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Betty Neels


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Feb. 27 1981
The future Baroness van Tellerinck wasn't exactly sure why she had agreed to get married. Perhaps it was because her tall and broad-shouldered husband didn't make her feel like a giant. It certainly wasn't a love match at any rate: she didn't love Raf and he seemed indifferent to her. Their marriage of convenience went smoothly until Raf's former girlfriend, Beyke, turned up. Katrina suddenly found her emotions in turmoil. She couldn't be jealous, could she?
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon; New edition edition (Feb. 27 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026373448X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263734485
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,203,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Still My Heart! Aug. 24 2013
By Mrs. Rhoda Camarillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
It's hard for me to find the right words to express how much I truly love reading books by Betty Neels. She was the best romance writer ever! I own boxes of her books, and now have started collecting them on my Kindle Fire HD! *Rho Camarillo, Arlington, TX*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific heroine, gentle Hero in a sweet romance- a keeper! Jan. 13 2014
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
When May Follows is a sweet, gentle marriage-of-convenience romance. While very much like the others Betty Neels wrote, the characters make it stand apart. Katrina Bennett, in her mid-twenties, is the women's medical unit head nurse at London hospital and is one of Neel's better heroines. While her mother and sisters are dainty, she is, of course, a splendidly built girl with a healthy appetite. She is also smart and is not shy about expressing herself. She comes from a loving home, has many friends, and money is not tight. Indeed, Kate loves clothes and we are treated to many descriptions of her various outfits.

The story begins with her mother, a widow, giving one of her rare parties. A family friend, "Uncle Ben," brings one of his doctor colleagues to the party- our hero, Dr. Raf van Tellerinck. A tall and handsome man, he and Kate spend their entire conversation talking about the weather, quoting poetry. It's amusing and the dialog flows very smoothly. In fact, the dialog is excellent throughout the entire story.

Once back at the hospital, Kate discovers, of course, that Dr. Tellernick is assisting Uncle Ben and is great friends with him. Soon, he is whisking Kate away in his Bentley for a late dinner and coming by the ward to see her. While Kate is no doormat, she does tend to speak her mind without thinking at times, and this gets her into trouble. Trying to discourage an unwanted suitor, poor Kate blurts out that she is shortly headed for the Middle East to work. (This was written in 1980) Miserable because she knows the grapevine will have her announcement all over the hospital, she confides her problem to Raf. Raf is a quiet, gentle hero who looks at the heroine from sleepy eyes in amusement and takes charge without making a show. Fortunately, he has an idea about how to solve her problem...

We are treated to quite a number of cozy moments and very little heartache or angst. Because the characters are so well done, the story is interesting even when there is little in the way of problems, other than the fact, of course, that Kate loves Raf and thinks that he does not love her. There is an Other Woman, but she is very minor to the story and does not create much havoc, other than a few seeds of doubt in Kate's mind. While angst has its place and I enjoy it, sweet romances like this one are a pleasure to read, too.

As with many of Neels' earlier books, we get detailed descriptions of travel in Scotland and Holland, sights along the way, what they have for dinner, and what the heroine wears. The point of view is Kate's the entire book, but Neels gives the reader a good feel for what Raf is feeling or thinking. The story moves along and does not bog down. The ending is not abrupt and stretches for several pages with a satisfying ending that will make the reader smile.

There is no sex, no foul language, and nothing objectionable in any way. This is one of Neels' best, and if you like sweet, gentle romances you will enjoy When May Follows. I'm adding this one to my shelf of favorites. 5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read April 3 2014
By Sharon D. Anderson, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you are a Betty Neels fan (I definitely am) then this is a must read. She draws her plot and characters so well. Even in this age, these romances never cease to entertain, educate and allow us to escape, for a while, into another world. .
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet read of a Marriage of Convenience Nov. 6 2013
By Fiona - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I know most of Betty Neels stories are cardboard cutouts following a well worn path. Some think this is a bad thing but for me this is perfect for a Prozac read. I don't want any nasty surprises. I don't want the unexpected when I pick up a Prozac read.

Katrina is a girl with a splendid figure. Yes, Betty is forever the champion of the girl who doesn't quite meet societal expectations of pretty. Yes she has written classically pretty heroine's but she also writes attractive Amazons, mousy dumplings and so on.

As a nurse, Katrina has the opportunity to see Professor Raf van Tellerinck more often than you might expect. The fact that he is a friend of her honorary uncle, also a surgeon makes for a few more opportunities.

She is confused by her feelings for Raf but accepts when he offers a Marriage of Convenience. It's not until later she discovers exactly how she feels about her polite and ominously calm husband. Just in time for "The woman from his past" to appear and throw her feelings into chaos.

This was an easy and enjoyable read with a visit from Britannia and Jake from an early book to keep in touch.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved July 29 2014
By she treads softly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been buying Betty Neels books for my mother (in her 70's) at her request, as an introduction to using a Kindle. I can say without hesitation that she loves all of these books. As she has said, "The plots may all be somewhat similar and the stories quaint, but I enjoy them immensely and find them endearing." What better recommendation could there be? And the Kindle Paperwhite? She loves the backlight and the ability to make the font larger.

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