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4 1 2 Stars Having traveled by ambulance, Julia is a nurse who accompanied a teen back to her home, a day s ride out of London The girl is a diabetic in recovery from surgery a few weeks before They arrive in the middle of a snowstorm, the power and telephone out, and no one home except an elderly man who looks after the house Ivo is the youngest Betty Neels hero I ve read to date at nearly thirty years old He s just completed a six month course in Edinburgh, and is on his way to London, 4 1 2 Stars Having traveled by ambulance, Julia is a nurse who accompanied a teen back to her home, a day s ride out of London The girl is a diabetic in recovery from surgery a few weeks before They arrive in the middle of a snowstorm, the power and telephone out, and no one home except an elderly man who looks after the house Ivo is the youngest Betty Neels hero I ve read to date at nearly thirty years old He s just completed a six month course in Edinburgh, and is on his way to London, when he s caught in a snowstorm, and forced to stop at a country estate to seek shelter It s Julia, in a dressing gown, who answers his knock and he angrily chastises her for opening the door off it s chain to a stranger, asking what if he d been armed with a shotgun She makes him laugh with her quick,Don t be absurd who d be out on a night like this with a shotgunJulia wakes Ivo in the middle of the night to go and get help, as her patient has taken a bad turn, and he surprises her when he announces that he s a doctor Isolated for several days, they form a friendship When Ivo learns that she gave up her position at the hospital and is on her way to her brother s home where she ll be helping her sister in law after the birth of their latest child She doesn t really want to go, but didn t know how to refuse her domineering brother Ivo offers her a job in Holland as a private nurse for a young woman who is staying with his family Ivo hedges when she asks about the woman, but later learns from Ivo s sister that Marcia and Ivo had dated and while attending a party he had convinced her to attend, she d come in contact with a polio carrier, and was hospitalized With Ivo committed to the course in Edinburgh, Marcia went to stay with his family his father also a doctor to convalesce But it s been six months and while Marcia should be fully recovered, she s not When Julia meets her, it s instant dislike and she wonders just how much of her illness is put on to make her appear frail Marcia s a very clever woman and she uses Ivo s guilt to hold him, as before her illness they had had an understanding that one day they would marry Julia hates the hold Marcia seems to have and while she can t prove she s faking she uses her own clever mind to push the woman into arapid recovery I m always amazed at the details in a Betty Neels how she s thought out every circumstance Ivo definitely doesn t want to end his acquaintance with Julia, his need of an English nurse may be contrived, but as Marcia had refused to learn Dutch, it made sense to hire a nurse from England Julia is a constant surprise to him, and he finds it endearing how she seems to trust him implicitly He s a young man and not as life experienced as other Betty Neels heroes, and this is his particular charm It takes some delicate prodding on Julia s part to get him to open his eyes on Marcia s deceit, which it turns out he wasn t all that blind too Julia is a delightful heroine, with a generous heart and a quick temper When Ivo upsets her, she lets him know it view spoiler Ivo was quite the romantic in planning his proposal, right down to the sentimental setting, the choice of the fifth day of Christmas and the gifts that suited the day hide spoiler Theirs is a very satisfying HEA This book is a bit different than the majority of other Betty Neels books I felt the lead female character was a Virgo view spoiler While she was self sacrificing and understanding with the most horrible patients, she cared nothing about her own family Her sister in law had debilitating depression and that is the main reason she left the hospital her brother has asked for her help with his wife and brand new child Yet, she would rather to be harassed and emotionally abused by a selfish This book is a bit different than the majority of other Betty Neels books I felt the lead female character was a Virgo view spoiler While she was self sacrificing and understanding with the most horrible patients, she cared nothing about her own family Her sister in law had debilitating depression and that is the main reason she left the hospital her brother has asked for her help with his wife and brand new child Yet, she would rather to be harassed and emotionally abused by a selfish stranger cry her eyes out every night than to lend a helping hand to her own family I really didn t care for the way she talked about them I could actually hear katy perry hot and cold in