Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle

Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle

by Georgette Heyer
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Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To call Heyer's work a 'Romance' is misleading - it fails to convey the period accuracy: language, dress and custom found in her work. Even more it misses the wit, humor and intelligence. Sylvester is an arrogant man; Phoebe a mousy 'nothing' disliked by her stepmother. But Phoebe has a secret, one which at first thrills her, and then when she begins to find herself less than indifferent to Sylvester, her secret becomes more appalling. Every word of the book is amusing, every character beautifully drawn - even servants and acquaintances are memorably drawn in their briefest appearance. It may sound stuffy; it is not. Like all of Heyer's Regency novels, I have read this one a dozen times and will do so a dozen more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-developed characters, who undergo transformations that remind the reader of characters in an Austin novel, get involved in several mad-cap adventures. Heyer's masterful use of historical details helps to take the reader back in time. A delightful, fun-filled escape!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harlequin has re-released one of my all-time favorite Georgette Heyer novels -- Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle. This is a wonderful book, totally deserving of a much classier cover than Harlequin has previously provided. The new cover is period-appropriate and even attempts to capture some of the flavor of the characters in the book. The edition is somewhat marred by the introduction by Joan Wolf (after reading her pointless, wandering discussion of Sylvester, one wonders how Wolf has ever managed to write anything publishable. I've read 8th grade book reports that were more insightful). It's too bad about the intro -- if Harlequin would quit trying to plump their mostly mediocre authors, this edition would be nearly perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heroine writes book with the hero as the monstrous evil villain, and then discovers that her book actually mirrors his situation! A tribute to the Gothic novel fad of the Regency period, but lots of humor and a good pace.
4iz More than 1 year ago
I recently reread most of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances. I enjoyed them as a teenager in the '70's, but like them even more now. " Sylvester" is one of my favorites. The relationship between Phoebe and Sylvester begins with his indifference and her dislike of his perceived arrogance. She pens a novel satirizing London society,in which the villain, Count Ugolino, bears an unmistakable resemblance to Sylvester. To her amazement, her novel is published (anonymously) and becomes wildly popular, as society guesses the true identities of the novel's characters and especially the identity its author. Unforturnately, Phoebe's book, "The Lost Heir", not only describes Sylvester's unmistakable eyebrows, but it also portrays Ugolino's cruelty to his fatherless nephew. Unbeknownst to Phoebe, Sylvester actually is the guardian of a nephew. When Phoebe and Sylvester meet again, snowbound in a country inn, they see each other's flaws clearly, yet they are drawn to each other. Phoebe begins to regret using his features as the model for her villain, and tries to hide her identity as the author. Their mutual attraction grows until Phoebe is unmasked as the author of "The Lost Heir". Sylvester is humiliated, Phoebe suffers his public rejection, as well as subsequent social disgrace. On her way to France to escape the scandal, she happens upon the abduction of Sylvester's nephew and tries to rescue him. When Sylvester and Phoebe reunite, each must relinquish pride and accept the other, flaws and all. Phoebe's stepmother, the innkeeper's daughter Alice, Sylvester's nephew, Edmund, Edmund's mother and her new fiance are all hilarious minor characters whose comic subplots are equally as engaging as the love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, is accustomed to being treated with deference but receives none from the dowdy Miss Marlow. And Miss Marlow has a secret she wants to keep from Society in general and the Duke in particular thus begins a series of misadventures for this mismatched pair. The supporting cast of characters add to the fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, one of Heyer's best, but the ebook was assembled with too much haste and not enough care. Over a dozen proofreading errors in the first 10 pages make a very jarring reading experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read this book outloud on a four hour car trip with my brother, my mother and 12 year old daughter.my daughter laughed so loudly that my brother who was driving shouted for her to be quiet so that he could hear the story.my brother never read anything other than the newspaper or car magazines.from that day i have always loved that book 30 years later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In regard to regency romances, this one is my favorite ever.
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I like all of Georgette Heyers Regency romances. They are light and funny. I enjoy seeing how the people of that period lived and i think the cant speech is well done.. She paints quite a picture of that period with all her Regency books...
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hyddyr More than 1 year ago
If you like Georgette Heyer's take on Regency England and enjoy a smile over a bit of romance etc., then read this book:)
tsbourne More than 1 year ago
Possibly my favorite Georgette Heyer book yet! I really love her writing. Being a Jane Austen fan I was so excited to find this treasure trove of great reading!
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