Melody
ISBN-13: 9781402218941
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Published: July 2009
372 pgs




I have not read anything by Georgette Heyer so when Danielle from Sourcebooks contacted me and asked if I want to review The Grand Sophy, I jumped at the offer!

After reading this book, I am happy to declare that I fell in love with Heyer's writing and I think the plot and the characters are very engaging! I liked Sophy Stanton-Lacey and I think she is simply one extraordinary heroine. She is bold, headstrong and a very intelligent young woman and she refused to let anyone bully or get into her way if she doesn't want to. Considering the generation and society at that time, I think what her attitude and some of the tings she did would be most likely to be frowned upon but that does not stop Sophy from doing the things she wanted to do. Simply put, I admired her.

The Grand Sophy begins with Sophy's arrival in the Rivenhall's residence when her father, Sir Horace, is to leave for Brazil and her aunt, Lady Ombersley has agreed to take her into the family temporarily until her father is back.

Sophy caused an uproar when she arrived at the Rivenhall's residence with a magnificent equipage and although the members are flabbergasted by her outrageous behaviour, they quickly warmed up to her and they are quite impressed by her sharp wit and intelligence. However, Charles Rivenhall, the eldest son in the family is not pleased with her at all and thinks she should behave like a real lady. Conflicts arise and sparks fly between them; and he is most certainly not pleased that one of his sisters, Cecilia who always seem to seek for her advice concerning her betrothed whom he deemed favourable but it seems Cecilia already has a gentleman in mind and he is none other than poet Augustus Fawnhope.

It seems this is not the only issue that infuriates Charles. Sophy also goes to extra length in saving his brother from an infamous moneylender when he loses his games and is in debt. Despite she managed to settle things without getting anyone hurt, Charles thinks what she did is improper and he is most certainly shocked that she own a gun and could handle it as well as him! But most of all, what bother him is the way she deals with things in general and her determination in rearranging the lives of anyone she encounters (in particularly the Rivenhall's members), never mind if her intentions are all good.

Seriously, I had great fun reading the exchanges between Charles and Sophy because most of their dialogues had me chuckling, and not to mention it made me wonder when or what it would take to make them see each other in a less prejudice manner. I really liked Sophy; I was in awe of her direct approach when dealing in certain situations and not at all wishy-washy.

I really enjoyed reading The Grand Sophy, and I can totally understand why this book is classified as one of Heyer's most beloved regencies. This is my first Heyer's book but definitely not the last!

Many thanks to Danielle for sending this book to me for review!

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GIVEAWAY!

As The Grand Sophy hits stores officially in July and August is Heyer’s birthday month, Sourcebooks is very generous to offer two copies to my two lucky readers here!

Rules:
  • This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only, courtesy of Danielle from Sourcebooks.
  • Leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you and forward your address to Sourcebooks if you win.
  • I will draw the two winners on 31 July (Friday). Good luck!
15 Responses
  1. Memory Says:

    This sounds wonderful; I'd love to read it! Please enter me in the giveaway.

    -- Memory
    xicanti AT gmail DOT com


  2. naida Says:

    *yay* a Heyer book! She's one of my favorite authors. Glad to hear you liked this one.

    please enter me, i'd love to read this one myself.
    naidascrochet@yahoo.com

    thanks!
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/


  3. Julia Says:

    Hi Melody! Sound like a fun and good book! Glad to hear you enjoy it :)

    Juliayen2u AT Gmail DOT com


  4. Melissa Says:

    This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer books! So glad you enjoyed it. Please don't enter me in the giveaway, just wanted to tell you, great review!! :-)


  5. Nymeth Says:

    I can't enter the giveaway, but I wanted to tell you this sounds like a great book! I will definitely have to read Heyer at some point.


  6. Iliana Says:

    Great review Melody! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your first Heyer. I think I just discovered her books (thanks to Sourcebooks) two years ago and really have enjoyed the few I've read.

    I've not read this one so please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you!


  7. Alice Teh Says:

    Like Nymeth, I can't enter the giveaway, but thanks for the great review! I'm going to check this out on my own. :)


  8. I have yet to read a Heyer novel. I am glad you enjoyed this one so much, Melody. It does sound fun.


  9. Dot Says:

    I can't enter as in the UK but what a lovely prize! I only discovered Georgette Heyer's books last year, they're great aren't they!


  10. Melody Says:

    Thanks for your participation! :)

    My sincere apologies to some of you who can't enter the giveaway, but I hope you'd give this book a try if you can because I really enjoyed it!


  11. okbolover Says:

    I've heard of Georgette Heyer but our library here just has one or two books from her. I'd like to give this a try. I've never read her novels but have heard good reviews from them.

    sensitivemuse at gmail dot com


  12. Melody Says:

    Okbolover - Thanks! I've added your name to the draw.

    Good luck, everyone! :)


  13. Anita Yancey Says:

    I haven't read one of her books in a long time. But this one sounds good. I would love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net


  14. Shannon Says:

    I found your blog when I was checking out the Booking Through Thursday meme. I've never read any Heyer, but lately I seem to see her mentioned everywhere, so I'd like to try one. From your review, it sounds like something I'd enjoy.

    Shannon
    shanm816(at)gmail(dot)com


  15. lissa Says:

    sounds like a book I would like to read & Sophy sounds like such a strong character

    please enter, here's my email
    lissawrites(at)gmail(dot)com

    thanks!