An Apple from Eve

An Apple from Eve

Betty Neels / Aug 23, 2019

An Apple from Eve Considering that she didn t really like him very much Doctor Tane ban Diederijk did seem to crop up in Euphemia s life rather a lot Perhaps she was being a bit unfair to him she hadn t wanted to let

  • Title: An Apple from Eve
  • Author: Betty Neels
  • ISBN: 9780373024636
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Considering that she didn t really like him very much, Doctor Tane ban Diederijk did seem to crop up in Euphemia s life rather a lot Perhaps she was being a bit unfair to him she hadn t wanted to let her family home to anyone, so she was bound to be prejudice about him living there instead of her But then he asked her to go to Spain to act as companion to his fiancee DConsidering that she didn t really like him very much, Doctor Tane ban Diederijk did seem to crop up in Euphemia s life rather a lot Perhaps she was being a bit unfair to him she hadn t wanted to let her family home to anyone, so she was bound to be prejudice about him living there instead of her But then he asked her to go to Spain to act as companion to his fiancee Diana and Euphemia s dislike grew How could the doctor be so stupid as to see anything in such a spiteful girl as Diana, let alone want to marry her If only she could see the back of both of them

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      • Betty Neels

        Betty Neels was born on September 15, 1910 in Devon to a family with firm roots in the civil service She said she had a blissfully happy childhood and teenage years This stood her in good stead later for the tribulations to come with the Second World War She was sent away to boarding school, and then went on to train as a nurse, gaining her SRN and SCM, that is, State Registered Nurse and State Certificate of Midwifery.In 1939 she was called up to the Territorial Army Nursing Service, which later became the Queen Alexandra Reserves, and was sent to France with the Casualty Clearing Station This comprised eight nursing sisters, including Betty, to 100 men In other circumstances, she thought that might have been quite thrilling When France was invaded in 1940, all the nursing sisters managed to escape in the charge of an army major, undertaking a lengthy and terrifying journey to Boulogne in an ambulance They were incredibly fortunate to be put on the last hospital ship to be leaving the port of Boulogne But Betty s war didn t end there, for she was posted to Scotland, and then on to Northern Ireland, where she met her Dutch husband He was a seaman aboard a minesweeper, which was bombed He survived and was sent to the south of Holland to guard the sluices However, when they had to abandon their post, they were told to escape if they could, and along with a small number of other men, he marched into Belgium They stole a ship and managed to get it across the Channel to Dover before being transferred to the Atlantic run on the convoys Sadly he became ill, and that was when he was transferred to hospital in Northern Ireland, where he met Betty They eventually married, and were blessed with a daughter They were posted to London, but were bombed out As with most of the population, they made the best of things.When the war finally ended, she and her husband were repatriated to Holland As his family had believed he had died when his ship went down, this was a very emotional homecoming The small family lived in Holland for 13 years, and Betty resumed her nursing career there When they decided to return to England, Betty continued her nursing and when she eventually retired she had reached the position of night superintendent.Betty Neels began writing almost by accident She had retired from nursing, but her inquiring mind had no intention of vegetating, and her new career was born when she heard a lady in her local library bemoaning the lack of good romance novels There was little in Betty s background to suggest that she might eventually become a much loved novelist.Her first book, Sister Peters in Amsterdam, was published in 1969, and by dint of often writing four books a year, she eventually completed 134 books She was always quite firm upon the point that the Dutch doctors who frequently appeared in her stories were not based upon her husband, but rather upon an amalgam of several of the doctors she met while nursing in Holland.To her millions of fans around the world, Betty Neels epitomized romance She was always amazed and touched that her books were so widely appreciated She never sought plaudits and remained a very private person, but it made her very happy to know that she brought such pleasure to so many readers, while herself gaining a quiet joy from spinning her stories It is perhaps a reflection of her upbringing in an earlier time that the men and women who peopled her stories have a kindliness and good manners, coupled to honesty and integrity, that is not always present in our modern world Her myriad of fans found a warmth and a reassurance of a better world in her stories, along with characters who touched the heart, which is all and than one could ask of a romance writer She received a great deal of fan mail, and there was always a comment upon the fascinating places she visited in her stories Quite often those of her fans fortunate enough to visit Holland did use h


    249 Comments

    1. 4 Stars ~ Euphemia is a ward nurse in a busy London hospital. She meets Tane (the Dutch Doctor) when she's called urgently to go home as her father has suffered a heart attack; he's called in by their family doctor to consult. Her father dies, leaving Euphemia (the eldest) her two brothers and her sister in debt, their home mortgaged. With her sister to live with their Aunt, and her two brothers away at boarding school, Euphemia decides to rent the house instead of selling. Her tenant turns out [...]


