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Dutch surgeon Sebastian van Tecqx offers Emily's father a life-changing operation--but the doctor expects something in return. It's not hard for Emily to exchange her drab nurse's lodgings for Sebastian's luxurious home, but how can she stop herself from falling in love with her charismatic employer--especially when he makes it clear marriage is not part of the bargain?...

Title : The Fateful Bargain (The Best of Betty Neels)
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ISBN : 9780373511761
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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The Fateful Bargain (The Best of Betty Neels) Reviews

  • Leona
    2019-02-05 07:48

    I read this before, but for some reason never rated it. Second time around was just as good as the first. What made it for me were the characters. They were very endearing.

  • Pamela Shropshire
    2019-02-11 10:40

    Emily Grenfell is a plain, mousy nurse whose father is crippled by arthritic hips. He is waiting for hip replacement surgery, but it’s going to be more than a year (NHS). Emily is trying to save enough money to have it done privately. She runs into a handsome man on the street who turns out to be a RDD orthopedic surgeon. He finds out about Emily’s dad and makes a deal with her. He will do the hip replacements for free if Emily will come nurse his younger sister who is recovering from polio. Now, one would think that he has fallen in love with her at first sight and has cooked up this plan to give him an excuse to be around her. Well, yes, but he didn’t know it at the time, so he keeps dating the obnoxious Beatrix van Telle while Emily deals with his spoiled sister.The best thing about this book was Delft. It really does sound delightful. However, the thing that struck me most was the juxtaposition of the two main medical issues in the book. Hip replacement surgery is a modern technique. While it has been experimented with since Victorian times, the modern total hip arthroplasty was developed by a real-life RBD named Sir John Charnley (like the RDDs/RBDs we know and love in Neelsdom, Sir John married a woman 20 years his junior whom he met in 1957 on a skiing vacation).Polio, however, has been mostly eradicated in modern times. According to UNICEF’s website, there were 209 reported cases in Europe in 1980; in 1988 (likely the year Betty wrote this book) there were 11 cases in Spain and 16 in Israel. There was an outbreak in The Netherlands in 1992-1993, but it was confined to the Orthodox Reformed community who did not vaccinate for religious reasons.With TGB having been nursing in the 1940s and 1950s, I’m sure she saw plenty of polio cases then. I just found it interesting that she would put these two conditions side by side – the old and new sides of nursing, as it were.As for the romance, I loved the moonlit walks although I’m not sure I would fall in love with a man who insisted I go out walking in the cold after dark. I’m more of a sunset-walk-on-a balmy-beach kind of girl. I did like Sebastian telling Emily that he could hardly keep his hands off her while he waited for them to complete their obligations to each other – in Neels-speak, that’s the equivalent of ripping her clothes off.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-14 06:51

    I really enjoyed this story. Our hero is drawn to Emily from the get go - he questions this because she is plain looking, but continues to worm his way into her life anyway. Then he makes the bargain with her that changes her life and ultimately his. I loved the way you could feel the tension building between the two characters. She's desperately in love and he's fighting to keep his hands off her - until their bargain is completed! But his whole family seems to know she's the girl for him.

  • Barb in Maryland
    2019-01-21 07:47

    Undistinguished Neels outing. Nothing to see here. Not one of her worst, but a far cry from her best.

  • Teri-K
    2019-02-13 06:37

    Nice characters, sweet plot. Honestly I felt like I'd read this one several times before. Poor British nurse (student this time) caring for family member (Dad who needed surgery) with animal she'd rescued (cat) meets RDD who is immediately attracted but doesn't let on. RDD agrees to do Dad's operations immediately and for free if girl will come to Holland and help his spoiled sister recover from polio. RDDs family are great and love girl immediately. Girl remains clueless throughout. There are some nice details of the family celebrating Christmas and New Years Day in this one. Neels didn't exactly vary her books much, so you have to be in the right mood for them, but when you are they satisfy.

  • Helen Manning
    2019-02-06 08:33

    One of TGB's better efforts. Emily; a nurse in training, has a father crippled by arthritis waiting on the NHS for bilateral hip replacements. She is working to secure him a place in a private hospital so the wait will be lessened but it is rough going. She (literally) bumps into orthopedic surgeon Sebastian van Tecqx and he decides she would be perfect to care for his younger sister struggling to regain use of her legs after exposure to polio. Emily agrees to nurse Lucillia and so the bargain is struck. Emily impresses Sebastian and his family and manages to cajole a spoiled and frightened Lucillia to do her PT and work to regain her mobility. The interesting part to me is the relationship he has with his small, plain mother and how honor bound he is to not pursue her until her father's second surgery is done and the bargain is fulfilled. Great read.

  • Deava101
    2019-02-12 09:48

    I love these cozy, classic reads where the hero and heroine are calm and approach their feelings in sensible way and they have very goods reasons for not shouting their love for each other the first time it hits them both. This is one of my favorite Neels novel. The Hero knows exactly what he wants but wants nothing in their way when he is about to get it and the heroine is clueless because "surely the master of the house won't look upon this plane Jane".

  • April
    2019-02-10 05:50

    Emily makes a bargain with Dr. Sebastian van Tecqx. He will operate on her father and she will help his sister walk again (the sister had polio).

  • Cacophony
    2019-02-08 09:44

    As always, I love Betty Neels books. Her heros an heroines are so calm and sensible it is a comfort to read about their love story and having a happy ending.

  • Zara
    2019-02-08 07:22

    i had never read anything by this author before and absolutely loved it,i will definitely be reading more of this author's work

  • Anna
    2019-02-09 11:24

    Typical Betty Neels, a light, fluffy, sweet and very predictable little romance, definitely a guilty pleasure read.

  • Nenya
    2019-01-25 07:30

    typical betty neels (nurse & dutch doctor), and yet... not. there's an ow, who's rather catty. and the H was married! gasp! her heroes are never married. it didn't work out that well; wife ran away with a rich(er) guy after a year of being married. couldn't help feeling the H kept her around because she bore everything without a word (always grateful and smiling) and not pressing when the H avoid talking about things (not very nice of him). hmm.. i think i complained about one where the h was always cross. i think i preferred that over this type of character. the h's "trying to be brave" incident with a house breaker, where she ends with a black eye, actually was rather stupid.and the H... all the way till the end, letting her think it was the ow he might be marrying... hmm.. i think i'll take off one more point for actually was rather nice, plain ol' romance. but comparatively (compared to others by the same author) not quite up to the mark (for me).might revise rating later :).

  • Patricia schmit
    2019-02-19 05:36

    Really One of the Best of the Best!!!!Well told story with no pages too boring or improbable to spend time reading. Do wish there were other authors with Neels' skill.......

  • Jeanette
    2019-01-21 06:43

    This book is a guilty pleasure read.