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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.



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Sophy arrives at the Rivenhall household with a monkey. She is not the shy, retiring girl that her cousins had been led to expect. She's exuberant, clever and resourceful and quickly sets the household on its ear. If it isn't publicly racing horses, it's setting up assignations for her cousin and her unsuitable beau or rescuing another cousin from a loan shark. And she does it all with a cheerful determination that makes this story a winner 60 years after its publication. Although it begins with an interminably dull conversation between Sophy s father and aunt, once Sophy enters the picture, Clare Wille is in her element. Her Sophy brings sunshine to the stage merely by her presence in the scene. Her joyful disposition and quick mind means she sees a solution to every problem, even, and perhaps especially, when that solution will drive her cousin Charles past the end of his reason. Wille shows off [her] vocal range with Spanish Marquessas; every age of person and station in life, including a very memorable gentleman with a cold; and all the time Sophy with a smile in her voice. The hilarious courtship of her cousin Charles, which requires eliminating his current prune-faced fiancee, is what makes Heyer the grand master of Regency Romance. Recommended for all fiction collections. --Jodi Israel, SoundCommentary

This is a fine performance by Clare Wille, reading a sensitive abridgement of The Grand Sophy. The generously built pistol-packing Sophy is many people's favourite Georgette Heyer character; certainly her ingenious ways of getting out of apparently disastrous situations is unequalled. This is the fifth of the uniformly fine Naxos AudioBooks abridgements of Heyer; there is also an interview with Wille on the Naxos website that gives intriguing insights into the art of narration. --Christina Hardyment - The Times

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
  • ASIN: B002WWKZMM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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219 of 223 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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51 of 54 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
Format:Hardcover
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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39 of 41 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
Format:Hardcover
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You can't get better than Georgette Heyer. She draws you into the story and has interesting characters!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately the character of Sophie is far from Grand.
Unfortunately the character of Sophie is far from Grand.

Since her mother death when she was young, Sophie ran her father’s household. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Bat.I.Am
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a wonderful story! I enjoyed it so much.
Published 21 days ago by Anne Huber
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IT HELD MY INTEREST
Published 27 days ago by satisfied customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Georgette Heyer never disappoints. Sophie and her continental ways run bang against the staid household of her English relatives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars I've LOVED Georgette Heyer since I was a teenager in England
I've LOVED Georgette Heyer since I was a teenager in England. I have read her books to tatters and am glad to see that her books are being re-printed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by deborah mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start good finis
The first chapter drags as necessary exposition is detailed in 19th century polite conversation. Sophy arrives in chapter 2 and everything picks up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barry Hampe
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophy
This story was just hilarious. I enjoyed it very much. I was not able to put it down. I am sorry I finished it.
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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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Charlotte Proctor
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