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Henrietta's Own Castle

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  277 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews

An Unexpected Inheritance!

When Henrietta was left a house in a Dutch village, she decided to make her home there, and settled happily into her new abode. She thought she would like everything about Holland -- except Marnix van Hessel. As "lord of the manor," he behaved as if it were still the Middle Ages! Why couldn't he just marry his fiancée and leave Henrietta in peac

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Paperback, Best of Betty Neels Collection, 218 pages
Published December 2005 by Harlequin Books (first published March 1975)
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Leona
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Though not in my personal top 5 favorite books ever written by Betty Neels, this still was a very fun and entertaining read. Henrietta was a great heroine, beautiful, tall, loving and in no way shape or form going to take any "guff" from the RDD (Rich Dutch Doctor)! He on the other hand doesn't know quite what to do with the only person in town who doesn't bow to his every whim. There is the requisite evil OW who seems to have her hooks so deep into the hero that even his mother is fretting. Thr ...more
Cecilia
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
This is the type of Betty Neels that I prefer - the heroine is less downtrodden, she's actually attractive, and she's got a spine. The hero is a little on the snarky snide, but isn't actually cruel (occasionally, the snarky heroes edge over the line). There's even a touch of pining on the hero's part when he thinks he's lost the heroine to another. Le sigh.

I read this back when I was a youngster buying giant boxes of old Harlequins for $3 a pop. I enjoyed it then, and it was just as lovely this
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Pamela Shropshire
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Henrietta Brodie, a tall, beautiful brunette -an Olivia - is a Ward Sister in London when she is notified that an elderly aunt has died and left everything to her. Everything is a small house in a small village in The Netherlands, near Tilburg, and a small amount of cash. She immediately gives her notice and moves to the little house, despite knowing no one there and not speaking a word of Dutch.

She soon gets to know the other villagers, but she is most interested in the local lord of the manor,
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Stacey
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This has got to be one of my favourite Betty Neels stories! I would rate this as a close second to Cassandra by Chance. I liked that for a change our English Nurse was older, beautiful & possessed with a strong personality. She's kind & loving but in no way a doormat & gives as good as she gets, especially when conversing with the hero. I really liked Betty's Rich Dutch Dr too, since you get to see a more rounded personality. You get to see him in all his moods. Amongst these, he has ...more
Kay
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
4 Stars ~ Henrietta is now 29 and has been Ward Sister for the past 5 years at a very busy London hospital. And though she's had a second proposal for marriage from the hospital pharmacist, she's not willing to just settle. When the post brings a letter from a London attorney's office, she's happily surprised that her Aunt Henrietta has left her a small cottage in a quiet village in Holland. Eager to finally shed her life as Ward Sister, she packs up all her belongings in her beat up Mini (Charl ...more
Ann Keller
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
There was no doubt about it. Henrietta Brodie was an old maid. Her career as a nurse helped to occupy her days, but she was shocked when her distant aunt left her a house in Holland. Here, at last, was surely adventure!

Henrietta journeys to the small town of Gijzelmortel in her old car, which she has affectionately named Charlie. There, she meets the lord of the manor, Marnix von Hessel. She is stunned by his handsome appearance. Nevertheless, there is no time for romantic fantasies. The man alr
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Fiona Marsden
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
The intriguing thing I found gave added depth to this story was the story of Henrietta's great aunt and the heroes Uncle. They fell in love many years ago but he was already unhappily married. He gave her a Dame house on his estate and they lived as friends and neighbours until he died without them ever consummating their love as his wife outlived him. The uncle had no children and it passed to Marnix who had a bad experience as a young man and decided to make a marriage of convenience with a ma ...more
Janice Aitkens
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the kindle

While this follows same sort of format it was different & i got so wrapped up in it i was reading to nearly 2 in the morning to finish this one

It wasn't all about it being set in a hospital or going off out in pretty clothes which in other books are more like yes you still have a nurse who goes off to Holland & you have the rich titled Surgeon but that is Betty's style but it really was a good book
Teri-K
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought this story started a little slowly. It was nice to read about Henrietta's unexpected inheritance of a small home in Holland, but I didn't feel I was getting to know her as much as I wanted to. I liked her cat, who for some reason sleeps in the tea cozy, but she remained a blank to me. Then she decided to help a young Dutchman's love life out, and things became delightful. An airplane crash, mistaken identities, village gossip and a meddling OW kept me smiling as I read.
Wunmi
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm an avid reader of anything Betty Neels, the warmth, the old fashioned ideals, and yes sometimes corny story line, but this is absolutely one of my fave. I like when Betty's heroine are a bit feisty. And they are so few and far in between. One of the few that I'd read over again.
Sara
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book!!!! Have read it before and will read it again!!!!
Nell
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adore Betty Neels and this was a lovely piece of escapism.
Jodi
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another book downloaded on my Kindle for my trip through The Netherlands this summer--just finally got to it. Didn't realize it was a Harlequin Romance. Thoroughly enjoyed it. English nurse inherits a house in the Netherlands, goes there to live, meets rich guy, can’t stand the sight of him, falls in love---typical formula. What I got a kick out of was the descriptions of the towns we visited and stayed in. Not many people have heard of Eindhoven but we stayed there for five nights (on train lin ...more
Janice Aitkens
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this on the kindle

While this follows same sort of format it was different & i got so wrapped up in it i was reading to nearly 2 in the morning to finish this one It wasn't all about it being set in a hospital or going off out in pretty clothes which in other books are more like yes you still have a nurse who goes off to Holland & you have the rich titled Surgeon but that is Betty's style but it really was a good book
Allison
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyed the read. Nice to have a heroine who can stand on her own two feet and stand up for herself.
E_bookpushers
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Yet another classic. I really liked how she kept poking his inflated sense of self :).
Olly
May 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: betty-neels
Lucu, hero nya menyebalkan, arogan, sombong, tapi asyik.
Mobilnya bagus-bagus
Emily
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ah, a favorite. :) Hilarious! And cute. I liked them both (hero and heroine); they were highly entertaining. ;) Loved their bickering and thorough enjoyment in stirring each other up. 4.5/5 stars.

October 2017: I've been going through my old updates, cleaning things up a bit, and, now, I'm catching up on my review backlog (I'm still in January of 2017!). In the past, I've always posted my reviews as updates, since they're really just a way for me to remember how I felt about the bo
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Karen
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good old-fashioned Romance

Delightful, old-fashioned romance - the first of this authors books I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll read more of them to be sure.
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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
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