10 thoughts on “Visiting Consultant

  1. Cheesecake Cheesecake says:

    .DNFed essentially but skimmed to the end I just wasn t enjoying this one, so I gave up.I didn t really like Sophy I wanted to and maybe I could have before the end, but there was this ridiculous side plot that sent their romance off the rails.Sophy is a very managing female She doesn t like her control being threatened, which is what having the hots for the visiting consultant, Max, will do So it was kinda frustrating that she goes to great trouble to keep him at arms length for so long.DNFed essentially but skimmed to the end I just wasn t enjoying this one, so I gave up.I didn t really like Sophy I wanted to and maybe I could have before the end, but there was this ridiculous side plot that sent their romance off the rails.Sophy is a very managing female She doesn t like her control being threatened, which is what having the hots for the visiting consultant, Max, will do So it was kinda frustrating that she goes to great trouble to keep him at arms length for so long into the story Then the OW, Tineke shows up and Sophy has every right to misconstrue because it was meant to be misleading I didn t like Tineke She is written to be a nice OW But she s still a liar, taking advantage of a friends good will, and she is unapologetic about it in the end Like she did no harm, when she decidedly did with her self interest.So Sophy is made out to be the bad guy Maybe this is why there are a few pages still left after the ILYs, to help persuade us of their love And why is Sophy so sure that she is homely Well it s because her family and friends keep telling her she is What a bunch of assh les So no, I didn t like this one at all Too frustrating.Safety is good view spoiler I ve no idea if she is a virgin or not She s about 25 There s no history for him but he is at least 10 years her senior There s mention of him going out at night but not who with When Tineke appears in the story, everyone assumes they are to be married at some point But it is a ruse put together by her, Max and Karel Karel loves her but is married to a lunatic and is Catholic So Max and Tineke have been allowing people to think they are seriously dating to cover Tineke s affair with Karel I thought it a bunch of cowardly selfish crap on Tineke and Karel s parts hide spoiler


  2. Susan in NC Susan in NC says:

    I discovered Betty Neels several years ago accidentally at the library I hadn t read Harlequin romances since high school I really liked her well written, warm hearted and sweet stories about strong but usually plain girls sometimes nurses, sometimes not just trying to get by and do a good job but never doormats, mind you They are always swept off their feet by a large, wealthy, successful always Dutch or English professional hero who you know will cherish and spoil them generally I discovered Betty Neels several years ago accidentally at the library I hadn t read Harlequin romances since high school I really liked her well written, warm hearted and sweet stories about strong but usually plain girls sometimes nurses, sometimes not just trying to get by and do a good job but never doormats, mind you They are always swept off their feet by a large, wealthy, successful always Dutch or English professional hero who you know will cherish and spoil them generally doctors, with a few interesting variations Yes, the stories are cookie cutter, but they always involve lots of travel and fine meals described in delicious detail , fashion, beautiful homes, cooking, gardening, beloved pets everyone s got at least a cat, usually a dog, too all the things I love These are Cinderella stories, absolute brain candy, but I find them addictive and have collected a ton of them, so I can reread at will No sex, unfortunately, but God knows we can get that in plenty of other booksA real treat, especially after a long day, to soak in a hot bubble bath, sip a glass of wine and take a trip with Betty happy ending guaranteed


