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The Hasty Marriage (Betty Neels Large Print) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Betty Neels
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Book Description

7 Sep 2007 Betty Neels Large Print (Book 72)
Which sister would he marry? Laura had always been used to taking second place to her pretty younger sister, Joyce. If Joyce wanted something, she got it! It was, therefore, no surprise to Laura that when she fell in love with the attractive Dutch doctor Reilof van Meerum, he chose Joyce instead. But when Joyce walked out on him to marry another, richer man, Reilof asked her to marry him. He needed a wife, and Laura, it seemed, would do as well as anyone. So she accepted - but could she really expect to be happy with a man who did not love her?


Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Mills & Boon Ltd (Large Print Books); Large Print edition edition (7 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263201856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263201857
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,092,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Romance readers around the world were sad to note the passing of Betty Neels in June 2001. Her career spanned thirty years, and she continued to write into her ninetieth year. To her millions of fans, Betty epitomized the romance writer, and yet she began writing almost by accident. She had retired from nursing, but her inquiring mind still sought stimulation. Her new career was born when she heard a lady in her local library bemoaning the lack of good romance novels. Betty's first book, Sister Peters in Amsterdam, was published in 1969, and she eventually completed 134 books. Her novels offer reassuring warmth that was very much a part of her own personality. She was a wonderful writer, and she will be greatly missed. Her spirit and genuine talent will live on in all her stories.

Author Q&A

Betty Neels on Writing and Reading

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
Being able to put my imagination into words.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE LOCALE OR SETTING FOR YOUR NOVELS? WHAT IS IT AND WHY IS IT YOUR FAVOURITE ?
Holland or the English countryside, because I know them both well.

WHAT ARE YOUR FIVE ALL-TIME FAVOURITE BOOKS?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
Vanity Fair by W.M. Thackeray
John Donne's poems
Anything by Charles Dickens

Betty Neels on Romance

DESCRIBE THE ULTIMATE ROMANTIC MEAL.
Can there be one? Surely if two people in love are sharing a meal, bread and water would be just fine.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROMANTIC MOVIE?
Perhaps Brief Encounter, which I doubt anyone remembers.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROMANTIC SONG OR COMPOSITION?
Greensleeves.

WHAT IS THE MOST ROMANTIC GESTURE OR GIFT YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
A ring set with stones that spelled Dearest.

WHERE IS THE MOST ROMANTIC PLACE YOU'VE EVER TRAVELLED?
The Scottish highlands.

All About Me

BESIDE WRITING, WHAT OTHER TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE?
Drawing and painting.

WHO IS SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE AND WHY?
Winston Churchill. He gave freedom to so many.

SHARE ONE OF YOUR FAVOURTIE INDULGENCES WITH US.
A bottle of Croft's Original Sherry.

WHAT QUALITY DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A MAN?
Kindness. Self-control. Resourcefulness.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO, BUT NEVER HAD THE COURAGE TO TRY?
Drive a car.

IF YOU WERENT A WRITER WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A member of the nursing profession, having been that for many years. I loved it.

WHAT QUOTE DO YOU LIVE BY? WHO SAID IT?
"Do as you would be done by." Can't remember who said it.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read, 4 July 2008
By Lulu
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have loved Betty Neels stories since I was a teenager and this is one of my all time favorite BN stories. Readers will love this story.
Reilof van Meerum, he chose to marry Laura's younger, beautiful sister, Joyce . But when Joyce walked out on him to marry another, richer man, Reilof, feeling bitter, asked Laura to marry him. He needed a wife, and Laura, it seemed, would do as well as anyone. So she accepted - but could she really expect to be happy with a man who did not love her?

