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Elizabeth Hoy vintage Harlequin Medical romance

Updated on October 4, 2012

Irish author

Alice Nina Conarain was born and raised in Ireland, where many of her books are set. She was always interested in writing and eventually became a journalist on a London newspaper. She began to write fiction, under the pseudonym Elizabeth Hoy, in the 1930's and soon turned to romance novels. She actually wrote several titles for Mills and Boon before they started the Harlequin label. Hoy has some nurse's training so her medical romances are authentic. She has visited Australia enough to be comfortable using it as a book setting. Her books are set in Australia, England, Ireland and Africa.

In doing research on Elizabeth Hoy, I discovered she wrote quite a few romances that are not really counted as Harlequin, even though they were for Mills and Boon, They were written in the 1930's and I can't find any details on them. I will keep looking and I have provided a list below.

In the meantime,I have listed each Harlequin by number and title. The description is included and if I have read the book, more details are added in bold.

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433 COME BACK,MY DREAM

MEDICAL ROMANCE

Tracey Danville was young, handsome, rich and charming, but for a time he seemed to Meg little short of an evil intruder. He had already broken up her promising romance with ambitious young doctor John Allendale. Now John had come back into her life and asked Meg to nurse his most absorbing case, the crippled small daughter of wealthy Vanessa Amberley. But John, it seemed, now had eyes only for the lovely Vanessa; and as if that were not enough, Tracey, with his genius for getting in the way at the most awkward moment, confirmed John's suspicions that he was still the object of Meg's interest. In the end, however, it was Tracey whom Meg had to thank for her happy reunion with John. It was because of Doctor Danville that Meg and John found their happiness together.

449 NURSE IN TRAINING

MEDICAL ROMANCE

Failure seemed to follow Christy Denison: a broken engagement to Dr. Brent Delsey; an unsuccessful film career; a useless attempt to fall in love with the wealthy Robin Trant. Surely if she trained as a nurse she'd be useful and wanted.

472 YOUNG DR. KILDENE

MEDICAL ROMANCE

Doctor Kirkdene had made it quite plain that as a rising young medic he considered domestic entanglements and distractions as hindrances. But Nurse Lindy couldn't help hoping that in spite of all his theorizing he would eventually come to love her!

483 MY HEART HAS WINGS

ENGLISH ROMANCE

Jan's busy life was one long rush; a full day's office work for a most exacting boss (a brilliant but temperamental aircraft designer), then housekeeping for her father, sister and brother, on a frighteningly inadequate income, in their incovenient but much-loved hom. Even the long journey to and from work had to be spent usefully in knitting. But still her thoughts found time to stray far, far into the sky, where a certain test pilot carried out his thrilling ,dangerous missions.....

Not that Jan imagined that Mike would ever give her a second thought. Everyone knew he was attached to Erica Scott-Manly, daughter of the head of the firm; Erica, who was beautiful and clever and rich, and, maddeningly, quite unspoiled by all the gifts with which Fortune had surrounded her. So how could there be any chance for a quiet, unremarkable girl like Jan? But all that didn't stop her thinking and dreaming about him. There is an information leak at the firm and Jan comes under suspicion. Mike is ordered to start investigating her.

491 NURSE TENNANT

MEDICAL ROMANCE

The steamship Morning Glory was setting out on a southern sunshine cruise and their nursing sister had fallen ill at the last moment. Thus Sally found herself with the most interesting nursing assignment she could have imagined. And much to her surprise the Assistant Surgeon turned out to be an old acquaintance, Dr. Jimmy Dykell.

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497 YOU TOOK MY HEART

MEDICAL ROMANCE

For most of her life Joan Langden had known Doctor Garth, an important surgeon with a prestigious reputation. He had always made her feel she was someone special to him; she thought she understood him. But on her first day of nursing at St. Angela's she learned about his secret marriage.

501 DO SOMETHING DANGEROUS

SHIPBOARD ROMANCE

When Sally reported for duty as the assistant purser aboard the “Ocean Queen”, her chief wasn’t particularly pleased to see her—although Sally was an attractive sight. That was the trouble from his point of view—the girl was too pretty, she would undoubtedly be engaged before the trip was over (and he was very nearly right.) As for Sally, she too felt some disappointment. She wanted andventure, danger, and the “Ocean Queen”, so huge and luxurious, a mere floating hotel, didn’t seem the sort of ship to provide it. But in fact Sally was destines, before she was very much older, to encounter the excitement of perils from water, gales and fire—and the unforeseen, incalculable risks of falling in love.

