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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.

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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.

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"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

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  • ISBN-13: 9780099465638
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 7/27/2004
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Georgette Heyer, who wrote over fifty novels died in 1974.

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The Grand Sophy


By Georgette Heyer

Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises Limited
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373835485


Chapter One

The butler, recognizing her ladyship's only surviving brother at a glance, as he afterwards informed his less percipient subordinates, favoured Sir Horace with a low bow, and took it upon himself to say that my lady, although not at home to less nearly-connected persons, would be happy to see him. Sir Horace, unimpressed by this condescension, handed his caped-greatcoat to one footman, his hat and cane to the other, tossed his gloves on to the marble-topped table, and said that he had no doubt of that, and how was Dassett keeping these days? The butler, torn between gratification at having his name remembered and disapproval of Sir Horace's free and easy ways, said that he was as well as could be expected, and happy (if he might venture to say so) to see Sir Horace looking not a day older than when he had last had the pleasure of announcing him to her ladyship. He then led the way, in a very stately manner, up the imposing stairway to the Blue Saloon, where Lady Ombersley was dozing gently on a sofa by the fire, a Paisley shawl spread over her feet, and her cap decidedly askew. Mr Dassett, observing these details, coughed, and made his announcement in commanding accents: "Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy, my lady!"

Lady Ombersley awoke with a start, stared for an uncomprehending moment, made an ineffective clutch at her cap, and uttered a faint shriek. "Horace!"

"Hallo, Lizzie, how are you?" said Sir Horace, walking across the room, and bestowing an invigorating buffet upon her shoulder.

"Good heavens, what a fright you gave me!" exclaimed her ladyship, uncorking the vinaigrette which was never out of her reach.

The butler, having tolerantly observed these transports, closed the door upon the reunited brother and sister, and went away to disclose to his underlings that Sir Horace was a gentleman as lived much abroad, being, as he was informed, employed by the Government on Diplomatic Business too delicate for their understanding.

The diplomatist, meanwhile, warming his coat-tails by the fire, refreshed himself with a pinch of snuff and told his sister that she was putting on weight. "Not growing any younger, either of us," he added handsomely. "Not but what I can give you five years, Lizzie, unless my memory's at fault, which I don't think it is."

There was a large gilded mirror on the wall opposite to the fireplace, and as he spoke Sir Horace allowed his gaze to rest upon his own image, not in a conceited spirit, but with critical approval. His forty-five years had treated him kindly. If his outline had thickened a little, his height, which was well above six foot, made a slight portliness negligible. He was a very fine figure of a man, and had, besides a large and well-proportioned frame, a handsome countenance, topped by luxuriant brown locks as yet unmarred by silver streaks. He was always dressed with elegance, but was by far too wise a man to adopt such extravagances of fashion as could only show up the imperfections of a middle-aged figure. "Take a look at poor Prinny!" said Sir Horace to less discriminating cronies. "He's a lesson to us all!"

His sister accepted the implied criticism unresentfully. Twenty-seven years of wedlock had left their mark upon her; and the dutiful presentation to her erratic and far from grateful spouse of eight pledges of her affection had long since destroyed any pretensions to beauty in her. Her health was indifferent, her disposition compliant, and she was fond of saying that when one was a grandmother it was time to be done with thinking of one's appearance.

"How's Ombersley?" asked Sir Horace, with more civility than interest.

"He feels his gout a little, but considering everything he is remarkably well," she responded.

Sir Horace took a mere figure of speech in an undesirably literal spirit, saying, with a nod: "Always did drink too much. Still, he must be going on for sixty now, and I don't suppose you have so much of the other trouble, do you?"

"No, no!" said his sister hastily. Lord Ombersley's infidelities, though mortifying when conducted, as they too often were, in the full glare of publicity, had never greatly troubled her, but she had no desire to discuss them with her outspoken relative, and gave the conversation an abrupt turn by asking where he had come from.

"Lisbon," he replied, taking another pinch of snuff.

