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 Kirsten Haddonfield welcomes the new vicar to stay at her family’s home while his is under renovation. Suddenly the handsome visitor has Kirsten rethinking her ideas about love and marriage, but a dreadful secret from Daniel’s past may cast a shadow too long for either of them to overcome.
Daniel’s True Desire by Grace Burrowes is an exciting yet charming read. This historical novel is different from most. One is offers a story about a young handsome vicar whose first wife betrayed their vows. That same wife tormented him and his sister’s kid. Finally, the wife left to live scandalously with another man. One who is enticed by her beauty and cruel manners. The vicar is left to living alone, miserable, and hiding a secret. He raised his sister’s kid like his own son. That same boy came to love him as a papa instead of an uncle. Daniel wants to keep his sister from being scandalized and he wants his nephew to live a good happy life. But a part of him also wants his nephew back and his heart is leaning more and more towards a young beautiful woman, Kirsten.
Kirsten is a sibling to an earl. She lives as a spinster because she cannot have kids. No man wants her as a wife. All the young men want to produce an heir. This has left Kirsten miserable and lonely until a young vicar moves to the country. Everything soon changes, and love is in the air.
But because of a cruel cheating first wife, both Kristen and Daniel will have to just become friends only. Their love doesn’t stop growing even despite the challenges they face. But can either of them ever be truly happy?
Daniel’s True Desire brings themes of family, betrayal, and love to light. The characters were likable. They made the novel pop to life. Humor, grief, and hope held the pages together. The pacing of the story was fast. I was hooked. True desire and love can win. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to all readers.