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DID HE REALLY LOVE ANOTHER?Upon meeting Dr. Crispin van Sibbelt, Araminta Shaw found him to be bad tempered and, she had to admit, rather attractive! Staying in Holland to nurse a sick relative provided the perfect opportunity for her to fall in love with him. But even though Crispin talked of marriage, Araminta discovered there was someone else close to his heart. What was she to do?
Meeting Dr. Roele van Dyke was a blessing for Emma Dawson. He always seemed to go out of his way to make her happy, and she couldn't imagine life without him....When the time came for Roele to return to Amsterdam permanently, he knew he couldn't leave Emma behind. So he offered her a job at his surgery. Emma was in love and simply couldn't refuse. But did Roele want Emma to be his secretary or his wife?
WASN'T HE SOON TO BE WED?Staff nurse Samantha Fielding had one golden rule: never get involved. It wasn't easy to follow, though, with the attractive Giles ter Ossel around. Samantha was determined not to let her feelings for Giles affect the way she treated Antonia, the girl she thought was his fiancée. So, she agreed to return to Holland and nurse Antonia through her recovery. But Samantha's calm and professional exterior hid a breaking heart. Meanwhile, Giles was determined to be happily married...to the right girl!
OLYMPIA'S LIFE CHANGED OVERNIGHT!Olympia's overbearing aunt used her as her personal servant, until attractive Dutchman Waldo van der Graaf quite literally rescued her. He suggested that she exchange her life of drudgery for the role of his wife. Waldo needed someone to look after his small daughter and run his home-a marriage of convenience. Olympia was thankful and accepted his proposal, but soon realized she had only exchanged one set of problems for another when she found herself falling in love with her own husband!
Two brand-new, tantalizing stories from two bestselling authorsAn Ordinary Girl by Betty NeelsWhen Professor James Forsyth meets Philomena Selby it's love at first sight. But Philly knows James has a fiancée and that she can't hope to match such a glamorous woman. But James sees Philly's inner beauty, and he's determined to convince her that she'll be the only wife he'll ever have! A Perfect Proposal by Liz Fielding Wasn't it madness to marry his secretary to provide his baby daughter with a mother? Jane, Mark's secretary, didn't think so. She'd been secretly in love with Mark since she'd started working with him. But she wanted their marriage to be for love-not convenience....
She was a most unlikely brideEsmeralda Jones was a sweet and pretty girl-easy to love. But sadly, she had always felt invisible to the opposite sex. Esmeralda often blamed her lack of romantic adventures on the impaired foot she had struggled with since childhood.So when the brilliant surgeon Thimo Bamstra offered to cure her, she was over the moon and quickly accepted. Much to her surprise, Thimo also managed to mend her broken heart. Esmeralda had never imagined marriage as part of her future, but now she could dream of little else....
Too good to be true! When Eulalia first met Fenno van Linssen she thought him thoroughly infuriating! And yet, the eminent Dutch surgeon had swiftly taken charge when her young cousin, Peter, had a minor accident, his dedication far beyond the call of duty. But Eulalia's growing admiration for the man was rather alarming. He had a fiancée, after all. And Eulalia had more pressing concerns-like finding a new home for Peter and herself. Her mysterious inheritance of a country cottage seemed a heaven-sent solution! But was fate or Fenno giving Eulalia a helping hand?
They had made a binding arrangementDutch surgeon Sebastian van Tecqx had offered Emily's father the chance to have a life-changing operation. But favors don't come cheap, and the doctor expected something in return. It wasn't hard for Emily to exchange her drab nurse's lodgings for Sebastian's luxurious home, but how could Emily stop herself from falling in love with her charismatic employer? Especially once Sebastian made it clear that marriage was not part of the bargain.
For her own sake she had to back offIt hadn't taken Julia Pennyfeather long to fall in love with Ivo van den WerffBut as soon as she met Marcia Jason she realized she had to fall out of love just as quickly. Clearly the other woman had a much stronger claim on Ivo's affection-or did she?
Charity thought she had it all-marriage to respected consultant Tyco van der Brons and being a mother to his two children. So why did her heart yearn for his love, too? She had known from the start that theirs was a marriage of convenience-so it would be foolish to wish for anything more...wouldn't it?
MARRIAGE UNDER THE MISTLETOE...Francesca Bowen has cut short her medical career to look after her elderly aunt, so she jumps at the chance to be assistant to Lady Trumper. But Francesca soon discovers that she's made the wrong decision and is being treated like a dogsbody.Then, suddenly, a glimmer of hope appears....Professor Marc van der Kettener unexpectedly proposes! Marc has been a helping hand since they met-but Francesca is confused by his sudden proposal. Does Marc just want to help her out of a tight spot, or has he really fallen in love...?
THE ANGEL AND THE PROFESSORGemma may not have been the prettiest girl in town, but she was something better-kind and conscientious, which made her a wonderful caregiver. To her patients she really was a gem of a girl! So when she unexpectedly found herself out of work, Ross, a distinguished professor, readily asked her to accompany him to Holland to look after his invalid sister. Gemma accepted-even though she knew Ross was never likely to see her as anything more than just his sister's nurse....
She thought he was too big for his boots!Sister Charity Dawson loved her job, but there was one problem. Like the other members of St. Simon's nursing staff, she had to put up with the arrogant Dr. Everard van Tijlen.When Charity discovered that the distinguished doctor's exorbitant fees funded a playboy lifestyle, she hit the roof. Everard might have an engagingly boyish smile, but he needed to be taken down a peg or two. And Charity knew just how to do it!
