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An Independent Woman

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  21 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 fin ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 25th 2001 by Harlequin Romance (first published May 4th 2001)
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Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Some days when things are going really badly, I pretend I'm a character in a Betty Neels novel. ...more
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. ...more
Sep 15, 2014 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). :) ...more
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read although they ate rather a lot of watercress soup. Nice heroine.
Lizabeth Tucker
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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 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
Pamela Shropshire
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: tgb
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.

Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, used
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. ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Why doesn't the hero just speak his mind instead of deciding what the woman wants for her? Arghhhh. ...more
Rikke Grave
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
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Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: junk-food
For me, this had a strong start: the heroine kneels on the living room floor, converting some household curtains to a dress she needs. As an avid sewer myself, I hoped Betty might finally give her female protagonist some skills and hobbies she'd carry into marriage. But alas, before long we realize this skill will mostly merit pity and assumptions that only the poor would choose to sew clothes; whatever her strengths, Betty must not have discovered the rewards of making clothes to fit your body ...more
Lea Woodard
The usual gentle Betty Neels fare

When I read a Neels book I know what to expect, whether it was written in 1969 or 2001. There's a comfort in that, which is why I read them. But my modern soul does occasionally writhe at the high-handed way the hero treats the heroine, the old fashioned to the point of absurdity ways of both, and the way that a desire on the part of the young woman in question for independence and making a living is a source of head shaking bemusement by everyone.

That being said
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1/20/17-1/22/17* Not my favorite BN, but, as always, worth reading. They just took WAY too long to sort things out. 3.5+ rounded up to 4 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 books I read (for my own benefit, rather than to inform anyone else) a
Pink Angel
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. LOVED IT SO MUCH.
Aug 09, 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
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
The copyright is 2001, but it seems like it was written in the 80s or early 90s. There are touching moments, but overall reading the book was an exercise in perseverance.
Monique E. Lacroix
Another wonderful read

A doctor but no nurse, also no blue blood. A lovely story that I have read more than once already.
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Historias cortas que se leen de un solo tirón.
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Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-read
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. ...more
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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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