I imagine you'll already have Betty fans in MO so I don't need to be added to your map. I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog and how it's helped me in my quest for Betty's. I also have enjoyed your cooking posts. I've not subjected my family to British cooking but if they catch me reading often ask if it's a Betty.
Anyway, I wanted to share a neat Betty collector story with folks who can appreciate a great find. First a little background- I've been collecting Betty's for around 10 years. I was introduced to them by a friend who used to order them from a seller in Australia. She had "allowance" to spend so I read hers and bought books at they were reprinted by Harlequin. As time went on, I've bought them everywhere- I love the old covers. Unfortunately, my collection was lacking the oldest Neels. I had never even seen A Sister in Amsterdam. I live in rural Mo and have access to one used book store in town. Our little library has a book sale once a year and has a tiny room in the library for donated books that they don't think will sell in the annual sale. I walked in a couple of months ago and saw 4 or 5 shelves covered with old Harlequins in mint condition- evidently some older woman had a subscription back in the 70's and had read them once and they had sat upon her shelf. I thought I'd be lucky to find one Neels in the lot. I found the first 10 or so original editions printed by Harlequin in the US. I'm still in shock. Yes, the pages are yellowed, but the covers are pristine and I have the joy of having a nearly complete Betty collection. BTW- I got them for $.10/piece. I could barely contain myself at my good fortune. The only other time I've found even half as many non re-prints was when a collector had dropped off her collection at the used book store.
I know I'll never,ever have another Betty find day like that again. I have to add that my neighbor picked up a few of the non Betty's from the same era and they're not as well written. Harlequin definitely had a jem in Betty.
From one Betty fan to others
|While not my favorite Neels, Ring in a Teacup wins in the Adorable Cover Art category hands down.|
Dear Betty Jennifer,
I adore the old covers - they have such fun details! Congratulations on scoring a bunch for such a fabulously low price.
Love and lardy cakes,Betty Debbie