Isobel Barrington comes from a small but loving family and works as a private nurse to supplement her mother's pension and help her younger brother through school. She is hired by Dr. Thomas Winters to help bring his old Nanny to England from Poland. Isobel is happy to take the job, the pay is good, Nanny is a delight, and she has a chance to do a little sightseeing. Isobel's content with her lot in life until she realizes that she's fallen in love with Thomas. She feels that she has no chance to win his heart, she's rather plain and he has rich beautiful girlfriend named Ella.
"Never Say Goodbye" is Betty Neel's at her best. She changes her usual plot a bit - Thomas is English, not Dutch - but otherwise she uses one of my favorite formulas in this book - poor, plain, but gentle girl from a nice family falls in love with a rich, handsome doctor. Neels throws in a beautiful but mean-hearted girlfriend for the doctor and a family crisis for Isobel as well. Nothing new here, but Betty Neels had a special gift of being able to turn a simple romance into a heartwarming love story. Although there is no doubt who will win Thomas's heart, readers will root for Isobel the whole way, hating Ella.
This is a good book to read when you wish to escape from the real world for a couple of hours.