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Betty Neels

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, which stood her in good stead 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 more 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 her information as an itinerary for their travels!

Betty Neels died peacefully in hospital on June 7, 2001, aged 91. Her career with Mills & Boon and Harlequin spanned 30 years, and she continued to write into her 90th year.

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Series

Books:

The Gemel Ring, August 2011
Paperback (reprint)
The Secret Pool, August 2011
Paperback
Never While The Grass Grows, August 2011
Paperback (reprint)
Cruise To A Wedding, August 2011
Paperback
A Girl Named Rose, June 2011
Paperback
Uncertain Summer, June 2011
Paperback
The Course Of True Love, June 2011
Paperback
A Summer Idyll, June 2011
Paperback
The Girl With Green Eyes, March 2011
Paperback
Paradise For Two, March 2011
Paperback
Esmeralda, March 2011
Paperback
No Need To Say Goodbye, March 2011
Paperback
Two Weeks To Remember, June 2010
Paperback
The Fateful Bargain, June 2010
Paperback
When Two Paths Meet, June 2010
Paperback
A Match For Sister Maggy, June 2010
Paperback
Not Once But Twice (Best Of Betty Neels), March 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Roses And Champagne (Best Of Betty Neels), March 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Once For All Time (Best Of Betty Neels), March 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Visiting Consultant (Best Of Betty Neels), March 2010
Mass Market Paperback
A Christmas Wish (Best Of Betty Neels), November 2009
Mass Market Paperback
The Mistletoe Kiss (Best Of Betty Neels), November 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Roses For Christmas, November 2009
Mass Market Paperback
The Edge Of Winter (Best Of Betty Neels), November 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Tempestuous April, April 2009
Best Of Betty Neels
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Last April Fair, April 2009
Best Of Betty Neels
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
When May Follows, April 2009
Best Of Betty Neels
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Tulips For Augusta, April 2009
Best Of Betty Neels
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
At The End Of The Day, October 2008
Mass Market Paperback
Midsummer Star, October 2008
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
An Apple From Eve, October 2008
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Grasp A Nettle, October 2008
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Heidelberg Wedding, May 2008
The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
Stormy Springtime, May 2008
The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
Enchanting Samantha, May 2008
The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
Polly, May 2008
The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
Hannah, December 2007
Paperback
Winter Wedding, December 2007
Paperback
A Matter Of Chance, December 2007
Paperback (reprint)
Heaven Is Gentle, December 2007
Paperback (reprint)
A Star Looks Down, August 2007
The Best of Betty Neels
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Philomena's Miracle, August 2007
The Best of Betty Neels
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Sun And Candlelight, August 2007
The Best of Betty Neels
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Midnight Sun's Magic, August 2007
The Best of Betty Neels
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Fate Is Remarkable, April 2007
The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
Never Too Late, April 2007
Miniseries: Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
Judith, April 2007
The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
Saturday's Child, April 2007
Miniseries: Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
The Hasty Marriage, December 2006
Miniseries: The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
A Dream Came True, December 2006
Miniseries: The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback
The End of the Rainbow, December 2006
Miniseries: The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
The Magic of Living, December 2006
Paperback (reprint)
Victory for Victoria, August 2006
Miniseries: The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
Sister Peters in Amsterdam, August 2006
Miniseries: The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
The Promise of Happiness, August 2006
Miniseries: The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
A Girl to Love, August 2006
Miniseries: The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
Three for a Wedding, April 2006
The Best of Betty Neels
Hardcover (reprint)
Never Say Goodbye, April 2006
The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
All Else Confusion, April 2006
The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
The Silver Thaw, April 2006
The Best of Betty Neels
Paperback (reprint)
Henrietta's Own Castle, December 2005
Harlequin Special Releases
Paperback (reprint)
Cassandra by Chance, December 2005
Harlequin Special Releases
Paperback (reprint)
Cobweb Morning, December 2005
Harlequin Special Releases
Hardcover (reprint)
The Little Dragon, December 2005
Harlequin Special Releases
Paperback (reprint)

 

 

 

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