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Throwback Thursday (7) August 9, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

Title: The Grand Sophy

Author: Georgette Heyer

Original Publication Date: 1950

Publisher: Putnam

Available at: Amazon Barnes and Noble

Summary:

Sophy descends upon her aunt and her cousins in a whirlwind to set matters right. Celia is in love with the wrong sort of man, Charles has becomes tyrannical and has an ill-matched fiancee, her uncles has becomes useless, and the younger children needs some freedom and fun. Before Sophy gets through, she will not only have stormed through the ton, but she will have stormed her way through Charles’ heart.

Georgette Heyer will always hold a special place in my heart. Her Regency era romances captured me from the first pages. Her romances are sweet and delightful without ever being sordid. There is a humor and a light-hearted fun to them that cheers me whenever I’m feeling down. They’re always my go to book whenever I’m blue.

The Grand Sophy has to be my favorite book of hers. Even though it’s about cousins falling in love, something I’m not a particular fan of, I did fall in love with Sophy. She’s spirited without being too perky. She’s spunky without losing her femininity. She’s assertive without being bossy. This is quite a feat in the Regency era.

Charles is something of a grump. He does have moments of levity despite himself. In those moments you learn to truly love him. You learn that the years of shouldering the responsibilities of the whole family has worn on him. In this Sophy is his perfect match for she provides the humor and temperance to get through it all.

The other characters in the book are equally entertaining. There’s the distracting poet, the lovesick Celia, the silly aunt. They are numerous and varied. This is an endlessly entertaining book that I’ve read over and over again and plan on reading over and over again even more.

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