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Agreeing to share her life with Professor van der Brink-Shaaksma had seemed a good idea to Beatrice at the time. But while fine in theory the 'no strings attached' deal soon proved to be disastrous. For how could it work when every time she saw him, her heart skipped a beat? And what could she do now to make him notice her- not just as his wife but as his partner?...

Title : An Unlikely Romance
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ISBN : 9780373512485
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 218 Pages
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An Unlikely Romance Reviews

  • MomToKippy
    2019-01-27 20:16

    Marriage of convenience set in London and Holland. Famous Dutch endocrinologist marries sensible mousey loner inept nurse for purposes of managing social engagements/personal assistant/appearances. Doc is handsome, absentminded and rich with great cars/homes/peeps/pets. Beatrice and Krijn are opposites, yet are they? Beatrice blooms in lovely haute couture and makes for exceptional faux wife. Krijn notices. Dutchiness a plus to storyline. Shiney clean romance. 3.5

  • Linda
    2019-01-21 21:04

    AN UNLIKELY ROMANCE was my first book by Betty Neels. It takes 'marriage of convenience' to a whole other level. Beatrice 'Trixie' Doveton is in-training as a nurse. She is best described as a little plump, somewhat frumpy and, at times, clumsy. She is 23 years old and has been an orphan for a number of years; she was the bane of her cousin Margaret and Aunt Alice. So when she comes to the attention of the handsome but preoccupied bachelor, Professor Krijn van der Brink-Shaasma, she doesn't know what to think. Especially when he asks for her hand in marriage. Except, he makes it known immediately, that it will be a platonic marriage. He believes that he has found the answer in Beatrice: someone that is quiet and calm. A do-gooder.He desperately needs a 'wife' to keep every well-intentioned relative/acquaintance/friend from trying to hook him up with their sister/daughter/cousin/niece. He also needs someone to organize his home-life and be prepared to entertain on a moment's notice. Hence, the chaste relationship. He doesn't have the time nor does he want the complications that come with love.Initially, Krijn appears lost in thought constantly. His job takes precedence and Beatrice tries to understand. While he is very satisfied with their 'marriage', Beatrice falls in love. And this is where the chink in their 'friendly' relationship begins.Coffee, tea and sandwiches are continually mentioned. Descriptions of what Beatrice wears are cited frequently. The level-headed discussions between Krijn and Beatrice gave new meaning to talking without communicating. These two poor souls desperately needed a course in confession and learning how to acknowledge honest feelings they had for each other. It is a squeaky-clean romance. I understand that Ms. Neels wrote many of her stories with 'the nurse and doctor/professor' in a similar vein. I probably will try some of her other books but I will need to wait some time. Otherwise, I could see myself getting bored.

  • Kathleen
    2019-02-15 18:11

    Another solid hit from Betty la-Neels. Nothing too exciting, though, and no hanky panky! I read this a long time ago, and only once, but it stuck. Beatrice is an orphaned nursing student who agrees to a marriage of convenience with a rich Dutch doctor, consulting in London. I'm not even going to try to spell his name!She loves him, but he doesn't love her (as far as he knows). Nope. He proposes because he thinks she will make a nice buffer from all the husband hunters, so he can write his medical book in peace. JUST STAND THERE, BETWEEN ME and ALL THEM. HERE, WEAR THIS THICK SWEATER. PADDING! AND THIS FUR. MORE PADDING!He buys her lots of clothes, but gradually realizes that money means little to her. He's fairly dense, and aloof, but she holds her own beautifully against him. Loved that about her! It's a MOC, and a cool one. Not friends with benefits!When he thinks another guy is getting interested, he comes to his senses. Just in time, too. This dude dwelt in a fog thicker than the pea soup that swallowed up poor Beatrice! I read one Neels a year nowadays. I like to pretend I'm so industrious: Up at dawn's pearly light. Baking homemade bread. Puttering in the garden. Whipping up a gourmet meal from whatever's on hand. And walking. Lots of long rambling walks in the country. That's me. :-)

  • Nancy Crayton
    2019-02-05 18:57

    I loved the ironic humor in the first part of the story. I loved the two main characters and how very unlikely they were to fall in love. You knew that this would be a fun story. It was indeed! Beatrice aka Trixie Doveton is a student nurse who is a bit klutzy. Well liked by the other students but often late because she stops to help others, her supervising nurses are skeptical that she will ever make it become a qualified nurse. She literally trips over her own feet and falls in front of visiting consultant Krijn van Brink-Schaaksma. Barely stopping his conversation with a staff member, he picks her up, sets her own feet, brushes her off and continues talking. She doubts he was even aware of what he was doing. I was hooked at that point.The story is sweet and Trixie's tries to cope with being married to a man who seems to view her as a sister at best and not to see her at all at worst. She falls in love with him early in the story. She is an orphan who grew up with relatives who resented her and saw her simply as a poor relation.Yes, it is predictable but Betty Neels does it so well. A very satisfying romance. You are left to imagine what happens after the last chapter when Neels ends the story. I, for one, like my own imagination rather than having it graphically presented to me.

