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The Grand Sophy
The Grand Sophy: A hysterical and charming clean Regency romance | Georgette Heyer
A New York Times Bestseller!"Sophy grabs you and takes you on a ride you don't want to end. With fabulous characters, zany laugh-out-loud moments, and the need to see just what she will come up with next."-Nelaine, Amazon.com Reviewer When Sir Horace Stanton-Lacy is ordered to South America on Diplomatic Business he parks his only daughter, Sophy, with his sister in Berkeley Square. Forward, bold, and out-spoken, Sophy sweeps in and immediately takes ton by storm. Upon her arrival, Sophy can see that her cousins are in a sad tangle: Ceclia is in love with a poet, Charles is engaged to a dour bluestocking, her uncle is of no use at all, and the younger children are in desperate need of some fun and freedom. They all need her help and it's providential that Sophy arrives when she does. Utterly hilarious and completely endearing, The Grand Sophy is a fan favorite from The Queen of Regency Romance. Fans of Jane Austen, Julia Quinn, and Eloisa James will be delighted by Sophy, the outrageous lengths she goes to solve everyone else's problems, and the surprises in store for everyone! Other Regency Romances from Georgette Heyer: Frederica a woman seeking security for her family finds love where, and when, she least expected it Sylvester-She meets none of his requirements for a wife. He is the chief villain in her novel. Cotillion- A sham betrothal isn't the only thing that gets Kitty and Freddy into trouble, but it's definitely the beginning. What readers are saying about The Grand Sophy "This is one of the funniest, most historically accurate and endearing Regency romances I have ever read!" "I grinned and giggled many times at the antics of these characters, loving even those bumbling fools at which we are meant to scoff." "This book was a madcap delight." What reviewers are saying about The Grand Sophy "The Grand Sophy was an exciting, charming read. The characters grab you and don't let go." Anna's Book Blog "Fun, engaging and hilarious, I cannot recommend it more highly. Sophy is a devilishly fine girl." AustenProse "The Grand Sophy is a very entertaining Regency romance with wonderfully eccentric characters and a very humorous plot."-Once Upon a Romance What everyone has to say about the Queen of Regency Romance Georgette Heyer "Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." Publishers Weekly "Georgette Heyer was one of the great protagonists of the historical novel in the post-war golden age of the form. Her regency romances are delightful light reading..." Philippa Gregory "[Heyer's] characters are witty and beyond charming, her prose is flawless and lighthearted, and her historical detail is immaculate."-Read All Over Reviews "Georgette Heyer is unbeatable." -Sunday Telegraph
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I loved this book much to my surprise - Regency romance is not my usual reading choice. Loved character of Sophy. Made me think of Jane Austen a lot.

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Swe_Eva
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#audiobake instead of #audiowalk today. Happy Mardi Gras! #kingcake The book is entertaining, but the main character is irritating like Austen's Emma, except I'm not sure she's meant to be... 🤔

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Setsukina
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In the mood for a regency romance and was glad to see The Grand Sophy as part of the Audible‘s Romance Package. #currentlylistening #audiobook #audible

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Christinak
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My library hold came in just in time for Saturday night!

AlaMich I listened to this one. So much fun!! 😊 4mo
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shanaqui
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I wonder if this is as funny a second time... I'm so tempted to do a reread. Brekkist obviously thinks I should! Now how did he get behind the doors? 🤔 #BunniesofLitsy

(Spoiler: I helped! He's not a book nibbling criminal like Hulk and he so badly wanted to get through the glass...

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Dragon
Pickpick

Another fun #romantsy - yay Hoopla audiobooks

EloisaJames My favorite Heyer!! 10mo
Dragon Thanks @EloisaJames Sophie is so vibrant 👍🐉 10mo
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Dragon
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A new Hoopla audiobook- I‘m so addicted!

