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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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Editorial Reviews


"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

From the Inside Flap

When Sophy goes to stay with her cousins in Berkeley Square, she finds them in a sad tangle of affairs – some romantic and others of a more pecuniary nature. Perhaps the Grand Sophy has arrived just in time to save them.

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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214 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Georgette February 15, 2000
By Daniel
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was voted one of the 400 best novels ever to come out of the 20th century; chosen out of Heyer's entire oeuvre to represent the best of her work. They made the best choice. Heyer invented a genre, that of the Regency Romance, which became cheapened by countless imitators and emulators as well as many very good authors who got lost among the dross and the sweeping statements which consigned the Regency Romance to an undeservedly low-rated place. The Grand Sophy shows Heyer at her very best - it is a outrageously funny book that still has me laughing out loud (I had to stop reading it on the train because other passengers began to complain), it presents a cast of strongly drawn and complex characters, premier among whom is the titular Sophy - Sophia Stanton-Lacy, the irrepressible, indefagitable young woman with a personality the size of all England. From her extravagant arrival at her aunt and uncle's house accompanied by a monkey, a parrot, an Italian greyhound, and a very fine horse - to say nothing of her strong managing nature and charisma, she takes her rather hare-brained cousins in hand, sorting out their entanglements, scandals and romantic peccadilloes in a helter-skelter way. A book for those who always know the best for everyone else, unless you don't want to encourage them. It is a fast-moving, extravagantly amusing, richly detailed and satisfyingly convoluted novel in which Heyer skilfully draws myriad loose ends together with an incredible lightness and sureness of hand - her great talent. Many imitators tend to do so with too heavy and ponderous a style. Buy, borrow or beg this novel - but don't read it in public unless you're good at suppressing laughter. And even better - unlike several of Heyer's best novels, where the language can be somewhat offputting, this book is among one of the most immediately accessible for the novice to Heyer.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tangle of romances - and only one woman can fix it! January 28, 2001
The Grand Sophy has always been one of Heyer's most popular books, and for good reasons. The main character, Sophy, is so confident, fun and extremely likeable - she is almost irresistable. It is also one of Heyer's more complex plots with a number of problems, mostly romantic to be resolved - and it is only in the last few pages that all is made clear.
Sophy, the 'little' neice of Lady Ombersley is sent to London to stay with her aunt. However, somewhere in the decade or so since her aunt last saw her, Sophy has grown into a rather tall, imposing woman, with a personality to match. She is good-natured, sociable, and utterly independent. She soon has the Ombersley household in the palm of her hand - well all except Charles, the eldest son who takes a rather dim view of her. Charles's pious fiancee, Eugenia Wraxton, is also not impressed by her and attempts to bring her into line with London manners - but Sophy, with unimpaired good-manners and immense charm usually manages to get her own way.
Having established herself in the Ombersley Household Sophy soon sees how much they need her. Charles is clearly about marry the wrong woman (Eugenia), his sister, Cecilia is caught up with a clearly unsuitbale poet, and younger brother has Hubert trapped in some clearly dark sort of activity which he cannot escape from. At the same time Sophy's soon to be mother-in-law, Sancia looks to be straying herself.
Sophy's ability to orchestrate this huge cast of characters all to fitting ends is truly marvellous - and highly enjoyable.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First and most beloved August 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A neighbor put this book (in paperback) into my hands in the summer of 1972 as I was preparing to move overseas with my family. Thus began a wonderful, lifelong relationship with Georgette Heyer's marvelous characters. I have read and re-read this paperback, which I still own, so many times that it is held together with a rubber band. I don't read any other romance novels - I am a sci fi/history buff - and the few other "regency" novels I've read by other authors are inferior, poorly written, fluffy drivel compared with GH's work. But this is superb. Read it and laugh along with the brilliant Sophia Stanton-Lacy!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By all that's wonderful, it's the Grand Sophy! May 14, 1998
By A Customer
This was my first introduction to the world of Georgette Heyer and what an introduction it was. I still laugh to this day at Sophy's delightful unconventionality and at the way her poor bewildered cousins learn to deal with her. A wonderful, wonderful book with great period detail and a light-hearted touch that makes it refreshing and non-sentimental at the same time. Read it. I'll not spoil the enchantment for you but beware...Sophy (and in consequence Heyer herself) is very addictive. You might just find yourself craving more.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By tregatt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The very first romance novel I ever read (and I'm not including Jane Austen in this category) was "Black Sheep" by Georgette Heyer. I enjoyed the book so much that I immediately began haunting used book stores, hunting for as many of her novels as I could get at a time. That was more than two decades ago, and Georgette Heyer has remained a firm favourite ever since (in spite of her rather dated opinions about the merchant middle class, etc). "The Grand Sophy" ranks up there with other of my all time favourite Heyer novels (the ones that I rate about 10 stars) like "Sylvester," "Sprig Muslin," "The Foundling" & "These Old Shades," -- they're all excellent reads that every Regency-era romance novel addict should read at least once!
Other reviewers have done excellent jobs in giving plot synopsis, so I'll leave off doing the same except to note that the novel deals with the humourous and outrageous efforts of a visiting cousin, Sophy Stanton-Lacy, to sort out the myriad of problems that all those around her have (mainly her Rivenhall cousins like Herbert and Cecilia) become entangled in. What makes this novel 'work' is not only the clever plotting and the numerous escapades that Heyer has Sophy pull, but also the brilliant manner in which Heyer draws her characters. In Sophy Stanton-Lacy, for example, Heyer has created a young heroine who while incredibly managing, bossy, independent and very determined, and yet who is so utterly charming that you cannot help but root for her to come out on top -- this in spite of the fact that your sympathies may lie elsewhere. And I did have sympathies elsewhere! The first time I read the book, I felt quite sympathetic towards stuffy cousin Charles.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Heyers
This is classic Heyer - the spirited heroine and hero manage to work it out. Lots of interesting side characters.
Published 10 days ago by Kathryn Hatlestad
5.0 out of 5 stars More Light Social Satire by Heyer
I enjoy Heyer's books, so I wasn't surprised to like the social satire in this one as well. She's a "regency Jane Austen."
Published 15 days ago by Purchaser
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Story
My favorite regency book. I love most of Georgette Heyers' books but this one is so full of wit and fun adventures.
Published 16 days ago by Jeanie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just grand enough!!
Another great regency romance with all the lovely story twists and language we expect of Georgette Heyer. Additionally, in Sophie we have a heroine not in Ms. Heyer's usual mold. Read more
Published 18 days ago by D. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with humor and wild adventure that is so unique to Georgette...
Georgette Heyer‘s The Grand Sophy was the first book I’ve read in 2014. Set in the times of the British Regency, the novel focuses on the 5’9″ and 25+ ish Sophia Stanton-Lacy whose... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bookish musings
5.0 out of 5 stars So Witty! Great Plot & Characters
I really love this author, and this is one of her best stories. Great plot and characters, lots of innuendo and hints of insults, and a big finish at the end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DS
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll read it again
This is one of Georgette Heyer's best books. Sophy is on of the most independent heroines ever, and she knows how to get her man.
Published 1 month ago by Jack E.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Sophie
This is probably the 30th time l have read this book and I enjoyed it just as much as I did when I read it at about 14 years of age. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jennifer auld
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun historical romance
Characters are charming. I enjoy the historical context and view of life of the upper classes of the period. Lots of fun!
Published 1 month ago by Dani Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Really grand
This is a truly typical Georgette Heyer. Sophy is a liberated woman far in advance of her time, and ruthlessly sorts out the lives of a dysfunctional family
Published 2 months ago by Michael David Newton
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