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A highly anticipated digital release by USA TODAY bestselling author Betty Neels. Originally published in paperback, this book is now among The Best of Betty Neels. This author is famous worldwide for her tender romances featuring exciting locales, Dutch doctors, and kind people. Since her passing in 2001, Betty's earlier stories have been in greater demand than ever beforA highly anticipated digital release by USA TODAY bestselling author Betty Neels. Originally published in paperback, this book is now among The Best of Betty Neels. This author is famous worldwide for her tender romances featuring exciting locales, Dutch doctors, and kind people. Since her passing in 2001, Betty's earlier stories have been in greater demand than ever before. In this story, Dr. Marius van Houben hires Caroline Frisby to nurse his young nephew back to health. In due time, he's falling for her, and can barely contain his tender feelings when she is struck down with a nasty case of measles. Has he discovered his "girl in a million" too late?...

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ISBN : 9780373512621
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Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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A Girl In a Million Reviews

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-02 08:29

    Betty Neels. British author. The great dame of medical romances. Born in 1909, she oughta had stock in Mills and Boon. She's written oodles of these things! More than 100, and all after she retired from nursing. Clean stories, profanity free (mostly) and sex free. This particular romance was first published in 1993, and later released in digital format.In Betty's world of romance, every hero is a rich Dutch doctor and every heroine loves nothing better than waking at sunrise, puttering in the garden, and keeping cats. Usually, her heroines are plain janes and poor as church mice. Often, they are nurses. (Never doctors!)********************Marius van Houben is Dutch, but also has a home in England, as a consultant doctor. He is rich, handsome, debonaire, and accustomed to getting his way. Accustomed to fawning females. Caroline doesn't fawn. She's a plainspoken, plain-faced and stubborn-willed nursing student. At first meeting, she falls down some steps outside his home while on holiday in Amsterdam. Marius takes her inside to patch her up. Then he forgets about her.But later...when his nephew Marc (adorable 3-year-old) becomes very sick, he makes Caroline nurse him. Makes her come to Holland, to nurse him some more. He falls in love with her, but is too thick to realize it. His dog knows it before he does! So he's clueless. Until she gets measles (Koplik's Spots). Wherein he finds her spotty face the most beautiful on earth. Why, she's a girl in a million! LOL! But he thinks it's too late. Thinks she has become engaged to another. To a fellow doctor, no less! How he broods. What a mood he's in, bending his dog's ear late into the night, totally lovelorn.Happy but rushed ending. With Neels, we're happy if we get a passionate embrace.See this clever review, at the Neels website: http://everyneelsthing.blogspot.com/2...

