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by Betty Neels

Download The Hasty Marriage (Harlequin Romance #2110) epub
ISBN: 0373021100
ISBN13: 978-0373021109
Category: Romance
Author: Betty Neels
Language: English
Publisher: HR 2210 Oct. 1977; 1st edition (1977)
Pages: 187 pages
ePUB size: 1237 kb
FB2 size: 1348 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 324
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I did not discover Betty Neels until after she had died. She was so prolific that I have not read all her romance novels yet but now that I have found them for kindle, I intend to do so. I have vision problems that are beyond reading glasses so I need the enlarged type feature.

This story is about Laura who is the sweet older sister in her family. Laura wanted to be a doctor but her family spent so much money on her younger sister (Joyce, the OW and a nasty selfish sister) that they could only afford nursing school for Laura. So Laura is a nurse and an exce!lent one. Laura is plain compared to her stunning younger sister Joyce.

The RDD (rich Dutch doctor) is Reilof. When he drops by the home of Laura's father with Laura's Dutch godfather, Reilof falls in love at first sight with the beautiful Joyce, who is attracted to his wallet. Meanwhile, Laura falls in love at first sight with Reilof. However, she notices that he is only interested in Joyce so she hides her feelings and avoids going home.

Beautiful Joyce becomes engaged to Reilof, breaking Laura's heart. Laura goes home to pack summer clothes and finds Joyce leaving home with luggage to elope with Larry (a rich young American man) leaving Laura to break the news to Reilof. Reilof ends up marrying Laura instead even though he does not ever expect to love her (she does not tell him she loves him). You need to read the book to find out how that comes about and the rest of the story, because naturally Joyce comes back and causes more trouble.

It appears that Reilof is a very good kisser when he eventually gets around to kissing Laura. Unlike some people, the clean nature of Neels romances are not part of their appeal to me. The lack of a sex life for married couples seems dashed odd to me. I put up with it because I like the rest of the romance between her heroes and heroines. And I like her evil other women plots. I don't mind if the evil woman finds a Larry, evil women need to live too. They are a nice foil to the good qualities of the heroine.
Betty was certainly consistant in her formula for writing. That is part of what I like and what I dont like. So i read for the descriptive language that presents food, fashion, scenery, antiques. And i read hoping the lead female will have more self awareness and confidence than her previous "sister". I read wishing the doctor would communicate his feelings. I read to see what new turn of events Betty employed this time. And i read because much of love is a mystery, and Betty seemed to know that. Always i find a story that expresses in part the lack assurance many of us experience, the joy of discovery, and the newly claimed happiness love can bring.
Laura (29) walks into her father's parlor and met the man of dreams. Unfortunately for her Reilof (35) only has eyes for her beautiful spoiled younger sister Joyce (20), who only has eyes for the potential of his net worth. Ms. Neels' books always teach the reader something about life, love and relationships. This time it was about recognizing the difference between infatuation and love before it's too late. What makes the story so outstanding is that it is a lesson in love for Reilof. He sees and he hears Joyce's self-centeredness regarding others. Laura is of course downtrodden and running off her feet as chief cook and bottle washer. Then it's back to London as a busy ward sister on men's medical. After being told Joyce and Reilof are going to marry, she hurrys home to pack a few things so she doesn't have to see them together. She arrives early and finds Joyce about to elope with a wealthy American - always the less than stellar girlfriend stealer - whom she believes has more money than Reilof. Laura is left to deliver the news to he and her father. In the course of their discussion she suggests they marry and he agrees. Later, they are both hiding their feelings and hoping the other will notice. Of course, the fly in the ointment lands at Shipol and upsets the apple cart. Even though she three him over, after a big inappropriate kiss Joyce expects Reilof to take a couple off and show her around Holland. He hasn't even done that for Laura. He declines and Joyce takes her anger out on Laura, who is such a lovely person she believes every lie her sister is uttering because she wants to believe. In the end she leaves him, but Reilof finds her in their 'secret garden' and all ends well because he knows he was only infatuated with Joyce's outer beauty and that fact that she came on to a much older man.
Book Description: Laura had always been used to taking second place to her pretty younger sister, Joyce. If Joyce wanted something, she got it! It was, therefore, no surprise to Laura that when she fell in love with the attractive Dutch doctor Reilof van Meerum, he chose Joyce instead. But when Joyce walked out on him to marry another, richer man, Reilof asked her to marry him. He needed a wife, and Laura, it seemed, would do as well as anyone. So she accepted--but could she really expect to be happy with a man who did not love her?

Neels does in this tale what she does best: Good-Looking, Rich Dutch Doctor / Plain, Hard-Working, Kind British Nurse. Joyce is Laura's beautiful, selfish, spoiled younger sister you love to absolutely hate; her father is the clueless parent; but a loving god-father is a small ray of sunshine in this gloomy family. You begin the story just knowing that the astute Doctor can see through Joyce's shallow beauty, see that Laura is the real gem, and is taking Joyce out to be near Laura. Reilof proposes around the middle of the book in a not-quite-Neels-move. (Surprise!) However, Neels fans will admire Laura's selflessness and kindness when she, despite her hurt and pain, reaches out to the man she loves in his time of anguish.

One of my favorite Neels stories. This is a tale about self-image, true beauty, selfless love, and most of all, the difference between infatuation and love. Any Betty Neels fan will love this story that is so much more than the description.

Reilof and Laura appear in "Britannia All At Sea"; they are friends of Jake Luitingh van Thien.