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BETH HAD BOTH A HELPING HAND AND A KIND HEART, BUT WOULD THEY WIN HER LOVE?Professor Alexander van Zeust's sister was ill, and her four young children needed someone to care for them. He asked Beth Partridge-kind, capable, sensible Beth-to watch them for a week. She did a fantastic job, so one week extended to two, and then longer.... The professor was happy-the children loved Beth and their mother knew they were in good hands. Everyone was happy, except Beth. She had fallen in love with her aloof employer, but he wasn't likely to be interested in her. Beth wanted to return to her hospital job and escape all the emotional turmoil, but how could she when the children needed her?
WANTED-A SENSIBLE COMPETENT WIFE!When distinguished surgeon Gerard van Doorninck asked Staff Nurse Deborah Culpepper to marry him, his reasons were practical, not romantic. As she had been secretly in love with Gerard for some time, Deborah accepted his terms and hoped for the best. It might all have worked out very happily, had Gerard's friend Claude van Trapp not done his best to try and spoil things!
SUCH A GOOD IDEA...FROM THE MASTER OF THE HOUSEMeg was an old-fashioned girl. She'd been happy to quietly stay at home, looking after her invalid mother. But with the family home now sold, Meg's future was uncertain. Things looked bleak until the new owner of the house, Ralph Culver, offered an ideal solution: Meg could be his housekeeper. Meg found her employer to be a difficult man to understand, but he was an easy man to love...even if there was no hope of being loved in return.
"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.
When Dr. George Pritchard asked Phoebe to marry him, she hadn't needed much persuading. The recent death of her aunt had left her penniless and without a job. Besides, she did like him. So what if he'd made it plain that he wasn't in love with her-at least she knew where she stood. It wasn't until after the wedding that she began to wonder if liking was going to be enough....
"MY CHILDREN NEED A MOTHER, BUT I DO NOT NEED A WIFE."Dr. Sarre van Diederijk did a lot to restore Alethea's damaged pride when Nick Penrose badly hurt and humiliated her. So a short time later, when he asked her to marry him and go to Holland to live, she accepted. After all, Sarre was a very nice, kind man, and Alethea might actually be happier with him than she would have been with Nick, even though love wasn't part of the deal. But once in Holland, Alethea discovered that happiness and love could blossom when you least expected it.
Her Prince Charming?Sister Tabitha was an effi cient nurse, but when it came to matters of the heart she was less sure of herself. So when she fell in love, she had no idea how to deal with her feelings.Was that why the Dutch surgeon Marius van Beek called her Cinderella? If only Marius would ride up on a white horse and ask for her hand in marriage. But people lived happily ever after only in fairy tales, didn't they?
She wanted a complete breakSappha Devenish jumped at the chance of a job in Scotland after her romance with Andrew went wrong.The change in scenery took Sappha's mind off her heartbreak, and the presence of the often infuriating but very attractive Dr. van Duyren was also a nice distraction....But with Andrew's unexpected return, Sappha found herself entangled in the past once more!
Harriet has finally met the man of her dreams-the one she's always imagined herself marrying. But the very attractive Dr. Friso Eijsinck always seems to be surrounded by pretty girls. Harriet begins to feel that, as far as Friso is concerned, she is merely one of many. What she doesn't understand is that Friso has also met the woman of his dreams, and he will do whatever it takes to make her his bride!
A CHARMING PURSUIT OF HEARTS AND FLOWERSWhat a maddening, impossible man Constantijn van Lindemann is! Wherever Augusta goes, there he is-inviting her out, paying her compliments, sending her enormous bouquets of tulips, even kissing her on occasion. Augusta must admit she does enjoy it, especially the kisses. But until she discovers how important a role the glamorous Susan plays in Constantijn's life, how can she possibly take him seriously?
Faith, hope-and charity!Nothing exciting ever happened to Charity. Her job as a hospital secretary was hectic but routine. Even the man everyone expected her to marry was safe, reliable and dull. There surely had to be more to life.So, when professor Jake Wyllie-Lyon offered her the chance to work for him, Charity didn't hesitate to accept.The job was everything she had dreamed of-and so was Jake! But there Charity's problems really began....
A marriage of friendsWhen her fiancé jilted her, Serena gave up all hope of ever getting married. She was determined to be sensible about the whole thing; that was, until Gijs suggested that she marry him.She liked Gijs very much, and she knew he was fond of her. Companionship seemed as good a basis as any for a marriage-who needed romance anyway? But it turned out Gijs was in love, and Serena couldn't work out who the lucky woman was.
