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Review- The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

The Grand sophy

Title: The Grand Sophy
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Georgette Heyer
Narrator: Sarah Woodward
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Source: Purchase from Audible
Naration rating: 4.5
Rating: 5
Sexy Rating: 2
Violence Rating: 0
Publisher’s Summary
Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.
With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?
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This is my first foray into the extensive Georgette Heyer library. I certainly hope that I have not started with the best and will be disappointed with further reading. Her fans tell me not to worry. I chose to listen to the audiobook of this one and I was delighted with the narration of Sarah Woodward.
Sophy was a delight, part Mary Poppins, Anne Shirley and maybe even a touch of Pippa Longstocking. She was everything the very proper Ravenhill household was not. Charles Ravenhill was the quintessential proper heir to his Papa. His betrothed Miss Waxton was an amusing picture of the disapproving ton. Sophy worked her magic through intelligence and common sense and found HEA’s for all of those in the household. This is a funny and heartwarming look at the Regency. I recommend it highly. Thanks to Rebecca B. for giving me the push to read this truly enjoyable novel.

Note: That “R” on the Audio cover indicates that I acquired this audio through Audible’s Romance membership. They offered a one month free membership with unlimited downloads and I jumped on it. Keep your eyes open for offers from Audible.

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Recent Release Review- Heyer Society: Essays on The Literary Genius of Georgette Heyer

Heyer Society

Title: Heyer Society: Essays on the Literary Genius of Georgette Heyer
Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Rachel Hyland,editor
Publisher: Overlord Publishing, Nov. 27, 2018
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Pages: 176
Rating: 4
Sexy Rating: not applicable
Violence Rating: not applicable
Description from Amazon.com:
Featuring contributions from renowned Heyer biographer Jennifer Kloester, heading up a talented team of Heyer devotees, this far-ranging and thought-provoking collection considers topics as diverse as intimacy, privilege, historical accuracy and contemporary analysis, along with looks at Heyer’s influences, and the many writers – and readers – she continues to influence worldwide.
By turns learned, personal, insightful and irreverent, the dozens of essays herein exult in the unparalleled genius of this true nonpareil.

Including:

1. Georgette Heyer’s Literary Genius, by Jennifer Kloester
2. A Most Excellent Influence – Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, by Susannah Fullarton
3. From Arabella to Venetia – Growing Up with Heyer’s Heroines by Rachel Hyland
4. The Heyer Problem – Privilege in Regency Romance, by Cat Sebastian
5. Marks of Distinction – Heyer’s Mark I and Mark II Heroes by Janga
6. Beauvallet: My First Romance Novel Boyfriend, by Donna Cummings
7. Heyer’s Kissing Cousins, by Ruth Williamson
8. What I Owe to Georgette Heyer, by Cheryl Bolen
9. ‘Bath Tangle’ in the Social Media Age, by Anne-Marie Turenne
10. Fathers in Heyer, by Janet Webb
11. The Grand Sophy: Matchmaker or Master Manipulator? by Jennifer Proffitt
12. Reluctantly Watching ‘The Reluctant Widow’ – Heyer on Film, by Rachel Hyland
13. Splash, Dash and Finesse! – Heyer’s Magical Pen and Indomitable Spirit on Display in ‘The Masqueraders,’ by Kathleen Baldwin
14. Hearing Heyer – How Audiobooks Breed a New Appreciation by Karen Zachary
15. Learning! with Georgette Heyer, by Clara Shipman
16. The Mystery of ‘Penhallow,’ by Madeline Paschen
17. Behind Closed Doors – Sex in Georgette Heyer, by Anna Bradley
18. Reading ‘The Great Roxhythe’ – The Lost Heyer Historical, by Rachel Hyland
19. Beaux, Belles and Black Sheep – Georgette Heyer in Bath, by Kirsten Elliott
20. Coming Back to Heyer – How I Came to Appreciate the Slow Burn, by Megan Osmond
21. The Lost Contemporaries: ‘Helen,’ ‘Pastel,’ ‘Instead of the Thorn’ and ‘Barren Corn,’ by Maura Tan
22. Gambling in Heyer, by Rachel Hyland
23. The Apple and the Tree – Georgette Heyer and the Black Dagger Brotherhood, by Kate Nagy
24. Was Georgette Heyer a Snob, and Does it Matter? by Tabetha Waite
25. Heyer’s Heirs – What to Read After Georgette, by Amanda Jones

Plus our contributors weigh in on their favorite Heyer novels, heroes and heroines, along with their firsts and their worsts.

A must for any Heyer fan!
**
Confession time, I have not read a Georgette Heyer book. I accepted this book for review hoping it would encourage me to delve into this renowned author’s work. The answer to that is yes… and no. Yes, because the enthusiasm of these authors is positively catching. No, because I really need to reread these opinion essays AFTER I read Heyer’s novels. If you have read Heyer’s books then I am certain these essays will mean a lot to you and if you are like me, you will be excited about reading Heyer’s romances. Each essay is thoughtful, some literary and some are love letters to the lady and the genre. Many delve into characters and compare them, such as mentions of cousins across the books or siblings relationships to one another. None of the essays are overly long. This book is certainly a must-read for Heyer fans.

 

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Extra! Kindle Daily Deal- 200 Romance novels for $1.99 each

 

This is a WOW! sale. 200, yes, 200 romance novels for Kindle at $1.99 each.  Some of my favorite authors are listed, such as:

Susanna Kearsley’s fabulous THE WINTER SEA, THE ROSE GARDEN, MARIANA and THE SHADOWY HORSES

The Winter SeaThe Rose Garden

 

 

 

The Shadowy HorsesMariana

 

 

 

Georgette Heyer’s many romances. (I’m not positive about these pictured titles but they may be there since there are so many of Heyer’s novels on the list.)

these old shades The Grand Sophey Frederica

 

 

 

 

Grace Burrowes has several on this list.

Darius

 

 

 

Plus many more.

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Extra! Extra! Georgette Heyer Kindle books on sale

Calling all Kindle owners!  Georgette Heyer books are on sale at Amazon Kindle for prices ranging from $.99 to about $1.99.  These Historical Romances by the primiere romance author of the 20th century are yours for these very low prices.  If you are new to this author this is an ideal way to become acquainted.  I will have some reviews in the near future but you don’t want to miss out on this offer.

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