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Amelia and Tom had been engaged a long time and Amelia began to worry about why he was so reluctant to set a date. So a relaxing Norway holiday seemed just the place to discuss things. Insead, Amelia met Gideon van der Tolck- and his company became increasingly appealing.
Paperback, The Best of Betty Neels, 219 pages
Published April 2006 by Harlequin Books (first published July 1980)
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Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Betty is always a gentle read and a fun way to spend a few hours.

However, this one was a bit middle of the road for me even though the hero is definitely one of my all time favorites by BN. (Oh, if I were 20 years younger, I would want my very own Gideon)

It's very obvious to everyone, except the heroine, that he is madly in love with her. Yet, she continues to pine away for a worthless fiancé, who ditches her for a job in Australia. Gideon proposes, and she would rather chase after the worthle
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This was one of the Betty's that I had never read. A fellow BN fanatic gifted me with the original 1981 paperback (excellent condition too) a few months ago so I am grateful I finally received the opportunity because it is just lovely.

Fact: I laughed out loud a few times reading this which isn't a normal reaction from me while reading a Betty (usually it's just heart-clutching sighs and tears), but Amelia could be downright snarky at times. I liked it. I liked her snappishness too. It was real.
Fiona Marsden
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was another good read from Betty Neels. A little different in that the initial meeting with the hero takes place when Amelia is on a fishing holiday in Norway with her father and her fiance Tom. Gideon is also on holiday and seems to be a little smitten with our heroine.

Tom meanwhile is resisting all pressure to set the date for the wedding and toddles off home leaving Amelia frustrated and forced into Gideon's company. Amelia realises just a little too late where her heart lies and so we h
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not the typical Betty Neels book. She is a staff nurse in charge of two theater/operation room but she is also the only daughter of a well to do squire and she has plenty of money on her own... so unlike most other Betty's books, this girl buys a new expensive outfit every time you turn around, mostly after her engagement falls apart... she is tall, smart and very pretty. She comes from a big extended family and her father adores her. She is engaged to an English doctor three years out of school ...more
Barb in Maryland
Apr 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for sqeaky clean romances
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Ah, another fine outing from LaNeels. You either buy into her standard plot (which varies only in the small details from book to book) or you don't. This is not one of her angsty books. Our Rich Dutch Doctor is not overly snide or obnoxious. It is obvious to the reader that he has fallen for our British Nurse(beautiful and tall variation), though she is being just a bit dim about the whole thing. After all, she has been engaged to steady Tom for years (good old Tom, who shows No Signs of actuall ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A reread of one of my favorite Neels romances. It's a bit unusual because the heroine is attractive, has a good job, and is comfortably well off, and the (Dutch) doctor's career is mostly offpage. They meet when Amelia, her father, and her fiance Tom go on a fishing holiday in Norway. Tom is rather selfish and oblivious; they've been engaged for five years and he won't marry until he's financially secure, even though Amelia's money could help with that. The meeting between Amelia and Gideon van ...more
Lucky Amelia, on vacation from the hospital, in Norway with her father and fiance. Somehow the vacation doesn't go as she expected though and she finds her fiance pulling away while a RDD slowly moves in. He plays his cards pretty close to his vest, so I'm not surprised it takes Amelia a little while to readjust her plans. She's a smart girl however, and eventually we get our HEA.

I liked Amelia and he father and enjoyed the tour of Norway. Good story.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
More of a story than her usual. Her male character seems more living and jovial than normal.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Betty Neels books I've read.
Pamela Shropshire
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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Eh, felt Gideon was a bit pushy. I mean, all of Neels' heroes are, but it felt especially so in this one.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
can't get into it
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5* 1980 copyright

The romance is rather weak in this story; the Norwegian holiday trip stole the show! Oh and the beautiful clothes, rich and delicious food and houses!Not to mention they drank more champagne than tea!

I must say so far, Amelia was the wealthiest BN heroine I've read. Gideon was a RDD Rich Dutch Doctor, but not a baron. However his family castle dated back to the 14th century and he could most likely trace every ancestor to back then! Amelia mentioned that fishing in Alta was e
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The girl is a sincere nurse but eager to be a housewife with family and kids. Well to do girl, nothing wrong with her background. Rich, caring dad, all is well. Except fiance is not keen on marriage. I cant think of reasons why the fiance would say no to her actually. She is ideal wife material !!

Anyway, enter the hero, who flips for her on sight during a fishing trip abroad. From then, his wait begins - for the girl to give up on the fiance, and turn towards him. He doesn't try too hard mind yo
Monique E. Lacroix
Sweet and clean

I just love Betty Neels stories, they are sweet, clean and somewhat funny since they take place in Europe and a few decades ago. I like reading about European habits and English teatime
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you enjoy your romances clean, light, fluffy and vintage then you will enjoy the wonderful work of Betty Neels
Jessie Anne
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Betty Neels books I've read.
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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
“She wanted desperately to put out her hand
and clutch his arm and explain why she was
sad, and not because of Tom, who had suddenly
become quite unimportant, but because
she loved him so much and he didn't care
two straws for her.
'I'm very happy,' she said a shade too
loudly. As the waiter went past she took
another glass of champagne.
'Happy? Oh yes, and I'm sure you will
be— -because you will make your own happiness.
You'll tend it with all the care of
someone holding a last candle in the dark.
You'll learn to make do with second best; a
great many men and women do, you know.
Just a few know what real happiness is—
to love someone so much that nothing else
matters any more, only the two of you and
the life you share.' Gideon smiled faintly.
'We could have been like that, you and I. You know that deep in your heart, don't you,
my darling? And do you know something
else? If it would make you happy, I would
give up all I have and live in a desert with
you, or on top of a mountain. I'd pluck the
moon from the sky and hang the stars round
your beautiful neck. The world could be paradise.'
He sighed. 'But most of us, as I said,
make do with second best.'
Amelia drank in every word, her insides
glowing with excitement. He loved her—he
must, to talk to her like that. She had only to

The next minute she knew that she never
would. He laughed suddenly and the mockery
in his laugh was so blatant that she winced.
'What nonsense one talks at weddings! Come
and meet Fiona; we came together—we've
known each other for a long time.”
“He stood back smiling while they shook hands and murmured politely, and Amelia, meeting the Dutchman's sleepy gaze, had a sudden strange feeling, as though everything had changed; that nothing would ever be the same again; that there was no one else there, only herself and this giant of a man, still staring at her.” 2 likes
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