Tempestuous April

Tempestuous April It was when Nurse Harriet s Dutch friend Sieske invited Harriet home that Harriet caught up with a dream from her past the man she had always imagined herself marrying But alas she was not the only g
  • Title: Tempestuous April
  • Author: Betty Neels
  • ISBN: 9780263193275
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tempestuous April
    It was when Nurse Harriet s Dutch friend Sieske invited Harriet home that Harriet caught up with a dream from her past the man she had always imagined herself marrying But alas, she was not the only girl to have this dream where this particular man was concerned
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  • 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


  • This one just didn t work for me at all Surprisingly, I found the whole book to be rather flat I didn t care for the interaction between H h and the hero was not likable I believe this is one of Betty s earlier endeavors Suffice it to say, she certainly improved when it came to creating swoon worthy heroes The whole premise of the book is that both fall in love at first sight I guess I believe in lust at first sight, but not love at first sight Chemistry is certainly a necessary element in a rel [...]

  • Harriet Slocombe, soon to be Ward Sister, is invited to spend her holiday at the home of her Dutch nurse friend, Sieske van Minnen Sieske s father is a doctor and the whole family makes Harriet welcome, except for the partner, Dr Friso Eijsinck Unfortunately, while Harriet fell in love with him at first sight, he initially seems to have no interest in settling down with one woman and certainly not with Harriet.However, Friso soon begins to pay attention to Harriet and actually is quite open abou [...]

  • 4 Stars Harriet is 24 and has just been promoted to Ward Sister of the men s surgical ward in an English hospital Her best friend, Sieske, is leaving her nursing job to return to Holland to plan her wedding and she s invited Harriet to spend her three week vacation with her Harriet s never left England before and she s very excited of all the wonderful places Sieske promises to show her On her first venture into town, Harriet is awestruck by the man in the splendid sports car And when the man lo [...]

  • Harriet s holiday in Holland was at the instigation of her nursing colleague and friend Sieske While staying with Sieske s family she met Dr Friso Eijsinck who was in partnership with Sieske s father There was an instant attraction Of the fated kind where their eyes meet and somehow they know HOwever it takes a little while for them to get things together and Friso is an acknowledged flirt with several girls on a string.Just when it all seems to be coming together, trouble is made by Sieske s li [...]

  • First published as Nurse Harriet Goes to Holland Harriet had met the man of her dreams, the one she d always imagined herself marrying But Dr Friso Eijsinck was very attractive, and he seemed to be surrounded by pretty girls Harriet began to feel that, as far as Friso was concerned, she was only one of many What she didn t know was that Friso had met his dream wife, and he was going to make sure that he married her.Sweet and entertaining.

  • RomanceI so enjoy Betty Neels sweet stories of love Pretty Harriet a nurse in a London hospital travels to Holland where she finds her true love, a doctor named Friso Of course, their path together is fraught with misunderstanding but, love triumphs in the end.

  • A Travel Guide, MaybeAlthough written in the lovely style of Betty Neels, the plot is almost invisible A good read if you want to rest your mind

  • I m currently on a Betty Neels binge reading everything of hers I can get my hands on I find her books comforting and charming This book I liked very much There s nothing quite like seeing the name of your home town in black and white.

  • Better and betterI never get tired of these sweet, timeless, love stories The world needs Betty Neels in my humble opinion.

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