  • Dianna
    2019-03-04 01:31

    Student nurse Caroline holidays in Amsterdam and drops off a book as a favour to a colleague. The receiver is big handsome Marius van Houben. She is so immediately struck down by his masculine charms that she falls over in the gutter outside his house.He brings her inside for a bit of first aid and to advise her to comb her hair. He’s not at all invested in her – she’s plain and cheaply dressed. And has messy hair.Back at the hospital, Caroline is still thinking about Marius. Her friends all sort of imply that she was hopeless to not flirt with him, or dress better. She needs to be the sort of girl a man takes out to a fancy restaurant, or she’ll never get a boyfriend. Caroline suspects this is true, but what is a shy girl with limited funds and no hairspray to do? When he shows up on the ward as star anaesthesiologist, and uncle to a comatose little boy, they meet again.And keep meeting, as only sensible Caroline can properly nurse the comatose little boy back to health.All the way through reading this book, I thought it was set in the early 1970s. I was really sure when Caroline goes shopping for slightly nicer clothes, but still can’t come at a mini skirt. It was actually published in 1993. The whole hospital setting had this air of being 50s era. It all feels very hierarchical, there seemed to be enough time in the day to have tea breaks and regular meals. In fact, when there weren’t tea breaks or regular meals, it was almost apocalyptic in tone. No nurse must go more than 3 hours without a break! Perhaps it was a sign of a properly unionised workplace. Certainly, what I’ve mostly avoided in not watching any US TV shows set around hospitals, is how everything is always heaps urgent. There’s always gunman invading the hospital and the place getting shut down with plague, and turning homeless people away because they don’t have insurance, and medical staff getting it on in the supply closet, or selling drugs in the alley behind the hospital to fuel their gambling addiction. There is no way any of that is going on at Caroline’s hospital. Matron wouldn’t stand for it.Everyone was very English (unless of course they were Dutch). I imagined the nurses were wearing those big origami style hat things and the patient beds were wooden and in long rows in an echoing hall, and some medical person might show up at any moment to strap you down and saw your arm off, just because. So while I initially thought it was comfortable and old fashioned, and people just lay around and got better or died, realising it could suddenly turn into the random amputation hospital made it terribly shadowy and frightening, probably more so than a US TV hospital. Which is why I like English authors, because you don’t always realise that everything’s getting really dramatic until it suddenly slaps you silly. And then you’re all, where did that torrent of violent emotion come from? I thought they were just going to have a Pims and listen to the gramophone?The old fashioned feel may be down to the fact that Neels has been a writer for far longer than she’s been a nurse. Certainly, a Sarah Morgan hospital has a very different feel. I also didn’t think anyone has been very much in awe of anaesthetics for ages, because I had the impression they were easy medicine, and most of the time we’re all just lucky we wake up, or lucky we don’t wake up while being operated on. I read about that once, it sounded like a horror novel. I also read that no one really understands how drugs make us unconscious, although since I can’t remember any more than that headline, it’s really not sufficient for me to hold an informed opinion on anaesthesiologists. Plus, I really don’t do medical stuff, and even though I’ve read Sarah Morgan’s hospital books, I tend to vague out when she talks diagnosis and treatment.I do have an informed opinion on Dutch men, as in I have some in my family. I know Neels thinks they make awesome heroes, but I’ve avoided her for years because I really could not think about them that way. I did really like Marius. He’s like this old fuddy duddy man who likes the company of sexy young girls, but realises that if he thinks about it too deeply, he’ll have to face the fact that he’s kind of a creep. He spends most of the novel alternately forgetting Caroline exists, and wondering why he’s thinking about her when she’s such a little plainy pants. I completely approved of him feeling guilty about being old when he realises he definitely wants to get in those pants. I chose to find this endearing and funny, rather than unromantic and chilling.Caroline has this very sturdy personality with a wildly romantic streak … I liked her despite thinking she was throwing away the poetry of her soul on an old guy.

  • Aayesha Khatri
    2019-03-19 02:20

    4.5 starsAnother amazing feel-good book by Betty Neels! I loved this one so much, I loved the heroine and her kindness and caring nature, I loved how the hero couldn't get her out of his mind and kept making excuses to take her out, and most of all, I loved little Marc. He was such a dear! <3 I loved the relationship between Marc and Caroline.Th only thing that put me off and disappointed me was how short and hurried the ending was. It wasn't enough! Betty's endings are never quite up to the mark. When she asks him (view spoiler)[ 'What do you want?' and he answers, 'You,' - her reaction to that was unrealistic. If someone who had previously showed so little interest in me told me that he wanted me, I'd sure as hell be confused and would have no idea that he meant he wanted wanted me, in the romantic sense.(hide spoiler)] That was the main reason why the ending seemed so hurried.But since I enjoyed the rest of the book so much, I'm giving it a 4.5 star rating. Betty Neels FTW!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sophie
    2019-03-23 01:27

