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Not Once But Twice (Harlequin Romance, #2440)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  179 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
It was more than a family matter...
Dr. Duert ter Brandt disapproved of Christina's relationship with his brother Adam, and he made sure they both knew it.

True, he didn't stop Chrissy from coming to Holland to work near Adam. Still, he made it clear that her infatuation was not in the best interest of his hospital.

But maybe he had other--hidden--reasons for hoping that Chri
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 1981 by Pocket Books
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Helen Manning
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story. Shy, quiet heroine;Christina, meets Adam, a young Dutch Doctor at her physician brother's consulting rooms. Because it amuses him he finagles a job for Christina in Holland where his older brother Duert is Medical Director. Starry eyed Christina overlooks Adam's cruel comments and evasiveness because in her naïveté she thinks they are falling in love with each other. At the periphery of this fantasy is solid, undemanding Duert who slowly begins to filter through Christina's hazy ...more
Tonya Warner
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christina Forbes finds herself attracted to the attention she receives from her brother's friend, Adam ter Brandt. Going to Holland to work for Adam's disapproving brother, Christina finds that there is more t0 Dr. Duert ter Brandt than she expected. Adam might be a bit of light fun, but Duert is big, strong, and steady. He might not always approve of her, but he leaves her with a much deeper feeling than Adam did.

I really enjoy the stories by Betty Neels. They often have a basic standard formul
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Such a sweet story. I liked that in this one it was obvious that the hero loved the heroine almost the entire time. Not a very titillating romance because of the age, but a nice, comforting, warm story. There's something so reassuring about a calm, in-control, father-figure type hero in an old-fashioned story like this one, even if he's not someone you'd ever want in real life.
Pamela Shropshire
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Barb in Maryland
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-goodies
This is one of the keystones of the Neels canon. She loved these characters and could not let go of them. Chrissy and Duert show up in several books as crossover characters, much more often than any other couple she writes about.
Be that as it may--on the surface of it, this is one of her "infatuated with the wrong person" storylines. In this case, Christina Forbes is infatuated with Adam ter Brandt, the younger brother of Duert. Duert falls for Christina immediately he meets her, but is equally
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I can never fully enjoy a romance in which either of the main characters is really made a fool of, and a good part of this book has to do with a shallow and self-absorbed young man (the hero's brother) making the heroine fall in love with him and move to his home country, just in time to be the most pitiful nurse in the hospital. If that had been more in the background, and the hero had stepped up to the plate sooner, I think this would have been more of a 3.5-4-star read for me.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-clean
This felt like a book I should have loved, but in the end it was only OK. Perhaps I was in the wrong mood?
Janice Aitkens
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one
Mirella Grace
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Love this novel. Amazing what love can do to someone! Well, at least it did matter on this book.

Christina thought she was falling in love with Adam ter Brandt. She even accepted a nurse job at a hospital in Den Haag, so she could be with Adam even more. What she did not realize at the first time was that Adam did not intend to have a serious relationship with her.

The director of that hospital was Duert ter Brandt, Adam's elder brother. Duert has fallen in love with Christina the first time he s
3.5 stars. Christina loves Adam, but he's a cad. She takes too long to realize this, and to realize she's really in love with Adam's brother, Duert ter Brandt. He's an über-wealthy Baron with a lineage to match, and she's a nobody — plain to boot — so who can blame her for looking elsewhere?

However, Duert knew all along that this little nobody was somebody very special.

Really a nice scene at the end, walking together on the icy cold beach.

Duert and Christina show up (with their children) in a
Amy Teske
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
First book I ever read of hers. I was 7th grade.
Hannah Victoria Katherine
Typical Neels. Very sweet and chaste. Though sometimes I find the heriones too wishywashy.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well at least he's only in his thirties and he kisses her at the end!
Fiona Marsden
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you like sweet wholesome romance
Recommended to Fiona by: Favourite Author
Chrissy is one of Neel's classic heroines. A little naive, rather ordinary looks with "fine grey eyes". Living quietly with her brother, working as a nurse, the advent of charming and good looking Adam ter Brandt into her life seemed like the fulfilment of a dream, especially as he took an interest in her.

Her mild romance might have come to nothing when Adam returned to Holland, but her brother's engagement disrupted her cosy little world and Adam's offhand suggestion she come to work in Holland
One of the first Harlequin authors I remember reading. I was completely enthralled by the exotic locales in her books when I was 14. Now reading these books are more of a way of remembering the aunt who got me started on them. I'll probably always love them due to the nostalgia factor. her books will always be some of my favorites to re-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
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