Tulips for Augusta (Betty Neels Collector's Edition)
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Tulips for Augusta (Betty Neels Collector's Edition)

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What a maddening, impossible man Constantijn van Lindemann was! Wherever Augusta went, there he was: inviting her out, paying her compliments, sending her enourmous bouquets of tulips, even kissing her on occasion. Augusta had to admit that she enjoyed it, especially the kisses. But until she could discover how important a part the glamorous Susan played in his life, how c...more
216 pages
Published 2000 by Harlequin (first published 1971)
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4 1/2 Stars ~ Augusta is a Sister on the men's surgical ward of a busy London hospital and when another Sister is off on medical leave, she's transferred over to Private Patients. It's here that she runs into Constantijn who is visiting his elderly godmother. Visiting with him is a very pretty young woman who he seems to be very fond of, so Augusta assumes she's his love interest. When Augusta takes her three week vacation in Holland to visit her great-aunts, one of them has a serious episode of...more
The Bettys who run The Uncrushable Jersey Dress (blog devoted to Betty Neels' books) gave Tulips for Augusta their top rating. Alas, I am afraid that I cannot agree.
Our Rich Dutch Doctor, Constantijn van Lindemann, is absolutely fabulous for the first three quarters of the book. Then he becomes afflicted with the 'not going to talk about Susan' disease, which is the source of the required Big Misunderstanding.
Our insecure heroine, Augusta Brown, has a very hard time believing that our RDD is sin...more
I have mixed feelings about this one. The heroine is a little on the plain side, and suffers the unfortunate childhood nickname of "roly." However, she's generally pretty confident and competent at her nursing, and the hero isn't shown repeatedly perplexed by his interest in the mousy plain girl (probably partly because though she's not a beauty, she's not mousy). This is good, because those Betty Neels books get me down.

Instead, he pursues her from nearly the beginning, with big bouquets of fl...more
Unfortunately not one of my favorites by this author. I thought this went on a bit too long and I became frustrated with the doctor's refusal to confess what his true relationship was to the OW. It made for silly misunderstandings. I also wasn't very convinced of his feelings.

Constantijn fell fall short of the standards of other heroes from Betty. I thought Roly deserved so much more.

This is a 3 star, for middle of the road. Skip this one if you can.

Fiona Marsden
Constantijn is an absolutely lovely hero but he suffers from the typical Neels hero reticence about the most important piece of information in the eyes of the heroine. The status of "The Other Woman" in his life. In this case, the lovely Susan who he rushes off to Paris and Northumberland at the drop of her hat leaving Augusta gasping.

Augusta is quite an attractive heroine, still suffering a little from her childhood nickname of Roly, although she is no longer deserving of the name. It is certai...more
I'm not sure why but her books are some of my favorites to re-read. My aunt got me hooked on them when I was about 13, and I still love them.
I liked how you got to know the lead male better, but I hate how betty neels leading men never confide in the women they supposedly live.
Lovely, restful old-fashioned romance.
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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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