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Sylvester: or The Wicked Uncle (original 1957; edition 2011)

by Georgette Heyer

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Title:Sylvester: or The Wicked Uncle
Authors:Georgette Heyer
Info:Sourcebooks Casablanca (2011), Kindle Edition, 391 pages
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Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer (1957)



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Sylvester, Duke of Salford, cannot believe that anyone might not want to marry him. It is one of basic premises in this story. The greatest problem Sylvester has is that nobody has ever talked back or found fault in anything he has done. I spent part the book wanting him to be rebuffed and another being annoyed by Phoebe.
Sylvester mocks a fairy tale prince, but turns into one the moment he sees someone needs help.

They don't meet right away in the book. The first two or three chapters are introduction to Sylvester, his family and their personal issues. What is different in this story is that one of the first conflicts happens pretty early. It left me dreading the expected mopping and whining. Fortunately, that doesn't happen.- As soon as one conflict happens, it gets resolved, the story moves to something new.

From Phoebe's silent and obedient girl act when they meet to her attempt at escape to an unexpected sea adventure, it is never boring. I can understand why people like it. It has a bit of Pride and Prejudice in it, a bit of humour and two very stubborn characters. Both Phoebe and Sylvester had to learn a couple of new things to more forward.

[b:The Grand Sophy|261689|The Grand Sophy|Georgette Heyer|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1414731822s/261689.jpg|3234291] is still my favourite. ( )
  Irena. | Nov 3, 2015 |
Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, has decided it's time to take a wife, and has made a list of suitable candidates. When he runs the list by his Godmother, she asks him to add her granddaughter, Phoebe Marlow, to the list. When he meets Phoebe, he realizes she doesn't meet his requirements that she be well-born, intelligent, elegant and attractive. Phoebe isn't thrilled at the idea of marrying Sylvester either, she had met him before and disliked him enough to portray him as a villain in a novel she has written. She runs away to her godmother, rather than have to marry him. But circumstances bring her and Sylvester together more than once, and they slowly find themselves falling in love.

This was an enjoyable and funny read. Some compare it to Pride and Prejudice, I noticed the likeness especially in Sylvester's proposal to Phoebe. I enjoyed the characters of Tom Orde and Edmund. I would have liked to see more of Phoebe's sisters, however. Sir Nugent made me laugh out loud at times with his foolishness.

Sylvester is the perfect book for fans of Regency romances. ( )
1 vote drebbles | Jul 9, 2015 |
I love this story of an arrogant man who sees his image in the eyes of the girl he has chosen to marry - when she refuses to have him. He sets out to make her fall in love with him, and falls in love with her himself. As always with Georgette Heyer, there is plenty of fun and entertaining dialogue. ( )
  nittnut | Apr 22, 2015 |
Heyer is sometimes hit or miss with me. This is one of the good ones. Not any society pretentiousness, and the characters speak and react to each other with a naturalness that is refreshing. ( )
  2wonderY | Nov 12, 2014 |
Sylvester, Duke of Salford, has decided that it is time he took a wife. He's made a list of suitable females, and he submits that list to his mama for approval, as he doesn't wish to disoblige her. His mother is rather appalled at his unromantic approach to the matter. In the course of the conversation, she mentions a girl not from the list, the daughter of one of her dear friends. Sylvester isn't opposed to adding the girl Phoebe to his list of ladies to consider, never suspecting for a moment that his advances, should he choose to make them, might prove unwelcome. After a disastrous house party (if you can call it that, when Sylvester is the only guest), he's firmly set against the notion anyhow, but Phoebe, not knowing the Duke's intentions (or lack thereof), decides to run away to her godmother's house in London. With the help of the local squire's son (who is like a brother to Phoebe), she sets out -- only to get trapped at an inn when a snowstorm strikes and their carriage breaks down. And who should arrive on the scene but Sylvester, hoping to make his own way back to London. With a high-handed grace, he immediately sets everything to rights, and Phoebe can't help but admit that he is perhaps not as bad as she once supposed. And, away from the quelling influence of her stepmother, Sylvester discovers that Phoebe is a great deal more interesting than his first impression led him to believe. But there's still more than one obstacle between this couple, if they are ever to fall (and stay) in love...

This tale of pride and prejudice, though perhaps not one of Heyer's very best, is still light and fun and just the thing if you are wanting a well-written Regency. ( )
  foggidawn | Oct 10, 2014 |
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Sylvester stood in the wondow of his breakfast parlour, leaning his hands on the ledge, and gazing out upon a fair prospect.
"You are the cause of every ill that has befallen me! You say I ill used you: if I did you are wonderfuly revenged, for you have ruined me!"
“I was feeling miserably shy before I quarreled with him, and there is nothing like quarrelling with a person to set one at one’s ease!”
As for Sylvester, however much it might seem to the casual observer that he was hardly to be blamed for possessing a nephew who was also his ward, anyone with the smallest knowledge of his character must recognize at a glance that it was conduct entirely typical of him.
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Original title: "Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle" reedited only as "Sylvester".
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Endowed with rank, wealth and elegance, Sylvester, Duke of Salford posts into Wiltshire to discover if the Hon Phoebe Marlow will meet his exacting requirements for a bride. If he does not expect to meet a tongue-tied stripling wanting both manners and conduct, then he is intrigued indeed when his visit causes Phoebe to flee her home. They meet again on the road to london, where her carriage has come to grief in the snow. Yet Phoebe, already caught in one imbroglio, now knows she soon could well be deep in another...
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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 villian she first thought. And Sylvester stumbles upon something he never dared hope for . . .

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The arrogant duke in Regency England does not realize that the girl he pursues is the author of a novel in which he is the villain.

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