Sally Brett has been working as typist in the cruise line’s office until there is a vacancy. Ocean Queen is on the Australia run. Chief Purser Denver doesn’t like having female pursers at all. Sally gets lost as soon as she sets foot on the ship. She meets first officer, Ross Harnley, who she thinks is ships carpenter. He helps her get to the office. Heieress Daphne Draycott is sailing on the ship again. She had some sort of shipboard romance with Ross on the way to England from Australia. Now she is going back to be with Ross. Sally has some problems on the ship, she makes ordering mistakes and gets involved in the missing papers of an absentminded scientist.

507 IT'S WISE TO FORGET

Wearing that dress will bring bad luck. " But Sally shrugged off superstition and wore her wedding dress to the shipboard dance anyway. After all, she was planning to tell Ronnie Calvin, the fiancee she had seen for three years, that the marriage was off. For on the ship, Sally had met and fallen deeply in love with Martin Trent. And it seemed a simple matter for her to tell Ronnie all about her love for Martin. Then Sally arrived at the island to find Ronnie ill, penniless and desperately in need of care

526 WHEN YOU HAVE FOUND ME

IRISH ROMANCE

"Sweet child...why do you care so much?" Cathleen made no reply. She had come to Ireland in memory of a mother she had never known and had accidentally stumbled into her own family. How could she tell Randy Kilmoran that because the will of her estranged grandmother was missing she would inherit Castle Osborne? Randy, a distant cousin, believed the beloved old estate would be his. In love with him, Cathleen feared his reaction to the truth.

Cathleen's mom had run away to marry the son of a family servant, he soon died and she married Cathleen's father. Her mother died after Cathleen was born. She meets Randy on the boat train, she cares for a kitten he is delivering. She goes to visit and ends up at Castle Osborne because the inn is overflowing. Her grandmother gets one look at Cathleen and goes up to her room and dies. Cathleen doesn't tell anyone who she really is, but she does join in the search for the missing will. If it isn't found, she is the nearest relative.

532 TO WIN A PARADISE

MIDDLE EASTERN ROMANCE

Ann was wildly excited at arriving in North Africa with her father on an archaeological expedition. Her excitement, however, was tinged with regret when she fell instantly in love with Paul Tarrant, an Englishman who had been brought up among the Arabs, and had, all too soon, to leave him when the expedition set off into the Sahara.Then disaster struck, for Ann's father was killed in a skirmish between desert tribesmen, and it seemed tragically certain that Paul's had been the hand that fired the fatal shot. But the unhappy tangle was eventually to be cleared up, leaving the way open to a happy future for them both.

542 CITY OF DREAMS

ITALIAN ROMANCE

What could be more exciting, especially to an eager art student than to spend the whole summer in the beautiful city of Venice? Julie could hardly believe her good fortune as she set off to work for three months for a real Italian Contessa, in a Ventinian palazzo, and in the company, she discovered, of Piers Mallory, the artist whose work she most admired. She found it was too good to be true. For from the moment of her arrival, Julie found herself in an atmosphere of trouble and ill-will -- jealousy from the lovely Contessa, open hostility from her sinister sister-in-law, misunderstandings and illogical behavior from Piers. Nevertheless, had she but known it, there was a happy future for her at the end of it all.

573 DEAR FUGITIVE

SCOTTISH ROMANCE

Susan had never considered the possibility that Iian might fall in love, not with her, but with her sister, Jan. In flower bedecked Edinburgh, at Festival time, a time of carefree delight, an "eternal triangle" is quickly taking shape.

577 WHITE HUNTER

AFRICAN ROMANCE

He would hardly speak to her!The sudden, unexpected assignment to go on a government safari in Tanganyika was the chance and challenge of a lifetime for Brenda Somers.But an even greater challenge was her task of convincing the unconventional, independent Keith Derrington to lead the expedition. Frankly, Brenda was terrified because she had been unnecessarily rude to Keith Derrington the first time they met. Now he looked right through her......

903 SO LOVED AND SO FAR

IRISH ROMANCE

How Gail welcomed the opportunity of taking a job in a remote part of Southern Ireland! It would be wonderful to get away from London with its unhappy associations, its nagging memories of the man whom she had loved without, it seemed, inspiring any response in him. But the world is a small place, and Gail was soon to find that her problems had not lessened but intensified.

925 HOMEWARD THE HEART

IRISH ROMANCE

What was the secret of her father's past. His dying words hinted of a terrible crime, of a life Jennifer knew nothing about. Why had Jennifer's father changed his name? Why, on his deathbed, had he asked to go to his old home in Ireland and seek his family's forgiveness? Jennifer was determined to solve the mystery, so she set off for Derrylea -- little realizing what a tragic story she was to uncover.

