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Sylvester (1957)

af Georgette Heyer

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When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other.… (mere)
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❧ audiobook review

Richard Armitage narrating this really set the scene! After growing up with him in North & South and Robin Hood, I just associate him with costume dramas. (Except for Spooks, cos, yanno, that's not a costume drama at all. 'Tis definitely dramatic, though. But now I'm totally off topic.)

For some reason, I didn't realise until now that I was mixing up Georgette Heyer and Elizabeth Gaskell. Oops. But I'm gonna put that down to thinking Armitage was in costume dramas by both, haha. (Not even sure if he is in a costume drama based on one of Heyer's books, but I digress ...) Anyways - well worth a listen! The writing was engaging and funny, but not convoluted or overdone. Very enjoyable. ( )
  rjcrunden | Feb 2, 2021 |
I enjoyed the writing style very much and I live my particularly copy, printed in 1958, only a year after the book's first publication.... :) As for the rest, it was a very interesting book. I had never read anything to do with Regency before and was pleasantly surprised. The witty banter kept me reading even when the plot itself was sort of slow and the vocabulary used certainly had me learning quite a few new words. Phoebe is a delight with her contradicting outspokenness and sense of propriety and I love reading about Sylvester's odd, sort of buried arrogance - his basic, inherent pride, by which he means nothing bad to you or me, but merely knows that he is better, but does not blame you for it because he knows it's not YOUR fault that you aren't educated or smart or rich and so forth. It is quite fascinating to read from his POV in contrast to Phoebe's regarding his personality and his actions. For example, SPOILER ALERT when Phoebe comes down to dine with him that first night at the Blue Boar and she is feeling self-conscious about her dress. END OF SPOILER ALERT
Also, I appreciated the secondary character development. SPOILER ALERT Ianthe and her husband become loads more prominent towards the end and there are small excerpts of different people's thoughts and POV as well throughout the book, such as that of Tom after Phoebe refused to marry him or Lord Marlow when Phoebe tries to make him tell Sylvester that she does not wish to marry him, or when Mr. Orde walks in on Tom, still in bed at the Blue Boar. END OF SPOILER ALERT

Yes, this book is a definite 4 stars. I really liked it, but didn't love it simply because I fancy myself a sci-fi fan and some of my favorite books have 5 stars and I just couldn't say that this book is quite as good as they. However, it is well-rounded and if you have not read Regency novels before, you should give them a try with this wonderful example by Georgette Heyer and find that you may actually enjoy it! ( )
  amberdahlwijk | Jan 21, 2021 |
Listen to the Richard Armitage version. It is *chef’s kiss* ( )
  mmsmcetc | Sep 17, 2020 |
There seems to be a law of diminishing returns with Georgette Heyer; three in a row is too much (maybe like sugary desserts?). Richard Armitage remains as before, however. ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
This is my January read from the Dead Writer's Society.

I have never read Georgette Heyer before but I am going to have to add this author to my must read list for 2016 I think. I don't have much free book time these days it feels like.

This book was snappy, funny, and the hero and heroine were wonderfully perfect for one another. I was surprised to see how much I liked Sylvester and adored the character of Phoebe.

I was worried at first I wouldn't be very interested in it since the first chapter I found to be a bit slow. However, after the first chapter I found the book flow much easier. At first Sylvester seems distant and cold. I thought Ms. Heyer doing a very nice job showing the layers of Sylvester. And I did feel badly for him once you realize besides his anger at Phoebe of being rejected from a proposal he wasn't going to give, his feelings are also hurt. In his mind, what girl doesn't want to marry a duke.

But the discovery of Phoebe had decided he was not at all the sort of man she wished to marry had made Sylvester furious. While he believed her to be eloping with her true love he bore her no ill-will; but the case was now altered, and the more the thought of it the more did the wound to his self-esteem smart.

I initially felt that Phoebe was foolish and way too stubborn. However, once again Ms. Heyer was able to show the layers to this character. You feel for Phoebe being brought up by a woman she despises and who dislikes her just as much.


This book reminded me a bit of Catherine Coulter's Midsummer Magic with the two leads disliking each other at first sight. And in that case the heroine was also a great horsewoman who cared more for them than men.

Some people may be a bit put off by the writing. This reminded me of a lot of regency romance reads that my mother used to have hidden on her side of the bed. I actually prefer this writing and dialogue compared to many romances taking place in regency days and having the hero and heroine use modern slang. It drives me up the wall when they do.

The other characters in this book are quite well rounded and totally made me crack up at their pushing and pulling to get these two people together.

I was very happy to have read this book and definitely will check out more from this author in the future. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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Thanks to the antics of Sir Nugent Fotherby and the histrionics of Lady Ianthe, the flight to France is hands down the most amusing section of the novel. (An adorable dog helps add to the fun.) But Sylvester has several other delights as well: the thoroughly platonic relationship between Phoebe and Tom (watched with slight suspicion by some, even if the mere thought of romance there causes both of them to laugh); a series of increasingly ludicrous characters; and one of the richer romances Heyer had written for some time.
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