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Charity's job as a hospital secretary is hectic, but routine. Even the man she's expected to marry is safe, reliable, and dull. Feeling there has to be more to life, she jumps at the chance to work for Professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon. The job is everything she's dreamed of--and so is Jake. But there is where Charity's problems really begin. Charity's job as a hospital secretary is hectic, but routine. Even the man she's expected to marry is safe, reliable, and dull. Feeling there has to be more to life, she jumps at the chance to work for Professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon. The job is everything she's dreamed of--and so is Jake. But there is where Charity's problems really begin.


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Charity's job as a hospital secretary is hectic, but routine. Even the man she's expected to marry is safe, reliable, and dull. Feeling there has to be more to life, she jumps at the chance to work for Professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon. The job is everything she's dreamed of--and so is Jake. But there is where Charity's problems really begin. Charity's job as a hospital secretary is hectic, but routine. Even the man she's expected to marry is safe, reliable, and dull. Feeling there has to be more to life, she jumps at the chance to work for Professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon. The job is everything she's dreamed of--and so is Jake. But there is where Charity's problems really begin.

30 review for Two Weeks to Remember

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Shropshire

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thoughts on April 18, 2017 reread: There are a few nice bits, most particularly the ending where Charity is working the baby stall at the Fancy Fair. She looks up, sees Jake and says: "Good afternoon Professor. If you want to buy something I think the bookstall might interest you. There is nothing here." He picked up a small woolly cap with a bobble on top. "This interest me far more than books. I think our eldest would look delightful in this thing." Then he says he fell in love with her at first Thoughts on April 18, 2017 reread: There are a few nice bits, most particularly the ending where Charity is working the baby stall at the Fancy Fair. She looks up, sees Jake and says: "Good afternoon Professor. If you want to buy something I think the bookstall might interest you. There is nothing here." He picked up a small woolly cap with a bobble on top. "This interest me far more than books. I think our eldest would look delightful in this thing." Then he says he fell in love with her at first sight. Sigh. If that were true, why did he do nothing about it for so long? Apparently TGB - or her M&B overlords - thought LAFS was the ult in romance, to be trotted out on every possible occasion. I can tolerate it when it makes sense; in stories like this, it is merely annoying. I'd rather have a nebulous Dawning Realization. ************ Charity Graham, tall, shapely, with curly brown hair and a pretty face, is, we are told, a contented girl. Her father is a retired solicitor who collects rare books which eats up much of his income. Her mother died when Charity was six and her father’s sister came to live with them. Charity has an “understanding” with Sidney, a boring civil servant. Charity wanted to attend university to study history, but there wasn’t enough money, so she became a medical secretary. She spends her days typing in the dreary hospital basement with a complaining, shirking co-worker named Miss Hudson. Much of her workload is courtesy of Professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon. Jake, we later learn, is half-Norwegian with a mother and several siblings (presumably his father is dead). Jake is tall, easy-going and handsome. Charity likes him in spite of the piles of atrocious-handwriting-filled paper that he brings her to type every day. And we suspect that Jake likes Charity great deal indeed, or why else is he always hanging around, giving her rides home after work, just happening to meet her when she is out to lunch, and worming from her the story of her broken engagement. One day, Jake offers Charity a job as medical secretary in his private practice. By this time, she has become discontented for reasons unknown to her; she has thrown over the worthy Sidney and since she has little opportunity of meeting people her age, has resigned herself, more or less, to growing old alone. She accepts the job and is quite excited, particularly because Jake says she will travel with him from time to time. Charity soon discovers several things about Jake: he is engaged to a gorgeous creature named Brenda Cornwallis; he expects her to earn every penny of her salary, but is a good boss; and she is in love with him. When she has to work late, which is often, he usually drives her home; he has met her father and aunt and shares her father’s hobby of book collecting. One morning, she sees a stray dog running in the street and of course, she runs into traffic to save it; Jake happens to be near and helps her. He tells her he knows it is pointless to tell her not to rescue stray animals, but not to do it too often because “his heart won’t stand it.” He also takes her to his home later that day to see the dog; she meets his household staff and animals and also Brenda. *The dog rescue is one of my favorite scenes in this books. *Brenda is not one of the subtle OWs. She makes her feelings very clear as to smelly, filthy animals and Charity, calling her “this person.” How did someone as nice as Jake get mixed up with such a nasty witch? And why does he hang onto her/allow her to hang on to him for so long?* Soon, he tells her she is to accompany him on a lecture tour to Norway. This is the “two weeks to remember.” Of course they see each other each day, there is some kissing, Jake takes her to meet his family and teaches her to ski. Naturally, his family is lovely and his mother takes to Charity right away. On one of the occasions that he kisses her, Charity tells him not to do it again and to “remember Brenda.” He says, “When we get back home and there is time, we must have a little talk; I fancy that we have our wires crossed,” kisses her again, and says that he doesn’t like to be “thwarted.” They're in the car, with miles to drive; why can none of Neels' heroes talk and drive at the same time?!? Well, the two weeks are over and it’s back to the London routine. Charity is on a bus that gets hijacked by some thugs and gets a black eye. She is taken to the hospital where Jake swoops in and takes her to his home and tells her to stay in bed for 2 days (for a black eye?!?). Aunt Emily comes to stay for propriety’s sake; when Charity is well enough to return home, he tells her he will miss her. She blurts out, “I’ll miss you, too, Jake. You know, don’t you? You know that I love you?” Of course, he has no time to talk then and has to leave immediately. He had specifically tells her not to go to work, which she does and finds someone else doing her job and not just temporary. She thinks she’s been sacked. Three days later it’s the Fancy Fair at church. She is selling baby booties and hats such when Jake appears and suggests they would do for their eldest child. Declaration and proposal follow with smooching in the church pantry with two ladies as witness. This is one of those Neels’ books that fall in the middle. There isn’t anything really wrong with it but nothing that really stands out, either. I always remember it as “the one where she is the secretary and goes with him to Norway.” Jake tells her he has been in love with her since he first saw her – why wait so long to do anything about it? No explanation for that. Charity is nice but to be honest, a little boring. So is Jake, for that matter. There aren’t really any terrific secondary characters in this one. Meh. I guess it’s actually in the bottom fourth or so.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    It's hard for Betty to ever go wrong. This is another fun read about a young woman and doctor who are hopelessly in love with one another, yet tip toe around it fearing the other's heart is involved elsewhere. Very enjoyable read for me. Loved, Jake who happened to be Norwegian this time, not Dutch. Betty certainly spends alot of time taking you into the culture of the land focusing on the scenery, mountains, customs and food. I feel like I just came back from my own little holiday to Norway. It's hard for Betty to ever go wrong. This is another fun read about a young woman and doctor who are hopelessly in love with one another, yet tip toe around it fearing the other's heart is involved elsewhere. Very enjoyable read for me. Loved, Jake who happened to be Norwegian this time, not Dutch. Betty certainly spends alot of time taking you into the culture of the land focusing on the scenery, mountains, customs and food. I feel like I just came back from my own little holiday to Norway.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Marsden

