Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
TYPE OF NOVEL: Historical Fiction, Regency Romance
SETTING: 1816 London, England
WHY I WANTED TO READ THIS NOVEL:
I’ve seen this particular Heyer novel listed as the top favorite of many Georgette Heyer fans (more so than any other book I think!)
Because her father is called away to Brazil, Sophy Stanton-Lacy is sent to stay with relations in London. When Sophy arrives she can easily discern that the Rivenhalls are in one too many fixes and it is up to her to set it all to rights! Even though her father declared that Sophy “won’t cause you any trouble,” “has her head well on her shoulders,” and is never a cause for worry, Sophy’s rigid and dictatorial cousin, Charles, finds Sophy everything that is exasperating, infuriating, and disruptive of one’s peace.
WHAT I LOVED:
- Sophy: Oh my! Sophy is quite unlike any heroine I’ve met before! She is supremely confident, shockingly unconventional, and wonderfully astute. In some ways she is half Mary Poppins and half Lucy Ricardo! Sophy arrives at home in much need of her special attention and assistance, and she is an amazing schemer who solves everyone’s dilemmas with the most harebrained and nonsensical ways! She is a character you cannot help but fall in love with and admire! A true whirling dervish!
- Miss Eugenia Wraxton: Charles Rivenhall’s fiancée is the complete opposite of Sophy! She is serious, extremely devoted to the strictures of propriety, and bit cold and unfeeling. I thoroughly enjoyed despising her! I would even say she is a character more hateful and odious than Caroline Bingley! I really like how Eugenia’s character was developed, she grew to be more conniving and sanctimonious as the story progressed! She became more vocal with her superior opinions, often gave unsolicited remonstrations, and even had the audacity to read private correspondences! She was utterly contemptible!
- Such Well-Drawn Characters and Invigorating Plots: I cannot help but be impressed by the brilliant array of dynamic characters – from the ridiculous to the sublime! I enjoyed my time with them all! Georgette Heyer has a talent for showing the most personality with the slightest bit of page time! And I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds Georgette Heyer’s plots to be masterful! The surprising twists, timely arrivals, and the perfect dose of comedy – these novels are wonderfully constructed and extremely entertaining!
- What A Conclusion!: I love a good resolution, and this madcap adventure ended with in a real bang-up style! I especially enjoyed how the conclusion was drawn out and not too fast-paced. While Sophy is trying to pull off her grandest scheme of all, everything goes wrong. She constructed a multi-step plan and set it all in motion with precision, but so much that was unexpected happened! It was hilarious to see such a scene of pandemonium manifest itself upon the indomitable Sophy and watch her disentangle it all!
WHAT I WASN’T TOO FOND OF:
- I could say something about wanting a little more romance or page time for the hero, but I really have not much cause to complain!
Sophy is indeed grand, and most definitely a character with whom every Georgette Heyer fan should become acquainted! I’m so very glad I finally met Sophy and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the encounter! I am happy to add my recommendation and praise to such a beloved novel by Georgette Heyer!
~ Other Georgette Heyer Books I’ve Read ~
Which Heyer do you think I MUST read next friends? Any recommendations?