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Annis loved Jake Royale even more than she loved her family. When he proposed to her she didn't hesitate, though she knew he didn't love her - he had said from the start that he didn't think love was necessary to make a marriage work. Would Jake ever admit Annis into his life?
When Dr Oliver Fforde unexpectedly arrived at Amabel's guest house during a winter storm, he made a lasting impression. Amabel didn't expect to see him again, so it was strange how Oliver seemed to reappear every time Amabel was in a spot of bother! But Amabel was left wondering, could their loving friendship become a basis for marriage?
SHE HAD TO PUT UP WITH HIM-HE PROVIDED THE ONLY SOLUTIONConsidering she didn't like him very much, Doctor Tane van Diederijk seemed to pop up in Euphemia's life quite a lot. But beggars couldn't be choosers. Euphemia had been left with debts to pay and a big house she couldn't afford to keep. Tane offered the only workable solution to her problems-he would become Euphemia's tenant. However difficult it might be, Euphemia was going to have to grit her teeth and bear it. After all, Tane might grow on her...in time.
When Jane needed help, she was amazed that it was the charismatic surgeon Nikolaas van der Vollenhove who tore himself away from his busy schedule to come to her rescue. A renowned workaholic, it was obvious that he had no time for anything-or anyone-in his life. Which was why his marriage proposal came as such a shock. Just why exactly did he want Jane for his wife, if it wasn't for love?
WAS THERE ANY HOPE FOR HER LOVE?Having been a charge nurse at St. Anne's Hospital for some time, Julia Mitchell had trouble accepting the arrogant, domineering attitude of Professor van der Wagema. But once she got to know him, an entirely different man emerged-one she had difficulty disliking! Yet how could her heart betray her when she already had Nigel? Besides, what hope was there for her, since the professor's heart was already promised to another....
"SHOULDN'T THERE BE LOVE,AS WELL?"Devastated by a love affair that had gone wrong, Sophie was determined to avoid any more heartache. Then one day the brilliant brain surgeon Rijk van Taak appeared in her life. He, too, had been hurt in the past-and made it clear that he now wanted a companion rather than a wife. Sophie was pleased to accept his proposal on that basis alone-but her heart seemed to have other ideas!
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO A practical marriage? Araminta Smith had first met Professor Jason Lister when she was hired to look after his niece and nephew. Knowing that her plain but honest looks weren't about to catch her a husband, she was intrigued by the distinguished surgeon's interest in her. Since he was also a confirmed bachelor, the professor's proposal came as an even greater surprise. A marriage between them, as he pointed out to her, would be infinitely practical-and Araminta was nothing if not practical. But then...what about love? "Once again Betty Neels perfects another hero to pine over." -Romantic Times HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
A Christmas ProposalDr. Oliver Hay-Smythe seemed to have met a modern-day Cinderella! Ever since Bertha's father had remarried, the kindhearted woman had been put upon by her family. She appeared to live in her stepsister's shadow, stuck doing the housework and wearing hand-me-downs! The doctor was about to change all that. In fact, he was about to change Bertha's entire world.Winter WeddingSome people might think Emily Seymour was a bit prim and proper. But she preferred to think of herself as sensible; she was a staff nurse, after all. Unfortunately, all the good sense in the world couldn't stop her from falling in love with Professor Renier Jurres-Romeijn, though he barely seemed to notice her. He was too busy making plans for a winter wedding. But who was his intended bride?
SECOND THOUGHTSIt was love at first sight for Britannia Smith when she met Professor Jake Luitingh van Thien. She even shamelessly followed him to Holland, hoping to see more of him. Britannia succeeded and to her joy, he proposed! But just when all seemed perfect, she met Madeleine de Venz. Madeleine was right for Jake, in every way, and Britannia became utterly convinced that to go ahead with their wedding might ruin Jake's life.
Caroline had never imagined that anyone would want to marry her. After all, she wasn' t pretty or clever in any way. But the imposing Professor Radinck Thoe van Erckelens did propose to her and, having speedily fallen in love with him, she accepted. However, Radinck was clear about what he wanted in a wife-- a convenient hostess! Caroline could settle into that role. Or she could rise to the challenge of changing Radinck' s feelings for her.
HE NEEDED HER AS A NURSE, NOT A WOMANBenedict van Manfeld was one of the surliest, most unfriendly men Cassandra had ever met! But when she learned he was a brilliant Dutch surgeon who had severely damaged his sight in an accident, her attitude changed. Benedict asked Cassandra to go to Holland with him as his nurse. She agreed...and soon began to feel something deeper than sympathy for him. But with his close friend Paula nearby, why should he even notice Cassandra?
He was the last man...Suzannah Lightfoot was alone in the world, without a job or the means to support herself. So when Guy Bowers-Bentinck came to the rescue, she had to accept his help.Guy was hardly a knight in shining armor. He was arrogant, infuriating and bad tempered! He was also difficult to avoid. Even worse, he seemed to have assumed that Suzannah was about to join the ranks of all those females wanting to marry him. What was a girl to do? Make a run for it?
