A Sense of Duty

Author: Joanie MacNeil

Publisher: DiskUs Publishing

Release Date: 2002

Blue Ribbon Rating: 3.5

Format: EBOOK

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Hannah Lindsay is a 25-year-old widow running a bed and breakfast in Braemar, Scotland.  Her husband Angus has been gone a year now, and Hannah feels responsible for his death.  The bed and breakfast was his dream and although Hannah doesn’t especially enjoy being an innkeeper, she’s kept Lindsay House running out of a sense of duty.  But Hannah is homesick for her family and for Australia, her homeland.  She just might try to sell the inn.  Without Lindsay House, there will be nothing left for Hannah in Scotland.  She only moved there to be with Angus anyway.  Hannah doesn't have a lot of happy memories of her marriage and she won't regret leaving them behind.  Then a tall, well-dressed and attractive man enters the picture.  He doesn’t make a good first impression!  The first time Hannah sees him he’s rude and arrogant, trying to bully Hannah’s young housekeeper into giving him a better room at the inn. 

Regan MacInnes isn't at his best the day he checks into Lindsay House.  He recently found out that he has a daughter, and she's planning to get married.  Regan would like to have a chance to get to know Fiona and bond the way he feels a father and daughter should.  As far as he is concerned, Fiona is far too young to get married.  But Fiona isn't looking for his approval.  Regan is pretty sure she only invited him to her wedding out of a sense of duty.  Otherwise Fiona probably wouldn’t have bothered to contact him at all.  Regan is not normally rude or arrogant but after the meeting with his daughter, he's out of patience and just wants to get settled in his room at Lindsay House.  But he expects a room that’s at least big enough for him to stand up straight!

Maybe it's because he recently discovered that a daughter he didn't know existed is all grown up, but Regan is feeling ready to settle down.  Hannah isn't the type of woman he usually dates, but somehow she seems like the type of woman he could imagine spending his life with and raising a family.  But Hannah has experienced a whole lot of heartache, although she’s still very young.  She wants to take a break from men, but Regan MacInnes isn’t making it easy!  Hannah tries to convince both herself and Regan that she doesn't want anything to do with him.  But Regan can tell that the attraction he feels is not one-sided.  He gradually manages to draw Hannah out in spite of herself.  Can Regan convince Hannah to give him a chance?

I like the way the details of Hannah and Regan’s lives are revealed gradually, rather than thrown out all at once.  As they get to know each other, they open up bit more and we get a little more insight into their lives.  Hannah has a whole lot of baggage in her past.  Regan has the patience to let Hannah leave it behind at her own pace while he comes to terms with the fact that he missed his daughter’s entire childhood.  As I got involved in Hannah and Regan’s story, I couldn’t help but hope they would find a way to move beyond their pasts and face the future together.  A SENSE OF DUTY is an enjoyable and satisfying story.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Alane

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