Amelia and Tom had been engaged a long time -- too long! She was beginning to worry about why he was so reluctant to set a date. So when her father first suggested that the three of them should have a holiday in Norway, Amelia thought that in such relaxed surroundings she and Tom would finally be able to settle their future. Instead, Amelia found Gideon van der Tolck often at her side, and his company became increasingly appealing .
It held up. The hero is kind of snarky and the heroine is pretty, accomplished, and relatively confident. The primary conflicts are kind of dumb. Once the fiance is removed from the scene, the heroine keeps making mistakes about who the hero is really interested in. Of course, it's a Neels so he's somewhat inscrutable, but Amelia verges on TSTL territory on this issue. Not on the rest, though. Gideon, the hero, is fun and he has some great lines.The book was published in 1980 and definitely reads like it. The heroine wears a mink hat. Jaeger is still where you go for stylish but conservative clothes, and you can book trendy restaurants and hotels at the drop of a hat (although the way they get a table at Le Gavroche is a hat tip to its status at the time). It's Neels, so lots of descriptions of heavy, calorific food. And the heroine loves to eat. This is my favorite kind of Neels book, where the heroine is smart, attractive, and comfortable with herself. And the hero is more than a blank slate. You can totally see the attraction.read more
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