The Silver Thaw Amelia and Tom had been engaged a long time and Amelia began to worry about why he was so reluctant to set a date So a relaxing Norway holiday seemed just the place to discuss things Insead Amelia me

  • Title: The Silver Thaw
  • Author: Betty Neels
  • ISBN: 9780373470617
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • Amelia and Tom had been engaged a long time and Amelia began to worry about why he was so reluctant to set a date So a relaxing Norway holiday seemed just the place to discuss things Insead, Amelia met Gideon van der Tolck and his company became increasingly appealing.

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    About “Betty Neels

    1. Betty Neels says:

      Betty 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 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



    2 thoughts on “The Silver Thaw

    1. Betty is always a gentle read and a fun way to spend a few hours. However, this one was a bit middle of the road for me even though the hero is definitely one of my all time favorites by BN. (Oh, if I were 20 years younger, I would want my very own Gideon) It's very obvious to everyone, except the heroine, that he is madly in love with her. Yet, she continues to pine away for a worthless fiancé, who ditches her for a job in Australia. Gideon proposes, and she would rather chase after the worthl [...]

    2. This was one of the Betty's that I had never read. A fellow BN fanatic gifted me with the original 1981 paperback (excellent condition too) a few months ago so I am grateful I finally received the opportunity because it is just lovely. Fact: I laughed out loud a few times reading this which isn't a normal reaction from me while reading a Betty (usually it's just heart-clutching sighs and tears), but Amelia could be downright snarky at times. I liked it. I liked her snappishness too. It was real. [...]

    3. This was another good read from Betty Neels. A little different in that the initial meeting with the hero takes place when Amelia is on a fishing holiday in Norway with her father and her fiance Tom. Gideon is also on holiday and seems to be a little smitten with our heroine.Tom meanwhile is resisting all pressure to set the date for the wedding and toddles off home leaving Amelia frustrated and forced into Gideon's company. Amelia realises just a little too late where her heart lies and so we h [...]

    4. Not the typical Betty Neels book. She is a staff nurse in charge of two theater/operation room but she is also the only daughter of a well to do squire and she has plenty of money on her own so unlike most other Betty's books, this girl buys a new expensive outfit every time you turn around, mostly after her engagement falls apart she is tall, smart and very pretty. She comes from a big extended family and her father adores her. She is engaged to an English doctor three years out of school. Thei [...]

    5. Ah, another fine outing from LaNeels. You either buy into her standard plot (which varies only in the small details from book to book) or you don't. This is not one of her angsty books. Our Rich Dutch Doctor is not overly snide or obnoxious. It is obvious to the reader that he has fallen for our British Nurse(beautiful and tall variation), though she is being just a bit dim about the whole thing. After all, she has been engaged to steady Tom for years (good old Tom, who shows No Signs of actuall [...]

    6. A reread of one of my favorite Neels romances. It's a bit unusual because the heroine is attractive, has a good job, and is comfortably well off, and the (Dutch) doctor's career is mostly offpage. They meet when Amelia, her father, and her fiance Tom go on a fishing holiday in Norway. Tom is rather selfish and oblivious; they've been engaged for five years and he won't marry until he's financially secure, even though Amelia's money could help with that. The meeting between Amelia and Gideon van [...]

    7. Lucky Amelia, on vacation from the hospital, in Norway with her father and fiance. Somehow the vacation doesn't go as she expected though and she finds her fiance pulling away while a RDD slowly moves in. He plays his cards pretty close to his vest, so I'm not surprised it takes Amelia a little while to readjust her plans. She's a smart girl however, and eventually we get our HEA.I liked Amelia and he father and enjoyed the tour of Norway. Good story.

    8. 3 1/2 stars. The alternate version of Midnight Sun's Magic. Fishing trip instead of nurse-cum-secretary-cum-cook; same boring fiancée; etc. Amelia turns downs the half-hearted MOC proposal in this one, insisting she is going to marry Tom (we all know it's never going to happen) and the rest of the book consists of Amelia and Gideon (I do love the names!) dancing around the truth. I like the scenery. I like the H/h. I like Amelia's posh background that matches Gideon's. So why do I not like the [...]

    9. The girl is a sincere nurse but eager to be a housewife with family and kids. Well to do girl, nothing wrong with her background. Rich, caring dad, all is well. Except fiance is not keen on marriage. I cant think of reasons why the fiance would say no to her actually. She is ideal wife material !!Anyway, enter the hero, who flips for her on sight during a fishing trip abroad. From then, his wait begins - for the girl to give up on the fiance, and turn towards him. He doesn't try too hard mind yo [...]

    10. Sweet and cleanI just love Betty Neels stories, they are sweet, clean and somewhat funny since they take place in Europe and a few decades ago. I like reading about European habits and English teatime

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