  • CáitínNí Loingeacháin
    2019-01-23 19:54

    I just love Betty Neels, you have an story that grows it a beauiful love story with all the things a girls heart wants.

  • Pamela Shropshire
    2019-02-14 17:02

    Beatrice Doveton is a 23-year-old nursing student; an orphan brought up by her uncle and aunt. The uncle is kindly, but the aunt is a social climber type; she is too concerned with promoting the social success of her beautiful daughter, Margaret, to bother with plain Beatrice (whom she calls Trixie).Trixie (I continue to call her this to distinguish her from the other Beatrices in the Canon and besides, I was a huge Trixie Belden fan) is aware of Professor Krijn van der Brink-Shaaksma, hereafter referred to as Krijn, but he inhabits the loftier heights of medical staff and pays little attention to Trixie, even when he picks her up after she falls on the ward. Then after they meet in a social setting, he remembers who she is. He takes her out a couple of times and then proposes a MOC. See, he is writing a scholarly book on his speciality, the endocrine system, and needs a buffer to keep the partying hordes at bay and allow him to focus on his book.Trixie agrees, and soon has her DR. Krijn blunders along cluelessly for most of the book and is aroused to jealousy by the attentions that his cousin Andre lavishes upon Trixie - lots of flowers and notes, visits, etc. Finally Krijn realizes what a treasure he has. This would only be in a pack of similar Neels fare except for Trixie: she has a well-developed talent of snark that she can deliver whilst planning a house party for 20. There are some terrific lines in this one, and in fact, these causes me to bump this up to 5 stars on this reread.

  • SallyB
    2019-02-04 17:59

    The Professor: *Hmmm. I don't want to change my life in any way, shape or form, and I am a very important person with very important things to do. All these tedious invitations from tedious people keeps me from living in lala land. What could I possibly do to keep myself in delusion world. I know! A spineless doormat of a wife to be my gatekeeper. Who cares if she wants a normal marriage with children in her future. I'm impotent and she should be as well because I am more important. The Girl: I am meek and gentle and kind and have absolutely no personality. I will do whatever you ask me to, including giving up my career, my future children and any fulfilling relationship that can possibly develop to a plain girl like me. I have fallen in with whatever anyone has asked me to do since the age of ten, and I will do so with you as well because I love you. An Unlikely Romance. I would say so when you marry Professor Grandpa. Ahh, but what about all the lovely clothes he buys you. Go on, now I'm interested. Pretty much the only interesting thing about this book is clothes and food. Not one of BN's best.

  • Olly
    2019-01-22 16:47

    Ini cerita yang agak lain dari karya-karya BN yang lain.Trixie cukup menyadari bahwa dia tidak cukup cantik untuk menggaet lelaki yang pantas untuk menikahinya, dan memilih menopang hidupnya sendiri dengan bekerja sebagai perawat. Namun dia jatuh cinta dengan Krijn, pofessor asal Belanda, yang luar biasa tampan, luar biasa linglung, namun justru orang pertama yang melamarnya hanya untuk sekedar menjadi istri formalnya. Trixie diharapkan mampu menjadi PR bagi sang professor, mengatur rumah tangga, menjalankan tugas sosial, membebaskan sang professor dari kewajiban pergaulan, sehingga dia bisa berkonsentrasi penuh pada buku dan penelitiannya.Namun sampai kapankah Trixie mampu bertahan? Dia mencintai lelaki itu dengan sepenuh hati, namun Krijn bahkan tak menyadari keberadaan Trixie.

  • Nenya
    2019-02-11 22:08

    H marries the h, genuinely thinking that she will keep his social obligations at bay!! lol... i thought he said so, just for the sake of form. Nope. Still, he does decide to fall in love with her, so all ok.I did think it rather stupid that she gives up her education and career for.... getting married, and buying clothes. God, clothes and dressing up make such a huge part of all Betty Neels' books. They matter, no doubt. But there is a difference between a girl giving up her job vs giving up before she completes the degree towards which she's put in so much effort. uh... i don't care for it. Still, a sweet story to go to sleep to :)

  • Susan in NC
    2019-01-24 19:53

    Always enjoy reading Betty, especially when I'm engrossed in a big knitting project on a deadline or busy with family activities - and I've got both going on right now! This is a favorite, with plain but patient Beatrice in a marriage of convenience with absent-minded professor Krijn. I wanted to shake both of them at times but all works out in the end and true love prevails along with large and loving extended family, loyal old family retainers, beautiful old homes and incredible food - comfort food for the brain!

