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5.0 out of 5 starsMy very favorite of all the Betty Neels books I've read which I think is ALL of them.
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2017
Fate is Remarkable is the first book by Betty Neels I read back in the 70s. I've read it a half of dozen times. I liked it so much that I went to a used book store and bought as many of the Betty Neels books they had. I always bought the new ones that would come out. I love the way Betty Neels writes, it is so wholesome and clean. No bad language or lurid sex scenes. She passed away not too long ago, so there will be no more new books but now that I've discovered Amazon has them, I can read them all over again.
Betty's formula is always the same. Sometimes I tire of the two characters who seem very afraid to speak about their true feelings until the lack of communication leads the woman to run away or do something else which seems extremely unwise. I keep reading for the descriptions of architecture, fashion, art, and food, and to see what little twist she may add to the story, as well as the fact that her characters are generally endearing and likable. *
Great character development as expected of Ms. Neels. The story and courtship is reflective of a more innocent and romantic time. I really enjoy the side stories of other characters that are part of the whole. Romantically the looks, touches, smiles, and conversation take a more significant meaning than stark physical passion. Great story! Love the romantic characters!
I have been reading stories by Betty Neels for thirty to forty years and love them. She wrote in a formula and each book was the same, but different. Usually a Dutch doctor and an English nurse. They were all written in a innocent time and there is no sex. This book is one of her best.
Betty Neels is an author to count on for a calm and relaxing, if a bit predictable read. Her stories are full of interesting details about Dutch, British culture and life style in the mid 20th century. Never disturbing, always interesting, a book to put down and come back to. The digital format is even better!