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Nicola and the Viscount

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Nicola always gets what she wants.

Nicola Sparks, sixteen and an orphan, is ready to dive headlong into her first glittering London society season. She's also ready to dive headlong into the arms of handsome and debonair Lord Sebastian Bartholomew. Nicola's dream is a proposal from the viscount--a dream she's about to realize at last! So naturally, Nathaniel Sheridan's insi
Paperback, An Avon True Romance #5, 272 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by HarperTeen (first published 2002)
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This was a really fun, cute, sweet regency romance. A really quick read when you want something fun and light to read. This story is about Nicola who is orphaned yet has some means in which to survive, her father did not leave her completely destitute. She does somewhat rely on friends to take her in, so she can go to all the amazing social outings that they had back in the day. Her best friend Eleanor and family are wonderful and take good care of her. Both girls have a crush on the God (yes th ...more
Same plot as its twin. Rich orphan girl goes to the London "ton" in generic 1800-1810 Regency England. Falls for Blond Boy 1. Gets engaged quickly. realizes brown haired boy who teases her, actually loves her/ is being used by blond boy. ( can be interchanged in order). Breaks off with blond boy now called wanker. Wanker steals rich girl, saved by brown boy now called leading man . They marry. All is well.
When I first laid my eyes on this book, I was hooked!

"Period costume, in illustration?" *gasp* Niiiiiiiiice... My hand reached out to the shelf.

"Meg Cabot? Isn't she the one who wrote The Princess Diaries..." Interesting!

"Viscount? Mmmmmm..." About a male Princess Mia, perhaps? *started to flipping through*
OK, I'll take it! *grinning*

And it didn't disappoint. "No, no, the Viscount isn't about a male Princess Mia. It's a [real] historical romance, but written in the style of chick-lit." (I was
Jun 09, 2012 Sally rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm listening to the audio version of this book. It's mildly entertaining, but very, very predictable.

The Good: Nicola's pausing in the middle of all her heart rendings to adjust, mentally or verbally, the attire of other young ladies at balls. A few quite funny quips that remind me this author has, in some books, a dry sense of the ridiculous and a nice (in the Regency sense) feeling on Nicola's part about the Abbey which was her childhood home.

The not-so-Good: The obviosity (to borrow from an
Ehhhhhhhhhh. I know this is basically the same thing as Victoria and the Rogue (including a matching (view spoiler)), but I just didn't like it as much. Neither Nicola nor her two potential suitors, Sebastian and Nat, are very strong-willed, and there is much less (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1810, and sixteen-year-old orphan Nicola Sparks has just finished her schooling at a young ladies' academy. Now she's ready for her first London season. In fact, she's already picked the young man she hopes will ask her to marry him: Lord Sebastian Bartholomew, a viscount who will inherit his father's title of earl. Nicola is invited to stay with the Bartholomews, and eagerly accepts the invitation. And it seems like a dream come true when Lord Sebastian proposes marriage. But Nathaniel She ...more
Allison Bailey
Sep 26, 2010 Allison Bailey rated it really liked it
I don't normally read romance novels, but as a Meg Cabot fan, I am trying to read some of her less popular work. I was surprised to find that the hero of this book is pretty much identical to Michael Moscovitz of The Princess Diaries, particularly since this book was (according to Goodreads) published after. Nicola, however, is nothing like Mia Thermopolis, so the story was not the same. It did, however, follow the romance novel formula, so I don't think that a summary is necessary.

