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The Most Marvellous Summer (Betty Neels Collector's Editions) [Paperback]

Betty Neels
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7 July 2000 Betty Neels Collector's Editions
Matilda had every quality that turned a man's head but she had remained heart-whole and fancy-free despite a number of offers. Then she met eminent surgeon James Scott-Thurlow and fell in love at first sight. But James clearly didn't feel the same way. How could he when he was already engaged to the glamorous Rhoda...?
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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon; New edition edition (7 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263824497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263824490
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,118 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Marvellous Summer by Betty Neels 2 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read her books so far I got about 120 of 135 books on Collector's item. so hopefully can order some more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Betty Neels Title 19 Feb 2012
By A thoughtful purchaser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Note that this is a five star book compared to other Betty Neels books -- not compared to Jane Austen. Neels books are delightfully formulaic and predictable. You know exactly what you're going to get, and you know you're going to like it -- like a box of chocolate covered caramels. A bit of a guilty pleasure since there is a distinctive lack of literary content. At the same time, they are very Victorian -- with just a kiss or two, nothing more. (So they are certainly not a guilty pleasure from a salacious point of view!) You don't have to think too much -- which is sometimes exactly what you need in a book.

THE MOST MARVELOUS SUMMER is unusual amongst Neels books because the protagonist, Matilda, is not a nurse. (Though Neels couldn't resist throwing in a distressing kitchen accident in which Matilda is the only woman in the house who keeps her head -- though she ends up tossing her cookies.) The hero is a doctor, but he's not Scandinavian -- and the whole book takes place in England. (Usually you get a nice trip to Holland.)

This may be the only Neels book in which the doctor and the young lady drive up to a fine manor house and the front doors are *not* thrown open before they even get out of the car. Gasp. (The faithful retainer has usually been waiting for them to drive up so that the doors can be throw open in welcome. In. Every. Book.)

What there is in this book is a lot of people putting their heads into open car windows. Seriously. On one occasion, the hero can't resist the proximity of the heroine's lovely face and kisses her then and there (despite the fact that he is de facto engaged -- to a thin, waspish, fashion plate with no heart).

The hero is a little less likeable than many Neels heroes. But we don't mind. He's rich. And handsome. And he does have a heart of gold, despite growing up feeling isolated and somewhat unloved.

The heroine is delightful. She's pretty and speaks her mind. And she has both parents and four siblings. So there is no Cinderella element (which is normally a satisfying part of a Neels book).

They also go out to very few restaurants. (The best Neels books have lots of restaurant meals -- with detailed descriptions of the food served.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coincidences galore and a fiery redheaded heroine. 5 Jan 2013
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Most Marvelous Summer is a satisfying read, and typical Neels, for the most part. No hovercraft to Holland, but there's still road trips in the hero's Rolls and lovely homes to visit, mean meddling women, coffees, teas, dogs, visits to the hospital, as well as the other delights we have come to expect when we lose ourselves in one of Betty Neels' books. In addition, there's a sweet little girl and a secondary story and romance. Plenty happens, too, including a couple of emergencies.

The heroine, Matilda, is an outspoken young women- due to the color of her hair, according to the hero- and is a nice, normal girl with a nice, normal family. No wastrel kinfolk or scheming relatives in this story. Still single at 26, she is waiting for the right man to come along...and there he is, sitting across the aisle in church one Sunday. Matilda can barely keep her eyes off him and her mind on her father's sermon, and she promptly falls in love, and nearly as promptly learns that he is engaged already. Bummer. A level-headed girl, Matilda decides she'll just have to put him out of her head and carry on.

Ah, but that's easier said than done since Mr. Scott-Thurlow keeps popping up everywhere. In fact, the coincidences were just a bit too much. He shows up at every twist and turn of the story. James is rather an aloof guy, having lost his parents early on and being raised by his grandparents, who apparently did not know how to show love to their grandson, whom they love very much. He is a decent guy, but we don't see him as his best until later in the story. He's often in the company of his bone-thin girlfriend, a horrid creature (of course!) who hates kids, dogs, the country, and being bored.

Most of the story is told from Matilda's point of view, so we know little of what is going on in James' heart or mind until he explains himself at the end of the book. I prefer a more balanced point of view and a bit less stoic heroes, but could not help but feel sorry for James since he was stuck with 'glamorous Rhoda' and didn't seem to know how to get rid of her.

I read this on a rainy afternoon, and it was a nice escape. As always, the most risque action is a hard kiss and embrace.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 2 Feb 2014
By Anita S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
As usual Betty Neels has hit it again with a great story to read. She makes you feel like you are the one she is writing about and you are living the story. She will be missed!
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