Sylvester

Bibliographic Information 

Audiobook $12.99
Paperback $11.62
Hardback $28.95
Kindle $8.81
Associated ISBNs 9781402238802
9780373836086 — Paperback
9780373773855 — Paperback
9780099465775 — Paperback
9781402239038 — E-Book

Rating (VOYA)

3Q, 3P

While the quality is prtty good, the editing and language make it hard to read.

This is an older Regency Romance, so its possible that the people who would be interested in it have already read it.

Readers Annotation

 

Summary

Sylvester is ready for marriage. He discusses this with his mother, and then goes to Lady Ingham who tells him about Phoebe. He meets Phoebe’s father on a hunt and is impressed by his hunting. He is invited to stay, but feels forced. He regrets his visit and has developed a dislike of Phoebe.

Phoebe’s stepmother tells her that Sylvester has come to make her an offer of marriage. Phoebe doesn’t want to marry Sylvester, so she runs away with Tom to go live with her grandmother Lady Ingham.

Sylvester leaves for London, only to find Phoebe and Tom had a carriage accident. He is only too happy to take Phoebe to London, even if she is smarter than he thought. He tries to show her up for slighting him.

Phoebe meets Lady Ianthe, Sylvester’s brother’s widow. Lady Ianthe says Sylvester is evil. Phoebe has written a book that parodies him. The novel intrigues London, and everyone wants to know who wrote it. Lady Ianthe finds out that Phoebe is the author, and soon all of London knows as well.Sylvester does not take his portrayal kindly and insults Phoebe in public.

Lady Ianthe takes Phoebe, Tom and her son on her trip to France with her new husband Fotherby. Sylvester catches up to them in France. He takes them back to England. He complains about Phoebe, but realizes he loves her. She learns how much he’s gone through and eventually accepts his proposal of marriage.

Evaluation

This is a really stuffy Regency. I read a different Regency for this project which was much less stuffy. I think its partly because it was written in the ’50s, and partly accuracy(?). It was all so formal, and “sir” and “duke” and so on. I’m not sure I’m totally on board with Phoebe and Sylvester, but they did have a nice build. I have mixed feelings about it all.

The plot got a little out of hand. He snubbed her, she ran away, she wrote a book, the whole France thing… not that it wasn’t written well, but it sort of spiraled out of control.

The characters weren’t bad. They could be a little cliche, but I always enjoy a strong female character and the friendship she had with Tom.

I’m not sure this is a Regency that people would enjoy now. Its a little too stuffy, and little too old fashioned to be in style. People much prefer their regencies to be more like The Plumed Bonnet than this. I think this is much more Historical than Regency.

Genre

Historical Romance, Regency Romance

Readalikes

To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn

Love with the Proper Husband by Victoria Alexander

Significance

Deeply historical regency romance, heavy on the propriety. Strong female character.

Book Discussion Questions and Ideas

Do you believe Phoebe could have been a writer?

Discuss Phoebe and Sylvester’s relationship? Was the progression believable?

Author’s website

Fan site for Georgette Heyer

Awards

 

Reviews

Kirkus

Amazon

Why I Chose It

I wanted a classic Regengy romance, and this looked like a good one.

Other Information

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married

Bibliographic Information 

Audiobook
Paperback $11.47
Hardback $3.50
Kindle $6.99
Associated ISBNs 9780380976188
9780380796106 — Paperback
9780060090371 — Paperback
9781853716157 — Paperback
9788497594028 — Paperback
9780099489993 — Paperback
9780061841491
9780061193965 — E-Book
9781442095762 — Glued Binding
9780749324742
9780434004867

Rating (VOYA)

3Q, 3P

Its not poorly written, but its not well written either. There’s a fair amount of action happening in the dialogue.

Its a realatable book and theme, with predictable hyjinks.It would probabl appeal to the 20-30 something set.

Readers Annotation

Lucy Sullivan is getting married, but she doesn’t even have a boyfriend.

Summary

When Lucy Sullivan and her coworkers go to a psychic reading, the psychic tells her that she’s going to get married. The only problem? Lucy isn’t dating anyone. The psychic tells her that she will need to look for him and that he won’t be where she expects him.

When her coworkers predictions start coming true (a big split = split lip, a lot of money, and meeting the love of their life (despite already being married with children)) Lucy starts to think maybe she will get married.

Lucy struggles with her depression, and her mother. She goes out with her friend Daniel and then meets her flatmates at a party. At that party she meets Gus, who could be the one.

Gus is a broke, unemployed musician. He mooches off of Lucy and plies her with pretty words. Lucy’s friend Dennis tells her he has horrible taste, but she can’t see anything wrong with Gus. But Gus abandons her after a short time of seeing him. Three weeks he shows up drunk and she takes him back. Then he dumps her.

Her mother leaves her alcoholic father, she sort of starts up with Daniel, but it doesn’t work. She moves in with her father (but refuses to acknowledge that he’s an alcoholic) and goes back out with Gus again. This time she realizes he’s no good and that her father is an alcoholic.

Evaluation

Its not a bad book. It has some relatable moments, and Lucy’s blindness in regards to Gus and her dad being bad for her is certainly interesting. But of course Daniel’s always loved her, and she finally realizes that at the end and they live happily ever after. Lucy’s roommate Karen was pretty unbelievable at the end, but that might just be me.

There wasn’t much plot to this one, more a slice of life deal. The characters were what was detailed. All the people in the book were pretty three dimensional.

I didn’t connect emotionally with this one. It had an interesting premise and some interesting moments, but it was a little predictable and I really wanted to hit Lucy for ever thinking of dating Gus (and constantly going back to him).

I think its pretty relatable to some sects of people, and pretty interesting in some ways. I think this book has an audience, and that Chick Lit readers will probably enjoy it.

Genre

Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy

Readalikes

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Significance

20 something struggling through life, depression and an alcoholic father. Unique because she doesn’t recognise his alcoholism.

Book Discussion Questions and Ideas

What did you think of Lucy’s relationship with Gus?

Was Lucy’s relationship with Karen and Charlotte a good friendship?

Was the romance predictable?

Author’s website

Marian Keyes

Awards

 

Reviews

PW

Book reviews

Why I Chose It

I chose this one because it sounded like a fun romp with an interesting premise, and it was a Chick Lit book.

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