The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

I was eager to read The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. As you know if you’ve followed my blog, I am keen on Regency romantic novels and Georgette Heyer is one of the best known writers. Sophy is left with her cousins in London as her father has a diplomatic mission in South America. Soon after joining the family, Sophy gets entangled in their affairs, with some having financial problems and others romantic problems. As the blurb says “perhaps the Grand Sophy has arrived just in time to save them” you can imagine how the story goes.

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

Initially I liked the book and I was thinking that I will borrow more from the library, but in the end I started to get annoyed with the very long discussions between the characters. On top of that the story was overly complicated when it wasn’t necessary. For me this book had too many twists and turns, many of them in the last pages. So, while I gave the book 4 stars and I would recommend it, it put me off trying another one of her books.

The things that bothered me are not too bad, so maybe others might not be as bothered as I was by those little things. Overall the story is lovely and it would have been great if it was just a bit more simple, with less twists and turns.

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

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My rating: 4/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Arrow
Year it was published: 2013 (first published in 1950)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Fiction – Regency
Pages: 336

About the author: Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.
In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer. Rougier later became a barrister and he 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.
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4 thoughts on “The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer”

  • I have no recollection of how I felt about this one, despite the fact that I recently purchased it in a Kindle sale for a re-read. However, I adore Heyer’s Regency romances, and I apologise if this one has turned you off. If you’re willing to be persuaded, I strongly suggest Cotillion, which features a lovely hero and heroine, as well as plenty of humour and a rakish but handsome baddie… It’s my literary take on chicken soup, designed to cheer me up whenever the world seems bleak…

  • I can’t remember how I felt about this specific one, although funnily enough I’ve just acquired it in a Kindle sale for a re-read. But I do love Heyer’s Regency romances and am sorry if this one has put you off. If you’re willing to be tempted, I strongly recommend Cotillion – it has a lovely hero and heroine, and loads of humour, and a rakish but handsome baddie… it’s my bookish version of chicken soup, to make me feel better whenever the world is looking grey…

  • Goodness! I haven’t read a Georgette Heyer book since my teenage years. Back then, when I considered myself too grow-up and proficient a reader to only be able to borrow from the children’s library, as I wasn’t even allowed in the separate adult library, I would read all my own ‘baby’ books really quickly, then wait until my mum had finished her books and ‘borrow’ them one at a time without her knowing, then read them in my room!…. I guess today, these books belong in the ‘classics’ category, so who knows, I might re-read one or two eventually, just for old times sake! 🙂
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    • I think it would be lovely to re-read books from your teenage years. It will bring back lovely memories.

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