Sylvester Endowed with rank wealth and elegance Sylvester Duke of Salford posts into Wiltshire to discover if the Honorable Phoebe Marlow will meet his exacting requirements for a bride If he does not expec

  • Title: Sylvester
  • Author: Georgette Heyer
  • ISBN: 9780099465775
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • Endowed with rank, wealth and elegance, Sylvester, Duke of Salford, posts into Wiltshire to discover if the Honorable 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 toEndowed with rank, wealth and elegance, Sylvester, Duke of Salford, posts into Wiltshire to discover if the Honorable 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 be well deep in anotherA typically wonderful historical novel, Sylvester shows once why Georgette Heyer is the undisputed queen of the genre she created the Regency romance.

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    1. Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer s greatest asset.Heyer remains a popular and much loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.

    2. Sometimes I find Georgette Heyer's books so delightful; sometimes I find them tedious. Sylvester falls somewhere in the middle.Take one somewhat arrogant, self-assured duke with very distinctive slanted eyebrows:(I'm thinking Zachary Quinto as Spock, minus the ears. And the odd haircut.)**Some of my GR friends objected to Spock as Sylvester. Comment #22 contains perhaps a better visual image. :)and one intelligent, awkward, impulsive, average-looking girl with unfashionably tanned skin, a wicked [...]

    3. I 100% listened to this because the audiobook was narrated by Richard Armitage. And I really just want to fill this review with Richard Armitage gifs, which probably isn't the most helpful thing ever. I think I liked the arrogant Sylvester? He reminded me a lot of Mr. Darcy at times especially with the awkward proposal. Basically, if you like historical fiction/romance then this is another good story!But ok seriously, listen to the audiobook. I'm not a fan of audiobooks in general, but the narra [...]

    4. After many, many years of reading her books I still cannot fault Georgette Heyer as the best writer of Regency fiction. Some of her books are marginally better than others but they are all good and I always read (reread) them when I feel that I need a treat!Sylvester is one of my favourites. It actually starts off rather slowly but once our main characters arrive at the inn (most of Miss Heyer's best action takes place in wayside inns) the pace picks up. I actually sat and read from this point r [...]

    5. This was the third novel of Georgette Heyer’s that I found, again under the guise of an audio-book narrated by Richard Armitage. I have extolled all of Richard Armitage’s many virtues as a narrator in previous reviews, and I shall continue to do so until someone gets sick of it and tells me to shut the hell up… and maybe not even then. As usual his reading was perfectly paced, pleasant to listen to, and his vocal range deeply impressive. What I particularly enjoyed in this one was the fact [...]

    6. Have read this before, love the fact that she is a secret authoress whose very first book has landed her in trouble. Love Sylvester, his devotion to his mother, and his aloofness. Just listened to it as an audiobook because it was narrated by RICHARD ARMITAGE. YES, MR. THORNTON! And he was great, and I want him to do more!

    7. This time, I listened to the eAudio from Hoopla. I own the Sourcebooks dead tree edition and later bought the kindle edition at a steep price reduction.Pre-GR, I discovered Georgette Heyer and this was the very first of her books that I read. I reamember that breathily hyperventilated, panted and was extraordinarily exhilarated as I read this. It was THAT good the first time I read this book and the pages turned themselves. This book, unlike others of Georgette Heyer's that are my favorites, I h [...]

    8. Living La Vida Loca.Alrighty, so this starts off with the trapped heroine Phoebe and then proceedsme of it's reasonable and some is just a ride on the crazy train. Boy does she meet some interesting people on this ride. Phoebe is headstrong and rather indiscreet while communicating (lacks a filter) is rightfully chaffing at the bit and when it all looks horrible she flees. Trust me, I've been in the chew your leg off to get away situation and I'm sympathetic. All for the idea. Alas, the executio [...]

    9. Three and a half stars, rounded up. I had mixed feelings about Sylvester. I thought the plot dragged a bit in some spots and got a bit overwrought in others, but the two lead characters carried the book for me, and on balance I've begun to think this might be one of Heyer's most psychologically astute romances. While I normally find it hard to warm up to Heyer's arrogant nobleman protagonists, I actually started to like Sylvester right from the moment on page three when he sees the 'small scampe [...]

