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Preview — Enchanting Samantha by Betty Neels. Enchanting Samantha by Betty Neels. Samantha sympathized with the problems of the elderly Dutch woman who was admitted to the hospital where she worked. But she didn't realize that her encounter with Juffrouw Boot's employer, the striking Giles ter Ossel, would bring her so much heart-searching. Perhaps one shouldn't get involved with one's patients? Get A Copy.
Paperback , Harlequin Romance Published May by Harlequin Books first published December More Details Original Title. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Enchanting Samantha , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Enchanting Samantha. Jan 05, Kay aka Miss Bates rated it really liked it.
Now that I have over 20 Neelses under my belt I can see they fall into three categories. Or ugh, it kinda bored me, like Victory for Victoria. Then, there's I know what I'm getting, signature Neels, likeable, plain heroine, a modicum of rage on her part the BEST Neels heroines seethe with temper, I love them , and a laconic hero, all charm, twinkly eyes and quirked Now that I have over 20 Neelses under my belt Then, there's I know what I'm getting, signature Neels, likeable, plain heroine, a modicum of rage on her part the BEST Neels heroines seethe with temper, I love them , and a laconic hero, all charm, twinkly eyes and quirked eyebrows, mysterious, tolerant, and patiently waiting for the heroine to realize he loves her.
Not too outrageous and charming and temperamental my favourite being Benedict from Cassandra By Chance , but just enough aloof that the story is maddening. That's what we get in Enchanting Samantha, middle-of-the-road Neels, nice enough heroine, though she is a bit of a limp noodle; aloof, mysterious hero, though his reason for staying away from the heroine makes sense, annoying though it is, and an HEA that unfortunately doesn't involve kitchen gadgets, but hits the sweet-reader spot all the same.
I'll probably forget this one, but I'll never forget what Betty can do and how I want to live in her world of order, goodness, and love. I recently watched a documentary on Vermeer and the presenter argued that Vermeer depicts the Dutch ethos in his paintings: order, silence, pride in the home and domesticity.
Neels's books move toward this for hero and heroine, and go a long way to elucidate why Neels makes such a point of giving you all those wonderful details of the hero's home, furniture, garden, meals, the calm, civilized order of the daily routine, and the care of pets, children, and the elderly, the sick too; the heroine's world is no different, even though she's often poor, as Samantha is here.
But her visits home to her grandparents depict a loving home, one centred around caring for each other, caring for animals, cooking, cleaning, ensuring an ordered life, not for the sake of some puritanical code, but because this is what brings beauty.
View all 8 comments. Oct 02, Kay rated it really liked it Shelves: print. The dear Dutch lady speaks no english and Samantha speaks no dutch, but they understand one another brilliantly. Unfortunately, the very handsome Dutch doctor who employs the woman as his housekeeper, has somehow rubbed up the wrong side of Samantha. Giles is not part of the London hospital but as a friend of the hospital chief he's convinced the doctors to all chip in to help the nurses out when the housekeeping staff are all out on strike.
He uses the strike to pay a lot of attention to her and soon, Sam has to admit that Giles is indeed charming and as it turns out very kind and considerate as well.
After a few days off from the hospital, Sam returns and is surprised to find she's been transferred to the private ward and put in charge of a young dutch woman. Antonia is very beautiful and from a well to do family, and much to Sam's surprise Giles is a very good friend. When Antonia is ready to leave the hospital, the family asks for Sam to accompany her back to Holland for a few weeks while she continues to recover. Giles is very persuasive, and Sam agrees with great reluctance. Sam's fallen in love with him and knows the trip will only increase her heartache, as Antonia has hinted in many ways that she's about to be engaged.
Sam's a very generous and caring young woman but she's also very sensible. She knows she's not a beauty and though she desires to some day marry and have children, she realizes that perhaps her life will be a nursing career. Giles is very charming and at first she's sure his attentions are only his way of having fun. In fact, he does come right out and tell her that she's quite plain, but he calls her his enchanting Samantha. Of course, Giles fell in love with her at first sight, and is rather surprised that Sam doesn't seem to like him.
Another lovely story! It was a very nice treat to visit again with them. I'll have to make note of the characters in Betty Neel's Holland books to see if there are other connections. I adore stories with glimpses of past couples; it's like a peek into their HEA. You wouldn't think any girl with a lick of sense would even consider running away to Brazil with a man like this around. TGB must have hated a girl named Antonia because this younger sister of Rolf's has been the cause of a misunderstanding in two of her books!
I like a feisty, sassy heroine but Sam bordered on the rude and even worse, came across as a martyr. That said, it was lovely visiting with Rolf and Sappha and the Baroness again. It is not as bad as I previously thought.
There are some memorable bits. Giles, of course, is still just as wonderful as before. Antonia at least is blameless as to Samantha's misunderstanding. I particularly liked the description of Baby Rolf with his miniature satyr's eyebrows ha! And of course, the part where Sam plans to run down a Brazilian mine. As one of the Betties put it, "Giles does everything but put up billboards and hire sky writers.
Samantha stubbornly ignores it all. As Giles is driving her to Schiphol, "Samantha knew now, deep in her bones, that he liked her. I'm glad I reread this. Jul 02, Leona rated it really liked it Shelves: hqn-presents , oh-betty.
Poor Giles, he has his work cut out for him. Heroine was a bit too prickly for my taste and a bit dense when it came to people and relationships, but still an enjoyable story from Betty Neels. I don't know if it's just the mood I'm in, but I found this book really amusing.
I couldn't help smiling as I read about poor Samantha, a quite likable young woman, who is convinced she'll have to learn to live without the man she loves. She keeps trying to tell herself it won't be so bad When of course I know that he's already already interested in her and eventually they'll end up together. And any man I don't know if it's just the mood I'm in, but I found this book really amusing. And any man who irons is a winner in my mind. The plot moved along well, and if there weren't any surprises - well who reads a book like this to be surprised?
It felt like a lovely visit with an old friend over their kitchen table - comfortable, friendly and fun. View 1 comment. Feb 27, Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it. Giles is rather a lovely hero and we see right from the start that he is rather taken with Samantha.
He thinks she is Enchanting despite admitting she is no great beauty. Samantha, like many Neels heroines takes against Giles at the start but he soon wins her over. So much so that she starts to think maybe he does fancy her. Despite the oh so lovely Antonia who we met in her brother Rolf and Sappha's story. It's all about the misunderstandings in this book, though it doesn't help when Samantha's f Giles is rather a lovely hero and we see right from the start that he is rather taken with Samantha.
A nice romance with a pleasant visit with some old friends.
Betty Barbara here-- I liked Samantha a bit more than you did. In that first interview with Giles before she knows who he really is -she's trying to be serious, he's being cheeky-of course she snorted! I would have rolled my eyes or glared at him! But her decision to dislike him and then keep on disliking him the dinner party scene was annoying. But the hero found her enchanting--I'm not sure why. To me she was generic Neels heroine--a bit dim with a penchant for jumping to conclusions.