my mind while reading about her She went from taking the OW belittling remarks and harassment for a month to exploding and calling her a harpy and a fraud to sitting down calmly to share her tea with her As for the lead male character, I disliked him quite a bit and so far he is the first one for me with this author He was supposedly a physician who seemed to be very familiar with polio which was an epidemic in 1950 s in certain area of Europeand what the OW contracted while in Holland Yet, he was played thoroughly by someone who enjoyed reading books by renaissance philosophers with no medical knowledge or background Within an hour meeting the OW, his cousin who also happen to be a physician told Julia that he suspected the OW has been walking for a while He, on the other hand had no clue and didn t want to listen to anyone daring to say something bad about the OW He only learned about the deception because he overheard the OW admitting it When the OW was at the hospital, he basically ran away to Scotland and left his poor father and sister to deal with his assumed girlfriend fiance nasty piece of art work The OW stayed there in bed for 6 months and treating everyone like crap before he decided to come back with a nurse for her His attitude toward Julia at times were disgusting I really enjoyed the portrayal of the OW I just think Ms Neels was having so much fun writing this character that she didn t take enough time to make sure her other character didn t represent themselves as stupid and overly ignorant hide spoiler Julia Pennyfeather is a nurse who is accompanies a patient to the patient s home in Scotland via ambulance The weather changes from clouds to fog to freezing fog to snow to a blizzard The ambulance men are snowbound, the expected nurse doesn t show and they are stranded Late in the evening, the doorbell is rung and Julia opens the door to a handsome blond man of about 30 He immediately scolds her for opening the door to a stranger.He is Ivo van den Werff, a Dutch doctor going home from Edinb Julia Pennyfeather is a nurse who is accompanies a patient to the patient s home in Scotland via ambulance The weather changes from clouds to fog to freezing fog to snow to a blizzard The ambulance men are snowbound, the expected nurse doesn t show and they are stranded Late in the evening, the doorbell is rung and Julia opens the door to a handsome blond man of about 30 He immediately scolds her for opening the door to a stranger.He is Ivo van den Werff, a Dutch doctor going home from Edinburgh and getting lost in the snow Over the next few days, they all are forced to band together during the snowstorm with no telephone or electricity, along with diminishing food supplies.Ivo and Julia are instantly attracted to each other and once they begin to make preparations to leave Ivo asks Julia to go with him to Holland and nurse a young woman staying at his home She is recovering from polio Julia very much wants to seeof Ivo so she accepts But once they arrive at his home, the situation is rather awkward Marcia Jason, her patient, is apparently in love with Ivo and generally acts as though they are practically, if not officially, engaged Ivo mostly ignores the situation Marcia is the typical Veronica with one added nuance she is very smart, but she is boring with it She s also obnoxious to Julia and constantly making remarks about Julia being fat or being a big girl Meanwhile, Ivo takes Julia out on a couple of occasions and kisses her and acts like he s in love with her However, when his sister says anything vaguely derogatory about Marcia, Ivo gets angry On one occasion Julia sees Ivo come out of a jewelry store with a small box, and she assumes it s a ring for Marcia.But Marcia has been seeing another man behind Ivo s back She admits to Julia that she isn t in love with Ivo and doesn t want to marry him, but that she will make sure Julia can t have him either.However, Ivo isn t quite as blind as Marcia thinks Ivo has a talk with de Winter, who agrees he will pick Marcia up from Ivo s home, Ivo is off to find Julia, who has sneaked away quietly to return to England He stops by the woods where she had gotten lost and proposes I lost my heart when you opened the door at Drumlochie House and told me in your lovely voice to hurry up and come in out of the cold My Julia, I ve not been cold since because you warm me with your sweetness and gaiety and beauty During previous readings, I had gained the impression that the Holland portion of the book was somehow lesser I don t feel that way now The second half is although different quite as good as the first One of TGB s best 5 stars This fairly early Neels is first rate all the way Nurse Julia Pennyfeather is just wonderful not a mouse, not a shrew but one of Neels most well balanced young women Dr Ivo van den Werff is, I believe, the youngest RDD rich Dutch doctor that Neels has given us He s a mere child of 30, instead of pushing 40 Oh my, and he