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A Matter of Chance

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  101 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Was she in the right place at the wrong time? Cressida had lost her parents and badly needed a new focus. So going to Holland to help an elderly Dutch doctor with a book he was writing, giving up her own nursing job for a while, seemed ideal. Her new employer had two partners. One was elderly and friendly, like himself, while the other was younger and...not quite so friend ...more
Paperback, Best of Betty Neels, 216 pages
Published December 2007 by Harlequin Books (first published 1977)
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Kay
Dec 14, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Betty Neels loves to make her heroes bide their time as her heroines figure out just why it is he annoys her so much. They then spark irritation and frustration and totally misunderstand each other, making for some fun reading.

In this one, Cressida has recently lost both her parents during a flu epidemic and has decided to take a break from hospital nursing in favour of private cases. A job in Holland comes her way as a typist to an elderly doctor writing a book. And this puts her in the realm o
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Fiona Marsden
Oct 30, 2014 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it
A typical Neels with nurse Cressida getting a job in Holland as a typist for an elderly doctor writing a book. While there, she meets Giles van der Teile and of course makes some hasty judgements about him which she later realises are wrong. There is the usual Neels style Other Woman and Giles is so busy being enigmatic you want Cressy to run off and marry someone else just to shake him up. Well not really but he would deserve it.
Tishke
Dec 29, 2014 Tishke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can always leave it up to Betty for a pleasant, enjoyable read. Giles seems to be younger in age than most Betty's physician dutch heroes. He is not in tuned to Cressida's feelings as we usually expect from Betty's lead male character. There is an OW and some misunderstandings to the nature of their relationship.
Mirella Grace
Apr 24, 2012 Mirella Grace rated it liked it
Like this novel... As usual, as the author is Betty Neels, the romance was very sweet. This novel was not about marriage in convenience (which happens a lot at Neels novel). But I did really appreciate the heroine of this novel, who did the first to express her feeling for the hero.

Well life was not easy, and this was happening to Cressida. Both her parents died in few days time, first was her father and 2 or 4 days later was her mom.

In order to relieve her feeling, she accepted a job in Holland
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Olly
Apr 15, 2010 Olly rated it it was amazing
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gile! Ini buku pertama terbit tahun '58! Tapi ceritanya emang bener-bener keren. Tokoh ceweknya, perawat yang berhenti sebentar dari profesinya, cari suasana baru untuk mengobati kesedihannya, dengan menjadi typist sekaligus editor bagi seorang dokter yang sedang menulis buku. Cressida gadis yang agak judes dan bermulut tajam. Piawai nyetir mobil hingga sering harus mengantar majikannya kesana kemari mengunjungi pasien.
Sang hero, dokter Belanda yang ganteng dan menyebalkan. Tapi seperti karakte
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Pamela Shropshire
Nov 01, 2014 Pamela Shropshire rated it liked it
Ok, 3 1/2 stars.

First, I'll give TGB points for the title, which comes from a Jane Austen quote (Charlotte Lucas speaking to Elizabeth Bennet while rationalizing her decision to marry Mr. Collins). Betty was clearly well-read, which contributes to her excellent writing.

Sadly, however, the title is about the best thing in this book. In spite of her impressive skill set (Medical Ward Sister, excellent typist, excellent driver), Cressida Bingley (her name is also borrowed from Pride and Prejudice)
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Allison
Jul 31, 2013 Allison rated it really liked it
A nice read.
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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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