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howjessreads
Grand Sophy | Georgette Heyer
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1. Thor. Especially the Hemsworth version. 😍🤪
2. Georgette Heyer
3. A river cruise up the Danube. 🚣🏻
4. Six. And my husband has 3. Lol. Good thing our bed is king-sized.
5. This is cracking me up! Love that the #friyayintro thread looks like it‘s full of Joey Tribianis... heyyyyy. How you doin‘?

Christine That is an impressive number of pillows! 😄 10mo
Susanita ITA about Thor. 🇦🇺 10mo
Dragon Love ❤️ Georgette Heyer 😀🐉 10mo
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howjessreads Impressive and ridiculous. 😝 @Christine 10mo
howjessreads @Dragon GH forevah! 10mo
CatLass007 I sleep with six pillows and four cats. No husband. 10mo
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lyradora
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For all the romance readers out there: an uncomfortable and eye-opening essay on the white supremacy that sits at the heart of so much historical romance. #romance

http://www.elizabethkingstonbooks.com/single-post/2018/04/15/Romanticizing-White...

CoffeeK8 Really interesting perspective, thanks for sharing this, she brings up some good points 1y
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ScientistSam
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Feeling like a reread of this lovely, one of my favorite Heyers!
#romantsy

LeahBergen The Baluchistan hound is on the cover. 😂 1y
rubyslippersreads I need to move this up my TBR list. 1y
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Nessavamusic
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1. My new favorite not too naughty snack
2. The Grand Sophy! Totally a #blameitonlitsy choice which I loved.
3. Yes, so many...
4. Fairly clean, but not obsessively so
5. Ready Player One, was just ok
@MinDea #humpdaypost

CoffeeK8 💖 this book! 1y
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Nessavamusic
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Just started this #classicromance that‘s on #audibleromance I can see what all the fuss is about! #glorytotheguild

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Moray_Reads
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Ah, @leahbergen, this was more like it! What fun and melodrama. Great dialogue, a delightfully silly romp through Regency London

saresmoore Yes, please! 1y
SusanInTiburon Sophy takes charge! 1y
LeahBergen Oh, good!!! I‘m glad that one of her books worked for you (and now you can see the appeal, right?). You‘ve made me want to go to my Heyer shelf now. 😆 1y
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Moray_Reads @LeahBergen Definitely! I could see potential in The Convenient Marriage but this one was so much better. Utter fun. I'm so glad to have a whole host of others for when I need light relief 1y
Andrew65 Definitely a fun read! 1y
AlaMich This was my first GH and I thought it was delightful! 1y
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Andrew65
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A couple of my favourite #regency books. It is reported that Friday‘s Child was Georgette‘s favourite of her books. She certainly wrote a lot of Regency romances.
#150PnPCoverParty

CrowCAH Oh Heyer, I have yet to read her books, but they sound wonderful!!! 1y
Andrew65 @CrowCAH I think you would most probably enjoy them. 😊 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve only read her mystery novels 🙂 1y
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Melissa_J My pick too 😊 1y
batsy I have a couple of her romances. I should read them, they seem so fun! 1y
Andrew65 @batsy I think that sums them up well, fun. 1y
LeahBergen I loved The Grand Sophy and still have Friday‘s Child waiting on my shelf. 💕 1y
LeahBergen @batsy You must! They are such well-written little bits of coziness. 1y
Andrew65 @LeahBergen I need to get back to reading some Georgette Heyer. 1y
batsy @LeahBergen 👍 With a description like that, I'm sold! I read one of her mysteries and enjoyed it! 1y
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smilingshelves
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Georgette Heyer's books are incredibly witty and #funny. The perfect read for a readathon, too! #30daysofreadathon

@DeweysReadathon

LeahBergen I love Heyer. ❤️ 2y
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MarriedtoMrT
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I have failed (so far) in my quest to read one complete Heyer this year but I couldn't resist picking this one up at bargain price today. I've heard it's one of her best.