This book was
May 16, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is not great literature or anything, but I've been feeling crappy and have been home sick a few days this week, and Meg Cabot never fails me in a bad situation. This one is like someone ate every Jane Austen novel and then barfed up the remnants. But in a good way. I liked it better than her other historical YA novel, Victoria and the Rogue, but the plots are very similar.
Apr 17, 2011 Kitty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kitty by: Joyce Chan
Shelves: favorites
As fabulous as "Victoria and the Rogue" which was similar to this, also set in London in the 1800s. It was really great to read, and as always, I wish Meg Cabot made a sequel to this. Unfortunately, our school library didn't have a copy of this book, so I didn't get to read it at the time that I found out about Nicola and the Viscount. Luckily, my friend Joyce had a copy and lent it to me so I can read it! The basic plot is similar to Victoria and the Rogue as it is still about (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Mathilde rated it really liked it
I'm not usually a big fan of historical novels but I really enjoyed this one. The plot was great and the book does not have any dull moment! The characters are also great, Nicola is strong willed and a little improper for her time which was a really good thing for this book. I like nothing more than stubborn characters who stand up straight for what they think is the right thing to do.
Jan 21, 2016 [michele] rated it really liked it
Love this and Victoria & the Rogue. Wish Meg had continued with more books like these.
Mar 01, 2014 Sofia rated it liked it
Read this on my blog!
Meg Cabot is my go-to writer when I want something light-hearted and fun. Yeah, I know that her books are cheesy, not particularly well-written and her heroines are all the same: the names and looks may change, but it's always the same pretty-but-not-gorgeous, slightly dorky chick, who doesn't let people walk all over her and has a special talent. I don't care. I like her formula. In fact, all the times she has tried to break it and write something different, I have ended up
I really enjoyed this in spite of the glaring similarities to Victoria and the Rogue. I loved that story, so reading something with a similar flavor wasn't a huge issue for me. However, having both girls as orphans who fall into trouble because they're unprotected was a little much, even for me. Still, both books are fun. My personal favorite is still Victoria. That could be because I read it first - but it's probably that I found the romance more appealing.
May 25, 2009 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
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Apr 22, 2014 Nim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls aged 10+
I challenge you to read this book without chuckling out loud at least once in every chapter. The author seems to be a master of imagining out scenes and details in a way that makes them wonderfully hilarious.
The characters become deeper and more defined as the story unfolds. At first I thought Nicola was the type of girl who had eyes only for herself and good-looking lads, but soon it became obvious that she was much more than that. With a love of poetry, a thick streak of courage, and a childho
Aug 17, 2015 Andi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

If you want to get teens into reading regency books, I'd say give them this book. I liked the characters. I liked how it was written. But my god, that ending went a total 180*.

Let me explain:

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May 01, 2015 Emerald rated it it was ok
This hasn't been the most thrilling story out of all the Meg Cabot books that I've ever read. The plot definetly had potential but it lost me at certain parts... thank all that the book wasn't too long so I was able to finish it in 2 readings but it couldn't captivate me enough to finish it in one evening like I have with many of her other works.

Cheers to young adult novels! :) This most certaintly works as a light read when on the subway to school or work or just a relaxing afternoon of mullin
Jan 27, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Silly and fun!
Jul 19, 2015 Green25 rated it liked it
Judul: Nicola & The Viscount
Pengarang: Meg Cabot
Penerbit: Gramedia/287 hal

Nicola Sparks berusia 16 thn-menjadi yatim piatu ketika kedua orangtuanya meninggal, tenggelam di sungai Arno pada saat badai. Meskipun begitu, Nicola masih memiliki sedikit penghasilan dari tanah yang diwariskan ayahnya-cukup untuk membayar pelayan, gaun serta sekolahnya.

Nicola berteman baik dengan Eleanor Sheridan, meski Nathaniel Sheridan-kakak Eleanor yang mendapatkan penghargaan untuk gelar MTK di Oxford menurutny
All right...I borrowed this ebook from the library because I liked the cute cover. It's a cartoonish drawing of a Regency girl! But I also wanted to try reading another one of Meg Cabot's books, having only read one of her many novels.

Nicola Sparks is an orphaned sixteen-year-old girl just out of school who's entering her first London season. Her charm, good looks and intellect are enough to attract any eligible bachelor, in spite of her mere 100 pounds per year. But when she receives the attent
May 31, 2010 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic historical romance novel right here, and very clean (no kissing save the end). But I'm definitely seeing some similarities between this and Victoria And The Rogue (also by Meg Cabot), though. Same plot outline, only this one had Nicola as poor and not rich like Victoria. And same character relationships, minus the final love interest. Nat and Jacob met their love interests in a different way: Jacob on a ship, Nat grew up with Nicky. But there was a girl friend for Victoria (Becky) and a ...more
Amel Armeliana
Akhirnya kebaca juga ni buku, setelah sekian lama nongkrong di rak. Cuma sehari kelar, tipis gini.