Lady Ombersley was vaguely surprised. It was now two years since the close of the long Peninsular War, and she rather thought that, when last heard of, Sir Horace had been in Vienna, no doubt taking mysterious part in the Congress, which had been so rudely interrupted by the escape of that dreadful Monster from Elba. "Oh!" she said, a little blankly. "Of course, you have a house there! I was forgetting! And how is dear Sophia?"

"As a matter of fact," said Sir Horace, shutting his snuff-box, and restoring it to his pocket, "it's about Sophy that I've come to see you."

Sir Horace had been a widower for fifteen years, during which period he had neither requested his sister's help in rearing his daughter nor paid the least heed to her unsolicited advice, but at these words an uneasy feeling stole over her. She said: "Yes, Horace? Dear little Sophia! It must be four years or more since I saw her. How old is she now? I suppose she must be almost out?"

"Been out for years," responded Sir Horace. "Never anything else really. She's twenty."

"Twenty!" exclaimed Lady Ombersley. She applied her mind to arithmetic, and said: "Yes, she must be, for my own Cecilia is just turned nineteen, and I remember that your Sophia was born almost a year before. Dear me, yes! Poor Marianne! What a lovely creature she was, to be sure!"

With a slight effort Sir Horace conjured up the vision of his dead wife. "Yes, so she was," he agreed. "One forgets, you know. Sophy's not much like her: favours me!"

"I know what a comfort she must have been to you," sighed Lady Ombersley. "And I'm sure, dear Horace, that nothing could be more affecting than your devotion to the child!"

"I wasn't in the least devoted," interrupted Sir Horace. "I shouldn't have kept her with me if she'd been troublesome. Never was: good little thing, Sophy!"

"Yes, my dear, no doubt, but to be dragging a little girl all over Spain and Portugal, when she would have been far better in a select school -"

"Not she! She'd have learnt to be missish," said Sir Horace cynically. "Besides, no use to prose to me now on that head: it's too late! The thing is, Lizzie, I'm in something of a fix. I want you to take care of Sophy while I'm in South America."

"South America?" gasped Lady Ombersley.

"Brazil. I don't expect to be away very long, but I can't take my little Sophy, and I can't leave her with Tilly, because Tilly's dead. Died in Vienna, couple of years ago. A devilish inconvenient thing to do, but I daresay she didn't mean it."

"Tilly?" said Lady Ombersley, all at sea.

"Lord, Elizabeth, don't keep on repeating everything I say! Shocking bad habit! Miss Tillingham, Sophy's governess!"

"Good heavens! Do you mean to tell me that the child has no governess now?"

"Of course she has not! She don't need a governess. I always found plenty of chaperons for her when we were in Paris, and in Lisbon it don't signify. But I can't leave her alone in England."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer Copyright © 2003 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    The Grand Sophy is best of Georgette Heyer

    Georgette Heyer is the original Regency Romance author - all others are pale imitations. Her characters are sharp and charming. Her dialogue is deceiving - at first you think it is just talk, then you start to giggle, because she has tricked you with a sly jest or a little tricky sarcasm.
    Ms. Heyer is poking fun at all the starched up characters, sliding sweet romance under our very noses.

    In The Grand Sophy, the main character is a "managing female" who "saves" people wherever she goes, leaving in them slightly dazed but much happier.

    When she arrives in England to visit her aunt and cousins, she finds a another group in distress. Her cousin Charles, newly endowed with a fortune from a deceased uncle, has just rescued his families fortunes but in the process has become rather autocratic and overbearing. To top it all off, he has become engaged to marry a young woman of impecable breeding and morals (and the whole house is dreading the time when she will move in with them and throw a damper on everyone). Don't worry, Sophy will teach her cousin a few salutary lessons, get rid of the "horse faced" bride-to-be and make everyone happy - and most especially the reader!

