Book Reviews of Sylvester (Harlequin Single Title)

Sylvester (Harlequin Single Title)
Sylvester - Harlequin Single Title
Author: Georgette Heyer
ISBN-13: 9780373836086
ISBN-10: 0373836082
Publication Date: 5/1/2004
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 52 ratings
Publisher: Harlequin
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a Naxos audio book with classical music intertwined with the reading of the text. Richard Armitage (the swoon inducing gentleman from Robin Hood and Gaskell's North and South) gives a dreamy and romantic performance, even the female voices he performs are grand! This audio book is definably a keeper!!!
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Generally good, but not very memorable. I think I've read it twice now but I'm struggling to remember what actually happened.
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This story is an absolute hoot. It has everything. Misunderstood heroine check. Highly intelligent and of an unconventional attractiveness, of course - check. Wicked stepmother check. Fabulously handsome, wealthy and aristocratic love interest check. Initial misunderstanding by chief couple and instant dislike of each other check. Endless complications before true love finds its way check.

Its basically Pride and Prejudice with the added bonus of a botched kidnapping (literally), a surreal trip to France, and horses.

But it is the cast of secondary characters that make this book a truly delightful read. From Phoebes childhood friend, Tom Orde, to her stepmother, Lady Marlow, to Alice, the landladys daughter at an inn (who tells Sylvester that he is more important than a gobblecock), to Sylvesters vain and stupid (but beautiful) widowed sister-in-law, Ianthe (Lady Henry Raine), with her six-year-old son, Master Edmund Raine, who is Sylvesters ward, and her dandified suitor, Sir Nugent Fotherby, every character is well-rendered, memorable, and often very funny.
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"Sylvester", or "The Wicked Uncle" was originally published in 1957, and is one of Georgette Heyer's more popular Regency novels. The wealthy, arrogant and pragmatic Sylvester Rayne, the Duke of Salford, in his twenty-eight year has taken it upon himself to marry, much to the surprise of his widowed mother, producing a short-list of five suitable debutantes that meet his exacting standards. However, among the list of beautiful and accomplished young women his mother does not see her first choice, the Honorable Phoebe Marlow, granddaughter of his godmother Lady Ingham. Sylvester travels to London to consult Lady Ingham, but he is put off by her inelegant attempt to fix the match solely based on the fact that her daughter, Phoebe's mother, and his mother were best friends. To oblige his godmother, he goes to meet Phoebe.
Meanwhile, word reaches Phoebe's spiteful stepmother that the Duke of Salford will shortly make an offer for her hand and commands her to accept. Horrified, Phoebe is also put off by the reasons for the alliance and her memory of meeting the cold, proud Duke of Salford from her London season. When they are formally introduced she is shy and dull, and he is unimpressed. In a panic, Phoebe runs away to London, and the sanctuary of Lady Ingham, escorted by her childhood friend, Tom Orde. A carriage accident interrupts their journey happened upon by Sylvester who thinks he has discovered a runaway marriage in progress. When a snow storm traps them all together at the local Inn, Sylvester begins to see that Phoebe is actually quite intelligent and delightful, and not at all the young woman of his first impression. Gallantly, he removes any concerns that she may be harboring on his proposing marriage to her. She in turn, is gratefully relieved sharing that nothing could possibly induce her to marry him!

In typical Heyer fashion her independent heroine and staid hero are the most unlikely couple imaginable. How she will bring them together is a humorous and engaging adventure, filled with pride, prejudice and misunderstandings. In addition, Heyer's cast of secondary characters are predictable, but most welcome: Ianthe the spoiled and impulsive widow of Sylvester's twin brother who thinks our hero is a villianous brute, Sir Nugent Fotherby her foppish and absurd fiancé, Tom Orde the steady and trusting family friend of Phoebe, and Lady Ingham the meddling but well meaning older relative among others. Heyer excels at bringing out the eccentric and the ridiculous in her characters played against dry humor like few can. The subplot of Phoebe anonymously writing a Gothic novel mirroring the personalities and physical characteristics of the ton is brilliant. When Sylvester's signature devilish-looking eyebrows show up in the novel on the villain Count Ugolino scandalizing the Ton, she unintentionally admits that she was the authoress resulting in a hilarious fallout. As with all of Heyer's romances, there is a hard wrought happy ending. How all the ill-informed opinions and misconceptions will be resolved, I will leave to the reader to discover.
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Always turn to a Georgette Heyer story to break monotony of Regency stories written in current lingo. I like this story and its characters, but the happily ever after took too long to reach. There was too many interruptions take me to the details of the sub-plot. I finally got bored and skipped my way to the end.
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He was every woman's dream but hers....

Sylvester,the Duke of Salford, is a polished bachelor who has stringent requirements for his future wife -- she must be well-born, intelligent, elegant and attractrive. And of course she must be able to present herself well in high society. But when he is encouraged to consider Phoebe Marlow as a bride, Sylvester is taken aback by the coltish woman who seems to resent him....

When Phoebe runs away, circumstances find the two striking up an unusual friendship. Phoebe discovers that the duke isn't the villain she first thought. And Sylvester stumbles upon something he never dared hope for....
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Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, is a polished bachelor who has stringent requirements for his future wife -- she must be well-born, intelligent, elegant and attractive. And of course she must be able to present herself well in high society. But when he is encouraged to consider Phoebe Marlow as a bride, Sylvester is taken aback by the coltish woman who seems to resent him . . .

When Phoebe runs away, circumstances find the two striking up an unusual friendship. Phoebe discovers that the duke isn't the villian she first thought. And Sylvester stumbles upon something he never dared hope for . . .
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He was every woman's dream but hers

Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, is a polished bachelor who has stringent requirements for his future wife she must be well-born, intelligent, elegant and attractive. And of course she must be able to present herself well in high society. But when he is encouraged to consider Phoebe Marlow as a bride, Sylvester is taken aback by the coltish woman who seems to resent him.

When Phoebe runs away, circumstances find the two striking up an unusual friendship. Phoebe discovers that the duke isn't the villain she first thought.
And Sylvester stumbles upon something he never dared hope for.