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A perfect wife Everyone in her family had agreed that Mary Pagett would one day make some man a perfect wife The problem was that the only man Mary had ever even thought about marrying was eminent Dutch heart specialist Roel van RakesmaFrom the moment he had walked into her life Mary had become quite contrary turning from a practical girl into a hopeless romantic But it had been clear from the start that any attention Professor van Rakesma paid her was purely professional Professor van Rakesma s only interest was in curing frail hearts, not broken ones Marrying Mary

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 “Marrying Mary

  1. Pamela Shropshire Pamela Shropshire says:

    Mary Pagett has loving if somewhat absent minded, airy fairy parents along with an adorably feisty younger sister also two brothers but we know nothing of them other than they are away at school Her father is an intellectual who gets swindled out of much of his capital and anticipated inheritance from Great Aunt T

  2. Kathy Kathy says:

    I couldn t give this one five stars It should ve been a great story and might ve been if it had been 20 pages longer I though the romance was too rushed and didn t make sense Our hero spenttime with the heroine s teenage sister than with the heroine They were both very strong characters and didn t get along very well

  3. Teri-K Teri-K says:

    This is a pretty typical Neels book Our heroine has two nice but clueless parents leave all the finances, shopping, housekeeping and managing to her She has a younger sister and they get along well, but there s almost no money and the father s inept money management mean that our girl must work to pay the family s bills

  4. Mudpie Mudpie says:

    3.5 Would have given this 4 if not for the too short ending.Overall I like both the Professor and Mary very much We also have three matchmakers here, their respective sisters Polly and Pleane, plus Fred the housekeeper I especially enjoyed the close friendship Roel had with Polly, who was 13 going on 30 So wise and precoci

  5. Jite Jite says:

    I really enjoy Betty Neels romances because they re universally simple and incredibly basic stories There s something in the repetition that appeals to me and really, what about romance is not somewhat repetitive the comfort and enjoyment is in knowing that it will all end well And in this, like many of Betty Neels stories, t

  6. Anna Anna says:

    If I were to expand my small best of Betty Neels collection, I might add this book Though aspects of the story fit the classic Neels profile, she took several of the secondary characters and relationships in less typical directions, which gave the story avivid life I m starting to think that Neels gets better results when at lea

  7. Heather Heather says:

    So, in this one, the inevitably useless mother makes a living painting Christmas cards She has earned enough to purchase a hut where she goes to paint As in, mother s in her hut Or go out to mother s hut and tell her dinner is ready There s something fundamentally hysterical about the word hut.

  8. Janet Janet says:

    It was OK buta 2 1 2 star there wasn t enough to make it unique It did adore the servants and the younger sister but I seriously got into despise territory w the parents Their selfishness really grated on me Neels is just too forgiving.

  9. Nora Nora says:

    A nice, clean, gentle romance.

  10. Nell Nell says:

    Classic Betty Neels, old fashioned and comforting.

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