This excerpt on Georgette Heyer.com offers a typical exchange between Sophy and Miss Wraxton, Charles's uptight fiancee. As we await the novel's publication, I will be writing about The Grand Sophy on Twitter with submissions like these: Tilly, her governess, died in Vienna. "A devilishly inconvenient thing to do, but I daresay she didn't mean it," Sophy's pa explained. C-1
Saturday, June 6
The Grand Sophy
The Grand Sophy will be reissued by SourceBooks in July. Look for our reviews and special promotions to celebrate this event. The novel is one of Heyer's best and the plot is full of fun twists and witty dialogue. When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece, she expects to meet a meek and well-mannered young girl, not the lively, well-traveled sophisticate who lands on her doorstep with a dog, birdcage, and monkey in tow. Sophy, who takes the ton by storm, quickly discovers that the Ombersley family is dysfunctional at best. Her cousin Cecelia is in love with a talentless poet, her other cousin Charles is a tyrannical stuffed shirt, and her younger cousins are in desperate need of some fun and freedom. By the end of the novel, Sophy has set everyone on the right path (well, sort of), including Charles, whose heart she has stolen.