    2. 1.75 starsEuphemia is a 27 year old nurse, whose father dies leaving a large number of debts unpaid and a mortgaged house, with 3 younger siblings for Euphemia to take care of. Our heroine has to rent the house to make ends meet, and the renter is none other than our patient, clever RDD, Dr Tane ban Diederijk (I love his name, I find it the most attractive name of all of BN's RDD names). Dr Diederijk is engaged to be married to OW - one of the most whiny, selfish and 'boniest' OWs BN has ever wr [...]


    3. Standard Betty Neels comfort read that I needed. Didn't recall reading this one before so that was nice.


    4. First of all, the original Harlequin cover is really great, IMO. It accurately portrays the H/h as described, plus it includes vignettes of places visited in the book.Euphemia Blackstock is the eldest of four children of a retired Army colonel. Her mother has been dead for some time. When the story opens, Euphemia is on her way to her home in the fictional village if Hampton-cum-Spyway, near the real town of Chobham in Surrey. Her elderly car, a Morris 1000, is making disturbing noises when a si [...]


    5. TGB is keeping me up nights. This is a great tale of a PBN who helps her elderly Father look after 2 younger brothers and one younger sister. Euphemia (thanks Mom and Dad for that name) gets called home unexpectedly by her gentle and useless sister with the news that her Father is failing. No long drawn out death scene here one chapter and Dad's gone and left them mortgaged up to the ceiling of their shabby and ramshackle beloved family home. The RDD of the piece is Tane van Diederijk (engaged t [...]


    6. 1981. Amazing that Neels could get away with writing so many stories with almost exactly the same plot. The wise, understanding, all-seeing, and all-knowing father figure who the heroine ends up marrying I suppose it does speak to a nearly universal longing for such a father figure [or male god:] who perceives what one truly needs and supplies it Perhaps the slightly differing personalities and circumstances of the heroine interest me a bit, though the transformation from independent, intelligen [...]


    7. Typical, pleasant story about Euphemia, a nurse who is forced to support her younger sister and brothers after both parents die. They inherit their family's old house but can't afford the mortgage, so Euphemia decides to rent it out while the boys are in school. Of course, a RDD she knows from work decides to rent it. He has a spoiled fiance, recovering from the mumps, and our heroine goes to Spain to care for her, on the way back visiting the RDD's home in Holland. There's also an exploding gas [...]


    8. Euphemia can barely tolerate Tane, the doctor seemingly cold and distant. Despite their first meeting followed shortly by the death of her father, Euphemia still rents out her home to Tane and even undertakes the care of his fiancee when she falls ill. In the end, the antagonism gives way to love.A very cute story.


    9. I can't believe it--a Betty Neels book that I had never read before. Well of course we have the typical Neels' plot--rich Dutch doctor and charming English nurse. He is engaged to the "wrong woman" (naturally). But by the end of the book, all is well and right in the world. Happy endings all around. What's not to like?


    10. It was fine, but the ending didn't nicely sum up everything like normal. The ending was actually quite abrupt.






    11. Euphemia and Tane!It's starting to bug me that invariably the Other Woman in BN books are usually the girlfriend or even fiancée of the hero! I know this OW is usually a b!tch or is highly unsuitable for the hero, but facts are facts, our heroine is the "third party" in some ways, usually to contrast how badly behaved the OW was!Those girlfriends or pseudo assumed girlfriends don't bother me as much, but the fiancées do. What on earth were the heroes thinking to even propose to those women?! T [...]


    12. Bentley, Morris and a Cadillac. I enjoyed this one. There's a nasty fiancée (I'm a sucker for Neels' vicious OW) and an all round pleasant family a bit down at the heels due to the death of their father and an unknown mortgage/debt. Euphemia is an able nurse who is able to keep her family chugging along by renting the family home to Tane, the RDD. Tane does go hot/cold but I liked him. Euphemia isn't afraid to speak her mind although she does put her foot in her mouth at times. And this one fea [...]


    13. Sweet storyBetty always enjoy her books wish they would release them all some are out of print ! Still looking for a writer with her warmth !


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