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All Else Confusion

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  170 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Annis's life was full and happy- certainly not lacking in love. Above all, she loved Jake Royle- even more than her family. So when he proposed out of necessity, she accepted without hesitation. But would she be able to accept his lack of feeling for her?
Paperback, Best of Betty Neels, 219 pages
Published April 2006 by Harlequin Books (first published 1982)
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Fiona Marsden
Feb 25, 2014 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it
This is one that will get the feminists up in arms when hero Jake Royle quotes:
Man with the head and woman with the heart:
Man to command and woman to obey;
All else confusion

Jake seems to think he's a classic romance alpha male and he does his best with it. He is a business man and very wealthy but even more clueless than a Dutch doctor when it comes to handling the woman in his life. His early disappointment put him against love and fortunately the Other Women are fleeting and easily dismissed
I really liked the way this slightly different Neels book began. Annis is the oldest of a big, happy family. She's not a nurse - she has no career at all, just helps her father, the Rector. Jake, who is in the area visiting friends, is a big-shot business man, not a doctor. As usual the hero manages to get his life entangled with hers. But it kind of disintegrates when they get married.

I don't expect Jane Austen when I read these stories, but I really didn't feel that either of these people's a
I enjoyed this book but not the way Jake was going on with Annis, I found him to be hot one minute and then cold the next and Annis was not a doormat which I was happy with but to be truthful I preferred her friend and I would have liked to have seen her marry him or to see her husband be jealous of their friendship to rock the boat lol but he isn't in the book for that long.
Tonya Warner
Apr 11, 2014 Tonya Warner rated it really liked it
Jack Royle believes he has found a woman whom he can make his wife, and have her tucked away, waiting for his return from work. When he sees fit. But Annis is a little more than just the little woman, with the fiery red hair to match the spark of temper that lights her up.

An enjoyable variation to the stand tales by Betty Neels.
Oct 01, 2013 Allison rated it really liked it
Another typical betty book. I enjoyed it as much as the others.
Apr 21, 2010 Naomi rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Betty Neals stories are easy and fun to read. This one was perfect for between tests. It didn't take much brain power to enjoy and satisfied my need to read something other than a text book.
Pamela Shropshire
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Barb in Maryland
Mar 05, 2017 Barb in Maryland rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-goodies
2.5 stars for this a-typical offering from The Great Betty.
Big difference number one--Jake is a business man, not a doctor. Say what?? He's 35, rich as a typical Harlequin Millionaire. He gloms his eyes on sweet, young, very pretty Annis, age 22, and somehow ends up in a MOC with her.
There are many things I don't understand, such as how Annis fell in love with such a cold-hearted rat. (Oh, poor boy was disappointed in love many years ago--as if that excuses his behavior/attitude. Alas, TGB fai
Mar 02, 2017 R rated it did not like it
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Jul 30, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-read
One of the first Harlequin authors I remember reading. I was completely enthralled by the exotic locales in her books when I was 14. Now reading these books are more of a way of remembering the aunt who got me started on them. I'll probably always love them due to the nostalgia factor. her books will always be some of my favorites to re-read.
Apr 09, 2016 marjorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For a slow quiet afternoon read, this book is perfect, it is not her usual storyline and that makes it an interesting journey.
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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 Stat ...more
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