A Suitable Match (The Best of Betty Neels)

A Suitable Match The Best of Betty Neels Don t Worry It Will Work Out Perfectly But did he mean the wedding arrangements or their future life together Eustacia didn t know After all it was a marriage of convenience definitely not a love m

  • Title: A Suitable Match (The Best of Betty Neels)
  • Author: Betty Neels
  • ISBN: 9780373512645
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • Don t Worry, It Will Work Out Perfectly But did he mean the wedding arrangements or their future life together Eustacia didn t know After all, it was a marriage of convenience, definitely not a love match Colin made it very clear that he wanted a down to earth partner who would help him care for his brother s orphaned children, not a dreamy girl whose head was full o Don t Worry, It Will Work Out Perfectly But did he mean the wedding arrangements or their future life together Eustacia didn t know After all, it was a marriage of convenience, definitely not a love match Colin made it very clear that he wanted a down to earth partner who would help him care for his brother s orphaned children, not a dreamy girl whose head was full of romance But Eustacia couldn t help hoping that one day he might grow to love her as much as she loved him.

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    1. Betty Neels

      Betty Neels was born on September 15, 1910 in Devon to a family with firm roots in the civil service She said she had a blissfully happy childhood and teenage years This stood her in good stead later for the tribulations to come with the Second World War She was sent away to boarding school, and then went on to train as a nurse, gaining her SRN and SCM, that is, State Registered Nurse and State Certificate of Midwifery.In 1939 she was called up to the Territorial Army Nursing Service, which later became the Queen Alexandra Reserves, and was sent to France with the Casualty Clearing Station This comprised eight nursing sisters, including Betty, to 100 men In other circumstances, she thought that might have been quite thrilling When France was invaded in 1940, all the nursing sisters managed to escape in the charge of an army major, undertaking a lengthy and terrifying journey to Boulogne in an ambulance They were incredibly fortunate to be put on the last hospital ship to be leaving the port of Boulogne But Betty s war didn t end there, for she was posted to Scotland, and then on to Northern Ireland, where she met her Dutch husband He was a seaman aboard a minesweeper, which was bombed He survived and was sent to the south of Holland to guard the sluices However, when they had to abandon their post, they were told to escape if they could, and along with a small number of other men, he marched into Belgium They stole a ship and managed to get it across the Channel to Dover before being transferred to the Atlantic run on the convoys Sadly he became ill, and that was when he was transferred to hospital in Northern Ireland, where he met Betty They eventually married, and were blessed with a daughter They were posted to London, but were bombed out As with most of the population, they made the best of things.When the war finally ended, she and her husband were repatriated to Holland As his family had believed he had died when his ship went down, this was a very emotional homecoming The small family lived in Holland for 13 years, and Betty resumed her nursing career there When they decided to return to England, Betty continued her nursing and when she eventually retired she had reached the position of night superintendent.Betty Neels began writing almost by accident She had retired from nursing, but her inquiring mind had no intention of vegetating, and her new career was born when she heard a lady in her local library bemoaning the lack of good romance novels There was little in Betty s background to suggest that she might eventually become a much loved novelist.Her first book, Sister Peters in Amsterdam, was published in 1969, and by dint of often writing four books a year, she eventually completed 134 books She was always quite firm upon the point that the Dutch doctors who frequently appeared in her stories were not based upon her husband, but rather upon an amalgam of several of the doctors she met while nursing in Holland.To her millions of fans around the world, Betty Neels epitomized romance She was always amazed and touched that her books were so widely appreciated She never sought plaudits and remained a very private person, but it made her very happy to know that she brought such pleasure to so many readers, while herself gaining a quiet joy from spinning her stories It is perhaps a reflection of her upbringing in an earlier time that the men and women who peopled her stories have a kindliness and good manners, coupled to honesty and integrity, that is not always present in our modern world Her myriad of fans found a warmth and a reassurance of a better world in her stories, along with characters who touched the heart, which is all and than one could ask of a romance writer She received a great deal of fan mail, and there was always a comment upon the fascinating places she visited in her stories Quite often those of her fans fortunate enough to visit Holland did use h

    933 thoughts on “A Suitable Match (The Best of Betty Neels)”

    1. I’ve always remembered this one as “the one where she is a path lab bottle washer.” I was a bit surprised on this rereading to find she didn’t have that job for very long.A notable quote: “The prospect of looking at the back of your newspaper for the rest of the evening leaves me with no alternative but to go to bed.”Eustacia Crump is 22 years old and looking for a job to subsidize her grandfather’s (Henry Crump) pension. She qualified for university but was unable to attend after [...]

