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 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 another ... A typically wonderful historical novel, Sylvester shows once more why Georgette Heyer is the undisputed queen of the genre she created - the Regency romance.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/01/2004
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780099465775
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Review by Darla
I hesitated over giving this one 5 stars. It's good. Very good. There were no problems with it at all. But I guess I'm just not seeing what makes everyone drool over Heyer so much. Perhaps they just don't read much good Regency romance. That's the problem when something's over-praised. I was expecting to have an "OMG, this is so GOOD" reaction, but instead I just liked it very much. Maybe it's the historical context--because nobody was writing Regency romances when this was written. Anyway, we have a young independent woman, a matchmaking mama, a duke, a young nephew, a self-centered widowed sister-in-law. It's a very nice story.
Review by unclesylvester
Wonderful and fun main characters with several humorous and ridiculous friends and family.
Review by riverwillow
Sylvester has decided it is time for him to marry and, not having fallen in love, draws up a list of requirements for his bride. On his way to check out his short list of potential brides he decides to visit the girl his mother picked out for him at birth, Phoebe Marlow. It is an unprepossessing first meeting but when Phoebe attempts to flee to London in order to escape his attentions, despite his best intentions, Sylvester is intrigued. I loved this book, its one of Heyer's best and is absolutely hilarious from Sylvester and his eyebrows to Sir Nugent and his tasselled boots.
Review by poonamsharma
What is different about book of this genre is the female protagonist has been categorically described as not being beautiful. Her description, more than once, in the book is, 'She will never be a beauty. Maybe if she is animated, she might be taking. But she is an unusual girl'.<br/><br/>Phoebe, Lord Marlow's daughter is unhappy with an insensitive stepmother and silent father. When it seems that she might be married to Sylvester, whom she considers cold, arrogant and dandy duke - she runs away with her childhood friend, Tom. This not only gives rise to the speculation that she is eloping with Tom. What's worse, she meets Sylvester while she is on run, who surprisingly proves to be an unusual ally.<br/><br/>It soon turns out that Phoebe is a closeted author where in she has cast Sylvester as a cruel villain in her book. When her book becomes a success, things take a completely unexpected turn. Yet, I needn't say what will be the end. <br/><br/>Vocabulary is still interesting, 'nankeen-covered legs', 'toad-eats the Lord' etc etc.
Review by thatotter
Not as solidly constructed or convincing as her best novels. I am not sure Phoebe's personality fully made sense.