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An Independent Woman (Harlequin Romance 3685)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews

Julia Gracey has always lived by the rule that women should stand on their own two feet. But whenever there's a problem, Professor Gerard van der Maes always seems to be on hand with the perfect solution! Gerard seems determined to steal Julia's heart--yet she's just as adamant that he won't take over her life. But when Julia is about to lose her home, Gerard offers one fi

Paperback, 186 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Harlequin Books (first published May 4th 2001)
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I was disappointed her little wee shoppe didn't work out but he was the typical RDD with hot and cold running servants and he was determined to "make the deal". Her sisters and their DHs were lovely -- great to have a warm, close family. Not too many "Cinderella" overtones.
Aug 03, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
Some days when things are going really badly, I pretend I'm a character in a Betty Neels novel.
Feb 12, 2011 Nell rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read although they ate rather a lot of watercress soup. Nice heroine.
Lizabeth Tucker
Feb 21, 2013 Lizabeth Tucker rated it liked it
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This is an oldie but a goodie in authors. The thing that attracts me to Betty Neels is her use of language. Mrs. Neels had a great love of the English language and used it to great advantage. She could paint such wonderful pictures simply through her use of a particular word.

The books rarely are more than period pieces, set in the 50s through the 70s, yet the mindset is that of a much older and gentler time. There is little action of the type expected in books of today, even romances, although y
Barb in Maryland
Oct 13, 2010 Barb in Maryland rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is one of the last books Betty Neels wrote and it shows. It doesn't appear to have been edited, for example. Our hero and heroine are likable enough, but nothing special. All very tepid--but nicely so.
A few points, though--hooray for the fact that Julia's sisters are nice and that their husbands are also nice and that julia and her sisters have a warm and loving relationship. So often it is otherwise in Neels-land.
And I like that Julia went on with her life, not expecting our Rich Dutch Doc
Betty Neels has a way of writing as if the story were set in the Victorian era, so sometimes you'll get very immersed in the adventures of the nurse/caretaker and the Dutch doctor/professor, and then someone will mention a computer or a dress that ends above the ankles and you'll almost die of shock. You'll enjoy this book on a rainy, quiet day. However, as with almost any romance novel that has the word "independent" referring to the heroine in the title, everyone keeps acting as if the heroine ...more
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May 24, 2015 Pamela Shropshire rated it liked it
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I have very mixed feelings about this book. Some things I liked very much; other things I quite disliked.

Julia Gracy is the odd duck among her two sisters. They are both engaged and soon marry. Julia pretends to have no interest in marriage and borders on downright rudeness to the RDD; she also is right on the verge of TSTL. I do like that she is a skilled needle woman. I wish she had a bit more business acumen and that her little shop hadn't been such a dismal failure.
Just 3 stars.

Jun 29, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
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I liked this one. I was still annoyed that the hero kept his love to himself for so long like most of Betty's heroes do but I liked that Julia wasn't just waiting around for him. I appreciated the family relationship between the sisters.
Sep 15, 2014 Tanvi rated it really liked it
Beautifully written, sweet old-timey romance - a welcome change from today's bold romantic notions. The second of my instant faves by Betty Neels. Loved her 'Never The Time & The Place' (another old-fashioned romance). :)
Dec 09, 2013 Allison rated it liked it
Why doesn't the hero just speak his mind instead of deciding what the woman wants for her? Arghhhh.
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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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