Book Review: Daniel's True Desire by Grace Burrowes
Daniel's True Desire is the second book in the True Gentlemen series by Grace Burrowes. Each of these books can stand on their own, but reading them in order does give a better understanding of the cast of characters.
Daniel Banks is a man of the cloth whose vocation is the last comfort he has left–and even his churchman’s collar is beginning to feel like a noose. In an attempt to start his life over, Daniel accepts the post of vicar in Haddondale, a position supported by the Earl of Haddonfield. There Daniel meets Lady Kirsten Haddonfield, to whom life has also dealt multiple unkind blows. Daniel’s interest is piqued by Kirsten’s unsentimental attitude toward her misfortunes, and by the kind-heartedness the lady keeps well hidden. Kirsten is much taken with Mr. Banks and his genuine compassion for others, despite his own troubles. When Providence intervenes, and Daniel and Kirsten can become engaged, their happiness seems complete, although every garden has at least one nasty, sly, determined serpent.
Daniel's True Desire is a story that is very much about equally wounded hearts and good natured individuals finding each other and helping each other heal. Daniel has not had a perfect life, and despite being a man of the cloth has many secrets and a failed marriage and child he loves completely. Everything is very complicated, but Daniel is more worried about the well being of others than anything for himself. Kirsten has have zero luck in love, and is content to help her family and live her life as it stands. Neither is looking for love, and as usually that is when love strikes hardest. I liked both characters, but at times they were both almost too perfect to believe. Thankfully, they each had their moments that showed their flaws and humanity they kept them from staying too perfect. I did not love this book as much as I had hoped, but I still greatly enjoyed it and continue to look forward to Burrowes' next book.
Daniel's True Desire is a solid follow up to Tremaines True Love. I do not think it was quite as good as the first book in the series, but it was still an entertaining read. Fans of the author will definitely want to read the book, and anyone that enjoyed the first book in this series will enjoy this one as well.