Ceritanya ttg Lady Nicola Sparks yg berumur 16 thn dan br saja menyelesaikan sekolahnya. Nicola sangat suka dgn puisi dan bersahabat dgn Eleanor Sheridan yg mempunyai seorang kakak laki2, Daniel Sheridan yg sangat suka mengganggu Nicola.

Nicola yg yatim piatu diundang utk tinggal dgn keluarga Bartholomew. Nicola merasa dirinya sangat beruntung, krn dia naksir berat dgn Lord Sebastian Bartholomew yg
Jul 24, 2012 C rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I snagged this teen regency at the Used Bookstore on sale. I didn't even read the back because it's cover proclaimed it's Regency England setting. Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries took a jaunt into the past for a light, entertaining glimpse into Regency England. Not without its moments of suspended belief it was a quick, easy read.

What I liked

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Apr 06, 2012 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts on the audio:
Nicola and the Viscount is read by Amanda Root. Amanda Root is a well seasoned actress who has starred in countless films. I have to admit that I'm a huge fan of hers. When I read that she was the narrator of this book I knew that should would do a fantastic job. She gave each character distinction. She read the story with emotion and passion. This audio book is a pleasure to listen.

My thoughts on the story:
Nicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot is the story of Nicola, an
El Templo
Inglaterra, 1810. Nicola Sparks es una joven de dieciséis años que acaba de terminar las clases en el colegio de señoritas de Madame Vieuxvicent. Huérfana de padre y madre, Nicky es como una hoja al viento, siempre de un sitio para otro; suele pasar grandes temporadas en casa de los Sheridan debido a la gran amistad que surgió entre ella y la joven Eleanor Sheridan durante la escuela. Los padres de la muchacha, que consideran a Nicola como otra hija más, tienen dos varones: el pequeño Phillip y ...more
Kayaknya tante Meg ga lupa sama kulitnya, karena kali ini dia nulis hisrom pake namanya sendiri (biasanya kan pake nama Patricia Cabot). Yang pertama ada Victoria dan Sang Earl, dan yang kedua ini ada Nicola dan Sang Viscount. Tenaaang, ngga ada hubungannya kok :P

Ciri khas tante Meg masih ada, kayak omongan yang sarkastik, heroine nyebelin tapi mau ngga mau ya kita seneng juga, soalnya si Nicola ini walau bolak - balik muji Sebastian bagai dewa lah (bukan kayak si Ahmad Dhani yak :X), yang tampa
Laura Martinelli
While I’m admitted fan of chick lit, I’ve said to many people that I’m really not a fan of romances. (Yay, contradiction!) So, when I picked this up, I was a bit split on the book. One things I tend not to like about historical romances is the tendency to make the attitudes more modern, which is one of the glaringly obvious details in this book. Nicola being in charge of her father’s estate at her age (and unmarried) would not have happened, and her uncle would have been named the caretaker for ...more
Jennifer Beck
Dec 11, 2013 Jennifer Beck rated it did not like it
Nicola and the Viscount
Read: September 15, 2013
Category: Meg Cabot Read
Ranking: *
Age Group Recommended: 13-15

Nicola has just graduated from finishing school and has set her sights on a Viscount. Although she is sixteen and an orphan from a lower social status, she manages to land the Viscount. Quickly she comes to see the Viscount for the man he is and comes to find that he does not love her. She was left a large homestead in the country that is now worth a fortune. The railroad has accrued all
Feb 08, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
This book started out kinda bland, and while it is a period piece, it isn't an entirely convincing one. At least, not to an adult who has read pieces actually from the period or more committed to recreating it. (This is clearly a young adult novel, so it could be fun for a young teen who likes romances and the parent who would prefer them to not be tawdry.) The second half, however, redeemed it. The book goes from a girl entering her first London season and swooning over, and agreeing to marry, ...more
Nicola and the Viscount, by popular author Meg Cabot, is a mixed bag. While historically inaccurate and with an uncomplicated plot, it was still a bit enjoyable. I do like Meg Cabot's books; I loved her mediator series (which introduced me to urban fantasy) and liked her princess diaries just fine. And while this book wasn't one of her best, I still liked it too.

But if you're going to write a book set in 1808, it kind of defeats the point if you make your characters act like modern-day teens...
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

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