    Don't start this book unless you have a couple of hours, because you WILL forget to put it down.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    all kinds of fun

    Sophie descends on London after being with her father during the war in Spain. She is not the meek young lady her aunt and cousins expect, but turns their lives on end and prevents an ill-fated marriage. Lots of humor in this one. I can't imagine any one not loving Sophie.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Antisemetic

    I've read many Heyer mysteries and historical fiction and enjoy her senseo of humor. However this one suddenly has a subplot about a loan shark that is a very nasty form of anti semitism. Readers beware!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

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    my favorite Heyer

    Don't know why I picked up my first Georgette Heyer. I think I had heard of her and decided to give it a try. I've been hooked on her historical romances since. The Grand Sophy has got to be one of my favorites. Heyer characters are never cookie cutter. In every book each character is unique. The hero and heroine are not always perfect but ultimately likeable. Heyer writes with such wit and accuracy in details of the period.
    In Sophy she has one of her stronger, brighter and more independent heroines.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    If You Liked Heyer's Frederica...

    Then you should very much enjoy her romance with Sophy. Sophy is a very hands on Lady who decides to set to rights the sorry state of her cousin's family when she comes to stay with them. All the children and their mother and father have let the oldest son become a tyrant over the household after he saved them from financial ruin, but Sophy will have none of that if you please! Lots of fun will be had watching Sophy and Charles come to cuffs, so cuddle up and enjoy reading The Grand Sophy.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    The best of Heyer

    Must read this, its the best she has done. There's wit, family drama, good ton and Sophie is a unique, intelligent, witty, appealing, independent and interesting girl. Her battles with Charles, her schemes for her other cousins are warm, funny and brill

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2002

    A delightful rebel

    Sophy, raised in diplomatic circles in 17th century Portugal by her eccentric father, rides as well as any man, and comes to England to stay with her aunt, Lady Ombersley, 'to find a husband'. In the process, she flouts every convention, infuriates her cousin Charles and generally turns the household upside down. Every woman who has ever been suppressed by a man, because 'women just don't...' will LOVE this one! You will laugh your way through it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    Here is a young Regency lady who is in control...

    If you love a spirited heroine, if you have dreamed of a hero who just needs the right person to be able to enjoy life to the full, if you enjoy a cast of characters so well written about that you'll identify them with people you know, then you MUST read this book. Sophy is absolutely loveable! She will endear herself to every reader. You'll laugh from beginning to end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Lace

    Your mom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    To Lace

    What do u look like?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    She invented the period romance

    And also excellant historical novels. Her research was complete and coversations are accurate but might seem dated and odd in the former slang. However noticed the same oddity now in novels of the twenties or fourties

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Totally great

    This is quite possibly my favorite Heyer novel. Well written, fully developed characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Recommended

    One of Heyers best. Well worth reading.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Fun read

    Enjoyable and very funny. Sophy is unique!!! She is caught up in a situation that requires audacity, perspicacity, and humor all of which Sophy displays in abundance. A good rainy afternoon read especially with a cup of tea and scone to keep you company. Be prepared to laugh out loud so a quite public space is probably not the ideal location.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Enjoyable

    Well written and fun. Sophey is great !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Great book

    Terrific story of a whirlwind young lady that makes a difference in the lives of those around her! Engaging but not typical Romance story , but thats what makes it special.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    One of my favorites by this author.

    This is one of my favorites by Ms. Heyer. The main character is engaging, the plot quick moving and fun. When I recommend a first read of this authors books this book is one of the ones I choose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    One of Ms. Heyer's best!

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable book with great tongue in cheek humour, engaging plot, lovable characters. A great read, as usual, from the Grand Heyer.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    highly recomment

    The Grand Sophy is probably the most entertaining novel I have ever read. Sophy is a most delightful character. If you want to spend time smiling and being amused, you must read this book. I love all of Georgette Heyer's novels but I would have to say, this one is my favorite by far.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Wonderful book and has withstood the test of time.

    I read this book many years ago and it is awesome, one of her best. The problem that have is Ms. Heyer's books are listed in the "Steals and Deals" and "under $5.00" section. Last time I was in school $13.00 was more than $5.00. These books must really be $.99 vice $9.99 or Barnes and Noble has very poor math skills. Great book but not worth the $13.00 plus price.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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