and Julia get on quite well There is, of course, a fly in their soup of happiness Marcia Jensen Once again, a well developed character dear Marcia is a great other This fairly early Neels is first rate all the way Nurse Julia Pennyfeather is just wonderful not a mouse, not a shrew but one of Neels most well balanced young women Dr Ivo van den Werff is, I believe, the youngest RDD rich Dutch doctor that Neels has given us He s a mere child of 30, instead of pushing 40 Oh my, and he and Julia get on quite well There is, of course, a fly in their soup of happiness Marcia Jensen Once again, a well developed character dear Marcia is a great other woman.It is great watching Ivo get her measure For once we have a Neels hero who is NOT oblivious to what the other woman is up to Nor does Julia let herself be pushed around by Marcia.We get added in bonuses in Ivo s father and sister, both absolutely delightfulJust absolutely lovely all the way around It hadn t taken Julia Pennyfeather long to fall in love with Ivo van den WerffBut as soon as she met Marcia Jason she realized she had to fall out of love just as quickly Clearly the other woman had a much stronger claim on Ivo s affectionor did she I would rate this 3.5 stars Julia is one of theinteresting heroines that BN has penned She is young, feisty, beautiful, quirky yet lovable She makes incredibly selfless decisions, yet is never downtrodden and gives as good as she gets The secondary characters sister and father added dimension to the story and the evil OW was quite evil She was a nasty, self centered, jealous, vindictive, two timing shrew I just loved to see her in action They don t come better than this What disap I would rate this 3.5 stars Julia is one of theinteresting heroines that BN has penned She is young, feisty, beautiful, quirky yet lovable She makes incredibly selfless decisions, yet is never downtrodden and gives as good as she gets The secondary characters sister and father added dimension to the story and the evil OW was quite evil She was a nasty, self centered, jealous, vindictive, two timing shrew I just loved to see her in action They don t come better than this What disappointed me though, was Ivo s logic and that caused me to deduct stars For the life of me, I could not figure out what guilted him into keeping OW around His inability to bounce OW out on her keester lessened him and almost cost him his HEA Thankfully, BN s always saves those last pages in the story to give him the opportunity to redeem himself But for me it was a day late and a dollar short My critical sense flies out the window and perches on a Dutch elm when it comes to achieving perspective regarding Betty Neels I just love her so And certainly this Christmas offering was everything you d want from a Neels romance The hero was a cypher Dutch doctor He was big, capable, and a haven of solicitude, humour, and gruff affection for the heroine Ivo and Julia are wonderful together, despite a nasty harpy of a rival The food is perfect, Julia s pink wool dress is perfect for Ch My critical sense flies out the window and perches on a Dutch elm when it comes to achieving perspective regarding Betty Neels I just love her so And certainly this Christmas offering was everything you d want from a Neels romance The hero was a cypher Dutch doctor He was big, capable, and a haven of solicitude, humour, and gruff affection for the heroine Ivo and Julia are wonderful together, despite a nasty harpy of a rival The food is perfect, Julia s pink wool dress is perfect for Christmas and one lovely fifth day carol works magic to bring the lovers together forever If you d like to read aextensive review, please follow the link purchased the e book and was gifted a paper copy by a friend christmas AND betty neelsya gotta love it. I don t think cd players, active cases of polio, and ladies wearing bonnets with their coats occur in the same time period, do they This is one of the nicest of Betty Neel s stories in that the hero is extremely romantic at the end and gives meaning to the title.Ivo is very obviously smitten by Julia when they are snowbound in Scotland at the beginning of the story but something is holding him back.Julia discovers that it is Marcia Jensen, a woman Ivo dated prior to his six months course in Scotland She caught Polio at a party she attended with him and is using that to keep him and his family in attendance.It doesn t take v This is one of the nicest of Betty Neel s stories in that the hero is extremely romantic at the end and gives meaning to the title.Ivo is very obviously smitten by Julia when they are snowbound in Scotland at the beginning of the story but something is holding him back.Julia discovers that it is Marcia Jensen, a woman Ivo dated prior to his six months course in Scotland She caught Polio at a party she attended with him and is using that to keep him and his family in attendance.It doesn t take very long for Julia to realise Marcia s game