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A Matter of Chance Was she in the right place at the wrong time Cressida had lost her parents and badly needed a new focus So going to Holland to help an elderly Dutch doctor with a book he was writing, giving up her own nursing job for a while, seemed ideal Her new employer had two partners One was elderly and friendly, like himself, while the other was younger andnot quite so friendly Giles van der Tiele always seemed to be snubbing Cressida, putting her in her place But when he wanted to, he could be extremely charming too much so for her peace of mind


About the Author: 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 andthan 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



10 thoughts on “A Matter of Chance

  1. Kay Kay says:

    Betty Neels loves to make her heroes bide their time as her heroines figure out just why it is he annoys her so much They then spark irritation and frustration and totally misunderstand each other, making for some fun reading.In this one, Cressida has recently lost both her parents during a flu epidemic and has decided to take a break from hospital nursing in favour of private cases A jo


  2. Fiona Marsden Fiona Marsden says:

    A typical Neels with nurse Cressida getting a job in Holland as a typist for an elderly doctor writing a book While there, she meets Giles van der Teile and of course makes some hasty judgements about him which she later realises are wrong There is the usual Neels style Other Woman and Giles is so busy being enigmatic you want Cressy to run off and marry someone else just to shake him up W


  3. Pamela Shropshire Pamela Shropshire says:

    Reread 5 23 17 Adding to the P Giles didn t.Cressy has to apologize for having mistaken Giles concern for Monique for love, like Lizzy apologizes for believing Wickham s lies First, I ll give TGB points for the title, whic Reread 5 23 17 Adding to the PP references Giles actually quotes JA to Cressy Happiness in marriage is only a matter of chance, then he says he does not agree with Jane.Al


  4. Mirella Grace Mirella Grace says:

    Like this novel As usual, as the author is Betty Neels, the romance was very sweet This novel was not about marriage in convenience which happens a lot at Neels novel But I did really appreciate the heroine of this novel, who did the first to express her feeling for the hero.Well life was not easy, and this was happening to Cressida Both her parents died in few days time, first was her father


  5. Olly Olly says:

    gile Ini buku pertama terbit tahun 58 Tapi ceritanya emang bener bener keren Tokoh ceweknya, perawat yang berhenti sebentar dari profesinya, cari suasana baru untuk mengobati kesedihannya, dengan menjadi typist sekaligus editor bagi seorang dokter yang sedang menulis buku Cressida gadis yang agak judes dan bermulut tajam Piawai nyetir mobil hingga sering harus mengantar majikannya kesana kemari


  6. Megzy Megzy says:

    I can always leave it up to Betty for a pleasant, enjoyable read Giles seems to be younger in age than most Betty s physician dutch heroes He is not in tuned to Cressida s feelings as we usually expect from Betty s lead male character There is an OW and some misunderstandings to the nature of their relationship.


  7. Linda Linda says:

    It was disappointing to say the least Cressy was beautiful but extremely moody Giles had it all except what little common sense it took to tell her he loved her Instead, he came across as a bully until the very end I know, I know, this is a familiar plot with many of the TGB s romances but this time the MCs never shined.


  8. Susan in NC Susan in NC says:

    Not a favoriteNow I know why I ve only read this one once beforeCressida and Giles are both stuck on their high horses and refuse to speak to each other, I got tired of the never ending misunderstandingsnice supporting cast of two elderly doctors and their housekeeper, though.


  9. Allison Allison says:

    A nice read.


  10. Mudpie Mudpie says:

    3.75 Not the best but neither one of the worst.As usual Cressida started off not having a good impression of our RDD Giles He was not the first guy who approached her as she got lost on the streets of Amsterdam so by then she was really unfriendly fighting off men s attention He kind of fell in love with her at first sight Poor guy.She continued to have misconceptions about him after meeting him by chance


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