    2. Eustacia had no idea when her parents passed away in the accident she would be left with nothing. Thankfully her grandfather took her in even though he didn’t have much. While Eustacia didn’t attend college she is lacking in the potential job market so she jumps at the chance to work as a path lab assistant. While working in the hospital she has a chance encounter with a successful attractive surgeon that changes her life forever. Colin asks Eustacia to help him with his nephews while their [...]

    3. 3.5 stars review.This novel conveyed a very cozy and homely feeling and I enjoyed the writing style of the author very much.It was just two thirds into the story that I found myself getting frustrated with the main characters. Colin was just so pleasant all the time and Eustacia was getting more "waspish" with every page. But instead of just talking to Colin about it (although I have to admit that he didn't make it all that easy for her) she just gritted her teeth and meekly agreed to everything [...]

    4. I love a marriage of convenience and this is one of Betty's fortes. Sir Colin Crichton (yes another Englishman) has two nephews he's caring for while their parents are overseas. When they meet Eustacia (who works in a path lab as a dogsbody) they like her immediately. Colin may like her too but he's busy being enigmatic. He does it quite well until the boys are orphaned and he needs a stable home to ensure custody.Eustacia is the obvious choice. Because she is the heroine and isn't an elegant se [...]

    5. A particularly cute Neels, although it is very standard. Strange, right?One of the marriage-of-convenience trope ones, but also one of the ones where the man loved her even before the marriage, which I personally like. Two children are orphaned, but that is handled well and the conflict with the grandparents centers around grief more than being selfish and stupid (as most of the 'I have a pretty sister who is a jealous cat' storylines are). My one problem is that the boys are supposed to be 9 an [...]

    6. Well, it's an old school, respectable romance just like they used to write in the 80's and very typical of Betty Neels. I've read a few of her books over the years and while this one doesn't really stand out, it was still probably one of my favourites. I'm not sure why she felt the need to describe every food they te at every meal but there you go. So yeah, very little storyline, fairly weak characters and yet still a fun little quick read, although I'm not sure I could read more than one of the [...]

    7. As usual from Ms. Neels, it was a marriage of convenient story. This time the marriage happened because Colin lost his younger brother and wife in a car accident in Brunei. The death of them made Colin as a guardian for both of his nephews, Oliver and Teddy. Eustacia, had already being a nanny for the boys, was being asked by Colin if she would marry him and being a mother for both boys. She agreed.Colin and Eustacia first met when Eustacia had to submit some path lab to Colin at St. Biddholps' [...]

    8. I gave this book 2 stars because I finished it! I did not like this book. it was terribley boring. I could not stand the hero and he never won me over. His one and only love was his job even at the end the heroine was just some trophy fitted into his mold. the heroine just a complacient person ick. I felt she had no real backbone. the worst part the only intimacy or touching were his pecks on her cheek. really there was no real romance for me. The hero just the treated the heroine like an employ [...]

    9. Every now and then one just feels like reading an old school mills and boon and Betty Neels always deliver. Somehow the dutch doctors, average looking plumb heroines, descriptions of food, kindly dutch people and marriages of convenience makes for a few hours "comfort" reading.

    10. Good book. The lot is pretty contrived but it leaves you with a good feeling. The doctor's declaration at the end is the stuff of dreams.

    11. Stressed me out waiting for something to happen between the characters. It seemed the setting should have been in the 1800's instead of 1970's.

    12. One of my favorite parts of this book occurred early on, when the two protagonists must pretend to a love they haven't yet discovered. I spent the rest of the book hoping for more such intrigue.

    13. One of the first Harlequin authors I remember reading. I was completely enthralled by the exotic locales in her books when I was 14. Now reading these books are more of a way of remembering the aunt who got me started on them. I'll probably always love them due to the nostalgia factor. her books will always be some of my favorites to re-read.

    14. This one is rather a blah book for a Neels. The heroine tended to be whiny and the hero didn't communicate anything. There was a nice enough grandfather, two young nephews and a nasty MIL, but the story didn't amount to much for me. Not one of her best efforts.

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