Thursday, August 26, 2010

Book Review: An Old Fashioned Girl

Author: Betty Neels
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
Publish Date: Nov 1993
Rating: 4 Stars
Book Blurb: Patience knew she couldn't be more different form the sort of women Dutch surgeon Julius van der Beek seemed to attract. After all she was a quiet country girl with a somewhat unique taste in clothes -- and an assertive personality to match! Yet she was attracted to him. Not that she had a hope of making him notice her, particularly with the glamorous Sylvia van Teule already at his side. . .

Review: This Betty Neels starts off slow, but it is a sweet an enjoyable read. Betty has a format that she stuck to with all her books and this doesn't change here.

There's usually a Dutch doctor, well respected in his field and a spunky, plain girl who both annoys and intrigues him. Sometimes she's a nurse other times she's some kind of hired help.

In this case, Patience Martin is Julius's kind of Personal Assistant. She's always putting her foot in her mouth too. She lives with two elderly aunts in a small terrace house that makes me think of a Herman's Hermits song, but that's beside the point. The house she used to live in before finances became too bleak is where Mr. van der Beek is staying.

Somehow her job as a go between to Julius can work on his reference book allows her to find a place in Julius' heart, though, lord knows he never bothers to tell her that.

One thing about Betty Neels, the books are about as old fashioned as her characters. You can never really pinpoint when the books take place. This one was released in 1992, but Patience still used an old typewriter!

Betty wrote what she knew. Her husband was Dutch and she was a nurse in the army.

They may not be up to date books, but they are sweet reads for any age.


Sabrina said...

Sounds cute.

I enjoy these kind of old-fashioned books.

Kathy Martin said...

I remember going through a phase and trying to read all the Betty Neal's books I could find. Thanks for reminding me of the good old days.

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