Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Giveaway Win!
Sylvester Rayne, Duke of Salford, eligible bachelor, and guardian has recently determined, at the age of twenty-eight, that it is time for him to marry. Stuffed with pride and consequence, Sylvester expects for his addresses to be readily accepted by any lucky woman he deigns to select. However, when both his mother and godmother mention the same young lady as a suitable bride, Sylvester’s interest is piqued and decides to seek out the highly acclaimed Miss Phoebe Marlow and assess her merits for himself.
While Mr. Marlow is overjoyed by the prospect of a duke wanting to marry his daughter, Phoebe is horrified. As it turns out Phoebe abhors the Duke of Salford – so much so she made him the villain in her romance novel. (Yes, our heroine is an authoress!) In Phoebe’s eyes, the only way to escape an undesirable marriage proposal and a severe tongue-lashing from her stepmother is for her to runaway to her grandmother in London. Aiding Phoebe in this hair-brained scheme is her childhood friend and neighbor, Thomas Orde. Unfortunately, Phoebe’s plans fall to pieces when, en route to London, she encounters none other than the Duke of Salford and is forced to spend several days in his company…
What do you get when you cross an impudent and outspoken authoress with an arrogant and indifferent duke? A splendidly riveting and hilarious Heyer adventure! As always, there is so much to love in a Georgette Heyer novel – the lovable and eccentric characters, the witty dialogue, the impeccable attention to period mores and history – it’s sometimes hard to choose which element you love best. However, my favorite aspect in this particular Heyer novel is the dialogue. This novel is full of intense verbal sparring between Phoebe and Sylvester! Speaking daggers, sparks igniting, and tempers flaring – so much exhilarating tension and passion! These scenes between Phoebe and Sylvester often made me think of Elizabeth and Darcy, and how they probably would have fought like this if they both were trapped in Kent together!
I admired and adored many of the characters in Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle. Our heroine, Phoebe, was by far my favorite – she has a compassionate heart, concerns herself with the welfare of others, is not afraid to speak out against injustice, and is endearingly flawed. In addition, both the duke’s frank and meddlesome mother and Phoebe’s acerbic and interfering grandmother were great favorites of mine. Moreover, I was charmed by Sylvester’s ward, the precocious Master Edmund, and his impractical belief that his uncle can “grind someone’s bones.”
Brimming with schemes, scrapes, and sparks Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle is a highly entertaining and absorbing adventure that I thoroughly delighted in! I highly recommend!