A tale about a selfless love, about beauty being more than skin deep and most of all the difference between love and infatuation.
BN fans won't be dissapointed with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Betty Neels book 12 Feb 2014
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I bought this Betty Neels novel for my wife as she has most of the books written by this author but did not have this one. She likes it..
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and spirited 16 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is classic Betty Neels with a bit of an edge to it. The characters are interesting and the story is charming. Also, there is the classic "nasty sister you love to hate".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Betty Neels Story (5+ stars) 28 Nov 2006
By Louisiana Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book Description: Laura had always been used to taking second place to her pretty younger sister, Joyce. If Joyce wanted something, she got it! It was, therefore, no surprise to Laura that when she fell in love with the attractive Dutch doctor Reilof van Meerum, he chose Joyce instead. But when Joyce walked out on him to marry another, richer man, Reilof asked her to marry him. He needed a wife, and Laura, it seemed, would do as well as anyone. So she accepted--but could she really expect to be happy with a man who did not love her?

Neels does in this tale what she does best: Good-Looking, Rich Dutch Doctor / Plain, Hard-Working, Kind British Nurse. Joyce is Laura's beautiful, selfish, spoiled younger sister you love to absolutely hate; her father is the clueless parent; but a loving god-father is a small ray of sunshine in this gloomy family. You begin the story just knowing that the astute Doctor can see through Joyce's shallow beauty, see that Laura is the real gem, and is taking Joyce out to be near Laura. Reilof proposes around the middle of the book in a not-quite-Neels-move. (Surprise!) However, Neels fans will admire Laura's selflessness and kindness when she, despite her hurt and pain, reaches out to the man she loves in his time of anguish.

One of my favorite Neels stories. This is a tale about self-image, true beauty, selfless love, and most of all, the difference between infatuation and love. Any Betty Neels fan will love this story that is so much more than the description.

Reilof and Laura appear in "Britannia All At Sea"; they are friends of Jake Luitingh van Thien.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read, 15 Mar 2007
By Lulu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have loved Betty Neels stories since I was a teenager and now I have a teenage daughter who reads them too.
This is one of my all time favorite BN stories. Readers will love this story.

Reilof van Meerum, he chose to marry Laura's younger, beautiful sister, Joyce . But when Joyce walked out on him to marry another, richer man, Reilof, feeling bitter, asked Laura to marry him. He needed a wife, and Laura, it seemed, would do as well as anyone. So she accepted - but could she really expect to be happy with a man who did not love her?

A tale about a selfless love, about beauty being more than skin deep and most of all the difference between love and infatuation.
BN fans won't be dissapointed with this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do elephants REALLY roost in pear trees???? 22 Aug 2013
By Mary Ann Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Suppose a man said to you, "Your sister to whom I was engaged has just told me she has decided not to marry me. If I can't marry the woman I love, I may as well marry anyone... Why I might as well marry you!" Not a very romantic proposal, is it? It's also not the sort of proposal I would have expected from an accomplished surgeon. But... would you accept such a proposal? When elephants roost in pear trees, right?

But what if that less than romantic proposal came from a man with whom you had secretly fallen in love but you had quietly stepped aside when your younger sister announced that she was going to marry him? If this sister was beautiful and spoiled and accustomed to always having things her own way and getting everything she wanted while you constantly had to step aside in deference to what she wanted, would you be tempted to accept the proposal to prove (perhaps only to yourself) that at least in this one instance you could get what YOU wanted.

I went back and forth on this issue thinking "yes, she should marry him" and then "no, she shouldn't marry him" and "if she does marry him, will she ever be happy with him or will he constantly be longing for `the one that got away'". I found this story very interesting and highly recommend the book to any Neels fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hasty Marriage by Betty Neels (Large Print Hardcover) 2 May 2006
By Ketzel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is another sweet satisfying traditional romance from Betty Neels ...

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Laura had always been used to taking second place to her pretty young sister Joyce. So when she fell in love with the attractive Dutch doctor Reilof van Meerum, it came as no surprise to her when he chose Joyce instead. But Joyce walked out on him to marry a richer man and to Laura's astonishment Reilof asked her to marry him. She accepted: but could she really expect to be happy with a man who did not even pretend to love her?
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