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Nicola and the Viscount

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  8,393 ratings  ·  332 reviews
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 insin
Paperback, An Avon True Romance #5, 254 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by HarperTeen (first published July 23rd 2002)
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Kaethe Douglas
I enjoyed reading this Regency romance with near-Austen lines of dialogue, and a gothic plotline that the heroine never really believes. That's because Northanger Abbey is my favorite Austen, and I like a spunky heroine, even if she is hopelessly misguided.

Library copy.
nicola and the viscount (along with victoria and the rogue, which i'm probably going to re-read in the next few days) are the childhood darlings i'm not sure i'm ever going to be able to kill; i'm not sure how old i was when i first read them, but it was probably somewhere between eight and ten, as a precocious, slightly ridiculous child who loved austen and wilde, and wanted to live a comedy of manners. and cabot's historical romance is tailored so perfectly to the child i was, a fond, slightly ...more
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
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
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
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.
Jun 09, 2012 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
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute and light romance - perfect for a day snuggling at home under a blanket. Whenever I'm in the mood to read romance and don't have a lot of time, I come back to read this and Victoria and the Rogue. It's silly, it gives me warm fuzzies, and is all around an enjoyable time!
Kaethe Douglas
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a distinct possibility that I have failed to update my wishlist, and therefore have two different copies.
But the light is out and I can't be bothered to get out of bed and turn on the light and look.

I am a fool, sure, with too many books. But I am a happy fool.

Personal copy
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't really read historical romance so I was excited to try one by Cabot, since I already adore a lot of her other works.

Nicola is very strong minded, always with a come back and remark, not taking shit from anyone and knowing her value, with a pro feminist personality that is ahead of her time, of course in a super accurate historical novel this wouldn't fly but we're here for the cuteness and the romance, so I actually prefer the heroine to not fit the mold of her time, it definitely turns
Apr 01, 2009 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
Apr 12, 2011 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
Allison *bookishinmpls* Bailey
Apr 26, 2010 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
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.
Jul 18, 2015 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.
May 16, 2014 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.
May 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is so cute and I enjoyed the interactions between Nicola and Nathaniel a lot. Meg Cabot's writing style is addictively fun.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love this and Victoria & the Rogue. Wish Meg had continued with more books like these.
A vast improvement from Victoria and the Rogue, despite both books being essentially the same story: naive orphaned heroine is swept into an engagement with a man she barely knows, but she thinks is handsome enough to satisfy; meanwhile, another man in her life, that generally irks her and teases her mercilessly, and is Totally Not the One She Ends Up With, disapproves of said engagement because he knows something about the Handsome Betrothed that is problematic, to say the least. And thus, the ...more
Siba Sami
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Set in the 1800’s of the fashionable society of London when industrialisation along with rail roads have started becoming a popular and revolutionary thing, Nicola Sparks, an orphan and sole owner of Beckwell Abbey is ready to be introduced in the society after her education in a posh boarding school. The need of Nicola to establish her self in the society, falling in love with Lord Sebastian, the jolly teasing of Nat, the business dream of Grouser and the struggle of Nicola amidst all odds, the ...more
Ubah Khasimuddin
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I cant say this book is bad, but for a hard core romance reader like myself, it is entry level. This is most definitely for the pre-teen set, i would say include for an starter kit for romance readers.
It has all the right elements, historically accurate, cute hero, evil villain, clueless but lovable heroine. If you read romance novels as voraciously as I do, you will see the plot of this a mile away, still its a cute read.
Nicola is an orphan, she is in love with a classmates brother, who she t
Duaa Ali
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I literally cant get enough of this book, or the other sister book by Meg Cabot. Granted, Megs 'Princess diaries' series was absolute shit but this book is ADORABLE. This is the best book to read if you want something light and sweet to read. I cant even. This must be my what, 7th time reading this book and i still grin and squeal like an idiot at all the cute parts. Nathaniel Sheridan- with your cute little lock of brown hair that incessantly falls into your eyes- is the personification of the ...more
2.5 - 3 stars

Predictable and quick, but still entertaining. Nothing that blew me away, but a cute little diversion for the day.

Picked this one up at one of the local thrift shops. I'd never heard of it before, but I've read other things by the author. (Probably surprisingly, I've only read one of her Princess Diaries books and that was only a couple years ago that I listened to that one.)

I'm working on reading only books I already own, netgalley books, or kindle books I already own. However, I
Nicola and the Viscount is an entertaining and quick read, but I was at no point fully invested in the story, neither did I care for the characters all that much. I wish I liked this more, because, come on, Meg Cabot was my childhood, but alas, I found it predictable, with trite characters and plot twists. :(
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Nicola Sparks (not to be confused with the author) is a beautiful 16 year old orphan that has eyes only for the mysterious Lord Sebastian.

I'll admit the book started out better than it ended, it became kind of cheesy, but it is a quick read. It became kind of melodramatic by the end. Still a pretty cute story.
The book is pretty clean, there's a kidnapping and on the verge violence.
Shilo Quetchenbach
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute and light, but the main character is a bit too silly, which kept me from really sympathizing with her, and the plot is rather more predictable than I like. An enjoyable read for those times you just can't get into a serious book.
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
An enjoyable read but without substance. The characters are ridiculous but if that's what you are looking for this is an easy quick read that I would recommend for lazy days when there is nothing else calling from your bookshelf.
Erica Elwell
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute read! Clean and sweet with a fun historical setting!
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