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  1. says:

    I have a soft spot for romances and a couple of GR friends who adore Betty Neels so I checked my local library and found like 20 titles Apparently there are still a lot of Betty Neels fans out there 30 plus years after she did most of her writing they even refer to her as TGB The Great Betty So I read through the blurbs of several of her books in the library and picked out two that seemed most likely to appeal to my sensibilities this one and Roses and ChampagneRebecca Saunders is a Cinderella type of character a young British woman who's been living with an abusive stepmother and stepbrother who've basically turned her into an unpaid slave in their isolated country home threatening to kill her beloved old cat and dog if she doesn't cooperate So underfed and overworked Becky does at least until one day she overhears her stepbrother planning to kill the cat and dog So Becky takes off on her two feet walking several miles to a bus station with cat and dog in tow She gets picked up in the rain by a Dutch doctor Baron Tiele van something or other who ends up hiring Becky who is a nurse to take care of his elderly mother He thinks Becky is an unappealing timid little mouse and she pretty much is though she has a bit of spunk So Becky travels with the Baroness through several countries in Europe with the Baron popping up periodically and of course she falls in love with the Baron even though it's hopeless he has a gorgeous girlfriend etc etc You know where this is going but is the trip worth it? Well it depends on your tastes in romancesThis is a rather cute retro type of romance It was originally published in 1979 but truly its style is like something written in the 1950's or 60's I confess that I do like old fashioned romances but this doctor nurse romance was a bit too stodgy slow and predictable even for me I read Roses and Champagne as well and it struck me about the same way They both had their moments but as romances go they were pretty underwhelming for meA soft 3 stars I guess TGB isn't my cuppa tea


  2. says:

    The Promise of Happiness had a different opening from other romances by Ms Neels but was 100% Pure Betty Rebecca Saunders was found on foot at the crack of dawn with her cat ‘Pooch’ and her dog ‘Bertie’ by the irascible Tiele Raukema van den Eck A surgeon of course and a Baron to boot Becky was fleeing from her stepmother and stepbrother emotionally abusive people who took advantage of her The good doctor had not intended to get involved other than to give her a ride and listen to her tale Becky leaned toward the right side of shy until Baron opened his mouth Then she could act snappish He convinced her to nurse his mother a temporary invalid In turn he would provide a substantial salary and a home for the short term Naturally there was The Other Woman the pulchritudinous Nina van Doorn But you and I know the truth she’s a gold digger There were cars With speed Because the good doctor liked to drive fast Make sure you are not hungry because what visit to Neeldom is without thick slabs of cake thin slices of bread and butter dollops of whip cream and tea? Or coffee I loved the numerous times Tiele Raukema van den Eck responded to Becky after one of his blunders My dear girl what a thoughtless man I am or Oh God that too Forgive me Becky or I must apologize Becky it was not intended that you leave like thisOne of the best scenes is when Becky attends a symphony with a coworker And the Baron is in attendance Enough said You’ll just have to read the story


  3. says:

