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Book Title: Saturday's Child|
The author of the book: Betty Neels
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 33.90 MB
Edition: Harlequin Books
Date of issue: March 1973
ISBN 13: 9780373016662
Read full description of the books Saturday's Child:This has to be the top on my list of Absolute Favourite Betty Neels Books. And was it just me or did this book seem a lot longer than your regular BN book? Maybe it was me, I read it super slow just to savour and treasure each and every precious moment in this book.
I loved it.
Our heroine has to be one of the sweetest, kindest, gentlest martyr heroines across romance history. What's more, she wasn't a doormat and had a sharp tongue when needed in that perfectness that was Abigail Trent. ALSO, I LOVE THAT NAME.
The hero was an absolute cad, as my friend Leona says, scowling and glaring at the heroine, always addressing her in icy terms and never, ever being nice to her. (Okay okay, he was nice a couple times.) But he was mostly just scowling at her, showing her how much he disliked her.
And you know what? I loved it. I loved him. The poor guy, (view spoiler)[disheartened and cynical about women after his wife had affair after affair, then eventually died in a car crash with her current boyfriend. (hide spoiler)] I also loved loved loved the age difference between them! 16 years!
So this story is about our lovely, flawless heroine trying to find work after 3 months of unemployment where she had taken care of her sick mother until she died. They have an old gardener-odd job man who has been with them forever and hasn't been paid for a year because of lack of funds, and yet refuses to leave them. Heroine finds a job in Amsterdam, where she meets the hero, RDD (or RDS, since he was a surgeon), who is cold and aloof and always scowling at only her, and courteous to everyone else. After she finishes the said term of employment, hero asks her to look after one of his old doctor friends who will have a surgery, then after his mother's old friend after the old friend of his has recovered. Then she goes back to England, but he calls her back because his niece, who lives in Spain, needs surgery. This book had probably THE MOST travelling, more than any other BN I have ever read. And I loved that too, her descriptions and scenery and just basically EVERY SINGLE THING BETTY NEELS WRITES IS SO PERFECTLY PERFECT AND WONDERFUL AND OH-SO-SWEET.
Also, the hero was horrid, always forgetting to pay her. I would have liked him to feel a little bit more remorse and guilt at the end when he realises it, but everything is wrapped up swiftly and not-very-neatly, almost as if Betty is ashamed to write anything more from their HEA fearing it would go into Inappropriate Risque Harley territory if lengthened, and just finishes it off fleetly. But that is very characteristic of Betty, and the rest of her book is always so satisfying, that it does nothing to lower the rating of her readers about her books, BECAUSE SHE IS SO FLAWLESS.
I would like to add another gif commenting on the perfection of Michael Fassbender saying 'perfection' here.
This is definitely a book I'm going to reread again, God willing. Betty Neels is the BOMB.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ALL YOU BN FANS + MARTYR, MARY SUE HEROINE FANS OUT THERE, YOU WILL LOVE IT!
Read information about the authorBetty Neels was born on September 15, 1910 in Devon to a family with firm roots in the civil service. She said she had a blissfully happy childhood and teenage years.(This stood her in good stead later for the tribulations to come with the Second World War). She was sent away to boarding school, and then went on to train as a nurse, gaining her SRN and SCM, that is, State Registered Nurse and State Certificate of Midwifery.
In 1939 she was called up to the Territorial Army Nursing Service, which later became the Queen Alexandra Reserves, and was sent to France with the Casualty Clearing Station. This comprised eight nursing sisters, including Betty, to 100 men! In other circumstances, she thought that might have been quite thrilling! When France was invaded in 1940, all the nursing sisters managed to escape in the charge of an army major, undertaking a lengthy and terrifying journey to Boulogne in an ambulance. They were incredibly fortunate to be put on the last hospital ship to be leaving the port of Boulogne. But Betty's war didn't end there, for she was posted to Scotland, and then on to Northern Ireland, where she met her Dutch husband. He was a seaman aboard a minesweeper, which was bombed. He survived and was sent to the south of Holland to guard the sluices. However, when they had to abandon their post, they were told to escape if they could, and along with a small number of other men, he marched into Belgium. They stole a ship and managed to get it across the Channel to Dover before being transferred to the Atlantic run on the convoys. Sadly he became ill, and that was when he was transferred to hospital in Northern Ireland, where he met Betty. They eventually married, and were blessed with a daughter. They were posted to London, but were bombed out. As with most of the population, they made the best of things.
When the war finally ended, she and her husband were repatriated to Holland. As his family had believed he had died when his ship went down, this was a very emotional homecoming. The small family lived in Holland for 13 years, and Betty resumed her nursing career there. When they decided to return to England, Betty continued her nursing and when she eventually retired she had reached the position of night superintendent.
Betty Neels began writing almost by accident. She had retired from nursing, but her inquiring mind had no intention of vegetating, and her new career was born when she heard a lady in her local library bemoaning the lack of good romance novels. There was little in Betty's background to suggest that she might eventually become a much-loved novelist.
Her first book, Sister Peters in Amsterdam, was published in 1969, and by dint of often writing four books a year, she eventually completed 134 books. She was always quite firm upon the point that the Dutch doctors who frequently appeared in her stories were *not* based upon her husband, but rather upon an amalgam of several of the doctors she met while nursing in Holland.
To her millions of fans around the world, Betty Neels epitomized romance. She was always amazed and touched that her books were so widely appreciated. She never sought plaudits and remained a very private person, but it made her very happy to know that she brought such pleasure to so many readers, while herself gaining a quiet joy from spinning her stories. It is perhaps a reflection of her upbringing in an earlier time that the men and women who peopled her stories have a kindliness and good manners, coupled to honesty and integrity, that is not always present in our modern world. Her myriad of fans found a warmth and a reassurance of a better world in her stories, along with characters who touched the heart, which is all and more than one could ask of a romance writer. She received a great deal of fan mail, and there was always a comment upon the fascinating places she visited in her stories. Quite often those of her fans fortunate enough to visit Holland did use h
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