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A Visit From Sir Nicholas

(Effingtons #9)

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Everyone knows that an Effington always gets her way ... but this time it's not going to be easy!

Lady Elizabeth Effington simply could not suitably feel the joy of the Christmas season. Ten years had passed since she had boldly declared her love for Sir Nicholas Collingsworth. He rebuffed her and set out to seek his fortunes, while Elizabeth was left a woman scorned. Now,
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by Avon
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Rachel (BAVR)
Puzzling fact: This is the first Christmas romance I've read. This is puzzling because I LOVE Christmas. I'm the type of jolly elf who makes hot cocoa and starts decorating the house the moment Hallmark Channel begins to air their cycle of Christmas movies. I take this shit seriously, is all. Consequently, even though A Visit from Sir Nicholas wasn't exactly gripping fiction, I tore through it like Buddy the Elf hopped up on candy canes. Because CHRISTMAS, you guys!

And the best part of all? Bac
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Libby
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Simply dreadful. Nicholas loves Elizabeth. Elizabeth is with Charles but falls big time for Nicholas. Nicholas decides he knows better than anyone how things should be, so he leaves for America to prove himself and allow Elizabeth to be with Charles whom Nicholas has decided is whom she should be with. Ten years later, Charles has died leaving Elizabeth a widow with two sons. Nicholas has been left control of the estate and returns to England whereupon he decides he has always loved Elizabeth an ...more
Nikki
Nov 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
That was a slog to get through. Love how everyone blamed the heroine for acting dumb causing her husband to think she was dumb. Well, when every person calls you frivolous and silly you'd eventually stop trying to show those around your actual depth. The hero is a freaking fool, and her marriage to the wrong guy is his fault and he tries to toss some blame onto her! 'You should have fought me on it' Fought you? When you practially called her stupid after she told you she wanted to be with you?! ...more
Judy
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This story seemed a little different then the others as it takes place 10 years after we first meet the characters. Also it is quite a few years after the other books and Elizabeth, Jules and Jonathan are the grown children of Thomas & Marianne Effington. Thomas is now the Duke.

Jonathan is friends with Charles and Nicholas. Since they were very young it was expected that Charles and Elizabeth would one day marry. Nicholas had come to live with his Uncle at around age 10, after his parents died.
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Lisa
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story was fast paced. Once you meet Elizabeth, you have to like her. Her tendency to want to hide the fact that she's smart rings true even today. I loved Lizzie's sister, Jules. She was a fun character. There were parts of the story that had me laughing e.g. "The Pirate King and the Lusty Wench". If you've read the story, you'll remember what I'm talking about. If not, trust me it was a fun part to read.

I liked how the author had Nicholas interact with Lizzie's two sons. So often children
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Kimberlee
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Took me a little longer to get into this one- but once I did it was well worth it!
Kimberly
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very romantic Christmas story with a fun "A Christmas Carol" spin to the tale.
LaNita
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
LOVE a book that makes me laugh out loud! What a cool character Nicholas is! I think I fell in love with him a bit myself!
Sue
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Read on the trip home from my visit to family in New York, I finished it while sitting beside the Christmas tree -- a holiday treat in itself.
Helen
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Entertaining Christmas read as it uses the publication of Dickens' A Christmas Carol as a framework for the book, beginning in the year of publication and the bulk forming the Christmas Present 10 yrs. later. This author writes witty banter, believable children, and engaging characters. My main quibble is the heroine, who is well established as needing to trust her man, nonetheless lets the hero get away with a 'noble lie' in the end, when it was just such a noble lie that propelled them apart i ...more
Jennifer
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, effingtons
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Jill Golla
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
If I were a fan of "A Christmas Carol" this would have received 5 stars. I wanted a quick, light read in the days before Christmas and this was it. It's a romance based on A Christmas Carol. Alexander does not try to disguise the inspiration for her novel. There are some intimate scenes - one lasting 10 pages! - with specific details. There are plenty of setbacks in the road to love and, unlike many other romance novels I have read, these are actually all understandable and plausible. Even delay ...more
MrsMascara
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Depressingly poor. Hero was a fool who blamed the heroine for his mistake. Heroine was hedged about with people who should have loved and supported her, undermining her ‘for her own good’ . She was competent and intelligent apparently, but kept giving in to Nicholas’s machinations and not making him suffer enough. There was absolutely not enough grovelling, and plot devices were too obvious
Carrie
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Visit from Sir Nicholas was just what I was after in a holiday read. It's the perfect time for love and second chances after all. I really liked that A Christmas Carol was incorporated in the story as well.
Rainelle
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
The book was very very bland. I use this book to put me asleep. This book was written, just be written. There was no excitement, no passion. Nothing to draw me into the world of Nicholas and Elizabeth.
vyoletkyss
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
Filling in the time with some dependably distracting historical romance.
Miriamgreen
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
truly enjoying
the second chance for first desires
crazy1bad
Sep 05, 2020 marked it as special-unread-plot
the heroes were just disgusting and stupid, I almost puked.
Suzanne
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Borrowed this review that sums up my reaction (although I didn't even find the Xmas elements all that significant!):

