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Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoy most of Betty Neels' sweet romances, however Stormy Springtime is not one of my favorites. I saw little chemistry between Meg and Ralph. He is, at best on rare occasions, kind to her, however he is most often distantly polite or ignoring her. There are times, too, when he is downright rude for seemingly no reason. Meg speaks her mind early on in the story, bringing life to her character, but then turns into a meek introvert in order to catch his eye, having suddenly realized she was in love with him. When this proclamation of the heart came, I just stared at my Kindle wondering why.
He is, of course, a brilliant doctor, and we are told he has a good heart. He loves his mamma, his granny, and finds work for those he comes across who needs a job...such as Meg. Unlike other Betty Neel books, we are privy to very little of what is going on with Ralph. Nearly all of the story is told from Meg's point of view. Every now and then, Ralph tells her he is confused because he doesn't see her when she's around, but when she's not there, he misses her, or something of that sort. Had we seen something of this firsthand, from his point of view, it would have helped greatly, and I think this was the problem.
Also, unlike many of her books, most of the story takes place in London, or nearby in the country. There is one trip to Holland, but other than an accounting of towns they pass through, there's little 'color' or description of the area they visit, something I missed from other stories. The old Harlequins set in faraway places I've never visited are fun to read.
But, it is Betty Neels, so you can be assured of a well-written story with a happy, if abrupt, ending. While I didn't enjoy it as much as most other of her titles, it is surely not enough to prevent me from continuing to enjoy her lovely stories, and most Neel fans will be pleased. As always, no foul language, no sex, or anything remotely offensive. I read this on my Kindle and noticed no errors or problems in the digital form.