Sylvester or The Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer
Published by: Sourcebooks
Published on: April 1, 2011
Page Count: 400
Genre: Regency Romance
My Reading Format: Review copy sent to me by the publisher for review
Available Formats: Paperback and eBook
Sylvester, the bachelor Duke of Salford, became the guardian of his young nephew when his twin brother passed away. Although [insert boy’s name]’s mother is alive and living with the Duke at Chance, but she is not the attentive mother she’d have the world believe. It is the knowledge that his nephew needed a strong female influence that compelled him at long last to discuss his own marriage with his mother. It was then that Phoebe Marlow, the daughter of his mother’s best friend was mentioned. Phoebe just came out the year before and, unbeknownst to anyone other than her close childhood friend Thomas Orde and her governess, her first impression of Sylvester was so poor that she made him the villain in a society novel set to be published anonymously. Sylvester was equally unimpressed with Phoebe when he arrives at her father’s estate for a visit. As fate and other people scheme to bring them together, will their first impressions hold up or they too close to the situation to see what’s best?
This novel got off to a rough start for me. The premise sounded promising, but the heavy prose of the first few chapters bogged me down. Once Phoebe arrived on the scene, the novel picked up some much needed steam. There was never any doubt how the novel would end. That isn’t the point of a Georgette Heyer Regency romance. The fun is in the getting there. I very much enjoyed Phoebe’s character and her misadventures in London society and publishing. Although she is easily flustered around her step mother, she is a spunky woman who won’t follow convention when she feels it will ruin her life. Her relationship with Tom adds an interesting element to her character and the story as well. I never warmed up to Sylvester’s character as much as I had hoped. I would have preferred him to have a touch of evil instead of unknowingly acting like a spoiled Duke. I never saw him as the wicked uncle. Had I, the story would have been more compelling over all. That being said, Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle is a pleasant and often humorous Regency romance.
Today is Georgette Heyer’s birthday! Sourcebooks is celebrating by pricing all of their Heyer eBooks at $1.99 this week. Be sure to check out what’s available through your eBook vendor. I would definitely recommend picking up Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle as well as The Reluctant Widow, which I especially loved.