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The Grand Sophy (Regency Romances) [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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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.

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

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's extremely funny! August 18, 2010
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Plot Summary: Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy drops a bomb on his sister; he's going to Brazil and he needs her to watch over his 20-year-old daughter, Sophia. Picturing a meek, biddable young lady, the aunt agrees, and receives another shock when a tall vibrant woman arrives with three animals in tow. Sophy is a force of nature, and there is no middle ground in how people feel about her - they either love her or hate her. Fortunately all but the most small-minded stick-in-the-muds treasure her, and benefit from her grand domestic schemes.

This book is going on my keeper shelf for life, and I'm sitting here regretting that this is the first Heyer book I've read. I have been wasting precious time! Now I'll have to play catch up, and start reading her books, posthaste. This story was such a treat to read, and I had a smile on my face whenever Sophy entered the scene. There are several books and movies that attempt to do this kind of screwball comedy, but they're sad imitations next to this grand master. The humor keeps building until the final crescendo, which is equal parts chaos, comedy, and closure. I wish I could see this book acted out on the stage. No one could ask for a better cast of characters.

Sophy is a dust devil that blows her aunt's family into turmoil, and unlike the hapless Emma by Jane Austen, Sophy knows precisely what she is doing with all the cunning of chess master. If I have any criticisms it is that Sophy does not have any flaws, but I love her too much to wish her any different. Pitted against her are the sour-faced Miss Wraxton and her fiance, Charles Rivenhall, who is Sophy's cousin and a veritable wet blanket.
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11 of 12 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Regency comedy July 7, 2012
By Michele
The Grand Sophy is consistently named as a favorite among Georgette Heyer fans, and it is easy to see why. The book is lively and engaging, moving along at a good pace with never a dull spot. Unlike some of her other books, Heyer uses very little Regency slang, making the dialogue in this book much easier to follow than in most of her other works.

I would call this a Regency comedy more than a Regency romance for, while Heyer's books typically have one or two over-the-top comedic characters, The Grand Sophy is filled with them. One or two characters are calm, stable and realistic; the rest are one-dimensional caricatures that, while lacking in realism, nevertheless make for a lively and entertaining story. The book is filled with Heyer's trademark wit, and of course, all the loose ends (and there are many) tie up happily at the end.

So why am I giving this book only three stars? Mostly because of the main character, Miss Sophia Stanton-Lacy. I am quite sure that, were I to meet her in person, I would not like her at all. She is overbearing, manipulative, scheming, sarcastic, and never suffers any negative consequences for any of her numerous outrageous actions. Her attitude towards Eugenia Wraxton was insupportable. Granted, Miss Wraxton was a sanctimonious prig; nevertheless, Sophy's mean-spiritedness to her, not to mention her undermining of Miss Wraxton's engagement to Charles Rivenhall simply because Sophy wanted Charles for herself, made me sympathetic towards the unfortunate Miss Wraxton, while it made me like Sophy even less. I also found Sophy's disinterest in men (other than as pals) and marriage more than a little odd for a woman of her time and socio-economic status.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Antisemitic subplot
I got to the middle and realized that the book is peppered with blatant antisemitism. Did the author seriously make the villain a greedy Jewish money lender with a "Semitic... Read more
Published 14 hours ago by J. Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Sophy is a grand adventure!
Motherless Sophy has been raised abroad, following her globe-trotting ambassador father. This upbringing has gifted her with a sophisticated yet down-to-earth worldview. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Charlotte Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite Georgette Heyer book!
Published 2 days ago by Angela Woodard
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best!
The Grand Sophy has always beeb one of my favorite Heyer books. the characters, the story, all contrive to keep you fascinated from the first page til the last
Published 3 days ago by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Jane Austen
If you love Jane Austen, you will adore Georgette Heyer. The plot is predictable, but the writer knows how to develop rounded characters. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mary K
5.0 out of 5 stars The family is happy to oblige and looks forward to meeting the young
The Grand Sophy is another of Georgette Heyer's charming young heroines. We come into the story when diplomat, Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy arrives at his sisters house to ask her to... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Margaret C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and Fun read
A delightful story about a woman with a lot of courage. Inspirational, to say the least. The main character is intelligent and spunky. Loved this book.
Published 16 days ago by Darlene Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Really loved this story
Really loved this story. I would have liked it more if she would have written about Sophy actually getting married and what happened next. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Katie Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous
Loved this book. The banter between the characters was amusing
Published 19 days ago by Janet S. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh Sophy, You are a Schemer
Funny, cute but the characters were overdone. The stereotypes became old after all while. I'm giving it four stars because it held my curiosity. Read more
Published 20 days ago by JAScribbles
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More About the Author

Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, "The Black Moth," published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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