Saturday, October 16, 2010

Our Mailbag

Via email from Betty Kathy:
I just discovered your site and I think it's fabulous! I found this quote on but I haven't been able to find out which of Betty's books it came from. Does anyone out there have any idea?

"He sighed deeply: to fall in love at first sight with this malodorous sleeping girl, with, as far as he could see, no pretensions to beauty or even good looks, was something he had not expected. But falling in love, he had always understood, was unpredictable, and, as far as he was concerned, irrevocable That they hadn't exchanged a word, nor spoken, made no difference. He, heart whole until that minute, and with no intention of marrying until it suited him, had lost that same heart."
— Betty Neels

Dear Betty Kathy,

Happy to help. The quote comes from a delightful little novella - Making Sure of Sarah. It can be found in various collections and 'two-fer' books that have another story by another author. Unfortunately it seems to be out of print, but you can find a used copy on Amazon for a pretty reasonable price:

Love and lardy cakes,
The Founding Bettys


  1. My favorite is when she opens her eyes and he's overcome with the feeling that fortune has smiled on him as they are gorgeous.

  2. The nice part is that he had already fallen in love--her gorgeous eyes were simply a bonus.

  3. Yes. That was the one where she ends up in the Emergency Room in Holland, right?