Bkwrm7 This one is pretty good, but if I recall has some pretty bad anti-semitism in it. My favorites are Frederica; Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle; These Old Shades; Devil's Cub; or Arabella. I could keep going, but that kind of defeats the point of favorites! 2y
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BkClubCare
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I really need something fun to read. Heyer don't let me down! #eBook #KindleApp #RegencyRomance

Christy2318 This is my favorite of hers so far. 2y
BkClubCare @Christy2318 - oh good! I have only read Venetia. I loved it 2y
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Leelee08
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In honor of Georgette Heyer's 115th birthday, all of her ebooks are on sale for $2.99 today! I snatched up a few of them, but I wanted more!💕💕💕 #romantsy #regencyforlife

raelaschoenherr Aw, fun!! I didn't know it was her birthday today :) 2y
Dragon Thanks for the heads up. Picked up a couple for reading 😀👍 2y
Leelee08 @Dragon You're very welcome.😀 2y
BkClubCare Whoa - I didn't know this! 2y
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balletbookworm
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Sophy is Georgette Heyer's Emma - only she's shrewd, worldly, managing, and mad as pants. She's the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl: she manages money, plans excellent parties, is a solid whip, buys her own horses, and if she knew how to fence and box she'd be good that those activities, too. She has everyone's measure right from the start. If we could remove/alter the anti-Semitic portrayal of the moneylender this would be a near perfect book.

balletbookworm I love Heyer's dialogue more than anything - no one writes like that anymore. 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @balletbookworm SO TRUE! I've only read a couple Heyer books but the dialog is wonderful. 2y
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CoffeeK8
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Today's audio walk past some sort of ruins in the park. #romantsy

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AlaMich
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Listening to this was a true pleasure; why they didn't have this Sarah Woodward person read ALL the books is beyond me. Each character really came to life, even the horrid Miss Wraxton, who has the largest stick up her youknowwhat known to humanity. 😉Everyone ended up with the right person in the end and Sophy is one of my new favorite characters.

Jess_Read_This I haven't read a Heyer book yet.. she seems so iconic in her genre too. I love the covers. 2y
AlaMich @Jess_Read_This When I have checked out "best of" lists for GH, Sophy is usually on them. And I recommend it as a good one to start with. 2y
Jess_Read_This @AlaMich Perfect! I'm hoping to find it on audio too! 2y
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AlaMich
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The narrator for this is SO AWESOME!! She does multiple voices very well and she manages to convey the irony and annoying-ness (let's just call this a word, shall we?) of the appropriate characters. I looked it up and I believe this is the only one of Heyer's books she narrates 😟. And I have jess.how to thank for her persuasive blog telling me why I should give Heyer a try 😉

howjessreads Yay!! 2y
QuietlyLaura I have this on audio, too, and it's a very good story narrated extremely well. I listen to it often. 2y
AlaMich @ReadsWithTea Yes!! Sarah Woodward must read all the books! 😊 2y
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Andrew65
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Georgette Heyer did have a habit of writing some different and intriguing books. Sophy, from the title, is quite a unique young lady, especially for the times. She manages to turn everyone's life upside down and get away with some quite disgraceful behaviour for the times in which it is set. A very enjoyable piece but could see the ending coming from a long way off.

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Andrew65

Have started listening to this book by Georgette Heyer, which was recommended to me as one of her best. As a result have wanted to read it for a while.