    10. Sylvester reminded me again why I consider Georgette Heyer's novels the high water mark in regency romance. If I wasn't lost in the story, I would be taking notes! Heyer gives us Sylvester, a handsome, self-important duke and Phoebe, a wispy girl oppressed by a martinet step mother, who 'didn't take'. It's a vastly enjoyable pairing, though not especially unusual. It's the writing and the characterization that lift these two above the rest. Unlike so many contemporary romance writers, Heyer does [...]

    11. Wonderful… For some reason my brain isn't functioning well enough to give a synopsis, thankfully others have already done so, so I needn't.Phoebe is one of my favorite heroines, she's just as charming as Arabella, (who's shy too), Sophy, with her incorrigible ways, and Heyer's laugh-out-loud whit. Sylvester could not have found his match better in Phoebe, who he endearingly called "Sparrow". I like the secondary characters, Tom especially because he is similar to Freddy in Cotillion only we ge [...]

    12. “The charm of your society, my Sparrow, lies in not knowing what you will say next – though one rapidly learns to expect the worst!” Sylvester"She blurts out whatever may come into her head; she tumbles from one outrageous escapade into another; she's happier grooming horses and hobnobbing with stable-hands than going to parties; she's impertinent; you daren't catch her eye for fear she should start to giggle; she hasn't any accomplishments; I never saw anyone with less dignity; she's abom [...]

    13. Up until about the two-thirds mark, this was a favorite among the Heyers: the novel-writing heroine, a bit of a geek, Sylvester who looks wicked but isn't, and a host of great side characters. But it tips over the line (for me) with too much humiliation of the heroine, and too much bitter bickering, something I can get fed up with real fast in what is supposed to be a light romance.

    14. 4.5 stars. What a wonderful writer Georgette Heyer was. This book was first published in 1957, but is still fresh, amusing and moving. It doesn't feel dated, except I suppose that many HRs these days are a lot more explicit in the sensuality level and the inclusion of sex scenes. But you don't even notice the lack of this as you read this lively and charming book.The story centres around Sylvester, Duke of Salford, who appears to have everything. One of society's most desirable bachelors. He is [...]

    15. This book has a special place in my heart as it always reminds me of my mother's laughter. I remember coming up the stairs listening to her laugh while she was reading in bed. I lent her Sylvester to read, I had read many GH novels with my best friend, but we did not think to lend them to our mothers until we got older. For a time, they were ours, no adults welcome. But by HS, my mom and I were trading books back and forth, & Sylvester was her first. How it made her laugh, and now that she i [...]

    16. Sylvester Rayne, the Duke of Salford has everything he could possibly want. He had a happy childhood with loving parents and a twin brother and inherited everything upon his father's death. His late brother left him a young heir and a silly sister-in-law to care for and his invalid mother depends on him. With his sister-in-law about to wed a nodcock, his mother needs a woman to socialize with and his nephew Edmund needs a mother. Sylvester's mother is horrified to discover he has a list of attri [...]

    17. ::sigh:: I feel like I'm probably in the minority on this book. I started out loving it and wound up really hating it, so I gave it a three.The problem, I guess was that it just felt too one-sided to me. Okay, Sylvester's snobby and indifferent to people he doesn't care about so it's good for him to get smacked in the face with his flaws. Either from the mouth of the originally (to me) likable heroine or from her pen as the anonymous author of a trashy novel that casts him as the villain.Unfortu [...]

    18. UPDATE 7/15/17: Listened to this as an audiobook read by Nicholas Rowe and thoroughly enjoyed it. His interpretation of Sir Nugent Fotherby is hilarious.UPDATE 3/13/14: I really do like Sylvester as a character and love that the book really is about him and his growth as a person. It fascinates me that he can be arrogant without realizing he is, because he's been taught arrogance means behaving with hauteur toward people lesser than him. His ultimate realization that he loves Phoebe and may have [...]

    19. I'm in a Georgette Heyer reading phase currently. So yes this is another book by her, my 3rd one this week. I'll likely take a break to catch up on a few other books I need to get read but will definitely come back to Heyer's novels soon as there are still over a dozen of her books I want to read.This one has an entertaining storyline. Sylvester is painted to be a wicked uncle but nothing could be further from the truth. Phoebe never intends to marry and certainly would never consider the arroga [...]

