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Publisher Description

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.

November 12
Zealous Quill Press
Darcy Burke

Customer Reviews

Peg1951 ,

Love Is All Around

Neglected and mistreated by father, check. Rejected by the woman he loved, check. Mean as a snake, cold as ice, and determined to end the expense along with the joy and fun of Christmas, check. A Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas story and movie. Calder Stafford is one of the best Scroogie characters I have read in quite a while. Ebenezer would be proud.

His sisters try to understand him and want him to be happy, but Calder won’t let them close. He has nightmares about his past and the woman his father caused him to lose. When his old love returns to town, Felicity Garland becomes all of the ghosts of Christmas in his world. As they talk and the truth come to light, things begin to change. Can Calder and Felicity get beyond the betrayal of the past? Will Calder finally find the happiness denied him, or is it too late? Are we headed toward a happily ever after or a great big Bah Humbug?

Joy to the Duke is a story of forgiveness and reunion. The last story in the series ties everything together in an epilogue that show quite clearly that Love is All Around.

I received an ARC from NetGalley. My review is voluntary.

PBerg86 ,


It took me days to bother to read this book. It was so predictable.

Rt2025 ,

Joy to the Duke

A Christmas love story rekindled. Calder is very broken and hurt from his past. It’s made him a hard man. Felicity has returned to her home town to help her sick Mom recover from her illness. When she sees Calder she finds out her mother is not the only one she must help.

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