Vibrant, irrepressible Sophia Stanton-Lacy was no stranger to managing delicate situations. After all, she'd been keeping opportunistic females away from her widowed father for years. But staying with her relatives could be her biggest challenge yet.
Lovely cousin Cecelia was smitten with an utterly unsuitable suitor; cousin Herbert was in dire financial straits; and the ruthlessly handsome Charles Rivenhall was bent on marrying a horribly prosy bluestocking. Using her signature unorthodox methods, Sophy set out to solve all of their problems -- never anticipating romantic entanglements of her own!
Could it be that the Grand Sophy had finally met her match . . .?
Reader reviews at Amazon:
“This was my first introduction to the world of Georgette Heyer and what an introduction it was. I still laugh to this day at Sophy's delightful unconventionality and at the way her poor bewildered cousins learn to deal with her. A wonderful, wonderful book with great period detail and a light-hearted touch that makes it refreshing and non-sentimental at the same time. Read it. I'll not spoil the enchantment for you but beware...Sophy (and in consequence Heyer herself) is very addictive. You might just find yourself craving more.”
“This book was voted one of the 400 best novels ever to come out of the 20th century; chosen out of Heyer's entire oeuvre to represent her work. They made the best choice. The Grand Sophy shows Heyer at her very best - it is an outrageously funny book that still has me laughing out loud (I had to stop reading it on the train because other passengers began to complain), presenting a cast of strongly drawn and complex characters, premier among whom is the titular Sophy - Sophia Stanton-Lacy, the irrepressible, indefatigable young woman with a personality the size of all England. From her extravagant arrival at her aunt and uncle's house accompanied by a monkey, a parrot, an Italian greyhound, and a very fine horse - to say nothing of her strong managing nature and charisma - she takes her rather hare-brained cousins in hand, sorting out their entanglements, scandals and romantic peccadilloes in a helter-skelter way. A book for those who always know the best for everyone else, unless you don't want to encourage them. Buy, borrow or beg this novel - but don't read it in public unless you're good at suppressing laughter.”