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Stormy Springtime

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  13 reviews

Meg was an old-fashioned girl. She'd been happy to quietly stay at home, looking after her invalid mother. But with the family home now sold, Meg's future was uncertain. Things looked bleak until the new owner of the house, Ralph Culver, offered an ideal solution: Meg could be his housekeeper. Meg found her employer to be a di
Paperback, 185 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Harlequin Books (first published July 1st 1987)
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Oh my this was different. Hero was not the kind, swoon worthy RDD I have come to love from Betty, but rather a grumpy, nasty RBD (Rich, British, Doctor). However, he did have Dutch ancestors.

In spite of his nastiness, he had his good moments. I enjoyed reading this and was thoroughly entertained on a cold snowy winter's day.
Wait--the doctor's British, not Dutch (but he does have a Dutch grandmother). But he's definitely rich. She is one of Neels' small, mouselike, non-nurse characters. But she is no doormat.
Our Meg is the much put upon middle sister who is quite upset when the family home is sold after her mother's death. He two sisters don't seem to care, they have their own lives to lead. Enter Dr Ralph Culver, who buys the house for his mother and hires Meg to stay on as housekeeper.
She falls for him, natch, ev
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Jun 20, 2010 Lyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone who enjoys traditional romance
Betty Neels is my role model. She started writing for Harlequin in the 1960's and wrote till she died in 2001 after penning 134 books.

Betty's books are all very similar--a masterful hero who is usually a doctor and with a family connection to Holland.

I'm fascinated by her books. This is because while they are all vaguely familiar, I always enjoy them! And I always care about her heroines.

How did she do that? I even re-read her books. Three times for this one!
Pamela Shropshire
Meg Collins is one of three sisters. Their mother has recently passed away; Meg has cared for her the past few years while she was ill. Her oldest sister, Cora, is married with two kids. Doreen is a nurse on the hunt for a rich doctor of any variety. Meg is the quiet, nerdy sister. She doesn't like London, much preferring the country. Her sisters insist on selling the house because they want the money (a nicely kept Georgian, which will no doubt fetch a pretty penny, so who can blame them). Sadl ...more
Anna L. Peak
I used to enjoy reading Betty Neels; I don't think I'll be reading her books anymore, though, and I'm proud that I no longer enjoy them, if a little sad to see them go.

Of course, I had always noticed the masochism of the books - the way that the heroine is bullied by life and Neels into a position where no one (except perhaps a servant) loves or is kind to her, where she is almost always lonely, where everything she has ever loved (her ancestral home, her new cottage) is relentlessly ripped from
Mary Craven
My first and favorite Betty Neels. I love to re-read a book & have it waiting when I am done with outside projects and inside chores. No worry about putting the book down, my old friend is there when I take a minute or two.
This is the book that made me love this author ... I have read, re-read & collected all her books.
Maryam Almutawwa
Read this book some months ago after having it on my shelf for more than 6 years. The plot was pretty much about nothing, which what makes it interesting... It's about nothing but her thoughts on how the prof deserves a good wife and about drinking tae.. It's all about drinking some tae and looking forward to the weekend to be spent in the farmhouse
Mary Craven
Have re-read my first Betty Neels. I have collected all her books ( I think) but still search used book shops and flea markets for various editions. A gentle story, good characters and always a happy ending.
Ideal women is seen, not heard and loves their house and housework...this is considered one her best romance novels? Are men the target audience?
Neel's books all seem to end quite abruptly to me, maybe it's just me.
These are the sweetest books and they are so touching.
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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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