Agreeing to share her life with Professor van der Brink-Shaaksma had seemed a good idea to Beatrice at the time. But while fine in theory, the "no strings attached" deal soon proved to be disastrous. For how could it work when every time she saw him, her heart skipped a beat? And what could she do now to make him notice her-not just as his wife but as his partner?
Arrogant, overbearing and dictatorial! What was there to like about brilliant pediatrician Dr. Valentine Seymour? Not much, Daisy Pelham had to admit. Yet, his small patients seemed to adore him.... Daisy was mystified. She could only think that perhaps there was another side to him, one that he didn't want her to see....
Falling for the Professor...All the village assumed that Margo Pearson was to marry George, but unexpectedly meeting Professor Gijs van Kessel made her pause for thought. But being a plain, practical girl, Margo knew the professor was most unlikely to look her way. It took a tragic accident to bring an offer of marriage-from the professor. It was a practical proposal, but as Margo was taken into the bosom of his family over Christmas in Holland, she did wonder whether he might, someday, return her love....
SHE NEEDED TO BELIEVE IN HERSELF!Victoria was a very pretty girl, but with three sisters even prettier than she was, Victoria had developed a bit of a complex about her looks. So when attractive Alexander van Schuylen made it clear he liked her, she really didn't expect much more from him. How could she, when he was so impressed with her sisters' beauty? But if his feelings for Victoria actually did run deep, she could be in danger of losing him-entirely through her own fault!
She was certain of one thing...Sophy's relationship with the attractive Dutch surgeon Maximillan Oosterwelde was of the blow-hot-blow-cold variety. He might be unsure of his feelings for her, but one thing she knew for sure-in her heart, Sophy did not want any "blow cold" at all!
A waif in need of his care... That was obviously how dynamic consultant Sir James Marlow saw Deborah. Otherwise why would he bother to keep rescuing her? Deborah knew it couldn't be because of her looks-she had carrot-colored hair and no figure to speak of. That was the only explanation she could come up with-unless he wanted something else from her altogether?
"YOU SHOULD MARRY AGAIN."Beatrice sympathized with Gijs van der Eekerk. A widower with a small child and a busy medical career needed someone to make sure his domestic life ran smoothly. What she hadn't counted on was his decision to offer her the position. As his wife, she would have a comfortable lifestyle and everything that money could buy. But what was that, if Gijs couldn't offer her love?
COULD THEY REALLY LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER?The future Baroness van Tellerinck isn't exactly sure why she has agreed to get married. Perhaps it's because the tall and broad-shouldered Raf doesn't make her feel like a giant. It certainly isn't a love match. She doesn't love Raf, and he seems indifferent toward her.... Everything changes, though, when Raf's ex-girlfriend, Beyke, returns and shakes up this marriage of convenience. Suddenly Katrina's emotions are in turmoil. She couldn't be jealous, could she?
He had saved her, but he didn't love herKatherine Marsh was practically a slave to her brother's family in the small English country village where she lived. Then she met Dr. Jason Fitzroy-and fell instantly in love. Dr. Fitzroy found her a job at the hospital and gave her a new sense of self-respect. He also gave Katherine her first taste of the freedom missing from her earlier years. But Katherine knew she could never be truly free-not while her heart was a prisoner of love.
CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS...Claudia first met Thomas when he was asked to discuss the health of her great-uncle, Colonel Ramsay. After the colonel's death, Thomas always seemed to be around-and then, astonishingly, he proposed. It took a wonderfully delightful Christmas with his family for Claudia to realize that she truly loved her new husband. Now all she had to do was find a way to persuade Thomas to love her....
He was her guardian angelAt twenty-one, Mary Jane Pettigrew was perfectly capable of looking after herself, but it came as quite a surprise to discover she had inherited a large house and an income to go with it. There was, of course, a catch, and his name was Fabian van der Blocq.Mr. van der Blocq had been appointed her guardian. She couldn't even marry without his consent! Mary Jane was determined not to let Fabian have it all his own way-but that was easier said than done!
Some people might think Emily Seymour was a bit prim and proper. Emily preferred to think of herself as sensible. Unfortunately, all the good sense in the world could not stop Emily from falling in love with Professor Renier Jurres-Romeijn. The professor barely seemed to notice her, though. He was too busy making plans for a winter wedding. But who exactly was his intended bride?
WHAT WAS THE USE OF WANTING?Emma Hastings was a splendid theater sister, and the devastatingly handsome Dutch surgeon Justin Teylingen was certainly aware of her talents. During his visit to her hospital, Justin had gained the greatest respect and admiration for Emma, but that wasn't quite the same as feeling love-and Emma knew it was love that she wanted from Justin. But why would he see her as anything more than an efficient colleague when far prettier girls were his for the asking...?
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