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AlaMich
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So I don't really make TBR plans because I read slowly and am lucky to finish two books a month. But I decided to be a glass-half-full kind of girl this month. 😊 I downloaded the audio version of The Grand Sophy by #georgetteheyer because @jess.how did such a good job on her blog of convincing me to read my first 👍 #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

howjessreads YAYAYAY!! I'm so excited for you, because if you love it there are like 45 more regencies! 🙂 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Georgette Heyer is wonderful. Granted, I've only got two under my belt but I love her! (And I'm so happy to hear I'm not the only slow reader.) 2y
LeahBergen I loved The Grand Sophy and The North Water. Hmm... could two books BE any more different? 😂 (edited) 2y
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AlaMich @jess.how I know she's written other books besides the Regencies...do you like them as well? 2y
AlaMich @LeahBergen I look forward to finding out 😉 2y
AlaMich @Sace I think I read much faster when I was younger but now... 🙁 2y
howjessreads Soooo @AlaMich - did you like it?? 🙂 #betterlatethannever 1y
AlaMich @jesshowbooks oh my gosh, yes!! The audio was totally delightful! I looked at the other audio versions of Heyer‘s books to see if that same narrator read any more and was disappointed to find that Sophy was the only one. But I have downloaded Frederica and a couple more to my Kindle and look forward to them, thanks to you! 😉 1y
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Limonotte
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Georgette Heyer's books are usually pretty charming. Save for the gross Jewish stereotype you run into briefly about halfway through, this book is entertaining but I probably wouldn't recommend it.

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Exlibrisbitsy
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I feel like this is Heyer's answer to Jane Austen's Emma. Sophy is the only daughter of a diplomat leaving for South America and so he leaves his daughter in the care of his sister and her family in London. Sophy finds that her cousins are in a "sad tangle" and so sets about putting things to rights in a fashion that is shockingly outrageous! Not to mention she just might find a few surprises herself along the way...

wordslinger42 I just finished False Colours & it was wonderful! I'm listening to Venetia on Audible right now and I just love her books! 2y
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howjessreads
Grand Sophy | Georgette Heyer
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I was backing out of the garage to take my daughter to school when I remembered I didn't take a pic of a #bookilovetorecommend. So I ran back inside, snapped this pic, ran back to the car, and got her to school *just* as the bell was ringing. ?? The things I do for #17booklove!! (I'll post some more books I love to recommend later today!) This is a delightful historical fiction/romance. I always describe Heyer as "like Jane Austen, but funnier".

Leniverse Funnier than Jane Austen? Hm... I mean, Jane Austen is pretty darn funny. But I guess I might have to try this author then. 2y
howjessreads @Leniverse Do it! This one, Frederica, and False Colours are some of my favorites. They are romances, but bodices remained unharmed. 😉 They're witty and literary. Just FYI they can be a little hard to get into the first few chapters, because she uses a ton of 19th century dialect. But once you get past the language, they're so funny. 😂 2y
Leniverse I'm not scared of the language. I'm picky about historical fiction (especially 19th century settings, as I read a fair amount of books actually written in that era), so hearing that she uses 19th century dialect (and that bodices stay unripped) is actually recommending her to me. 2y
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howjessreads @Leniverse you might love them then! I have a super hard time reading any other historical romance because the inaccuracies grate, after so many years of reading Heyer! 2y
Leniverse I may have been known to throw a book down with an exclamation of "there is no way she would be caught dead outdoors without a hat!" or "no, his speech pattern is ALL wrong!" or "no one would do that in 1830! The scandal!" ? I'll give Heyer a shot then. 2y
kspenmoll Have to try reading one- 😍 2y
howjessreads Yay! Hope you love her as much as I do @kspenmoll & @Leniverse! 2y
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Deb_Marlowe
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This was my first Heyer and I love it to this day! Sophy is fearless and confident and Watching Charles realize he can't live without her brand of chaos is such fun!

