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.Betty’s first book, Sister Peters in Amsterdam,was published in 1969, and she eventually completed 134 books.Her novels offer a reassuring warmth that was very much a part of her own personality.Her spirit and genuine talent live on in all her stories.
Henrietta's Own Castle (Harlequin Reader's Choice Series)by Betty Neels
When Henrietta was left a house in a Dutch village, she decided to make her home there, and settled happily into her new abode. She thought she would like everything about Hollandexcept Marnix van Hessel. As "lord of the manor," he behaved as if it were still the Middle Ages! Why couldn't he just marry his fiancée and leave Henrietta in peace
When Henrietta was left a house in a Dutch village, she decided to make her home there, and settled happily into her new abode. She thought she would like everything about Hollandexcept Marnix van Hessel. As "lord of the manor," he behaved as if it were still the Middle Ages! Why couldn't he just marry his fiancée and leave Henrietta in peace?
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There was no doubt about it. Henrietta Brodie was an old maid. Her career as a nurse helped to occupy her days, but she was shocked when her distant aunt left her a house in Holland. Here, at last, was surely adventure! Henrietta journeys to the small town of Gijzelmortel in her old car, which she has affectionately named Charlie. There, she meets the lord of the manor, Marnix von Hessel. She is stunned by his handsome appearance. Nevertheless, there is no time for romantic fantasies. The man already seems to have found himself a bride in young Loes, a spoiled young woman who Henrietta believes would make a terrible noblewoman. Time and again, Henrietta and Marnix are thrown together and they get to know each other better. They share a love of medicine and their desire to help people. Henrietta’s cool head in the aftermath of a plane crash really impresses the townspeople and Marnix warms to her. Although Henrietta fears she may be falling in love with Marnix, she cannot get him to see the truth about Loes. Henrietta is charmed by her little house, her sweet cat, Henry, and she doesn’t want to leave her new home. Still, how can she bear to see Marnix married to Loes? Suddenly, a strange man is seen coming and going from Henrietta’s house at odd hours of the day. Has Miss Brodie found a lover? It would be difficult to believe that. She seems like such an upright person. Still, the evidence looks pretty bad and even Marnix is beginning to doubt his true feelings. I fell in love with these characters, the descriptions of the small little houses and the castle itself. I saw many such structures in Holland and this entire story had the ring of truth about it. Now, who wouldn’t believe in a real life fairy tale?