Christmas: a magical time when dreams really can come true...The Mistletoe KissEmmy Foster works patiently as a receptionist in London's St. Luke's Hospital, and can't imagine why handsome but arrogant Professor Ruerd ter Mennolt would take an interest in a country mouse like her. But when the professor invites her to his home in Holland for Christmas, Emmy can't deny the spark that blossoms between them....Roses for ChristmasEleanor hasn't seen her childhood neighbor Fulk van Hensum for twenty years, but she still remembers what a horrid boy he'd been...and it takes only two minutes to discover that he's grown into an equally horrid man. Even if he is handsome...and the new doctor at the hospital where she's a nurse! He hasn't changed a bit-so why can't Eleanor stop thinking about him?
For Olivia Harding, the offer of employment at an exclusive private girls' school had come as something of a godsend. With little experience, she hadn't expected to find a job so easily, let alone one that still brought her into contact with her former boss, the eminent Dutch surgeon Haso van der Eisler. Of course, his frequent visits to the school had more to do with his goddaughter, Nel, than her own limited attractions. Nel was a lonely, fatherless girl, and that Haso should marry her glamorous mother seemed obvious to all but Olivia's stubborn heart!
WHAT WAS THE TRUTH ABOUT PENNY?Nurse Alexandra Dobbs met a distinguished Dutch doctor,Taro van Dresselhuys, when he asked her to help with Penny, a teenager with amnesia. Before long, Alexandra had fallen in love with Taro-and Penny did, too.It had to be a teenage crush.Yet Taro did little to discourage the girl, and when he began to side with Penny against her, Alexandra began to have suspicions about Penny....
"It seems to me that it would be to our mutual advantage if you were to become my wife..."Faced with no home and no family, Venetia was only too aware that Duert ter Laan-Luitinga's solution to her problems was certainly practical-albeit rather unorthodox!Yet, he seemed set on the idea of a marriage of convenience, and Venetia really had no choice but to agree. So, having found a sensible solution to her diffi culties, surely she wouldn't be so foolish as to fall in love with him-would she?
She didn't know the rules of engagementGetting engaged to Marc van Borsele was the last thing Claribel wanted. Marc was the most annoying and exasperating man she had ever met! But, as the engagement was only pretense and she did owe Marc a favor, Claribel agreed. She soon discovered that make-believe can come true, even if you don't want it to! Before she knew it, Claribel found herself head over heels in love with her pretend fiancé. The course of true love never did run smooth....
A double wedding would be twice the funEverybody said that Loveday was good in a crisis. So when her old friend asked for help, Loveday was only too willing to lend a hand.Rimada was desperately in love and wanted to get married, but her guardian, the overbearing Baron Adam de Wolff van Ozinga, didn't approve of her choice. Loveday agreed to take charge of Rimada's illicit wedding plans. Adam was going to discover he wasn't a match for Loveday Pearce...or for true love!
She'd do anything for the children's sakeGeorgina Rodman had been given a special nursing assignment-she was to look after the Van den Berg Eyffert children, who were recovering from an accident. Having worked in a casualty ward, Georgina felt she could cope with just about anything life threw at her.But that was before she met the children's guardian, Julius. Afterward, she realized that even common sense and a practical nature couldn't stop her from falling in love...with a man who didn't even know she existed!
A HELPING HAND!It deeply irritated Leonora that she was always being caught in awkward situations with the village's new doctor, James Galbraith-especially since she was engaged to Tony. But James proved a sturdy support as she did her best to keep her parents' decrepit but much loved manor house running smoothly.There was little point in admitting her growing feelings for James, since he showed so little sign of caring for her....
AN OFFER SHE COULDN'T REFUSE?"I wish to marry for the wrong reasons. I am not in love with you..."Titus Taverner was a busy and successful medical man who lacked a wife. Arabella had applied for the job of caretaker at his consulting rooms, but was happy to accept this new position Titus was offering...until she complicated matters by falling in love with him....
"The moment I set eyes on a handsome, rich man I shall marry him." So said Felicity, and as she was the glamorous sister with a successful career as an international model, Mary Jane had no reason to doubt her. Mary Jane was the stay-at-home with no talents to speak of and a face that never merited a second glance. So it was hardly surprising that Sir Thomas Latimar treated Mary Jane as no more than a future sister-in-law. If only she hadn't been fool enough to fall in love with him....
Daisy Gillard led a quiet life in her father's little shop, until the handsome pediatrician Mr. Jules der Huizma swept her away to Holland! It was a secret joy for Daisy that Jules seemed to want to spend time with her. But Daisy knew her feelings couldn't lead anywhere, because Jules was promised to another woman. . . But he was so attentive and charming, Daisy was starting to hope that she would become Jules's bride. . .
"I SHALL NOT INSULT YOUR INTELLIGENCE BY SAYING THAT I LOVE YOU!"When Rauwerd van Kempler proposed to Tilly, he made it clear that their marriage was strictly a union of convenience. The marriage would bring him a wife who would run his home and partner him on social occasions, and Tilly would have the security of a roof over her head and a man who could be depended upon not to make passionate love to her. But suddenly Tilly wasn't so sure that was all she wanted from him....
The heartwarming novels of Betty Neels featuring strong-willed doctors and spunky heroines are also famous for their beautiful Dutch settings. Her trademark warmth and kindness are evident in these four classic novels, available once again in these repackaged editions. Reissue.
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