    This book is billed as the "The Best of Betty Neels," but I assume by "Best" Harlequin means "Easiest for us to transfer to digital." Because this book is far from best of anything. I can't believe it was originally published in 1993. The dynamic of the relationship, the medical details, the attitude of the secondary characters, are all more like 1953 than 1993. Our introduction to the heroine is when she falls down some steps and injures herself while on holiday in Amsterdam. The Dutch hero is there to scoop her up (she's outside his house when she falls) and takes her inside to clean her up. He examines her and then produces gauze, bandages, and some ointment from a black bag on his desk to dress her wound. Amazingly, that is not enough information for the nursing-student heroine to tumble to the fact that the hero is a doctor. Not a good sign. This very brief encounter--they exchange about thirty words--is enough for the heroine, Caroline, to become completely obsessed with the hero, Marius van Houben, for no reason that I could figure out. The hero comes across as arrogant and manipulative throughout the book, using Caroline for her skills and ignoring her as a person. In fact, it is the 67% mark of the digital edition before he feels "a faint stirring of interest" toward her. Thrilling. She of course, falls in love with him well before that, but again, for no reason that I could discern. Given the difference in age and status between them, it seems more like a girl's crush on her teacher than anything. In fact, I have no idea why either of them falls for the other--other than that it's a romance novel and that's what they're supposed to do. Since he's a wealthy, sought-after doctor and she's a struggling student he dresses down for daring to think she can finish eating before jumping to carry out his wishes, the romance was bound to be uneven, but the way the author portrays the heroine makes it even worse. She seems like a rather clueless child most of the time in constant need of rescue and/or direction from him. (view spoiler)[Even the crisis moment in the story makes her seem like a child when she comes down with measles of all things. And when Marius decides he's in love with her and wants to marry her, he arranges the end of her training and employment at the hospital before he's even spoken to her. She, of course, meekly goes along with everything he says. Romantic. (hide spoiler)]To add to the annoyance factor, the digital transfer seems inadequate. Even though Marius van Houben is an anaesthetist, he's consistently referred to as Mr Van Houben, even in scenes in his point of view or in the hospital:It was Staff Nurse who told her later that the child in the side-room was to be operated on that evening. 'That's why Mr van Houben came--he's a wizard with anaesthetics.' I suspect nearly all the instances of "Mr van Houben" (278 of them) are supposed to be "Dr van Houben." Pretty careless, if so. I hope Harlequin has transferred some older Betty Neels titles to digital, because I would like to read the work she produced when she was in her prime. I know she was a favorite author of many romance fans--my grandmother among them--but it's hard to understand why from this particular offering.

  • Pamela Shropshire
    2019-03-04 02:27

    Caroline Frisby, orphan and trainee nurse, is on holiday in Amsterdam with her only relative, Aunt Meg. As a favor to another student nurse, she delivers a package to a lovely house beside a canal just off the Herengracht. As she is leaving, a dark blue Bentley pulls up, catching her attention. She falls and gets some scrapes and bruises. A tall, blond, handsome man gets out of the Bentley, helps her us, takes her inside the house, introduces himself as Marius van Houben, and tends to her injuries. End of holiday, back to work. Except, she can’t stop thinking about Mr. van Houben. And guess who shows up at the hospital one day? Of course. Mr. van Houben is a renowned anesthetist who travels all over. Marius’s young nephew has a brain injury and Caroline is assign as his special nurse. She is a caring, devoted nurse, so when little Marc recovers enough to go home, his parents ask Marius to arrange for Caroline to accompany them home to Holland.Marius tries to dismiss Caroline as plain and probably uninteresting, but as work continues to throw them together, he finds he can’t stop thinking about her. She has discovered that she is in love with him but is determined not to let him see how she feels. Once Marius realizes he loves Caroline, he’s pretty straightforward about pursuing her, except when he mistakenly thinks Caroline is dating one of the house doctors. Once he realizes they are just friends, he makes his move. He comes to the Casualty Dept where she is working and when she asks what he wants, he says, “You.” Caroline says that she is likely just a passing fancy. Marius tells her, “My dear, darling girl, most certainly I fancy you, I have indeed fancied you for some time and have no doubt of it, I shall continue to do so for the rest of my life. Moreover I’m in love with you, and life without you does not bear contemplation.” He suggests going to Aunt Meg’s and then to see a “rather worthy bishop” to get a special license.This is standard TGB comfort food, like a creamy mac-n-cheese. What does make this one rather special is that we see quite a lot of Marius’s viewpoint. His conversations with Neptune, the dog rescued from a canal, are really adorable. After he proposes, he tells Caroline that he had promised Neptune he would bring her back home as soon as possible. So cute!

  • Helen Manning
    2019-02-23 08:45

    TGB delivers again. Wonderfully romantic story of a PBN in training who aids in the recovery of the RDD's nephew from a catastrophic head injury. Caroline is sweet yet vinegary when roused and Marius who has sworn off entanglements of the ❤️ finds himself more and more intrigued by her. There are the usual cast of supporting characters, Aunt Meg, little Marc and his parents, the FFRs and various pets, and hospital staff. One in particular, Robert; who has a loving fiancée in Birminham, befriends Caroline out of abject loneliness and nearly throws a spanner in the works. The end is romantic and satisfying

  • Megzy
    2019-03-23 02:36

    Another feel good book by Betty Neels. There is one thing that bugs me about her books though. Why do all her lead female characters have to be almost ugly, not plain, not average, but to the point that everyone says to their face, you have no look but you are a good person?

