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The Fateful Bargain (The Best of Betty Neels)

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Dutch surgeon Sebastian van Tecqx offers Emily's father a life-changing operation--but the doctor expects something in return. It's not hard for Emily to exchange her drab nurse's lodgings for Sebastian's luxurious home, but how can she stop herself from falling in love with her charismatic employer--especially when he makes it clear marriage is not part of the bargain?
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Harlequin Books (first published November 1st 1989)
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I read this before, but for some reason never rated it. Second time around was just as good as the first. What made it for me were the characters. They were very endearing.
Pamela Shropshire
Emily Grenfell is a plain, mousy nurse whose father is crippled by arthritic hips. He is waiting for hip replacement surgery, but it’s going to be more than a year (NHS). Emily is trying to save enough money to have it done privately. She runs into a handsome man on the street who turns out to be a RDD orthopedic surgeon. He finds out about Emily’s dad and makes a deal with her.

He will do the hip replacements for free if Emily will come nurse his younger sister who is recovering from polio. Now
Undistinguished Neels outing. Nothing to see here. Not one of her worst, but a far cry from her best.
I really enjoyed this story. Our hero is drawn to Emily from the get go - he questions this because she is plain looking, but continues to worm his way into her life anyway. Then he makes the bargain with her that changes her life and ultimately his. I loved the way you could feel the tension building between the two characters. She's desperately in love and he's fighting to keep his hands off her - until their bargain is completed! But his whole family seems to know she's the girl for him.
I love these cozy, classic reads where the hero and heroine are calm and approach their feelings in sensible way and they have very goods reasons for not shouting their love for each other the first time it hits them both. This is one of my favorite Neels novel. The Hero knows exactly what he wants but wants nothing in their way when he is about to get it and the heroine is clueless because "surely the master of the house won't look upon this plane Jane".
As always, I love Betty Neels books. Her heros an heroines are so calm and sensible it is a comfort to read about their love story and having a happy ending.
Emily makes a bargain with Dr. Sebastian van Tecqx. He will operate on her father and she will help his sister walk again (the sister had polio).
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Betty Neels was born on September 15, 1910 in Devon to a family with firm roots in the civil service. She said she had a blissfully happy childhood and teenage years, which stood her in good stead for the tribulations to come with the Second World War. She was sent away to boarding school, and then went on to train as a nurse, gaining her SRN and SCM, that is, State Registered Nurse and State Cert ...more
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