  3. Pamela Shropshire Pamela Shropshire says:

    There is some really stellar dialogue and prose in this one Well, I d rather be run down by a Bentley than anything else, he stated Excepting a Rolls Royce, of course If only I d known, murmured the tall man, I would have done my best to oblige you That gloomy old proverb be sure your sins will find you out stalked fierily before her eyes She gave it a metaphorical kick Sophy Greenslade, theatre nurse, meets Professor Jonkheer Maximilian van Oosterwelde whe There is some really stellar dialogue and prose in this one Well, I d rather be run down by a Bentley than anything else, he stated Excepting a Rolls Royce, of course If only I d known, murmured the tall man, I would have done my best to oblige you That gloomy old proverb be sure your sins will find you out stalked fierily before her eyes She gave it a metaphorical kick Sophy Greenslade, theatre nurse, meets Professor Jonkheer Maximilian van Oosterwelde when her younger brother runs across the street in front of the Professor in his Bentley He is in England to fill in for Sophy s godfather, a surgeon, whom she calls Uncle Giles Uncle Giles is Max s godfather, too.Thus Max and Sophy are thrown together for the next few weeks at work and Max becomes a family friend Sophy falls in love with Max and despite several kisses and a few dates, she thinks he is not at all interested in her.Sophy tries to avoid him and invents a fictional boyfriend, John Austin, a bank manager from Harrogate Sadly, when Max deliberately misnames him as John Morris, even Sophy forgets what his name is supposed to be Austin Morris both British automobiles TGB, I see what you did there The first part of the book ends with a fire in the hospital while Max and Sophy and their team are in surgery Max keeps operating until quite a bit after the last possible moment When they get ready to make a run for it, Max had an arm in a protective arc over his patient, he drew her close against him with the other one and as she felt it tighten around her, she felt quite safe They reached the door as the ceiling around the burning door caved in, and smoke and flames poured into the room Once cleanup is completed, Sophy is out of a job Max has returned to Holland, but soon Sophy receives a letter from him His nurse is in measles quarantine and he asks Sophy to replace her temporarily She accepts and as soon as she arrives in Utrecht, she meets Tineke van der Wijde, who she assumes to be Max s SO.Now, it is true that TGB s heroines are often very quick to assume relationships were none exist However in this case, Sophy can be acquitted because Max and Tineke have deliberately conspired to behave so that the public will assume they are engaged to be engaged So Sophie tries not to get too close to Max and is confused and bewildered by his kisses and his behaving in an interested fashion toward her.He throws a surprise birthday party for her He invites her to be his date at a dance at his home and when he is kissing her in the conservatory, Tineke bursts in, he leaves her and goes away with Tineke and another doctor, Karel von Steen.Later he tells her he wants to explain She becomes furious and really, who could blame her and says some very nasty things to him.He arranges for her to go back to England almost immediately and they treat each other very coldly in the interim On the last day, Tineke comes to see Sophy and explains that she and Karel have been in love for 10 years, but he is married to a woman who is institutionalized for insanity very Jane Eyre, no Max is a cover so that Karel and Tineke could spend time together without people knowing Karel is RC so, no divorce, you see So, as she is leaving, Sophy goes to his office at the clinic and confesses her love for him and then runs out Of course he catches her before she leaves the hospital, pulls her into an empty conference room and kisses her and proposes This is certainly one of TGB s best crafted books Well plotted, lots of lovely secondary characters, plausible plot line 4 1 2 stars.Re read 9 19 17 nothing to add, really


  4. Kay Kay says:

    4 Stars Sophy had been 21 and newly registered as a nurse when her parents died in an auto accident leaving her responsible for her three younger siblings With her grandmother s help she s managed to keep her small family together these past four years, but has left her little time for herself She s now Sister in the operating theatre and highly respected Her godfather is head of surgery and when he suffers from a heart ailment he asks another of his godchildren, Max also a surgeon, to fill 4 Stars Sophy had been 21 and newly registered as a nurse when her parents died in an auto accident leaving her responsible for her three younger siblings With her grandmother s help she s managed to keep her small family together these past four years, but has left her little time for herself She s now Sister in the operating theatre and highly respected Her godfather is head of surgery and when he suffers from a heart ailment he asks another of his godchildren, Max also a surgeon, to fill in for him while he recuperates Max has some free time while his own surgical unit in Holland is being completed They work well together, and because of his connection with her godfather, he becomes a frequent visitor in her home Her younger brother and sister are in awe of him and Max has charmed her grandmother Afraid of her growing feelings for Max, Sophy pretends to have a boyfriend A fire in the hospital totally destroys the operating theatre, which means Max is no longer needed and soon Sophy will have to go on a rotating float in other wards for the many months until the theatre is rebuilt Receiving word that his own operating theatre in Holland is well ahead of schedule, Max heads home A week after he leaves, Sophy receives a letter asking her to work with him as his surgical Sister has been quarantined for several weeks By this time Sophy realizes she s in love with Max and she s reluctant to go, but her godfather asks her to accept as a favour to him to repay Max for the time he s spent in his stead She stays in the home for the nurses and gets on remarkably well as most of the hospital staff speak english Rumours have it that Max is soon to announce his engagement to a very pretty woman whom he spends most of his weekends with The mixed signals that Max sends her has her very confused and when he kisses her she s both happy and angry because she feels she s betraying the other woman.This is another charming love story by Ms Neels Sophy is a wonderful heroine strong, generous, and because of her stilted social life rather shy She s not afraid of hard work and proves herself invaluable in her job Max admires her greatly, both for her dedication as a nurse and to her family I could have shot Max though for keeping such a secret around the other woman, it was so unfair to Sophy, and I felt he deserved her bitter attack that nearly ended their future Adelaide and Coenradd from Sister Peters in Amsterdam are good friends of Max s and it was lovely that they have roles in this story


