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The Grand Sophy [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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Book Description

New York Times Bestseller!


Sophy sets everything right for her desperate family in one of Georgette Heyer's most popular Regency romances.


When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece, no one expects Sophy, who sweeps in and immediately takes the ton by storm. Sophy discovers that her aunt's family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right: Ceclia is in love with a poet, Charles has tyrannical tendencies that are being aggravated by his grim fiancee, her uncle is of no use at all, and the younger children are in desperate need of some fun and freedom. By the time she's done, Sophy has commandeered Charles's horses, his household, and finally, his heart.


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"Of all Georgette Heyer's treasure trove of witty and scintillating Regencies, The Grand Sophy is my long-time favorite." - Book Loons

"I was... absorbed by Sophy's antics and rooting for the characters I had come to love. When I turned the last page, I could only wish them all the happiest of ever afters." - Jane Austen's World

" The Grand Sophy was an exciting, charming read. The characters grab you and don't let go." - Anna's Book Blog

"[F]resh and lively... I couldn't have asked for a better - or happier - ending." - Write Meg

"After reading this book, I am happy to declare that I fell in love with Heyer's writing and I think the plot and the characters are very engaging!" - Melody's Reading Corner

"Fun, engaging and hilarious, I can not recommend it more highly. Sophy is a devilishly fine girl." - AustenProse

"This is a fun little novel that I'm happy to recommend." - Becky's Book Reviews

"This is regency romance with a sense of humor. Sophy grabs you and takes you on a ride you don't want to end. " - All About the {n}

"Sophy is molded by Georgette Heyer's genius and she's a great character. " - The Book Binge

"Georgette Heyer was known as the "Queen of the Regency romances", and deservedly so... The characters are unique, and the conversations are enjoyable and witty." - Lesa's Book Critiques

About the Author

The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or private life. It is known that she was born in Wimbledon in August 1902, and her first novel, The Black Moth, was published in 1921.

Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Heyer's large volume of works included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known also as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and they had one son together, Richard.

Product Details

  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140221894X
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WWKZMM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's extremely funny! August 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
A young relative unaccustomed to London society comes into her aunt's society home, where everyone is making terrible choices, and sets about to fix them all. The final scene is one of the funniest things I've ever read, and made me wish for a movie, and think about casting it. I lay on my couch just guffawing as I read it, amazing my family. Even though I finished it several weeks ago, I'm still replaying great lines of dialog in my head ("they tread blindly"). I'd also love a sequel set after Sophy has children. Perhaps the authors who're writing follow-ons to Jane Austin could tackle that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "By all that is wonderful, it's the Grand Sophy!" October 19, 2009
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After a surprise visit from her long-lost brother, Lady Ombersley is persuaded to take in her niece while Sir Horace goes on extended trip to Brazil for business. Although she is already mother to eight children of various ages, her brother assures her that Sophy will not be any extra burden at all. She expects her sweet, motherless niece to be a shy child and encourages everyone to take extra care to welcome their cousin. However, once Sophy arrives, she dispels any preconceptions her relatives may have harbored about her.

Sophy sweeps into the Ombersley's lives like a joyful tornado, upsetting the rigid principles of the firstborn son, Charles, who has recently become engaged to a young lady even stricter than himself. Since his father is a reckless gambler who spends his days (and often nights) at the club, Charles has taken it upon himself to shoulder all the family responsibilities. This includes the thankless task of deciding who his sisters are going to marry. Just when he thinks he has found the right match for his sister, Cecilia, the silly girl goes off and falls in love with an idiotic teenager whose sole occupation is writing poetry.

