I concur with most of the other reviewers. Georgette Heyer is one of my all-time favorite authors. What readers discover in her books is the witty humor, the scholarly attention to period detail, the romance, her use of language, successful, elaborate, well-schemed, flawlessly executed, plots, fascinating characters,...I've been enthralled with her strong heroine in this book. Sophy is an unequaled, unrivaled, incomparable heroine. I wonder if in her imaginative mind, The old gentleman from the Masqueraders ever crossed path with The grand Sophy.