  • Allison
    2019-03-02 02:21

    I love Betty Neels. She is so easy to read. There is nothing traumatic, or grim, or crude. Just simple people with a simple love story that has no urgency or angst. Her books are so comforting.

  • Teri-K
    2019-03-23 03:45

    This is a very nice Neels book, one where both MC's are pleasant people. Our heroine is an orphaned nursing student who lives with her Aunt, the hero a RD anesthetist with a female cousin who works with the heroine. (Despite what the description says, I didn't find him arrogant at all. Simply preoccupied at first.) There's no nasty OW or terrible parent causing trouble, just two people who don't think they have anything in common spending time together and gradually falling in love. Sometimes I really want to spend time with pleasant grownups being quietly entertained, and this book worked quite well.

  • Ileana
    2019-03-14 04:40

    Entre "estuvo bien" y "me gustó".El tema del libro, los personajes, la historia y todo estuvo bien, pero no me gustó mucho la forma de escribir de la autora, te encandilabas con la lectura y ¡zaz! de repente se cambiaba, tiene así como que cortes que se me hicieron feos, y pues igual las declaraciones amorosas me parecieron... pff.Como sea, a pesar de todo, no puedo decir que me arrepienta de haberlo leído.

  • Monique
    2019-03-18 02:41

    Very slow and sweet:)

  • Allison
    2019-03-01 04:33

    Yet again a very abrupt ending. I wonder how a Neels hero would make out today?

  • Lanelle
    2019-03-23 02:44

    Not the best of Neels' books. Very little plot. The main characters seemed two dimensional.

  • Amy Dinello
    2019-03-17 02:37

    Love Betty

  • Mudpie
    2019-02-26 04:24

    3.5* upgraded to 4* upon re-reading!For once our BN hero did not suddenly reveal his feelings only in the last couple of pages! I'd say around the 80/90% mark Marius realised Caroline was indeed the one "girl in a million" to make him lose his heart! Only to think she and the young doctor from Birmingham are getting married! The angst! It was great to read about his strong emotions; his "towering rage" when he thought Caroline was going to marry the young doc, his nasty temper held in control, and the more he felt the more expressionless his face was. His desire to bundle the sick Caroline home was so sweet! And the best? When he found out young Robert Brewster had a fiancée NOT Caroline, he "resolved to make her a bride before" she could be a bridesmaid for Robert and his Miriam haha!But Caroline felt the angst for far longer. No specific Other Woman but Marius was so good in acting cool, Caroline felt invisible to him and thus her love would be hopelessly unrequited.It was very sweet reading about Caroline with the kids. She's so loving! Being a paediatric nurse seemed to be her calling! I felt sad when she got rotated out of the Children's Ward too. Little Marc and his family were so lovely. And Corinna the cousin got the credit for matchmaking them! In this story we got to see the English countryside of Basing and Holland/Amsterdam.Caroline had a crush on Marius at first sight, but the sudden realisation of her love was sudden indeed! Marius' feelings really slowly developed and caught him unawares...it's funny how initially it was only Caroline who couldn't stop thinking about Marius, while he could totally forget about her. Later on, it was he who couldn't concentrate on his date or work and had to confide in his puppy Neptune or Nep, working out his feelings for Caroline.All in a sweet read. Satisfying ending too.Re-reading right away!

  • Melinda
    2019-03-11 07:43

    I really like Marius, the hero. I think I like him so much because Betty lets you see into his mind more than she does most of her heroes. You can see when he first becomes interested in Caroline and you get to watch the romance progress from both points of view. I also like that he wasn't the sarcastic sneering type of hero. Re-read this on openlibrary.org and will read it many more times.

  • Tiffany
    2019-03-20 03:47

    I didn't like the drawings as well as others in the series. I also found the story a little odd where he seemed to like her, then he seemed to be still in love with his sister in law, and then it just seemed like he didn't want to be alone and so he proposed.

  • Nenya
    2019-03-07 04:46

    Nice story. Just didnt feel like they connected. How could they when the h was "cross" every single time they interacted!