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A Good Wife

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  271 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews

It seemed strange to Serena Lightfoot that whenever she most needed help, orthopaedic surgeon Mr. Ivo van Doelen always seemed to have a solution. When he installed her at his old nanny's home in Chelsea, Serena knew she couldn't stay long, for she was in danger of losing her heart to him. But Ivo knew what he wantedhe simply needed space to allow Serena to get to know him

Paperback, The Best of Betty Neels, 185 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 1985)
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Pamela Shropshire
Dec 01, 2016 Pamela Shropshire rated it really liked it
Shelves: tgb
Poor Serena Lightfoot! Saddled with a mean, selfish, lazy, hypochondriac father and two brothers cut from the same cloth, a fair-weather would-have-been-fiancé, and short, plump and plain to boot!

Just because Serena asked for a holiday from caring for her father and the household, he disinherited her except for 500, which truth be told, Serena considered to be quite a bargain along with her freedom after her father dies of a sudden stroke.

She had met a handsome Dutch doctor, Ivo van Doelen, an o
Barb in Maryland
Jul 31, 2010 Barb in Maryland rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Not one of our Betty's best efforts. But enjoyable enough. All the standard Betty themes are present: Rich Dutch Doctor--check, marriage of convenience--check, cat our heroine can't part from--check, heroine, variation #2(no marketable skills)--check. Throw in nasty family life for heroine, mysterious other woman, malicious gossip re: RDD and other woman, stir twice, bake at 350 for one hour, serve with tea.

Fans of Ms Neels will enjoy it. For those not familiar with Neels' work, this is not the
Jul 14, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
What I never realized about BN -- until this year and my Georgette Heyer binge -- is that BN clearly read Georgette Heyer. She must have. Turns of phrase, character types -- it all sounds familiar. And I think it's kind of sweet. Like a literary family tree. Georgette Heyer begot Betty Neels who begot.... hmmm... The dust on Betty is kind of thick. I'm not sure who would be using her as their literary model.
Jan 17, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
This was a so so short historical romance for me. I've gotten a cople of these from a friend and decided to read them. I'd like to know though for anyone reading this who likes her books is Lightfoot a common last name for her or did she right a series on these names. I ask this because I read two of her books this one and The Chain of Destiny and she used Lightfoot for both of he female leads and it was a very similar book.
The first book that I read from this author. It was cute, enjoyable to read, and clean. Although I appreciated that it was clean, I was disappointed that the book ended right after (view spoiler)
Patricia schmit
Jun 17, 2016 Patricia schmit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Okay

Kind of boring, actually. Both main characters lack much depth, and the situations appear to be rather contrived. Still, a story by Betty is an easy read - very relaxing in a stressed-out world.
Mandy Hemmings
Aug 21, 2013 Mandy Hemmings rated it really liked it
I love Betty Neels' genteel books with their Dutch doctor heroes and no-nonsense heroines - they're like a comfort blanket! This was was no exception - would recommend to all who like sweet, clean romance with a humorous turn of phrase!
Dec 13, 2012 Judith rated it it was ok
The book dragged. It should have resolved the question of him loving her at least 100 pages earlier. If that had happened, their could have been more action in the plot.
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Classic betty
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Easy 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.(This stood her in good stead later 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 ...more
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