombersley doorstep complete with dog parrot and monkey she instantly creates a sensation While the Ombersleys learn that Sophy is indeed unconventional Sophy discovers that aunt uncle and cousins are perhaps a bit dysfunctional From cousin Cecilia who pines for a flighty poet much to the dismay of her family to Lady Ombersley whose vinegars and fainting couch are always close at hand to the often absent and oblivious Lord Ombersley to cousin Horace with his concealed gambling debts and to cousin Charles himself the true and exacting master of the household Sophy will have her hands full Sophy and Charles immediately butt heads and Sophy proves herself an impressive match for this unyielding gentleman When Sophy tries to sort out and influence the various relationships and love matches the household is further shaken up The insipid and meddling Eugenia Wraxton betrothed to Charles is an excellent counterbalance to Sophy’s high spiritedness Eugenia says of Sophy It is a pity that men will laugh when her liveliness betrays her into saying what cannot be thought becoming It brings her too much into notice and that I fancy is the root of the evil In regards to Eugenia and Charles Sophy felt it a pity that so promising a young man should be cast away on one who would make it her business to encourage all the disagreeable features of his character Throw in some reckless riding a showy and decidedly unfeminine – at least by the standards of the day – carriage an elegant pistol a variety of other colorful characters a scheme to set everyone straight in the world of romance and you will find that Georgette Heyer most assuredly concocted a very pleasurable and wholesome adventure This is my third Heyer read and I have plenty downloaded to my kindle for those days when I want something light witty and engaging I highly recommend trying one of her books if any of those ualities appeal to you