Lavinia wonders why a rich Dutch doctor wants to marry a rather non-descript girl like herself, and even the hero seems surprised by it. The reader wonders this also, until finally Radmer comments that she has a gift for serenity.
Usually the heroine shows initiative, industriousness, kindness and other qualities that catch the hero's eye even if she lacks glamour and model looks.
Worth reading if you are a Betty Neels' fan.
A nursing job in Holland was the only way Lavinia Hawkins could ensure a home and security for herself and her young sister Pera. Yet within weeks of arriving she was married to the devastating Professor Radmer ter Bavinck! Radmer had assured Lavinia that the marriage would be on a friendly basis only, he needed a kind stepmother for his daughter and a competent housekeeper to run his home. It seemed to be the ideal arrangement for everyone except Lavinia!