Her career spanned thirty years, and she continued to write into her ninetieth year. To her millions of fans, Betty epitomized the romance writer. 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. An edict which the night nurses had, for a very long time, decided was a laughable impossibility, probably thought up, declared the younger and more frivolous of their number, by some dear old soul who still thought of nurses as ministering angels, gliding from bed to bed, turning pillows and smoothing brows while a vast number of underlings did the work, while in fact they were a band of understaffed, highly skilled young women who knew all about intensive care and cardiac arrest and electrolytes. And now the last of them had been attended to and those who were able were left to sit in a cosy circle, enjoying a bloodcurdling and quite inaccurate chat about their various insides.
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She spent her childhood and youth in Devonshire. Later she worked in Scotland and Northern Ireland , where she met a Dutchman. They married and had a daughter. The married couple lived in London , and later they moved to Holland for thirteen years, where she resumed her nursing career. When the family return to England , she continued her nursing. When she eventually retired, she had reached the position of Night Superintendent. Her writing career began almost by accident. It began when she heard a woman in her local library bemoaning the lack of good romance novels.
Though she had retired from nursing, her mind had no intention of vegetating. So she got a typewriter and developed what was to become a fantastic loving relationship with her millions of readers around the world. She wrote novels. The main male and female characters usually "vast" or "splendidly built" are often brought together by circumstances before love flourishes.
The male protagonist is often a Dutch surgeon. A character will often have an expertise in antiques. Family pets are common.
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