    This the story of Charity, who is a typist in a pathology lab and Professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon who is half Norwegian. Charity finds her job very dull and her sort of boyfriend very dull. The only bright spot in her life is the Professor who gets her to type his reports. So when he offers her a secretarial job she takes it and sloughs off the old boyfriend. Almost immediately she learns that there is a woman in Jake's life. But Charity still gets to go to Norway with him and learns to ski and meets h This the story of Charity, who is a typist in a pathology lab and Professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon who is half Norwegian. Charity finds her job very dull and her sort of boyfriend very dull. The only bright spot in her life is the Professor who gets her to type his reports. So when he offers her a secretarial job she takes it and sloughs off the old boyfriend. Almost immediately she learns that there is a woman in Jake's life. But Charity still gets to go to Norway with him and learns to ski and meets his family. For once there isn't any sign of the other woman, on the rumours of where she has been. This is fairly typical Betty Neels fair with a hero who is so enigmatic right up to the last it always surprises me that the heroine hasn't got herself engaged to a second best or joined a nunnery in despair. But of course it all turns out right in the end.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I couldn't put this one down. In this book, Betty Neels does not make us privy to Jake Wyllie-Lyon's feelings or thoughts. However, there are many hints and suggestions and it is quite clear that he has been watching our heroine Charity for a while and is very interested. He decides to offer her a job as his secretary but it soon becomes increasingly difficult for him to separate his professional life and his desire to be the love of her life - so many kisses. The book is full of very touching m I couldn't put this one down. In this book, Betty Neels does not make us privy to Jake Wyllie-Lyon's feelings or thoughts. However, there are many hints and suggestions and it is quite clear that he has been watching our heroine Charity for a while and is very interested. He decides to offer her a job as his secretary but it soon becomes increasingly difficult for him to separate his professional life and his desire to be the love of her life - so many kisses. The book is full of very touching moments between the two as we feel the tension building. This one is on my list of favorites!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aayesha Khatri

