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The Awakened Heart

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  160 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Devastated by a love affair that had gone wrong, Sophie was determined to avoid any more heartache. Then one day the brilliant brain surgeon Riki van Taak appeared in her life. He, too, had been hurt in the past - and made it clear that he now wanted a companion rather than a wife. Sophie was pleased to accept his proposal on that basis alone - but her heart seemed to have ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Harlequin (first published August 1st 1994)
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Barb in Maryland
Well, for one thing, the back blurb is a bit misleading...
Sophie Blount's one brush with love was when she was 19(!!)--he broke her heart, so in the years since, she has remained heart-whole and leery of falling in love again --doesn't want the pain when it goes wrong, you know.
Dr Rijk van Taak ter Wijsma (one of Betty's more tongue twisty names for her Rich Dutch Doctor) falls for Sophie at first sight!
So Neels plot 17B swings into action. He courts her in a very low-key manner, but he is there
Oct 28, 2013 Cecilia rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
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Aug 01, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure if I liked the book or not.. I could never get it rolling.. I dont know if that was because of the setting or the charaters or the writer. The story could have been so much more.
Pamela Shropshire
Sep 28, 2016 Pamela Shropshire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another book with an intelligent, sensible heroine. I've asked myself why I enjoy these stories so much when I'm not usually a fan of straight romance. However, these books are more like slice-of-life fiction, which I love. There's no angst, no lust, no sex or profanity, just a quick peek into a young woman's life. We get to see her job, family, friends, home, and a bit of her heart. Then somehow that's shaken up and we watch her deal with the changes. Not big changes, though, no one is ...more
May 13, 2014 risha rated it really liked it
Betty Neels's M&B books are so ridiculously predictable, it isn't even funny... but, I really do enjoy them and the chasteness of it all. It's immensely regressive and has huge issues, but there's something rather charming about the unashamed old-fashionedness of it all, coupled with charming pastoral settings in England & the Netherlands.

This is one of my favourite Betty Neels stories- I read it years and years ago as an impressionable pre-teen stealing her mum's M&Bs; and I've rem
Tonya Warner
Mar 19, 2012 Tonya Warner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, love and romance sneeks up on Sophie as she gets to know Dr. Rijk van Taak ter Wijsma. Rijk falls for her at first sight, but Sophie is not a woman to be rushed. Between multiple trips abroad, Rijk works his way in to marriage with Sophie, even before he is sure of her heart.

My favorite kind of light, elegant romance.
Mar 22, 2008 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition my friends know, Betty Neels books are my guilty pleasure. I'm only listing my absolute favorite, because there's not enough room to list them all.
Jul 18, 2013 Allison rated it really liked it
A very nice, typical betty neels read.
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Nov 15, 2016 Hopefulpuffin rated it liked it
Not the best car selection here: Bentley, Daimler (RDD's father) and mention of a Land Rover. The RDD does have a small plane that he pilots.

Not Betty's strongest book IMO. Not a bad book, per se, just not on par with Neels' best. I couldn't get over the fact that the heroine was unable to put her bags down and get her shoe unstuck herself. Show a little initiative! Jeez.

This is a marriage of convenience plot and I'm really not a big fan of those - even in historicals.

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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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