    8219 No matter how many times I read this book its magic never fails to utterly charm meCinderella runs away from home with her dog and cat She is rescued by Prince Charming in a Rolls Royce Our Cinderella Becky Saunders by name has a mean selfish stepmother and truly evil stepbrother Basil She puts up with their abuses for two years until she hears Basil tell his mother he's going to drown Bertie and Pooch who is the cat oddly enough the next day Becky gets up at 4 AM gathers up the £3006 she has managed to save ties a stout string around Bertie’s neck for a lead pops Pooch into a plastic bag and runs away in the pouring rain thinking to find a nursing job in a nearby town A man in a Rolls Royce pulls up and offers her a lift He is Baron Tiele Raukema van den Eck He hires her to look after his mother who is uite nice and is suffering from a broken leg and torn ligament on a cruise to NorwayBecky is of course grateful to the Baron for helping to turn her luck The Baron scarcely thinks of her at all except as a thin mouse as he describes her to his mother After the holiday in Norway they return to Tiele's house in Friesland Waiting to meet Tiele is Nina the reuisite gorgeous OW Becky wisely doesn't attempt to compete for the Baron's attention; indeed she speaks uite tartly to him at times which Tiele's friendly sister Tialda finds amusingAfter the Baroness recovers Tiele gets Becky a job at the local hospital as promised He plans to take her out for dinner but when Becky says she has nothing to wear he uickly revises his plans and arranges for his cook to prepare a picnic This is the first indication that he is becoming attracted to her he has kissed her once before Perhaps he missed seeing her everyday; perhaps she grew on him I do wish TGB had included his POV as she did in later books At the end of the evening Tiele tells Becky that he enjoyed every single moment of the picnic and kisses her hard As he leaves Becky has her DR She cries at the hopelessness with Bertie and Pooch offering comfortThe Baroness and Tialda keep in touch with Becky too; inviting her for tea and such The Baroness makes no secret that she dislikes Nina intensely A few days later Bertie escapes from the flat and gets lost during a storm Tiele just happens along when Becky is searching for him; they rescue him from under a canal bridge where he was trapped in some old junk After they are all back at Becky's flat and cleaned up Tiele gives her brandy which causes Becky to speak uninhibitedly She tells Tiele he shouldn't marry Nina but someone kind He gets nasty with her You can read between the lines that he is fighting his growing attraction to her A few days later Tiele gives Becky a lift from his mother's home; Nina is also in the car Becky refuses his offer of a further lift saying I suppose you think it's funny to watch her snubbing me – I expect you think I deserve it too Probably I do Thank you for the lift Tiele astonishes both girls by leaving Nina alone in the car He tells Becky he would prefer her to call him Tiele and tells her he likes her She mentions the not my cup of tea comment to which he responds with the very romantic and I was uite right – but I do believe that you're my glass of champagne Becky Swoon IMO this is the best line in the bookSo the Baron has stopped fighting his feelings and begins to actively pursue Becky An awesome scene is the evening he drags Nina to a chamber music performance just because Becky is going with a houseman Afterwards he offers them all a lift home contriving to leave Becky until last when he takes her out to eat pancakes and then takes her home and comes in for coffee He tells her she's becoming a pretty girl and then says Beauty is nothing other than the promise of happiness He kisses her Goodnight my pretty little mouse Double swoonTiele asks Becky to go to London for his mother's consultation with an ortho specialist Before they go there is a scene at Tiele's house when Nina comes in and rails at Tiele sadly in Dutch When she has gone Becky asks what that was all about and Tiele says youIn London there is romantically suggestive dialogue and finally Tiele tells Becky that he told Nina that he was going to marry Becky and tells Becky to get used to the idea Next day Becky is setting out for a walk and runs into Boorish Basil I wanted to use another B moniker but I'm keeping it SFB Safe For Betty He tries to drag her away daring her to make a scene Fortunately Tiele is across the street and comes to the rescue telling Basil that he will make a scene you will never forget Over a cuppa Tiele tells Becky he cannot live without her and refuses to let go of her hand I've been wanting to hold your hand for a long time and now that I have it I don't intend to let it go When Becky reminds him that she hasn't yet been asked to marry him Tiele says dare to say no and kisses her I love every single thing about this book It has always been and still is my very favorite Betty Neels book


  4. says:

    One of Betty Neels best Our mousy little heroine Becky is just fabulous And our Rich Dutch Doctor is so haughtyhe's a Baron as well and so flummoxed to find himself falling for the mouseBecky has escapedliterally from the hellish situation at home where she is being worked to death by wicked stepmother and verbally abused by wicked step brother So there she is walking down the road in the pouring rain with her faithful pets dog cat one each when she is rescued by our RDDHe takes pity on her and suddenly hires her to be nursecompanion for his mother The Baroness is temporarily in a wheelchair due to a broken leg and a twisted knee Becky is thrilled to be hired And the adventure begins Cruise from England to Norway drive from Norway to Holland lovely Of course there's a fly in the ointment and that's the beautiful Nina But not to worry Nina doesn't stand a chance though she does give our Becky some bad moments Even though Betty Neels used mostly the same tropes in each book sometimes they worked better than others This was one of the good onesETA The often I re read this the I am charmed so I've upped the rating from 4 to 5 stars This one is one of my top 5 Neels books and lives on my comfort read shelf Happy book sighs


  5. says:

    This story is too cute for words It's another doctornurse combo but they meet not in a hospital but when the doctor is desperate to find a nurse to accompany his mother on a trip to Norway and the heroine is desperate to get away from her stepbrother's house He was going to kill her cat and dog Hero takes care of cat and dog Heroine takes care of dear old mum and they meet again in Norway where heroine overhears the hero speaking disparagingly of her looks He's not attracted to thin mice Hero's family thinks Becky might just be the one for the dear doctor and arrange it for Becky to return with them to Holland view spoiler Here Becky meets up with her pets gets a position at the hospital where dear doctor works learns Dutch and tries to not fall for the doctor since he's way out of her league Hero tries not to fall for Becky but he's fighting a losing battle There's an OW and an OM of sorts the doctor is jealous of hide spoiler


  6. says:

    4 12 Stars On the guise that Becky was needed at home to nurse her ill step mother Becky was forced to give up her position at a Leeds hospital Her step mother didn't really need a nurse but with her son Basil's help had completely tied Becky to their rural home as the housekeeper and as she wasn't paid she was very much their slave She'd have left in the middle of the night except that Basil had threatened Becky's beloved dog and cat and so she saved as best she could from the pennies left over from the grocery shopping so that she could take the pets with her It was on a cold and rainy day that Tiele discovered the soaked young girl with a dog on a lead and a cat in a bag under her arm walking steadfastly on the rural road He stopped and offered them a lift which Becky was most happy to take and insisted that she lunch with him at a hotel and even sees the pets had a meal Tiele offers an ear encouraging Becky to tell him why she was running away and so Becky shared her unhappy story even the meager amount of money she'd managed to save And so Becky's new life begins for Tiele hires her to nurse his mother as she recovers from one broken leg and the other with torn ligaments She's to accompany the Baroness on a cruise that will end in Norway where her sister lives and after a month's stay there to Tiele's home in Holland Once the Baroness is free of her wheelchair Tiele a doctor promises to find Becky a job in a Dutch hospital and a place to live where her pets will be welcome And everything falls into place just as promised except Becky falls in love with Tiele and he only seems to have eyes for the beautiful Nina I adore Cinderella stories and Betty Neels is a master at creating them From the first pages my heart went out to Becky as she valiantly struggles for her freedom When Tiele rescues her and gently urges her to share her burden Becky finds herself poring it all out And just like a fairy godmother Tiele works magic and offers her a solution to her troubles Becky is rather a shy girl and after her past few years of abuse by her step family she lacks self esteem Tiele is a Dutch Baron and a respected consultant who often comes across as aloof and arrogant I loved that Becky wasn't intimidated by him and often told him exactly what she was thinking She's uite charming when she's had a brandy for the first time and proceeds to tell Tiele that the lovely Nina isn't the woman for him There's a lovely scene where Becky reminds him that he'd once told his mother that she wasn't his cup of tea and his response was that yes she wasn't but she was his glass of champagne This of course confuses Becky to no end The HEA is uite lovely with a final rescue by Tiele from the evil step brother who gets his well deserved set downEdited July 2018 5 Stars I first read this gem in 2015 and rated it 4 12 stars but upon reading it again I find I'm even enchanted with this charming Cinderella story Tiele and Becky have their own journeys however Ms Neels creates just the right circumstances for those journeys to join together


  7. says:

    If you like a cinderella story and you are a fan of Betty Neels then I highly recommend Young Becky is forced into leaving her position as nurse to go home and take care of her evil stepmother and stepbrother Of course both are so evil they force the poor girl into a life of drudgery working for virtually pennies It takes her years to earn enough money to escape but she finally does taking her older dog and cat Our hero a Doctor Baron and Dutch of course what else happens upon her running away in a bitter cold rain He takes pity on her rescues her and sets her up as his mother's nurseThis one is light on the romance and I'm not uite sure I totally ever warmed up to the hero but the heroine was such a delight and the story was fun and fast paced it made up for everything else It would have been so much better to get a glimpse into the hero's POV but there were enough hints dropped along the way to realize that he was falling hard for the skinny little mouse There was also a deliciously beautiful OW trying to get her hooks into the Baron that rounded out the fun


  8. says:

    A dog a cat and a mouse of a girl – that is what the hero saw walking in the rain when he kindly stopped and offered them a ride to the nearest shelter This is one of my favorite Betty Neels because the description of the mouse just rankles Also because there’s this memorable scene when the heroine had too much brandy to drink and she let her mouth run without filter She warned him from marrying his snooty girlfriend and counseled him to look for someone nicer who wouldn’t take notice of his bad temper To which the guy hit back snidely asking her whether this paragon would be a skinny nondescript person like her Read between the lines if she’s offering herself he’s not buying From this moment on she withdrew into her protective mousehole to avoid his company while he in turn sought her presence by putting out cheese in the form of accidental meetings and dinner invitationsGood read Betty Neels couldn't have built a better parson's mousetrap


  9. says:

    Betty Neels was born in England in 1909 died in 2001 and beginning in retirement from a nursing career wrote than 130 books most of them featuring a rich Dutch doctor and a valiant English girl usually plain and often orphaned Her books are clean chaste Stepping into Bettydom feels like stepping back in time even though her stories are set in contemporary England and Holland This book is among my top ten Or top five It's a fairy tale A Cinderella story with a wicked stepmother and stepbrother Basil the beast and a handsome Dutch baron instead of a prince Baron Tiele Raukema van den Eck Cinderella herself is played by Becky beloved of two furry friendsAt first he's no prince charming He's cold and arrogant and sometimes unkind towards Becky even though he helps her out of a bad situation waving his magic wand like some Fairy Godfather He hires her to nurse his mother recovering from a broken leg or somethingGradually the baron falls for Becky but he CAN NOT believe he's falling for such a plain faced little mouse I am not fond of thin mice Finally he accepts the truth Becky may not be his cup of tea but she's definitely his glass of champagneGood action scenes in this one Becky breaking out of jail home and tramping down the road in the pouring rain beloved pets at her side Pooch and Bertie A nice tour of Norway and Holland There's also some threats from the big bad Basil and a daring rescue in the flooding canal when her dog Bertie is drowning


  10. says:

    I wanted a romance that would go down smoothly without wreaking havoc on my emotions and I found it with this book Betty Neels has a flair for writing these types of romancesMy review


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