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Daniel's True Desire

(True Gentlemen #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,258 ratings  ·  172 reviews
An Honorable Life 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. At the urging of family, Daniel attempts to start his life over as vicar in the sleepy Kentish town of Haddondale, family seat to the earls of Bellefonte. Challenged by Passion Resigned to spinsterhood, Lady ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

In Daniel’s True Desire, the second in Grace Burrowes’ True Gentlemen series, we travel once again to Haddondale, the village near the estate of Nicholas, Earl Bellfonte. Having told his story in the Lonely Lords series, the author has turned her attention to Nick’s sisters, all of them tall, blonde, forthright and fiercely loving of friends and family, just like their older brother. Even though this novel is loosely related to several other books and there are a number of recurring
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B+ for both narration and content at AudioGals, so a solid 4.5 stars.

Daniel’s True Desire is the second book in Grace Burrowes’ True Gentlemen series, although the series title is perhaps a bit of a misnomer as the books are in fact linked by virtue of the fact that the heroines are the sisters of Nicholas Haddonfield, Earl of Bellefonte. Regardless of that, however, I found it to be the strongest of the series when I read it a couple of years back, and I was keen to experien
Lady Wesley
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. I loved Daniel, the vicar who is almost, but not quite too good to be true. I loved the prickly Lady Kirsten, who is determinedly on the shelf and happy about it. I was enchanted by the little boys whom the vicar, with Kirsten's help, transforms from little hellions to "scholars." Nobody writes believable children better than Grace Burrowes. I enjoyed seeing Nicholas and his family again. And although this book has several characters from Burrowes' other books, it works qui ...more
Jacqueline J
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. It was different for an historical romance in that the hero is married when he meets the heroine. The first part of the hero's story plays out in his sister's book so you know going in that the wife is a hateful person. The books skirts the edge of adultery but I managed to believe in the hero's honor. There was some angst although it could have been played up more. In fact I know several other authors who might have made a bigger deal of the angst. GB however chose to focus ...more
Easily my least favorite Burrowes to date. Only just three stars for me. I hate criticizing this woman who is so talented and unique and writes a gazillion books a year (and thank God for that, because - much like chocolate or gin and tonic or cups of tea - I'm not sure how I'd get on without her in my life). But criticize I shall because that's how it goes sometimes. This is too long. It would've benefited from some editing, it was a bit of a slog to get through it. I didn't think the sections ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love GB's writing style and I knew I was going to love Daniel's book. I had already fallen in love with him when I read part of his story in his sister's book, David: Lord of Honor. You really should read that book first so you can see just how evil his wife was in that book. So I was thrilled when I found out that Daniel was going to get a second chance at love and boy did he deserve it. I even loved Kristen for him because she was going to fight for him where he might not fight for himself. ...more

Daniel's True Desire by Grace Burrowes is a 2015 Sourcebooks Casablanca publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It's always a pleasure to pick up a novel by Grace Burrowes. This one, however, was really, really, really good. ( I know, I say that every time, but I really mean it, every time)

As the story starts off we are introduced to Daniel, a Vicar, on his way to his new post. Upon arrival, he meets the most refreshing of
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
Up until a few months ago, Vicar Daniel Banks, along with his difficult wife Olivia, had been raising his nephew as his son. His sister Letty was poorly used when she was younger, leaving her pregnant and without options at the time, but her recent marriage has given her the opportunity of reclaiming her son, if only letting it be known publicly that little Danny is her nephew, not her son. Around the time Daniel sends Danny to his beloved sister, Olivia, decides she needs to be away from her hu ...more
Jen Davis
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this romance. The hero is vicar who is challenged to suppress his desires in order to honor his calling. Daniel has a horrible wife from whom he is estranged. He would like nothing more than to cut her completely from his life, but a divorce –or even an annulment– would rob him of the vocation he holds most dear. He is trying to make a new life for himself without her, yet he will always be tied to her by the bonds of matrimony.

Daniel has every intention of living a chaste l
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Disclosure: I received this ARC through Netgalley. Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and to Grace Burrowes for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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Up to the age of 20, Daniel Banks had lived a golden life, fulfilling his and his father's lifelong dream for him of becoming a vicar, and then being assigned to a good parish. But, at the age of 20, Daniel Banks makes the decision to marry, despite his father's reservations, and that's when trouble starts for Daniel. His wife, Olivi
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Grace Burrowes’ latest historical, book two in her True Gentlemen series, is more a novel of manners than a true romance. Think more Mansfield Park than Pride and Prejudice.

It’s a very good story, as are all her books, but the romance is rather staid and bland. It’s apt and proper for a story about a clergyman.

I have a huge problem with infidelity, even if Daniel Banks’ wife Olivia is a shrew. So the idea of secondary characters in the novel encouraging a discreet affair between Daniel and Kirst
Blodeuedd Finland
At first I was scared most of the book would go by without anyone knowing he was married. Phew, it did not. The truth was out early on.