Puzzling fact: This is the first Christmas romance I've read. This is puzzling because I LOVE Christmas. I'm the type of jolly elf who makes hot cocoa and starts decorating the house the moment Hallmark Channel begins to air their cycle of Christmas movies. I take this shit seriously, is all. Consequently, even though A Visit from Sir Nicholas wasn't exactly gripping fiction, I tor
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Maura
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Michelle Bacon
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This book is true romance reading. Somehow, with that in mind, I managed to be entertained by it. Not altogether sure how that happened but Victoria Alexander did just that. I'm not a fan of romance books because of the standard formula all romance writers use: heroine falls for hero, heroine somehow manages to drive hero away, hero and heroine marry and live happily ever after. Yeah, it's old and predictable. This story had hints of that but managed to hold my interest.
Heroine loses husband to
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Patria
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Sylvain

Everyone knows that an Effington always gets her way ... but this time it's not going to be easy!

Lady Elizabeth Effington simply could not suitably feel the joy of the Christmas season. Ten years had passed since she had boldly declared her love for Sir Nicholas Collingsworth. He rebuffed her and set out to seek his fortunes, while Elizabeth was left a woman scorned. Now, she discovers in horror that the inheritance she's managed beautifully was never hers to control. No, power over her fi

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Lara
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2012-in-2012
A entertaining Christmas romance that follows the main characters from the past (with foolish choices), to the present (when they have to face up to the results of their choices), to a brief future interlude that lets us know how well it all turned out. I did not realize this book was far into a series about a certain family, but am not surprised. Fortunately, there did not seem to be any spoilers as other characters' stories were not addressed much at all.

As far as the main romance goes, I eve
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Gaile
Nov 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 19th-century
Elizabeth Effington gives A Christmas Carol which has just been published to Nicholas Collingsworth who is planning to seek his fortune in America. Before he leaves, she asks him to take her with him but believing she would be better off to his friend, Charles. he refuses.
Elizabeth then Charles, has two sons and then Charles suddenly dies. Three years later, Nicholas returns. Up to until point, the novel was slow paced and the dialogue rather long winded but it gathers steams with Nicholas's re
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Kate
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I'd say this was a 2.5, but as it's a Christmas novel and it's Christmas time, I'm feeling generous of spirit. I will say that it is not at all what the blurb implied that it would be, which was a relief to be honest. I found the whole thing rather charming, but really lacking in depth, and while it was incredibly repetitive, it was also too short. I know this is a complaint I reiterate often, but this felt like a solid first draft that could have done with a few more thorough revisions.

Also, t
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Lauren
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
When Lady Elizabeth Effington was rebuffed by Sir Nicholas Collingsworth ten years previously she is still harboring a grudge against him. Content to never see him again she is shocked to learn that all of her finances are in his control. When Nicholas one again meets the girl he used to know, she is nothing like he remembered. Elizabeth has grown into her own and now he wants more than anything to win her over.

I love holiday 'Regency' romances! Elizabeth was quite funny and such a strong female
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Melissa
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-reads
Eh, it was a nice, quick Christmas read tied very closely to Dickens's A CHRISTMAS CAROL. It had some parts that seemed repetitive (in one chapter Nick dithers over whether he still love Elizabeth, and then the next chapter Elizabeth dithers of the same issue with all the same reasoning). I also found Nick's way of getting Elizabeth's attention was childish as was Elizabeth's habit of throwing vases.

But Elizabeth's kids were really cute and the Pirate King chapter was very sweet.

(Even though thi
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Jessi
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed may of the earlier Effington books but this book dragged on WAY too long. Too much exposition made it a lot longer than it could have been, would have been much more enjoyable as a short story. Basically, Lady Elizabeth Effington falls in love with her brother's friend, Sir Nicholas but he feels he has nothing to offer so he encourages her to marry someone else. Her husband dies right after she finds love letters addressed to him from another woman. The two things combine to make Eliza ...more
Heather
May 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995,
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