  • Janice Aitkens
    2019-01-31 00:58

    This one is very much like one of Betty's other books as i have read a few out of order then decided to work my way from her first to her last book i am not sure if it was one i read before i started thisBut apart from a slight variation this was the same it may be i had read this as a special or something & it got a slightly different part but this is why i have not given this a full rating but if you don't read all Betty's books then it a good one

  • Mirella Grace
    2019-02-07 20:03

    I love Betty Neels novels! The marriage of convenient with the sweet romance and the love expression at the end of the story.However, after lots of Betty Neels' books I've read, I think this is the first time I read that there was a guy who falling in love with the girl. As long as I've read, it were usually the man who got an ex girlfriend or a fiancee whom would make the girls jealous...

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-25 23:58

    Another book from a beloved author of mine. However, this book is probably my least favorite out of the series. It was a little dull at times and could of used some action. I liked the characters, but was let down on how boring there relationship was. Not my favorite book and probably would not recommend it.

  • Cecilia
    2019-01-31 23:46

    Back cover blurb:Agreeing to share her life with Professor van der Brink-Shaaksma had seemed a good idea to Beatrice at the time. But while fine in theory, the "no strings attached" deal soon proved to be disastrous. For how could it work when every time she saw him, her heart skipped a beat? And what could she do now to make him notice her—not just as his wife but as his partner?

  • Kobie
    2019-01-26 23:02

    for all the similarities in Betty Neels' books, she still manages to make them different. I really liked this one!

  • Cindy
    2019-02-02 19:59

    3.5 stars

  • Peps
    2019-02-06 20:50

    Awesome, loved it :)

  • Patricia schmit
    2019-02-03 21:13

    Such a Good RomanceDon't know how unlikely this romance is, but it was a very enjoyable story. Usual well-written if a trifle unsurprising tale!!!

  • Teri-K
    2019-02-18 23:59

    This is one of Neels best stories that I've read so far. :)

  • Allison
    2019-02-13 23:46

    Good read but I still wish the male character's thoughts were better understood. What a cousin!

  • Susan
    2019-02-05 00:51

    Love Betty Neels books and this was no exception.

  • Marybelle
    2019-01-22 16:47

    The professor is extremely frustrating. He obviously can't see what's right in front of him. Trixie has the patience of a saint. Nice, uncomplicated love story.

  • Erica Matthews
    2019-02-15 20:11

    Tender romances like this never get old.

  • Helen Manning
    2019-02-14 00:06

    So sweet and unassuming. Grabs your interest and keeps it. Trixie is a great Neels heroine.

  • Caro Charmie
    2019-02-14 00:57

    🤧😭Un romance diferente tiene como nos acostumbra Betty una enfermera Beatrice( Trixie) y un médico el profesor Krijn Van der Blink-Schaaksma (es el nombre holandés más raro leído hasta la fecha).no hay mucho de diferente pero si que empatizas con la heroina y sus dificultades para hacer frente a la aparente frialdad y desinterés del doctor. Es una novela linda que gusta leerse y con dos protagonista con los que te encariñas. Hay boda, paseos,desayunos,cenas y fiestas.mascotas( perro y gato) y lo más importante algunos besos( creo q 3).Altamente recomendable.

  • Super*BETA*Reader
    2019-01-28 22:10

    4 Old School Romance StarsThis books follows the usual Betty Neels formula of a handsome 30-something Dutch doctor proposing a marriage of convenience to a poor, plain English girl. I liked both Beatrice and Krijn and even though his trouble-maker cousin Andre popped up a couple of times there was no real villain in the story. Quick , good read if you're in the mood for a clean, old school romance.

  • doreen Garrett
    2019-02-08 01:13

    Another well written book by Betty NeelsAlthough Betty Neels books tend to be formulaic, I always find them relaxing reading. The characters in this one were well crafted, and there was just sufficient plot to make it a good read. Recommended

  • Jeanette Parker
    2019-02-19 19:00

    Very sweet story

  • Christy Olesen
    2019-01-31 20:06

    A sweet tender romance, perfect if you want to get lost is a simpler time and leave this chaotic world behind.

  • Mudpie
    2019-02-03 17:05

    I really cannot judge if a Betty Neels book was written in the 70s or 90s...maybe because I am not English. Anyway this was copyrighted 1992 but it's kind of timeless.Again we are filled with the minutiae of Trixie's days as a nurse, and then as the hostess of Krijn in this marriage of convenience.I loved reading about the parties and most of all, the shopping! It's indeed lovely being able to shop with a big budget!I was hoping the angst and tension level would be higher...Krijn was supposed to be jealous longer and more obvious! Then the ending, I want more kisses!It was good to show the nasty nurses Trixie has gone up in the world though haha! Trixie's aunt and cousin Margaret were sure nasty. It's an ok book for me, not my favourite as of now.