    One of my favourites

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cáitín

    Charity is a hospital secretary living a very quite life with the perfect husband to be she should be happy and looking forward to her future right ? When Professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon asks her to come work for him as his private Secretary she jumps at the changes. Will Charity be happy just been Jake secretary or will fate step-in? IF you would like to know what happens with Charity why not have a read, one for snuggling with cuppa on a raining day

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I first read BN when I was a preteen, & love re-reading one of her novels when I have a moment or am trying to find a way to break away from a specific rut I find myself into. This book here, is the first BN I ever read. I remember thinking it was so light & short (only 9 chapters), plus it reminded me of P&P. All these years later, I have bought & read every BN ever published (some had to be special ordered from the UK because they were difficult to locate back then), but there are only a few I I first read BN when I was a preteen, & love re-reading one of her novels when I have a moment or am trying to find a way to break away from a specific rut I find myself into. This book here, is the first BN I ever read. I remember thinking it was so light & short (only 9 chapters), plus it reminded me of P&P. All these years later, I have bought & read every BN ever published (some had to be special ordered from the UK because they were difficult to locate back then), but there are only a few I always fall back on, wanting to re-read them & treasuring certain parts. Two Weeks To Remember is one such one. TBH, it's not because it was the first *blush* it's because (view spoiler)[he fell in love with her while she was changing a lightbulb (hide spoiler)] . Kawaii.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jane O'Reilly

    A large doctor and a heroine with a magnificent bosom, a PBH other woman and a whole story concocted around the fact that the doctor opted not to tell the heroine that a. he wasn't seeing the other woman any more and b. fancied her instead until the very end. There was a whole chapter about buying fish for tea and putting it on the windowsill so it didn't go off. Only Betty Neels could get away with it. A large doctor and a heroine with a magnificent bosom, a PBH other woman and a whole story concocted around the fact that the doctor opted not to tell the heroine that a. he wasn't seeing the other woman any more and b. fancied her instead until the very end. There was a whole chapter about buying fish for tea and putting it on the windowsill so it didn't go off. Only Betty Neels could get away with it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mudpie

    Another delightful read and most appropriate title. The two weeks to remember were the business trip both our hero Jake and heroine Charity took to Norway. Our British doctor hero had a Norwegian mother! Of course it's not just all work and no play for Jake and Charity! He was so sweet to squeeze in the odd hour here and there to show Charity some of Oslo and the two weekends spent with his large family made me wish *I* were there too! The magnificent scenery of the fjords were described in vivid Another delightful read and most appropriate title. The two weeks to remember were the business trip both our hero Jake and heroine Charity took to Norway. Our British doctor hero had a Norwegian mother! Of course it's not just all work and no play for Jake and Charity! He was so sweet to squeeze in the odd hour here and there to show Charity some of Oslo and the two weekends spent with his large family made me wish *I* were there too! The magnificent scenery of the fjords were described in vivid details. Seeing it was deep in winter the snow made the landscape even more magical...at least in my mind... Jake was more sweet and at most impersonal but unfailingly polite. I liked how he charmed her absentminded scholarly father and hapless aunt so easily. I felt awful for Charity because her father would rather spend all his money on rare first editions than send Charity to university. She's obviously bright! That nasty Miss Hudson in the beginning made me root for Charity. I couldn't wait for her to throw in her letter to quit the job! But as Jake would know, it got tricky having Charity work for him because his feelings for her were deepening even though he claimed later to have fallen in love on first sight. Spoilers!!! I wished Jake had handled the end better. Why wait three days before seeing Charity to clarify things? It was a nasty shock for her to find things out the way she did, though to be fair nobody expected her to drop in at the clinic so suddenly. If I were him, I'd have charged to her house the moment I found out Charity had been told her job was gone. I have to say Jake was pretty bold, to be kissing Charity as often as he did, even thinking she's interested in the young NZ doctor! But those kisses were so sweet aww... I really like Jake as he's not the blow hot and cold type of hero, and Charity was a sweet heroine, always practical and positive. Except when she assumed too much about the hero. But then again, typical of a BN hero he held his cards close to his chest so what's the poor girl to do but jump to conclusions? The love at first sight declaration was a bit lame though, because why did it take him soooooo long to get rid of bratty Brenda? I love the end bit where Charity was knitting and imagining if things had been different whatever she's knitting would have been meant for "Jake junior" haha! Then when Jake appeared at the church fair, he grabbed the baby woolly cap and declared "our eldest would look delightful in this thing." LOL Oh After he kissed her,she said it had to stop. So Jake replied, another word for Charity is love. Would she like him to call her that? Aww... After she got the black eye, and he got a call to go to hospital, he had time to kiss her and said he'd miss her. Charity declared her love, but typical of a BN hero, he got interrupted and STILL RUSHED to the hospital first. Sigh it's ALWAYS patients first, eh? I shall remember this as the book set in Norway and the hero sweetly taught the heroine to ski.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Warner

