- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin (December 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373026668
- ISBN-13: 978-0373026661
- Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,922,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once for All Time (Harlequin Romance, 2666) Paperback – December 1, 1984
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About the Author
Romance readers around the world were sad to note the passing of Betty Neels in June 2001.Her career spanned thirty years, and she continued to write into her ninetieth year.To her millions of fans, Betty epitomized the romance writer.Betty's first book, Sister Peters in Amsterdam,was published in 1969, and she eventually completed 134 books.Her novels offer a reassuring warmth that was very much a part of her own personality.Her spirit and genuine talent live on in all her stories. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Briefly, part of this is from another review, but will explain my bias a little. [Ok, before I go into my review, I feel I have to be 100% honest with you. I am a huge - make that HUGE Betty Neels fan. I discovered her when I was 10 or 11 years old. Over the years, I have collected every Betty Neels novel ever in print. Even special ordering them all the way from England because I was having difficulty finding them over here in the States.]
OVERALL: 4 1/2 STARS
Story/Plot: 5 - Having read any number of Betty Neels books, sometimes I remember others more clearly than others. There are times I go looking for a specific book and cannot find it because although I remember the book, I don't remember the title. I find this deeply frustrating especially when I have so many books I have to go through just to find one specific book.
This being said, I want to help others like me out there, who are fans of Betty Neels or who are looking for a specific title, but feel helpless lost in the sea of her amazing amount of books. So, I am going to post a brief spoiler at the beginning of her books here in this section in the hopes I can help you find that one book you must read again.
SPOILER COMMENT: This one is a little complex, and I will have to drop some hefty spoilers if this is the book you're looking for. Our hero is Consultant James Thackery - for those of ya'll who are sticklers, his Mother is Dutch, Father British - and he's been in love with Ward Sister Clotilde Collins for a long while now, but sadly, she is engaged. Then, tragedy strikes, Clotilde/Tilly's Mother and Father are killed in a car accident returning from Switzerland via France. Dr. Thackery steps in to help when her financially motivated fiance is too busy for her. After the funeral, she learns her home has been mortgaged and will need to be sold. With the normal adage when it rains it pours, after finding out his fiance is broke and cannot buy him a practice, her fiance breaks it off with her. Of course, much more happens, but I don't want to spoil it too much for you.
Those of ya'll that are Betty Neels fans know the general premise is a rich handsome doctor falls for a nurse (sometimes she is not beautiful, she might be under appreciated or from a home of privilege but has recently fallen on hard times).
Those of you who are not Betty Neels fans, I highly recommend her works especially if you like Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer. Her romances are usually light, sweet and quick reads (usually no more than 9 chapters).
Highly enjoyable any volume you pick up.
Re-read Value: 5 - I always re-read Betty Neels.
Continue Series: - Not Applicable.
Characters: 5 - I enjoy all characters in Betty Neels titles.
Cover: 3 - 50/50. To be honest, if you didn't know who Betty Neels was when you picked up this cover, you might not know it was a romance from the look of it. But prior to her passing and when she did pass, there were a number of her books that were reissued with these more artsy covers. I also have the original cover this was released in paperback, which does say romance.
Genre Fulfillment: 5 - Romance, check.
Personal Involvement: 4 - I love reading and re-reading Betty Neels as mentioned above. Her stories are just so light and refreshing. It's not something I can explain very well. I am sure if you're a fan, you will know what I am talking about and if this is your first chance at reading a Betty Neels title, you'll kinda understand what I am saying after you finish it. I put this at a 4 only because this title is not one of my personal all time favorites, but I do highly recommend it.
As in most of her books, the story revolves around a nurse and the doctor she works along side. I enjoyed that the good doctor fell in love with Clotilde long before she fell for him.
There is not an enormous amount of character development, but Betty always provides both heroes and heroines with strong moral fiber in general. This story is a simple, quick, refreshing breeze.
A lovely visit with his sister in The Netherlands (of course). Her name is Clothilde and his James. They dance around each other. It's very cute. I got a real kick out this story.
I'm sure anyone will really enjoy this sweet/touching tale. Oh yes, there's a real creepy fiancé.