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Georgette Heyer
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3 Jun 2004

When the redoubtable Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy is ordered to South America on Diplomatic Business he parks his only daughter Sophy on his sister in Berkeley Square. But Sophy's cousins are in a sad tangle. The heartless and tyrannical Charles is betrothed to a pedantic bluestocking almost as tiresome as himself; Cecilia is besotted with a beautiful but quite feather-brained poet; and Hubert has fallen foul of a money-lender. It looks like the Grand Sophy has arrived just in time to save them all ...

The undisputed queen of historical romance shows in Grand Sophy all the wonderful storytelling that won her a huge, devoted readership, which continues to this day.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099465639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099465638
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My favourite historical novelist -- stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. Her sense of period is superb, her heroines are enterprising, and her heroes dashing. I owe her many happy hours." (Margaret Drabble)

"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to" (Katie Fforde)

"A writer of great wit and style ... I've read her books to ragged shreds" (Kate Fenton, Daily Telegraph)

"Sparkling" (The Independent)

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A heart-quickening tale of Regency romance b one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists of all time.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-Abridged 1 Nov 2011
By Anne
Format:Audio CD
The abridged version of this brilliant book, one of Heyer's best, loses a lot of the story's panache and vivacity. Some picturesque characters and their story lines are virtually omitted altogether. What a shame. I was really disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The grand sophy 4 Jun 2012
By Pamela
Format:Audio CD
Very disappointing. The book has lost all of its character. Whoever decided to approve this version does not understand heyer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Version of The Grand Sophy 2 April 2012
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I was disappointed in this abridged version of The Grand Sophy. It seemed to me that all Georgette Heyer's comedy was left out and surely this is what makes her books so special and so different. More time should be spent with the reading and less or none on music.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Grand 18 Nov 2005
Perhaps one of the most delightful of Ms. Heyer’s Regncy Romances, The Grand Sophy is a treat from beginning to end.
If Mr. Charles Rivenhall could have foreseen the havoc his cousin Sophia (Sophy to friends) would wreck in his life he would never have allowed his mother to invite her for a visit. Or would he?
For Sophy is as irresistible as she is incorrigible. From the moment she steps into this sombre household she sees that they are all sadly in need of her help. Beautiful Cecilia is pining away in her love for a poet; poor Herbert is in the clutches of a moneylender and Charles himself is betrothed to the most depressing female imaginable. But Sophy is nothing if not resourceful. With wit and charm as her only weapons, she sets out to sort out the family’s problems, and in the process finds her true love as well.
Heyer’s brilliant wit and intelligent humour make her work stand head and shoulders above the rest. Avoiding the usual clichés of this genre, she endows her heroines with as much brain as beauty and an independence of spirit that makes them so much fun to read about.
If you feel romance novels should be explicitly passionate, Heyer may not be for you. But if a comedy of manners, with engaging characters, hilarious dialogue and between-the-lines romance is your cup of tea, The Grand Sophy is just the book for you
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling Regency romance 30 April 2011
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Sophy Stanton-Lacey is staying with her aunt and uncle - Lord and Lady Ombersley - at their house in Berkeley Square. Sophy horrifies and delights them by arriving accompanied by a horse, Salamanca, a parrot and a monkey, not to speak of her greyhound, Tina. The parrot and the monkey are for the children of the household. It is a household in a sorry state.

Charles, the oldest son, is betrothed to a lady who seems lacking in the slightest sense of humour; Cecilia has fallen in love with an impoverished poet and Hubert, a younger son, is deep in debt. Sophy vows to sort everyone out and find a husband for herself as well.

Full of amusing incidents and fascinating characters this is one of Georgette Heyer's liveliest Regency romances and one of the most delightful. It is interesting to see the effect the energetic Sophy has on the rather depressed household especially when she decides to organise a ball for four hundred guests without her hostess knowing exactly how many people are coming.

This is one of my favourite novels probably because nothing defeats the redoubtable Sophy. I love the humour and the way the characters interact especially the way the apparently stuffy Charles soon starts to reveal a much lighter side to his character. If you haven't tried Georgette Heyer before then this would be an excellent place to start.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious examples... 2 May 2011
By Kiwi
After reading Laurel Ann's review there can only be left the addition of some hilarious quotes from this lovely book.

She laughed. 'Oh, that is too bad of you, Sir Vincent! I don't create disturbances: you know I don't!'
'I know nothing of the kind, my child. When last I saw you, you were engaged in arranging in the most ruthless fashion the affairs of the most bewildered family of Belgians I have yet encountered. They had all my sympathy, but there was nothing I could do to help them: I know my limitations.'
'Those poor Le Bruns! Well, but SOMEONE had to help them out of such a tangle!'

'And Charles Rivenhall is therefore your cousin. (...) Almost my heart goes out to the family. Do they tread blindly towards their doom, Sophy, or did they willingly receive a firebrand into their midst?'
She gave a chuckle. 'They tread blindly - but I am NOT a firebrand!'
'No, I used the wrong word. You are like poor Whinyates's rockets: no one knows what you will do next!'

He said stiffly: 'Since you have brought up Miss Wraxton's (his fiancée) name, I shall be much obliged to you, cousin, if you will refrain from telling my sisters that she has a face like a horse!'
'But, Charles, no blame attaches to Miss Wraxton! She cannot help it, and that, I ASSURE you, I have always pointed out to your sisters!'
'I consider Miss Wraxton's countenance particularly well-bred!'
'Yes, indeed, but you have quite misunderstood the matter! I MEANT a particularly well-bred horse!'
'You meant, as I am perfectly aware, to belittle Miss Wraxton!'
'No, no! I am very fond of horses!' Sophy said earnestly.

He burst out laughing. 'Major Quinton spoke nothing but the truth about you!' he declared. 'I am already terrified of you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful escapism.
Anyone who likes Georgette Heyer will love this.
Published 6 days ago by Satisfied Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The grand Sophy
One of Heyer's funniest it was the first novel by her that I read and still after more years than I care to mention has the power to make me laugh out loud .
Published 6 days ago by CATHERINE ROBERTS
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure
I first read this book some forty odd years ago and it has not lost it's allure. Skilfully drawn characters and an amusing plot I have revisited this book many times, it has... Read more
Published 1 month ago by donaldronald
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite of All Her Works
Absolutely loved this. Re-read this over the May holiday and connected with the female lead all over again. Definitely worth reading.

Cat Malin
Published 1 month ago by C.R. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful book full of warmth and humour
Georgette Heyer created a most memorable character in Sophy. From beginning to end the book is a delight, the prose funny and effortless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Once more....
As with all the other Georgette Heyer novels there is always a new tale to tell even with the 'usual' cast list plus a few extras, of course, each time - rich, sometimes titled... Read more
Published 3 months ago by beverly tonks
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lively Regency Story
Having read most of the Georgette Heyer historical genre, this was missing from my collection. It compares well with others written about the Regency Period. Read more
Published 3 months ago by G. van de Poll
4.0 out of 5 stars So amusing!
A lovely read! Sophy manages everyone's problems so delightfully. All the loose ends come together perfectly at the end. Heyer at her best.
Published 3 months ago by irene
5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer
Bought this book to complete my set of Georgette Heyer novels I have read most of them more than once, they are a great form of relaxation.
Published 4 months ago by Zarrina
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Sophy
Sophy is one of Heyer's most exciting heroines; joyous, unpredictable, exasperating, amusing and caring. Read more
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