    Charity realizes she is in a rut. She was unable to go to university to study for a career do to family and finacial restraints. Taking a course in typing and shorthand enabled her to find a position at the local hospital. Having to deal with the almost illegible scribbles of the doctors, especially Professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon, adds little variation to her dull routine. Even the man she has gone out with for years did not spark anything in her. Jake always gets what he wants. While a patient man, Charity realizes she is in a rut. She was unable to go to university to study for a career do to family and finacial restraints. Taking a course in typing and shorthand enabled her to find a position at the local hospital. Having to deal with the almost illegible scribbles of the doctors, especially Professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon, adds little variation to her dull routine. Even the man she has gone out with for years did not spark anything in her. Jake always gets what he wants. While a patient man, he has to try and sort out the screts Charity holds close at hand about the men in her life. Having her come and work directly for him gives him better access, but also a juggling act to try and keep business separate from personal. A really sweet, uplifting story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deborah D.

    Betty Neels has a gentle touch with her stories. They are always warm-hearted, generally have a arrogant, self-absorbed supposed love interest at the start when the man of the story discovers his true interest. I enjoy her knowledge of the medical world across the years when she wrote her books. And the cultural quirks of Dutch, Norwegian and various regions of England as the background for her characters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marybelle

    Simple, sweet, comfortable, and totally romantic. It's a nice read for a rainy afternoon. The story is nothing new, and very much a Betty Neels classic storyline. However, the characters are well developed and seem like people one would like to meet and share an afternoon coffee and chat with. It'll probably be one of my favorite Betty Neels stories. Simple, sweet, comfortable, and totally romantic. It's a nice read for a rainy afternoon. The story is nothing new, and very much a Betty Neels classic storyline. However, the characters are well developed and seem like people one would like to meet and share an afternoon coffee and chat with. It'll probably be one of my favorite Betty Neels stories.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    A very nice book yes it much like the rest of Mills & Boon & especially Betty Neels books but it how you get from the start to the end & the story This one is a nice one you do think that people like they are in these books are from a time gone by can't see the ladies of this day & age behaving like this lol A very nice book yes it much like the rest of Mills & Boon & especially Betty Neels books but it how you get from the start to the end & the story This one is a nice one you do think that people like they are in these books are from a time gone by can't see the ladies of this day & age behaving like this lol

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patricia schmit

    Fun Story with Interesting Travels Lots of travel, comings and goings, all told well by Betty Neels. Worth your while - hard to put down!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kobie

    loved the Norwegian aspect. Edward Grieg link, too. (composer and pianist born in Bergen).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    A nice read:)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hopefulpuffin

