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 nowledge 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 girlfriendfiance 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 4 12 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 Making India Work 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 uick Don t be absurd who d be out on a night like this with a shotgun Julia 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 tnow 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 a rapid 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 acuaintance 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 uick temper When Ivo upsets her she lets him now it view spoiler Ivo was uite 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. Ickly Clearly the other woman had a much stronger claim on Ivo's affectionor did
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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 I would rate this 35 stars Julia is one of the interesting heroines that BN has penned She is young feisty beautiful uirky yet lovable She makes incredibly selfless decisions yet is never downtrodden and gives as good as she getsThe secondary characters sister and father added dimension to the story and the evil OW was uite 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 eeping OW around His inability to bounce OW out on her eester 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 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 strangerHe 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 suppliesIvo 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 see of 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 girlMeanwhile Ivo takes Julia out on a couple of occasions and isses 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 MarciaBut 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 eitherHowever Ivo isn t uite 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 uietly 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 beautyDuring 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 uite as good as the first One of TGB s best 5 stars 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 titleIvo is very obviously smitten by Julia when they are snowbound in Scotland at the beginning of the story but something is holding him backJulia 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 No Way Home keep him and his family in attendanceIt 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 andind but he says than once that everyone is surprised at her lack of progress I suspect his chivalry makes it impos. It hadn't taken Julia Pennyfeather long to fall in love with Ivo van den WerffBut.
Sible for him to express any doubts about Marcia especially feeling guilty as he does and believing her to be emotionally attached to himJulia is a feisty and very pretty heroine These heroines appear in 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 MarciaMind 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 far heroine s giving up and finding greener pasturesBut the romantic ending was one of the nicest so I forgive him 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 a extensive review please follow the link purchased the e book and was gifted a paper copy by a friend 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 va Once again I find that I m not too tired to state HOW MUCH I FUCKIN LOVE BETTY NEELS Excuse the language This book has to be one of my favourites by her It was just so beautifulEven the OW was so amazingly evilHow I love this sweet anguish Betty puts us readers through And anguish it definitely was Throughout the entire book I was likeShe was honestly one of Betty s best efforts at penning an OW So wonderfully devious and evilNow I ll move onto the heroine Julia To say I was surprised when I found out that she was breathtaking ly pretty is an understatement I had to go back and read it again just to make sure that I d read it right Then I wondered how this was going to work out Usually Betty Neels heroines are mousy and plain and the OWs are beautiful and eye catching This time the heroine was the eye catching one not that the OW wasn t she was just as eye catching but that s beside the point ATM I so completely didn t want a self centred puffed up heroine not from Betty Neels So I was really wary But I needn t have worried Because not only did Betty do an amazing job with this heroine but Julia has to be my most favourite out of all her heroines THAT IS HOW MUCH I LIKED HERI really loved how Julia was able to stand up for herself all the while being such a sweet and lovable heroine She new how to give it back good she had some fire in her this one She wasn t a total doormat in front of the OW or the hero I had to hold in my loud cheers at her fiery retorts at timesDespite all that she didn t let her feelings get in the way She was practical professional and yet managed to come off as feminine I loved herAs for the hero he wasn t my most favourite of BN s heroes dear old Tyco still has that honour but God DAMMIT BN s RDDs FTWimage error christmas AND betty neelsya gotta love it This book is a bit different than the majority of other Betty Neels books I felt the lead female character was a Virgo view spoilerWhile 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 aty 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 uite a bit and so far he is the first one for me with this author He was supposedly a physician who seemed. As soon as she met Marcia Jason she realized she had to fall out of love just as
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 yearsThis 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 Stat