Out of Habit

Sometimes we dare to change the things we do strictly...

Romance - Contemporary
252 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2022
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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Allison Watson wants to be a nun, but Sister Margaret believes Allison needs to experience what life is like outside the walls of St. Ives. Kathleen Dutton’s mystery romance novel, Out Of Habit follows Allison as she processes feelings she did not know existed. Allison meets Ryan Harper, and he feels an intense need to learn more about the reclusive woman. She tries to avoid engaging in a relationship with him, but Ryan chips away at the wall she has erected. However, Allison receives several letters with sinister messages, and she tries to avoid Ryan. Confused, Ryan tells her he cannot keep trying if she is going to keep pushing him away. Allison must carefully consider whether to open up and trust Ryan or to become a nun with regrets.

Kathleen Dutton created Allison to be one of the most frustrating characters I have ever encountered. I can fully understand why Sister Margaret made Allison live on her own as her naivety proved just how sheltered she had been. Ryan’s patience and determination to help her is admirable, but everyone has a point after which they will not persevere. The descriptive narrative of the story alternates between Allison and Ryan. The transitions between the two are easy to follow. I liked how easy it was to see the emotions on both sides, making their motivations and actions realistic. This story involves a plot that any reader can relate to and view as a real possibility. Out of Habit is an excellent book for readers who like a mystery story involving a slow-burn romance.