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This was one of the sappiest, longest, drawn out novel by Betty Neels that I have ever written! SO disappointing! Worldliness and naivety made an awful combination this time. It was so hard to read this to the end that I’ll let some other poor reader explain!
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2012
Victoria, one of those beautiful girls who has lead a sheltered life and Alexander, a handsome doctor, had one of those whirlwind courtships that couples who fall instantly in love have. They declared they'd share everything and there would be no secrets between them. They became engaged and toddled off to Holland to meet his parents. Of course, an old flicker (not the flame she claimed she was) shows up and since people are always nice to Victoria she wants to be friends. Her new friend throws a match on a couple of bits and pieces and Victoria allows her imagination to fan the flames until she hot foots it back to her old world. Her antagonist there gets a bit of his own back by doing what antagonists do, pretends to be friendly to your face while twisting the knife in your back. Eventually, she and her beauty toddle back to Holland to make things right with Alexander. Ms. Neels leaves us knowing full well Alexander, who is old enough to know better, should have told Victoria the truth about the old flicker right after she swooped down on them for an introduction.
5.0 out of 5 starsVictoria and Alexander were attracted to each other from the start!
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2015
I have read all of Betty Neels books and especially liked this one, although Victoria was in awe of the beauty of her sisters. The difference in this story was that both Victoria, a nurse, and Alexander, a Dutch doctor, were attracted to each other and heading towards marriage. Unfortunately, another doctor who was interested in Victoria tried to sabotage their relationship. While visiting Holland with Alexander, another woman he had known who had been interested in Alexander told Victoria lies to upset her. After returning to the hospital, Victoria finds out the truth but is it too late and will Alexander forgive her? This was one of my favorite books.
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2006
Walking near her home while on vacation, Victoria Parsons meets Alexander van Schulyen. Alexander, a Dutch physician, is attracted to Victoria, even tracking her down to the hospital where she works as a nurse. Alexander starts dating Victoria and makes it clear that he cares about her, however Victoria is beautiful but insecure about her looks since she has three sisters who are even more attractive than she is and worries that Alexander will fall in love with someone more beautiful than she is. On top of that, Doctor Jeremy Blake, who is also attracted to Victoria, does everything he can to break up the romance, as does Nina de Ruiter who would like to marry Alexander. Will Alexander be able to convince Victoria that his love is real?
Although I always enjoy reading Betty Neels, "Victory for Victoria" was not one of my favorites. Victoria comes across as being a bit vain and too much into her good looks. The romance between Victoria and Alexander is very believable, with a lot more kissing than Neels usually has in her books. The romance is so believable, in fact, that it's hard to understand why Victoria is so uncertain about Alexander's feelings for her. Having not one but two people trying to ruin the romance is a different and nice touch, although Jeremy Blake could have been more developed as a character and Nina is a bit too quick to explain her actions to Victoria.
"Victory for Victoria" is a nice romance, but not one of Betty Neels' best books.
For a change, the hero was straightforward and clear about his love for the heroine and his intention to marry her, from almost the first of the book. I got fed up with the heroine being so inclined to be suspicious and untrusting, though; in fact, I said she was dumb as a box of rocks. Overall, though, this is a happy and charming read.
I read all of Betty Neels romance books years ago and am now on my second and even third time of reading them. After reading a disappointing book, I download another of Betty Neels books to my Kindle and I know I won't be disappointed. This is one of my favorites. Most of the stories involve a doctor or a professor with a nurse or a old fashioned girl. The girls are beautiful to mousy and the guys are always rich and handsome. Both have high ideals.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2013
The stereotype of the 'heroine' in many of Neels books has been cast aside. Victoria is more physically attractive and self assertive adding interest to the author's gentle story. The 'hero' is still the strong, older, silent type but Victoria is more of a handful.