A confused Lady
Ombersley somehow finds herself agreeing to take in her poor motherless
niece at the behest of her brother, who is leaving shortly for an overseas
journey and whose intended refuses the responsibility of puffing his
daughter Sophy off on the marriage market.
Expecting a sweet, timorous young
girl, kindhearted Lady O is shocked when a vibrant, competent (if a little
heedless), tall young woman arrives on her doorstep. It isn't
long, however, before Sophy makes herself invaluable to the family by
saving one member after another from various sad scrapes, despite the
interference of her ogre-like eldest cousin Charles and his
If only Sophy
could sort her own life out so neatly, and put the mean-spirited,
meddlesome Charles in his place at the same time!
What worked for me:
Sophy is the quintessential "modern" woman who shines among the
wilted wallflowers of her day.
myriad of amusing contretemps and tempests in
teapots which kept me laughing; and the
climax of the story was just priceless!
Size-wise Sophy was
tall, shapely, and well-pleased with her sturdiness since she enjoyed a
life of athleticism unlike most of the ladies of her class.
What didn't work for me:
enough, I enjoyed this book more as a literary work along the lines of
"Pride and Prejudice" rather than as a romance. There were several
love stories to enjoy throughout the novel, of course, but I never quite
got into the main one, partly because
(despite its historical accuracy) I just couldn't quite bring myself to
root for a match between two first cousins.
A wonderful, witty read for
fans of sweet, traditional Regencies!
If you liked "The Grand Sophy" you
might also enjoy
"A Civil Contract",
"The Toll-Gate", and
"Pride and Prejudice".
Have you read
this book and have a comment to
make on it? Join a discussion about the book at the Dangerous Curves
or submit a review
to this website.