Sunday, April 18, 2010

Book Review: Never The Time And The Place

This is actually the second time I've read this book. I can't remember when the first was, but when I got about 20 pages in, I knew I had read this one before. That didn't stop me from reading again. I love Betty Neels. When looking up cover images, I saw that she had died in 2001 and that made me terribly sad. But back to the book.

Like all of Neels' books their is a character from Holland. The heroine is an English nurse with a father that is a country doctor. She breaks off an engagement early on because she knows she doesn't really love the man.

Our hero from Holland, is a doctor that's come as a stand in for her boss while he's away. The two strike up a curious friendship. It seems wherever Josephine is, Doctor Julius Van Tacx is also. I wonder why?

More modern readers will find Neels' books to be a bit too sweet. After all in this book the couple got married and not once did they share a marriage bed! But now that I know more about the author I can safely tell you, that this was the way things had to be when she was of that age. Neels was born in 1910 and she seems to write what she knows about. Courtship was different in the late 20s and early 30s. Yet for some reason its hard not to love her books. I think the reason is that Neels created stories that were like fairy tales and what woman doesn't want to be taken away from the drudgery of day to day life by a rich, handsome man, even if he is just a little bit arrogant?


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