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Nanny by Chance (Harlequin Romance) [Mass Market Paperback]

Betty Neels
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Book Description

Feb 2003 Harlequin Romance (Book 3738)
Mills & Boon presents the complete Betty Neels collection. Timeless tales of heart-warming romance by one of the world’s best-loved romance authors. A woman to melt his heart? Araminta Pomfrey is finally about to pursue her dream to train as a nurse when she finds herself looking after the twin nephews of Dr Marcus van der Breugh! Marcus is so handsome and kind that Mintie knows she’s fallen in love. But does Marcus want a wife?
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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books (Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373037384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373037384
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 9.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 967,675 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 HEART WARMING! 9 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Another wonderful story from Betty Neels. She was a great author of romantic fiction and this novel is an excellent example.Her characters ,particular the lady concerned were always down to earth and believable,and the story lines the same !I have read most of her books and probably will read them time and time again.They are so different to the usual romance stories,seem more true to life. So sad that she is no longer with us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not to be a nurse 17 Sep 2000
By anjali - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
as usual neels has written a wonderful story about araminta,whose dreams are proving ilusive to her.each step she takes forward in aspiring for her dreams is thwarted.and now that she is especially close to her training for becoming a nurse--dr.marcus van der breugh enters and she finds herself looking after his twin nephews in neels' favourite setting-holland.he tells her that she can never be a nurse and that comes out true.she leaves training to teach in a school--supported by marcus who finds her a job there so that he can court her.the end is quite rushed and the climax in apark where marcus finds her after she is jobless, is well written.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jinxed heroine 7 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love Betty Neels' books as a rule, but, sadly, this is the only story I cannot recommend. Betty Neels' recurrent theme of strong heroines in dire circumstances who have to be rescued by the heroes, is usually well-offset by the charm of her writing. However, unfortunately, that does not work as well here.
The heroine just has too many odds stacked against her. For instance, Marcus tells her that she'll never become a nurse. But on what basis? She takes excellent care of his nephews when the boys contract the mumps. Or when Araminta runs afoul of the nasty and unfair ward sister. Couldn't she have asked for a transfer? There are indications that the hospital staff may not have been averse to this. Nurses are needed, and Araminta could have continued her training and fulfilled her long-time goal. The hero, Marcus, is kind and well-meaning, but I also wondered if he wasn't subconsciously setting Araminta up so that she would have no resources of her own, and would wind up dependent on him. And I found it sad that Araminta could give up her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse so easily, just because of an (unwise) remark from the hero, and a bad break or two after she started her training.
Betty Neels was an excellent and charming writer; but I would pass on this one story. Read some of her earlier books, ("A Match for Sister Maggy", "Saturday's Child", "Tangled Autumn", "Not Once But Twice"), and you'll see that her heroines can be strong women who are allowed to professionally stand on their own.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rushed ending. 5 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Plot description on this book's Amazon.com page. Typical Betty Neels story. Uncaring relatives, plain heroine, handsome hero. Araminta tries, but she has no skills, Marcus doesn't really realize he loves her till she is gone, but tries his best for her. No old love interest in this one to stir the plot, but a series of mishaps. Good, solid story, just what we read these for, but the ending is rushed. I haven't yet come across a Neels story that didn't have a 'hurry up finish' ending.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK!! 26 Oct 2012
By gorgeous - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Nanny by Chance is a good read for a lazy Sunday afternoon, I only wish that I could find one of those afternoons!! I ended up reading this book on my kindle fire late Sunday evening not finishing it till late in the night. Once I starting reading I just had to finish the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ. 7 Mar 2014
By Barb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed the book. Always enjoy reading about England and Holland; nothing like a story to make the travel log more interesting.
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