Jennifer finds her father's real name while going through his papers, so she goes to Ireland to learn more. Jennifer rents a cottage from Conn O'Connell. His grandfather was murdered by English soldiers, right in front of Conn's mother when she was young. She never got over it. Jennifer's father and Conn's grandfather were both in the IRA, but the grandfather couldn't stomach killing soldiers in an ambush, so he warned them. This lead to the death of Conn's grandfather and Jennifer's father was shot and left for dead by the IRA

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959 WHO LOVE BELIEVES

ITALIAN ROMANCE

Which should she choose? Tod, kind, reliable, rich, who could do so much for her mother and sisters - or Paul, poor, proud, free and dangerously attractive? And had she the choice, indeed? Did Paul even care for her? These were the problems for ever at the back of Stella's mind as she sat at her easel in a little mountain village, trying to capture on canvas the perfect light of a perfect Italian summer.

992 SNARE THE WILD HEART

Eileen had resented Derry's intrustion to make a film of the island, but she realized now that times had changed and Inishbawn must change too!

1031 FLOWERING DESERT

AFRICAN ROMANCE

The scent of jasmine and lemon trees, a sickle moon hanging in the desert sky, hot winds blowing from the Sahara--Lorraine's holiday in Tunisia promised to be an enchanted experience. But then, torn between two attractive men, she found herself in a situation that threatened to ruin all her future happiness. Lorraine just graduated from college and her wealthy aunt takes her on vacation to celebrate. She meets Del at the hotel, who is basically just looking for a rich wife. But she also meets Tim Gregson, who is an agricultural scientist. She ends up staying temporarily with Tim's employer teaching a young boy English. Not everyone in the family is happy having a foreigner living in the house.

1104 THE FAITHLESS ONE

Brian had called her love an interlude of springtime madness but Molly knew that her love for him would never quite be forgotten.

1132 DARK HORSE,DARK RIDER

From their very first meeting, the sparks had flown between Serena and Kirk, and she bitterly resented what she considered his unsrupulous behaviour towards her beloved grandfather, In time she came to realize how mistaken she was, and to revise her opinion of Kirk completely - but too late, it seemed, for by that time another girl was firmly established on the scene.
Serena owns a ramshackle riding school in England. She meets Kirk when she is walking her horses and he almost runs her down. Kirk is very interested in one of her horses, Candy. It turns out that Kirk is from the same area of Ireland as her father and he tells her that her grandfather is alive. Her father had been estranged from her family before he died. Now Serena has little money and she is not close to her mother. So she goes to her only family in Ireland. Her grandfather does not like Kirk. His grandfather won some good farm land from her grandfather and he is bitter.

1226 HONEYMOON HOLIDAY

ITALIAN ROMANCE

It should have been her honeymoon. When her wedding was called off, Marnie decided to make the holiday trip to Italy on her own. She had always wanted to see Italy, and it seemed like a sensible idea to help her over the shock. But it wasn't really sensible of her to fall in love on the rebound with a charming Italian -- especially Conte Gregorio di Valetti, who was as good as engaged to someone else!

Marnie was already having second thoughts before her fiance told her to cancel the wedding so she could immediately go to Australia with him. He expected obedience, so she broke off the relationship. She paid for most of the honeymoon so she went anyway. Marnie rescues Gregorio's cat and takes it too her. The Contessa is grateful and invites her to stay for the rest of the holiday. Marnie is ashamed about her broken engagement so she doesn't mention it to anyone.

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1286 BE MORE THAN DREAMS

ITALIAN ROMANCE

Anne suddenly realized her love for Garth was more important than anything else in the world-but how could she overcome the barrier between them?

1368 MUSIC I HEARD WITH YOU

IRISH ROMANCE

It was a comedown for Claire to have to live in a tumbledown castle in the west of Ireland, after the life of luxury she had been used to -- and Doctor Dermot MacDara's scornful attitude towards 'poor little rich girls' didn't help to make it more bearable!

1397 IF LOVE WERE WISE

WELSH ROMANCE

Even before Sylvia had exchanged a word with David Darrant, she knew she disliked him ... and arrogant, conceited know-all, who was using his money to take advantage of better farmers than himself. So different form charming, sensitive, elusive Peter ... but by the time the golden Welsh summer had ended, she had learned to alter some of her opinions.