  5. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Sophy, an orphaned nobody, a stubborn British nurse, won t abandon her patient to save her own skin, despite rapidly advancing fire The visiting surgeon Max, no Dutch name is impressed Loved this book And I think it s one of the very first Betty wrote Since then, she has blessed the world with uncountable rich Dutch doctors with tongue twister names, and plain jane heroines with beautiful eyes and a soft mouth I kid you not Betty was a nurse herself, and lived through Hitler s London Sophy, an orphaned nobody, a stubborn British nurse, won t abandon her patient to save her own skin, despite rapidly advancing fire The visiting surgeon Max, no Dutch name is impressed Loved this book And I think it s one of the very first Betty wrote Since then, she has blessed the world with uncountable rich Dutch doctors with tongue twister names, and plain jane heroines with beautiful eyes and a soft mouth I kid you not Betty was a nurse herself, and lived through Hitler s London Blitz She began writing medical romances after she retired, in about 1967 So, she was about 60 years old when she started her new career.Wiki says Betty Neels born 15 September 1909 in Leyton, England d 7 June 2001 in England was a prolific British writer of over 134 romance novels first publication entirely for Mills Boon in United Kingdom and later reprinted in the North America by Harlequin , beginning in 1969 and continuing until her death Her work is known for being particularly chaste


  6. Barb in Maryland Barb in Maryland says:

    One of our Betty s earliest books She must have thought that her writing career would be short, as she packed everything but the kitchen sink into this one What a hoot.Hmmm, let s see Plain, mousy British Nurse check Rich Dutch Doctor check Danger on the job check major fire at the hospital while they were doing an operation Trip to Holland check Mysterious other woman check but this other woman is a really nice one Big misunderstanding of course.The extras include a godfather in One of our Betty s earliest books She must have thought that her writing career would be short, as she packed everything but the kitchen sink into this one What a hoot.Hmmm, let s see Plain, mousy British Nurse check Rich Dutch Doctor check Danger on the job check major fire at the hospital while they were doing an operation Trip to Holland check Mysterious other woman check but this other woman is a really nice one Big misunderstanding of course.The extras include a godfather in common between the BN and RDD The fact that our RDD is escorting the other woman around as a cover for her affair with another doctorThe backstory that has them waiting for other doc s insane wife to die so he ll be free to marry the other woman Oh Betty


  7. Aayesha Khatri Aayesha Khatri says:

    RDD General SurgeonThis book was so sweet and perfect And oh my, the ending


  8. Poonam Poonam says:

    A cute romance between a Theater Nurse sister and a visiting doctor This is a comfort read and a was a perfect read for my Sunday mood The h is very sensible, down to earth and a very sweet person I really liked her nature She is described as a Plane Jane who transforms into attractive when she smiles She is oblivious to it and does not think she is attractive at all.It was very obvious how much in love with her the H is and how oblivious she is to it all.There is an OW view spoiler Sh A cute romance between a Theater Nurse sister and a visiting doctor This is a comfort read and a was a perfect read for my Sunday mood The h is very sensible, down to earth and a very sweet person I really liked her nature She is described as a Plane Jane who transforms into attractive when she smiles She is oblivious to it and does not think she is attractive at all.It was very obvious how much in love with her the H is and how oblivious she is to it all.There is an OW view spoiler She is actually just H s friend and nothingwhich is revealed in the last 5% of the book.When H kisses the h, our h actually feels bad for the OW and this was such a pleasant change from the cranky h s in other romances hide spoiler I recommend this book if you want a clean, simple romance


  9. MaryD MaryD says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Classic Betty Neels I d forgotten how much I always wanted to slap her characters.The summary on GR is very misleading Both Sophie and Max are terrible about communicating Why don t they just talk to each other He blames her because she doesn t realize he loves her yet he puts her down, acting cold at the drop of a hat She, on the other hand, constantly puts herself down How many times does her hair need to be described as mousey and herself as plain Uuuugggghhh Really The only Classic Betty Neels I d forgotten how much I always wanted to slap her characters.The summary on GR is very misleading Both Sophie and Max are terrible about communicating Why don t they just talk to each other He blames her because she doesn t realize he loves her yet he puts her down, acting cold at the drop of a hat She, on the other hand, constantly puts herself down How many times does her hair need to be described as mousey and herself as plain Uuuugggghhh Really The only reason I gave it two stars and not one is because Betty Neels was one of my first Harlequin authors.As was the time, there is no physical hanky pankey beyond kissing


  10. Janet Janet says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Well I guess it had to happen A Neels that didn t send me cravingOK, but noThe big mis involved a wife not the hero s a a la Mrs Rochester and I do not like books like that


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