Thursday, 2 September 2010
The Grand Sophy was the second Georgette Heyer book and after falling in love with the world of Regency romance and the sweet and charming yet somewhat impetuous heroine in Arabella. In the Grand Sophy, I could not have encountered a more different but just as lovable heroine: Miss Sophy Stanton Lacy.
From the moment she sets foot in Berkeley Square, clad elegantly and a massive mountain of suitcases, a monkey and a parrot, a dog and a horse as well as her staff trailing behind her, it is clear that she is not an ordinary heiress at all.
Bemused by the tangle of affairs that she finds her cousins in, she promptly sets about trying to sort all the family's problems out, much to the annoyance of the her cousin Charles, the Ombersley's heir who wants to be rid of her 'meddlesome troubling.'
However, for all her schemes the intelligent Sophy is very caring and thoughtful at heart, only wanting the best for people. Acting a bit like a mother hen, she tries to help her poor cousin Cecilia who is besotted with a young feather brained poet, the young Hubert who is caught in the clutch of dubious and threatening money lenders and Charles who is engaged to the sour and priggish Miss Wraxton.
She reminded me of a bit of Jane Austen's Emma, trying to help other people in their life but I think Sophy's character is a lot more likable as selfishness is not in her nature.
Earning herself the name of 'The Grand Sophy,' Sophy is an endearing but outrageous gem of a heroine that cannot be forgotten easily and can be relied on for a good dose of ‘pick me up’ fun!