    Bentley & Volvo I really liked this one. Charity isn't poor but she does have to work to help support her retired father and maiden aunt (I do love that there's a maiden aunt in a book published in 1986!). She's an uber-competent medical secretary and I loved reading all the medical terms Neels throws in just because she can. Charity is also one of Neels' magnificently built heroines. Jake is a RBD of Norwegian descent. He is smitten the moment he lays eyes on her but circumstances thwart the cour Bentley & Volvo I really liked this one. Charity isn't poor but she does have to work to help support her retired father and maiden aunt (I do love that there's a maiden aunt in a book published in 1986!). She's an uber-competent medical secretary and I loved reading all the medical terms Neels throws in just because she can. Charity is also one of Neels' magnificently built heroines. Jake is a RBD of Norwegian descent. He is smitten the moment he lays eyes on her but circumstances thwart the courtship for a time. There is a brief appearance by Brenda the OW but she is not about to get in the way of Dr. Jake and Charity. Charity also as a beau, the bland Sidney, who gets the ol' heave-ho early on. Maybe one day some tall handsome man (not necessarily a doctor) will stuff me in a Bentley or Volvo. And that's no euphemism!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This one was really boring. There isn't a distinct central plot and none of the characters stand out as memorable. If you wanted a peep on what it's like to live/travel in a different land, this isn't the book to provide it. This one was really boring. There isn't a distinct central plot and none of the characters stand out as memorable. If you wanted a peep on what it's like to live/travel in a different land, this isn't the book to provide it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marlene Mitchell

    Delightful Heartwarming and restful love story. The characters balance each other beautifully and take you into their world of destiny's discovery. Delightful Heartwarming and restful love story. The characters balance each other beautifully and take you into their world of destiny's discovery.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Lovely If you enjoy your romances light, clean, fluffy and vintage then you will enjoy the wonderful work of Betty Neels

  21. 4 out of 5

    Manna_Sue

    lots of sweetness in this one

  22. 5 out of 5

    Monique E. Lacroix

    Great story I enjoyed this book very much. Great story, clean and easy reading. Well written. No big upheavals and very peaceful surroundings

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Betty Neels has a very specific genre. Every book of her's that I have read is extremely similar to the others and I love them. It may seem strange to some that you'd want to keep reading book after book where nothing much changes, but there is something soothing about them. They are quiet and quick reads. The characters are quiet people, there is not much action (to put it mildly) and yet I can't wait to get to the end. It almost doesn't make sense even to me. Inevitably there is a doctor who d Betty Neels has a very specific genre. Every book of her's that I have read is extremely similar to the others and I love them. It may seem strange to some that you'd want to keep reading book after book where nothing much changes, but there is something soothing about them. They are quiet and quick reads. The characters are quiet people, there is not much action (to put it mildly) and yet I can't wait to get to the end. It almost doesn't make sense even to me. Inevitably there is a doctor who doesn't express himself to the main character (a woman usually somehow involved in the medical field) until the very end. Usually there are a couple of kisses throughout the book given by surprise and without any explanation to the woman. And they are both fond of animals. This book follows the same outline. I quite like both the main characters and, as a manager of a small medical office myself, I have found this book always makes me want to do a better job.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rainpebble

    5. Two Weeks to Remember by Betty Neels; (4 1/2*); WOMEN'S FICTION; ROOT; 2018; C of R; 1986 Not a review; just a comment. A lovely little bit of romantic fiction as only Neels knows how to do. She is always just the thing to curl up with, relaxing as you have your cuppa & read. She writes of nurses round about the 1960s with their careers & finding that one 'true' love. 5. Two Weeks to Remember by Betty Neels; (4 1/2*); WOMEN'S FICTION; ROOT; 2018; C of R; 1986 Not a review; just a comment. A lovely little bit of romantic fiction as only Neels knows how to do. She is always just the thing to curl up with, relaxing as you have your cuppa & read. She writes of nurses round about the 1960s with their careers & finding that one 'true' love.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Faith Freewoman

    Such a comfort to begin the new year with a restful old favorite, and one of my most beloved Betty Neels old-fashioned romances. The heroine beautifully conveys my own awestruck reaction to Norway, from Oslo to Bergen, the fijords, the beautiful people, of which her Dr. Jake is one. Now I'm ready to face our challenging world again! Such a comfort to begin the new year with a restful old favorite, and one of my most beloved Betty Neels old-fashioned romances. The heroine beautifully conveys my own awestruck reaction to Norway, from Oslo to Bergen, the fijords, the beautiful people, of which her Dr. Jake is one. Now I'm ready to face our challenging world again!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Teri-K

    Skiing with his family in Norway, rescuing a stray dog together - the usual Neels story delightfully told.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sanju

  28. 5 out of 5

    May Robertson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carmela

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