    20. Georgette Heyer (pronounced like Hair, I finally learned) has gifted me with so many happy hours in Regency England. Love her! And bravo to narrator Richard Armitage, who -- in *most* scenes -- made this abridged audio almost BETTER than the book. No mean feat. I'd give him an A- (see performance quibbles midway below).I was able to listen to a section of my friend's unabridged audio version, performed by Nicholas Rowe. I jumped to the end, to compare the final chapters. Wow. The story is so muc [...]

    21. 3.5Sylvester, 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 in [...]

    22. Though Sylvester is more odious than Mr Darcy and Phoebe more critical than Elizabeth Bennett; though I so often wanted to bang their heads together, to make them listen instead of bickering back and forth; though they strike each other into mirth at the most inappropriate moments; and though a great deal of effort will be necessary to keep them together, not to say prevent their strangling each other; in spite of all this—or perhaps because of it—Sylvester and Phoebe are one of my favourite [...]

    23. I have found a new swoon-worthy voice to listen to. Richard Armitage is wonderful. I was a bit worried, as I am a GH fan from my teen years and have favourites that are like old friends. You do not mess with them. And I enjoyed this audio book immensely. All the secondary characters were perfect, the hero, Sylvester, was divine and Phoebe charming.I know this is a little P&P in plot, but it has that hilarious twist, (view spoiler)[where Phoebe writes a novel in which she portrays Sylvester a [...]

    24. Because I did not recognize the title, I distance ordered this lending of Sylvester from my library system. But once I got it, I did realize I had read it, despite not having the title come to mind. Probably read this one about 40 or more years ago.So- I did reread it. And although I did enjoy the read, I found this one is definitely not in my group of favorite Heyer.This one bears strong resemblance to the Pride and Prejudice juxtaposition. Intelligent and independent female miss, older logical [...]

    25. Today, August 16th is author Georgette Heyer’s birthday. In celebration of the uncontested Queen of Regency Romance, I thought it quite fitting to read one of her novels this week and review it. However, what I ultimately selected was not based on a plot, or characters, or a recommendation by other Heyer aficionados such as Vic (Ms Place) at Jane Austen’s World, but by pure fangirl fervor. Yes, gentle readers, I do freely admit to succumbing to the charms of a handsome face and sexy voice as [...]

    26. Sylvester Rayne, Duke of Salford, is Very Important Duke with Very Distinctive Eyebrows. He decides it is high time he should be married and goes to his mother with a list of candidates. She raises a Dowager eyebrow and sends him on to his godmother who puts him on the scent of her granddaughter: an unusual girl who won't kowtow to Sylvester. He decides to get a look at her to see where she falls among the rankings, but his visit causes Phoebe Marlow to bolt because she will not have him, not at [...]

    27. September 2017: Bumping it up to 5 stars. This book was delightful. I always forget how much I enjoy Heyer until I read her after a long absence of not reading her. Her characters are just so well done and engaging, even the flighty and harebrained ones (like Lady Ianthe and Sir Nugent in here). To watch Slyvester's burgeoing transformation is utterly wonderful. Seeing him and Phoebe verbally spar back and forth (all the way to the last page) was my favorite thing. After this passage of course:( [...]

    28. Richard Armitage narrating Georgette Heyer novels is giving me life. How? How did I not know such a thing existed? Better yet, why did none of you tell me? I think Georgette Heyer, mother to the regency romance genre, writes it like no other. Her stories are charmingly short and if not straight to the point, they at least don't meander and last longer than necessary due to miscommunication or the utter lack of it. I know this is only the second of her novels I've read/listened to, but I already [...]

    29. You know you love a book, when you finish reading it for the second time, and full-heartedly believe that won't be the last time you read it.

    30. Before I started the book I was sure I wasn’t going to like it, don’t ask me why =)) Now that I finished it I am ready to eat my words… Georgette Heyer is an amazing writer and I’ll totally read more books from her. She has gorgeous prose and her characters can be found in today’s life as sure as they could 100 years ago or more. At first we are introduced to Sylvester[I liked it from the start :D]. He’s a great guy, he loves his family, he’s aware of his responsibilities and doesn [...]

    31. Some silliness but nicely done.I try to avoid abridged books. But I was in the mood for a good narrator, and chose this book solely because it was done by Richard Armitage. I loved how seductive he was in the book Venetia. Unfortunately Sylvester did not have any sensual or seductive scenes, but I still enjoyed the narration.As to the story, I was surprised, delighted, and smiled many times. It reminded me sadly of how not enough of todays’ authors can do what Heyer does. She draws and shows h [...]

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