Big-hearted, brave and quick-witted, Sophy quickly catches onto the situation and decides to take matters into her own hands. She introduces some fun (and a pet monkey) into the lives of her younger cousins and goes about confronting the tyrannical Charles with spunk and winsome good-humor. Though she and Charles clash about many things, she makes an even greater enemy of his fiancée, Miss Eugenia Wraxton. Does Sophy have what it takes to show them all that a little human kindness and some freedom are more important than the heartless rules they have imposed on themselves?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One exception October 21, 2012
By SamCat
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my second GH novel. I enjoyed the free Black Moth book so well I went and bought thirteen more. I could go on and on about characters and their developement but that is not my way of reviewing books. I enjoyed being taken back in time so vividly as to feel I was there. I know that Sophy was set in her way to set things her way but I still liked it. The only oddity for me was the marrying of First cousins. I believe at the time placement of this book it was not done. Only second cousin or better could wed. Though I could be wrong. At one point in history it was common.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austenesque July 15, 2011
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I have to say that I assumed that Georgette Heyer's books would be "dated". But having read Grand Sophy, one would only think that if they thought that Jane Austen was "dated". Since I am a huge Austen fan I loved Grand Sophy and will be back for more Heyer. I have been disallusioned with recent romance novels. Just too too much sex in them to be comfortable with. Have been looking for clean but well written stories. I think I have found them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book August 29, 2010
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This is my favorite novel by Georgette Heyer. I laughed throughout the book. I have recommended it to so many of my friends. LOVE Sophy's character and wish I could be that confident. Must read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll want more Sophy! July 30, 2009
Format:Paperback
When Sophy Stanton-Lacy arrives at her aunt's doorstep little did they know what was in store for them. Sophy's father is off on business and has asked his sister to mind after Sophy (quite possibly even find her a suitable match). Her aunt, although a bit reluctant at first, agrees to take Sophy in and introduce her to the ton. But upon her arrival Sophy finds that her cousins' lives are in a bit of disarray. For one, her cousin Cecilia is smitten with what the family considers an unsuitable suitor (a poet). Then there is her high-strung cousin Charles Rivenhall who is determined to marry a horribly prosy bluestocking. Using unorthodox methods, Sophie sets out to put everything to rights... but staying with her relatives could be her biggest challenge yet... especially since it seems that she has finally met her match.

Sophy is a this fantastic, fun-loving, unconventional, and adorable heroine. In my book of heroines, she is only second to one Miss Elizabeth Bennett. The fact that her motivation for all her escapades is a desire to make other people happy makes her absolutely endearing. Her determination to force Mr. Rivenhall to lighten up and the inevitable battles that ensue provide pure delightful entertainment. Although at first you are not too fond of Mr. Rivenhall, he actually turns out to be the perfect gentleman with a need for exactly someone like Sophy to provide just what his life was lacking. All the secondary characters were just as entertaining as her main characters. I loved them all - from the distracted poet to the lazy, Spanish Marquesa, even all of the crazy animals. In the span of a few pages, Heyer manages to break three betrothals, create two new engagements, one marriage, and through it all leaves everyone, including the reader, perfectly satisfied.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and funny read
Love this wonderful book! FUNNY and very clever. A must read for regency fans. Shipped quickly and was in most excellent condition.
Published 12 days ago by Christina
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful.
I loved it. Heyer has created an extremely funny heroine in Sophy. I found myself giggling throughout the entire book.
Published 22 days ago by K. Spangler
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Heyer of All
My all-time favorite Georgette Heyer novel. If you're new to her romances, start with this one. One or two mistakes translating from print to ebook, but nothing TOO annoying.
Published 25 days ago by Mary W. Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Frothy Delight
Witty dialogue and well developed characters are a hallmark of Georgette Heyer. Sophy is one of her most memorable and well written characters. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Ann Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting!
I love this book & a second reading is proof positive that Georgette Heyer was a genius! Frothy as muslin & fanciful, you'll laugh out loud at the heroine's antics.
Published 1 month ago by MeanOlCatLady
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Sophy
One of Georgette Heyer's best. I have read this book multiple times, and still enjoy the wonderful characters, the dialoque, and the glimpse into Heyer's depiction of Regency... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Bartley
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lords name in vain is a problem
I can not trust this writer to not take the Lords name in vain and will never read another Georgette Heyer book again.
Published 1 month ago by Barb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great fun!
When she comes to her cousins' home for a visit of some duration, her relatives are unprepared for the benign whirlwind that is the Grand Sophy! Read more
Published 1 month ago by KQ
5.0 out of 5 stars entertains and love the witty behavior and dialogue!
Witty conversations, ridiculous and righteous, handsome and intelligent or a portly and self satisfied Bore worried about his Mother's clams of a frail constitution and how soon he... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lola Carere
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to read
Foisted onto her very proper cousins while her diplomat father is out of the country, lively but goodhearted Sophy undertakes to improve their lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MamaSylvia
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