"DON'T THINK YOU CAN COME SNEAKING BACK HERE IF YOU ARE EVER OUT OF A JOB!"Florina's father was furious when, after a lifetime of drudgery, she finally developed the courage to rebel. But there was no danger of her returning home. Florina loved her new job as cook in the household of eminent consultant William Sedley. And it wasn't long before she realized that she loved her employer, too. But she had no chance of attracting his attention when he was engaged to the glamorous Wanda!
"I'm not aware that I am restricted in my actions by anyone or anything." Arrogant, rich and devastatingly attractive, Marius van Houben was the sort of man who was used to getting his own way.He certainly wasn't prepared for Caroline's plainspoken, commonsense approach. After all, as a student nurse, both qualities were an asset...if only Marius thought the same!
Blossoming into LoveThrough pure chance, Rose met Sybren Werdmer ter Sane, one of the most eminent surgeons in Holland. Their accidental encounter led to a job for Rose, nursing Sybren's godson. She loved everything about her new life-including Sybren! But surely such an important man wouldn't have time to take an interest in her. Yet what Rose didn't realize was that she had the gift of love, and it touched everyone around her-even hardhearted surgeons.
Sadie had always been happy and contented with her quiet, uneventful life in a small Dorset village, and only wished for life to continue that way. She couldn't believe it would all vanish overnight, and that she would have to part with her beloved home. Then, at the eleventh hour, she was rescued when Mr. Oliver Trentham bought her house "and" offered her a job as his housekeeper. But Sadie didn't take into account that she might fall in love with Oliver. . . .
It seemed strange to Serena Lightfoot that whenever she most needed help, orthopaedic surgeon Mr. Ivo van Doelen always seemed to have a solution. When he installed her at his old nanny's home in Chelsea, Serena knew she couldn't stay long, for she was in danger of losing her heart to him. But Ivo knew what he wanted--he simply needed space to allow Serena to get to know him, and a marriage between friends would give him that time. Now all he had to do was persuade Serena to accept his convenient proposal. . . .
IT SEEMED A MOST UNLIKELY MATCHWhen Jenny gave up her nursing job to look after her aunt, she saw it as no sacrifice. The only difficulty was her aunt's doctor, the imposing Eduard van Draak te Solendik. Eduard managed to be both attractive and infuriating at the same time. Unfortunately for Jenny, the attraction won and soon she was falling in love with him. Much good it would do her, though, since Eduard was engaged to be married. But luckily for them both, he seemed to have some alternate wedding plans.
FALLING IN LOVE WASN'T IN THE JOB DESCRIPTIONLittle Paul van Eysink was a very special case to nurse Hannah Lang, and she had become very fond of his young parents, Corinna and Paul. When they invited her to go back with them to Holland until the baby was completely recovered, Hannah was only too happy to oblige. The problem was Corinna's stubborn uncle, Dr. Valentijn van Bertes. He could find no fault with Hannah's nursing skills, but she was too well aware that she meant little to him as a person. Why should she? After all, he had a very lovely fiancée in Nerissa.
All alone in the world, Cressida had little choice but to accept Aldrik van der Linus's help. He certainly seemed happy to fix her up with a job, and even to assist with her other day-to-day predicaments. Yet she couldn't help but wonder what he would do if she presented him with the most serious problem of all: unrequited love!
COULDN'T HE PRETEND...JUST A LITTLE?Laura had always been used to taking second place to her pretty younger sister, Joyce. If Joyce wanted something, she got it! It was, therefore, no surprise to Laura that when she fell in love with the attractive Dutch doctor Reilof van Meerum, he chose Joyce instead. But when Joyce walked out on him to marry another, richer man, Reilof asked her to marry him. He needed a wife, and Laura, it seemed, would do as well as anyone. So she accepted-but could she really expect to be happy with a man who did not love her?
COULD SHE COPE WITH THE SAVAGE FAMILY?Louisa didn't want to marry the boring Frank, and she definitely didn't want to live with her stepmother. Luckily, after completing her training, Louisa found what sounded like a pleasant and challenging nursing job-in Norway! She was delighted. She enjoyed her job, even though her patient, Claudia Savage, did cause some problems. Of course, the situation wasn't helped by the cold, uncooperative attitude of Claudia's brother Simon. She couldn't understand why he was so disagreeable....
WAS ELIZA KIDDING HERSELF THAT SHE MIGHT STAND A CHANCE WITH THE PROFESSOR?Sister Eliza Proudfoot took a job at the special clinic run by Professor Christian van Duyl. She found him a somewhat intimidating character-large in build and large in personality! And somehow Eliza kept getting on his wrong side, which didn't stop her from falling in love with him even though he was engaged to the very suitable Estelle van der Daal. Eliza found Estelle a bit of a bore, but if that was what Christian wanted, who was Eliza to quibble!
Getting engaged had seemed like a good idea. Now Sister Eugenia Smith wasn't so sure. She was fond of Humphrey, but did she love him? When surgeon Gerard Grenfell offered her the chance to work in Europe, she went willingly. Perhaps a break would help her think things through, but Eugenia discovered that she was in love with Gerard. As he was engaged to the glamorous Miriam, it was pretty hopeless. Fortunately, wedding plans can be changed.
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