Denied the woman of his dreams by his father’s meddling, Calder Stafford, has spent the last decade proving himself to be self-sufficient, austere, and utterly uninterested in joy. Now that he is the Duke of Hartwell, he’ll enact his revenge by abolishing the holiday traditions his father loved so well. His sisters will not sway him and neither will the woman—newly returned to town—who was stolen from him.
Returning to Hartwell to care for her mother, widow Felicity Garland is delighted to be back home, especially for the holidays. However, the jolly festivities she expects are nowhere to be found. When she goes to the source of the problem—the duke—she’s astonished to see how much the young man she once loved has hardened. It’s up to her to break through the impenetrable fortress around his heart—not just to save Christmas, but to save him.
What a fascinating twist on A Christmas Carol
What a fascinating twist on A Christmas Carol. Calder and Felicity had the last ten years of their happiness stolen from them when his father schemed to keep them apart. My heart broke for this pair over the grief and pain caused by the old duke, but I loved watching all the trouble Felicity went to in order to thaw Calder’s heart back out. And in a scene worthy of The Grinch, we even witness Chill’s heart grow three sizes by the end. Now I’m kind of sad to say “goodbye” to these siblings and their extended families.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley.
A touch of Dickens
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Joy to the Duke is the 3rd and final novella in Darcy Burke’s regency Christmas trilogy Love Is All Around. This one is a second chance at love story featuring the Scrooge-like Calder Stafford, Duke of Hartwell. Desperately unhappy but determined not to do anything his cruel father would have approved of Calder Stafford is becoming more and more isolated from his friends and his sisters because of his refusal to host the annual St. Stephen’s day festivities at Hartwell or to support a local children’s home as they were his father’s pet projects. When he meets his first love Felicity Garland once again and they realise that the reasons they separated were all due to his fathers machinations his heart begins to melt but it’s been 10 years and he’s not sure he could ever be the person he once was again. I recommend reading the books in this series in order. Medium Steam Publishing Date November 12, 2019 #NetGalley #DarcyBurke #RegencyChristmas #ChristmasNovella #HistoricalRomance #Bookstagram