Have I ever read about a vicar? I really do not know. And yes I mostly thought about Mr Collins *shudders* I tried to imagine a hottie instead. A vicar is also a tricky hero cos you never know it he would be all God and all that. But he was not. He really loved his job, but that was all. Oh right, he also has separated from his horrible wife who is living with so
Cardyn Brooks
No author blends the many layers of emotional intimacy between and among spouses, parents, siblings, children, and neighbors with the delicacy that G.B. does. That always satisfies.
Jessica Grogan
Feb 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF. It's just taking way too long to get going and I don't have the patience for it. I have way too many other books waiting for me to read to continue something I'm not enjoying.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-netgalley
This book was ❤❤❤! I can't really express how much enjoyment I have derived from this book. Like always Grace Burrowes has managed to craft a story wherein she gives multidimensional characters situations that appears to have no obvious solutions but in fact has an almost brilliant ending that would escape a reader despite the subtle clues. Daniel's True Desire has fantastic layered characters in Daniel and Kristen. These two have suffered a lot, mostly with regards to their self esteem. Their b ...more
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

I have been a huge fan of Grace Burrowes ever since I found her first book, The Heir. When I was offered a chance to read and review Daniel’s True Desire by the publisher, I quickly agreed. This book has all the trademarks I know I can expect from Ms. Burrowes. She writes of family ties and adds deep emotion to her characters. Her books are always character driven.

I truly loved Daniel’s character. He is loyal, honorable and a protector. Then to add to his over all appeal, he’s tal
Angie Elle
May 10, 2015 marked it as to-read
I can't bring myself to officially DNF a Grace Burrowes book, so I'm going to set this one aside at 26% for now. I'm having a really tough time connecting to these characters.
Kathy Heare Watts
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The second book in the True Gentlemen series will read well as a stand-alone. Once again, Grace Burrowes spins an intriguing tale and brings two people together.

I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked this one a lot. The main characters were lovely people, their romance was believable and pretty hot. Lots of humour and some great dialogue.

A couple of strange aspects:
- the heroine's name Kirsten would be highly unlikely as an English gentlewoman's name in the early 19th century (it is actually a Scandinavian name related to the English name Christine)
- the name Blumenthal (the name of one of the families in the story) is almost impossible to believe as an English country squire's family
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Susan Gorman
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Vicar Daniel Banks had appeared as a secondary character in several of author Grace Burrowes books. Readers adored the character and asked for his story. I will admit—I wasn’t one of them. I didn’t view Daniel as a hero; he’s a nice man going through a tough personal and professional time—but a hero?? I had a hard time imagining brusque and impatient Lady Kirsten married to a parish vicar. Wait a minute…Daniel Banks is married. How could my heroine have a “happily ever after” with a married man? ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read an awful lot of Grace Burrowes books and each and every one of them has left me feeling good, DANIEL’S TRUE DESIRE, was something else entirely. I simply didn’t want to see it end! Daniel and Kirsten were absolutely the most special couple ever, and Daniel - there are no words for a hero like him! No, he didn’t have a title, he had very little money, nothing at all to recommend him for an Earl’s daughter like Kirsten, but oh, he had heart, he had honor, a sense of humor, and an abund ...more
Sharon Tyler
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Heidi Ryan
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I never really thought much about historical romance, but I cannot get enough of this series! The characters, the story lines, all of it is done so very well by this author. I am immediately drawn in by the prose, the strength in the characters, the setting, the slowly unfurling love stories. This story of Lady Kirsten is quite different from the last book. Lady Kirsten is unlike her other sisters, much to the chagrin of the Earl of Bellefonte, Nicholas Haddonfield. She is intelligent, sharp ton ...more
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
Yet again Burrowes has created a genuinely alluring historical novel however the presences of a strong romantic book is absent. The reason I continue to return to Burrowes as an author is the fact that her historical novels are enriched with the details of the era that she has featured within the backdrop of the plot. However I do wish the romances within these books were at least present with absolute certainty as that is my only fault with this book.

As for the positives I deeply enjoyed this s
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfectly splendid!

*Ten stars* for this latest True Gentleman episode. What a pleasure this latest of Grace Burrowes' novel is--fascinating, intelligent and complex.
'True Desire' is a gem! Daniel Banks is all that one could wish for. A gorgeous man, inside and out--good, true and desirable. He's been well and truly deceived by his wife who has taken herself out of his life. She is a murky, vain, grasping, self-centred woman, whose actions reflect this. Being separated is not the best recommenda
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Grace Burrowes continues her True Gentleman series with yet another story of love, faith and internal conflict.

I devour every book this author puts forth and as I immersed myself in Daniel’s story, I honestly couldn’t see the “forest” from the trees. The plot was complex and I just couldn’t see it ever resolving in our couple’s favor. Leave it to Madam Author to lead me by the nose to a very satisfactory conclusion and one that I never saw coming my way!

As much as I loved this couple, I found th
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, own, reviewed, netgalley
Another wonderful story by Grace Burrowes. DANIEL'S TRUE DESIRE, the second book in the True Gentlemen series brings us back to the community of Haddondale and the family of the Earl of Haddonfield. This time the match-up is his sister, Kirsten, and the new Vicar, Daniel Banks.

The handsome and kind new Vicar comes with secrets and a broken heart. His situation strikes accord with the outspoken and secretly broken Lady Kirsten Haddonfield. They quickly develop a bond of friendship. Together they
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Banks is the new vicar and teacher for Haddondale. He is also the nicest, most caring hero I've read. Lady Kirsten believes she can't have children and is trying to accept being a spinster aunt to her numerous siblings' children. They have an immediate attraction to each other. Kirsten is also pleased that with Daniel, comes his son Danny.

But, as in all good stories, a villain lurks. Who and why I will not say as I refuse to spoil the story. Some characters from previous books put in an a
Diane K. Peterson
Another sweet, well-written story from Grace Burrowes. She managed to create one of the most difficult conflicts of all -- our hero is married! (This is not a spoiler; we learn this at the beginning.) Being a vicar, divorce is, of course, out of the question. The book had some interesting twists and turns that kept me wondering until the end. Daniel and Kristen were lovely characters and a great fit for each other. The Haddonfield clan is once again deeply involved. Burrowes always builds a stro ...more
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more

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