1520 INTO A GOLDEN LAND

MIDDLE EASTERN ROMANCE

Alison was having a fascinating time in Algeria, that golden land of sun, sand and romance-until Brett Meredith, the mast man she had ever exected to meet again, appeared on the scene. But she wasn't going to let him spoil her Algerian adventure. He had ruined enough of her life already. Alison comes with her scientist father to keep house for him while he is reforesting. She has left nursing to care for her family, but when she was a nurse she dated Brett. Brett suddenly dropped her and then came to the Middle East. Alison soon starting working with him at the hospital.

1538 IT HAPPENED IN PARIS

FRENCH ROMANCE

Paris in the spring, an interesting job as secretary-companion to a famous artist, and her old love, Martin Varney, very much in the picture again -- what more could Molly want? But Molly had reckoned without the scheming and jealousy of the woman for whom she was working, the beautiful Solita Gerard.

Martin and Molly used to work at the same newspaper, but he left to go to US as reporter and she left to nurse her mother back to health. She had a crush on him, but he was just friendly. Now he gets in touch with her in Paris. She is there as a companion to Solita, who Martin used to date back in the US. He contacts Molly not to renew their acquaintance but so she can ease his way back to Solita. Solita and Martin soon become engaged. Solita is very jealous and even tries to frame Molly for a crime

1605 IMMORTAL FLOWER

AFRICAN ROMANCE

It certainly boosted her deflated ego! Mandy knew how lucky she was to be working as a secretary in Tunisia--and it didn't exactly detract from the glamour to have the attractive Ramon al Hassan attracted to her. But even before Steve Heron's repeated warnings and advice, Mandy knew Ramon wasn't her type. His attentions were flattering, nothing more. The question now in Mandy's mind was why Steve should care at all. He'd never even given her a second glance....

1695 THAT ISLAND SUMMER

MEDITERRANEAN ROMANCE

Jennie's idyllic life with her father on the Adriatic island of Zelen was disturbed by the arrival of Glyn Harney. She found herself unable to stop thinking about him. But was his own interest in herself sincere-or that of an unscrupulous opportunist who wanted to gain a scoop by televising her elusive father? Jennie's relatives had no doubts. And yet….

1769 THE GIRL IN THE GREEN VALLEY

FRENCH ROMANCE

Marnie had left London and an unhappy romance to work at a ski resort in the French Alps. 'See you at the ski slopes,' she had said to Robert the day before she went. She certainly didn't imagine that he would take her literally and follow her there. What would David think?

1825 SHADOW ON THE SAND

MIDDLE EASTERN ROMANCE

Alison had been offered a wonderful opportunity to work on an archaeological expedition near Cairo, and she was sure she would love every minute. But the domineering Scott Crane seemed determined to spoil everything. How dared he interfere!

1885 PROUD CITADEL

AFRICAN ROMANCE

Judy Somers had well and truly burned her boats when she went out to Morocco to marry Glen Grant, against the wishes of her family. Where was she to turn when she realized that another woman was threatening her marriage?

1901 THE BLUE JACARANDA

AUSTRALIAN ROMANCE

When Lena received startling news of an opportunity to visit Windara, the farm in Queensland which her great-uncle owned, she did not hesitate to fly out there.But on her arrival she found that the situation at Windara had changed -- and that her future was now bound up irrevocably with that of the attractive Rod Carron!

Lena gets a invitation from her uncle to visit, when she gets to Australia, she is met by a lawyer. Her uncle has just died and left a will with a condition. She and Rod, who he loved like a son, have 6 months to marry or a relative in New Zealand will inherit. Rod, who is a widower with a young daughter, managed the farm for her great-uncle. Lena wants to leave right away but she thinks that Rod, as a father, may need that 6 months of payments and time to find a new job.

She meets Rod on the way to the farm and he accuses her of being a golddigger, after the money. Rod thinks the will is sordid. When Lena later suggests a marriage of convenience he absolutely refuses and says it is immoral. The blue jacaranda is a tree outside her bedroom window that Lena finds comforting.

EARLY ELIZABETH HOY ROMANCES

1933

LOVE IN APRON STRINGS

1936

ROSES IN THE SNOW

1937

CROWN FOR A LADY

SALLY IN THE SUNSHINE

1938

SHADOW OF THE HILLS

STARS OVER EGYPT

YOU BELONG TO ME

1939

MIRAGE FOR LOVE

RUNAWAY BRIDE

YOU TOOK MY HEART

1940

ENCHANTED WILDERNESS

HEART,TAKE CARE!

IT HAD TO BE YOU

YOU CAN'T LOSE YESTERDAY

I'LL FIND YOU AGAIN

1941

TAKE LOVE EASY

I am not sure if these books weren't just rewritten and became later Harlequin titles or if they just were never republished. I am on the lookout for these books but they are hard to find.

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