and she is frustrated that Ivo seems to believe everything Marcia says Ivo has an interesting attitude to Marcia He is unfailingly courteous and kind but he saysthan once that everyone is surprised at her lack of progress I suspect his chivalry makes it impossible for him to express any doubts about Marcia, especially feeling guilty as he does and believing her to be emotionally attached to him.Julia is a feisty and very pretty heroine These heroines appearin the earlier Neel s stories Ivo is a little different too, considerably younger than the average hero and perhaps that is why he is less certain about what to do about Marcia.Mind you the tendency of Neel s heroes to devote their time to flirting or paying attention to other women while neglecting or being snarky to the heroine should have led to farheroine s giving up and finding greener pastures.But the romantic ending was one of the nicest so I forgive him The Fifth Day of Christmas


About the Author: Betty Neels

Betty Neels was born on September 15, 1910 in Devon to a family with firm roots in the civil service She said she had a blissfully happy childhood and teenage years This stood her in good stead later for the tribulations to come with the Second World War She was sent away to boarding school, and then went on to train as a nurse, gaining her SRN and SCM, that is, State Registered Nurse and State Certificate of Midwifery.In 1939 she was called up to the Territorial Army Nursing Service, which later became the Queen Alexandra Reserves, and was sent to France with the Casualty Clearing Station This comprised eight nursing sisters, including Betty, to 100 men In other circumstances, she thought that might have been quite thrilling When France was invaded in 1940, all the nursing sisters managed to escape in the charge of an army major, undertaking a lengthy and terrifying journey to Boulogne in an ambulance They were incredibly fortunate to be put on the last hospital ship to be leaving the port of Boulogne But Betty s war didn t end there, for she was posted to Scotland, and then on to Northern Ireland, where she met her Dutch husband He was a seaman aboard a minesweeper, which was bombed He survived and was sent to the south of Holland to guard the sluices However, when they had to abandon their post, they were told to escape if they could, and along with a small number of other men, he marched into Belgium They stole a ship and managed to get it across the Channel to Dover before being transferred to the Atlantic run on the convoys Sadly he became ill, and that was when he was transferred to hospital in Northern Ireland, where he met Betty They eventually married, and were blessed with a daughter They were posted to London, but were bombed out As with most of the population, they made the best of things.When the war finally ended, she and her husband were repatriated to Holland As his family had believed he had died when his ship went down, this was a very emotional homecoming The small family lived in Holland for 13 years, and Betty resumed her nursing career there When they decided to return to England, Betty continued her nursing and when she eventually retired she had reached the position of night superintendent.Betty Neels began writing almost by accident She had retired from nursing, but her inquiring mind had no intention of vegetating, and her new career was born when she heard a lady in her local library bemoaning the lack of good romance novels There was little in Betty s background to suggest that she might eventually become a much loved novelist.Her first book, Sister Peters in Amsterdam, was published in 1969, and by dint of often writing four books a year, she eventually completed 134 books She was always quite firm upon the point that the Dutch doctors who frequently appeared in her stories were not based upon her husband, but rather upon an amalgam of several of the doctors she met while nursing in Holland.To her millions of fans around the world, Betty Neels epitomized romance She was always amazed and touched that her books were so widely appreciated She never sought plaudits and remained a very private person, but it made her very happy to know that she brought such pleasure to so many readers, while herself gaining a quiet joy from spinning her stories It is perhaps a reflection of her upbringing in an earlier time that the men and women who peopled her stories have a kindliness and good manners, coupled to honesty and integrity, that is not always present in our modern world Her myriad of fans found a warmth and a reassurance of a better world in her stories, along with characters who touched the heart, which is all andthan one could ask of a romance writer She received a great deal of fan mail, and there was always a comment upon the fascinating places she visited in her stories Quite often those of her fans fortunate enough to visit Holland did use h


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