Book 20: Henrietta’s Own Castle by Betty Neels

My latest Gentle Read author. Gentle Reads are pleasant, predictable, conventional and more comforting than mint chocolate ice cream.

Her plots are usually the same. The men are the old-school kind: rude, rich, and domineering heroes. They are invariably Dutch doctors, usually brilliant surgeons.

The women are nurses and a little more mature than most old-fashioned romance heroines.

There is a scene in which the surgeon and the nurse perform an emergency or difficult operation. I like these scenes because the heroine is poised and confident. The doctor/lover is brilliant, of course. I think Neels was a nurse before she retired to write.

There are lots of descriptions of domestic tasks and miniature travelogues.

You only get kisses. They are the old-school kind: crushing and bruising. (hee). Yeah, I know it was a metaphor but sounds like somebody talking about how they broke their foot or something.

This description hardly makes the book sound palatable but when I want a GR, Neels hits the spot.


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