- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 44 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
- Audible.com Release Date: October 3, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005RYJ640
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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.
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?Read more ›
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