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EloisaJames
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This is my absolute favorite Heyer! Sophy has lived her life abroad, and so she shows up in England with her mini-greyhound, a parrot, and a monkey--and absolutely no intention of obeying or listening to her family's autocratic alpha. Ha! She rules! She solves everyone's problems...even that of the said autocrat's really dreadful fiancée. #romantsy. #Georgetteheyer. #romance. #keepers. #regency

LitHousewife I have this one. I need to read it. It sounds fun. 2y
robinb This was my very first Heyer, and still my favorite! ❤❤❤ 2y
CoffeeK8 The don't know if I can pick my favorite! This is the top for sure but I also 💖Devil's Cub and Cotillion. (Which is really the gamut of heroes) 2y
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Laura317 I need to re-read this one! 2y
balletbookworm My favorites are Venetia or The Convenient Marriage. (Haven't read The Grand Sophy yet ;) ) 2y
EloisaJames @balletbookworm I love Venetia too. I think that's probably the sexiest one. (Must reread) 2y
EloisaJames @CoffeeK8 no kidding! I hated Cotillion as a teen but now I love it (lifetime experience with men changes things!) 😀 2y
CrowCAH I haven't read and Heyer yet, but she is on the TBR list! 2y
MamaGina My first Heyer was The Foundling and I loved it. The Grand Sophy was a hoot too. Have you read any of her country house mysteries? I picked up several at a charity sale but haven't tried one yet ...sometimes a cozy mystery is just the thing🤓 2y
Christy2318 I still need to read a lot of Heyer but this is my favorite of the ones I've read. 2y
balletbookworm @EloisaJames for extra sexiness, there's an audiobook read by Richard Armitage (aka Mr Thornton aka hot Thorin Oakenshield 🌟). He has an excellent rake voice 2y
mischa Sophy was my first Heyer and is my fave. I used to reread it annually, but it has been a number of years since I picked it up. 2y
bookwrm526 I just started my first Georgette Heyer last night! 2y
EloisaJames @MamaGina I've recently reread them all. I still really enjoyed them but wow, anti-semitism that blew right by me when I was a teen. They are fascinating insight into the time. 2y
EloisaJames @balletbookworm I have him reading one book and he is truly sexy/wonderful! 2y
SeeMichelleRead I haven't read this Heyer yet but it sounds like i need to bump it up. 2y
LeahBergen The Baluchistan Hound! 😂 2y
Angieville This one is next up on my Heyer TBR! 2y
ScientistSam One of my all-time favorites, along with Frederica and a couple of others. Now I need to reread! 2y
flip58 My favorite Georgette Heyer changes as I age. My appreciation deepens. I read my first Heyer at age 12. I very quickly read all of her Regencies. Currently, Cotillion is my favorite. I have been rereading her for nearly 47 years. 2y
EloisaJames @flip58 I think I was around twelve too. They were the only romances at the public library. Thank you, Mr. Carnegie! 2y
flip58 @EloisaJames yes, thank you Andrew Carnegie! I would walk to the huge marble library in Springfield, IL. I was so sad when they tore it down. Happily they reused thee marble. But I did miss the catwalks and musty smell of old books 2y
Dragon Time for a reread 😀 2y
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MommaBeja
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I love Georgette Heyer. This is my favorite Heyer novel. Sophy is lovely and her adventures are marvelous. Must read before the movie comes out. #romantsy #romance #keeper

Christy2318 There's going to be a Grand Sophy movie? I am so there for that! 2y
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jenafair
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i love this book and read it once a year!!! you know from the entrance of the post-chaise-and-four carrying Sophy that something will happen. #romantsy. #OSRBC

EloisaJames I adore this book--particularly the scene in the end with the chicks. I think the heroine most like Sophie is Stella from Cold Comfort Farm, if you've read that. 3y
AnjaPeerdeman Ow, how I love Sophy. She's such a great heroine! 3y
raelaschoenherr One of her absolute funniest! 3y
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laurabradburywriter
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If I could have an affair with a book, it would be The Grand Sophy. I adore this heroine beyond measure and whenever I am feeling timid or unsure I pick up this book and re-read it (I seriously read it about 10x / year). I find my inner badass and adventurer all over again. I 💗 Georgette Heyer.

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Jane
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I always need a current audiobook for my commute. I like Sophy a lot in the book but I think in real life I would find her a bit overbearing.

Happy there is an Italian Greyhound though!