When May Follows Paperback – Feb 27 1981
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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.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.
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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.
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.