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 insinuations about her fiance’s flawed character annoy her mightily. But when Nicola’s natural curiosity gets the best of her, she begins to piece together a few things for herself.
Talk about recycling a plot; Nicola and the Viscount is almost exactly the same as Victoria and the Rouge. Orphan with guardians who don’t know anything about how they feel? Check. A fiance who’s only after the girl for their money/property? Check. Parents in on the scam? Check. Girl gets kidnapped? Check.
However, I enjoyed Nicola and the Viscount more than Victoria and the Rouge. Whereas this one a lot more believable, the other one was started to get on my nervous after a while. It’s still a very cute, yet predictable, romance story for preteens and teens with very little depth or subtlety in the story, but it’s still better than Cabot’s first Avon True Romance for Teens novel.
- Cabot, Meg. Nicola and the Viscount. New York: Avon, 2002. Print. 241 pgs. ISBN: 9780060753207. Source: Library.