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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 “Polly

  1. Leona Leona says:

    I really loved the family element in this one All the way from the hero s sister, to Polly s loving parents, to two beautiful, wonderfully nice sisters Throw in a charming grandmother and it really is an all in the family kind of romance I enjoyed that we didn t know too much about the hero and that his story was slowly revea

  2. Ririn Aziz Ririn Aziz says:

    My first book by The Betty as my friend Linda said .In my younger days, I would love this kind of story well, I loved everything in my younger days haha A distinguish man take notice of a plain girl who was overlooked by others and makes her feel special Which girl doesn t But nowadays, even some simple actions makes me think further

  3. Roub Roub says:

    loved the story though i felt a genuine lack of chemistry between Polly and Sam i also cud not understand why Sam dragged on his engagement to Deidre when he was very obviously taken by Polly he wud find any excuse to drive her home or back at the hospital he wanted to spend time wid her and then it was revealed dat his engagement had already

  4. Pamela Shropshire Pamela Shropshire says:

    3.5 stars Polly Talbot is an intellectual girl fluent in both Greek and Latin She lives in a country village with her family father is a schoolmaster, mother is housewife, younger in years, anyway sisters Cora and Miriam who are pretty social butterflies, and younger brother Ben She gets an opportunity to type a manuscript for a local scholar, Sir Rona

  5. Fiona Marsden Fiona Marsden says:

    This was a slightly different but still very typical Betty Neels romance Polly is bright with A Levels in Greek and Latin but of course they aren t very useful in a career unless you want to be an academic She can type so she can get occasional jobs typing manuscripts for scholarly old gentlemen.Sam Gervis is a friend of the elderly professor she works for so w

  6. Caro Caro says:

    Me tard en leer esta novela de Betty quiz porque no es el pobre ratoncito feo, sino m s bien una chica com n con una familia cari osa Me encantan los contrastes entre los personajes buenos y los malos, me hacen sonre r con complicidad y hacen que mi lectura sea c moda y agradables Qu har a sin una dosis de The Great Betty en mi vida, sinceramente no lo s .

  7. Laura Laura says:

    I liked Polly a lot, she knows Latin and Greek, and wants to do something with her life, but she doesn t have much she could train for Lots of fun side characters in the Hero s sister and cousin, Polly s two pretty but nice sisters, and another doctor at the hospital.Worth reading just for an awesomely hilarious scene where Polly convinces a woman not to become a surgeon because

  8. Olly Olly says:

    Polly is a lovable character Plain face with clever brain Cheerful girl, happy with just the way she is Her relationship with the Hero, describing how far distance between them Poly just twenty years old and Sam thirty Six with fashionable fiancee.Very interesting story.I like it.

  9. Nefise Nefise says:

    It became one of my favourites in Betty Neel s books Also it is little bit different pattern than others so far I read.

  10. Teri-K Teri-K says:

    This was a delightful story It has the typical Neels rich doctor, though not Dutch this time , engaged to a rich, beautiful, nasty young woman In this case the Dr has a fun sister and spunky Grandmother who gently push him toward the girl they think he should marry You can t help but wonder about the intelligence of a Dr who tells a young nursing student You ll never be a nurse, but if you re going to rea

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