Book Review: The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

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I hadn’t read romantic books in months, not even preferring this genre in years post college. Still when I heard (read read) about The Grand Sophy being referred by many in my reading group as one of the books that must be read, I thought to give it a try. Just a disclaimer: I am currently into the mood of light reading and since I pick only fiction, bear with me, my dear blog posts reader, such easy reads for some more time. No no, don’t leave my blog for ever, I will revert to a few serious books soon enough.

This was a book published in older times, still the protagonist, a female took charge of herself and surroundings when it was not supposed to be then, made it more likable for me. Though some characters were stereotyped, the writing of Georgette Heyer made this book a non stoppable one for me. You can imagine my level of liking (read addiction) with this – I read it till late 2 nights consecutively even when my baby had slept off when I have to sparingly utilize my hours of sleep every night. However, please do not think of comparing it with some literary insight books or Mills and Boons (or other such type containing sex scenes) and you have a winner here. I loved the book so much to give it a 10-on-10.

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Book blurb:
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; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.

With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

About the author:
Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her husband George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity. She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.

Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting. While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer’s greatest asset.

Heyer remains a popular and much-loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Name: The Grand Sophy
Author: Georgette Heyer
Pages: 338
Publication Year: 1950

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Posted on August 5, 2018, in Book Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I recently re-read the Grand Sophy having originally read it in school.
    I found it just as sparkling and refreshing.
    Ms Heyer like Jane Austen does not date.

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