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    Even a Scrooge can change!

    Have you ever wondered if a Scrooge-type character could be redeemed? The answer is yes and Darcy Burke has been the one to do it! For the third installment of the Love is All Around series, Burke focuses on the Duke of Hartwell, Calder Stafford. He is the older brother of the ladies featured in the first two books of the series, Bianca and Poppy. When Calder’s father told him the woman he loved took a bribe to leave town and stay away, he was completely devastated. He almost lost himself in the vices of women, gambling, and alcohol. When his father cut him off, Calder turned his finances around but hardened his heart to love. Widow Felicity Garland has returned to Hartwell after ten long years. Her family suddenly left town back then and she hadn’t returned since. After her father’s death, her mother moved back. When her mother becomes ill, Felicity comes home to care for her. When she and Calder meet face to face after all those years, things do not go smoothly. Calder is cold and seemingly heartless. Felicity is shocked to hear some of the things he has and hasn’t done since becoming the duke. She takes charge of her life and love when she makes it her mission to find the Calder she loves. From the onset, Burke makes us aware of the pain Calder has suffered at the hands of his father. It’s not until later on in the story that we find out how cruel the old duke really was. Once Felicity barges into his life again, he has no idea how to handle his emotions. His determination to keep the love and anguish at bay slowly begins to crumble as he gets a taste of what could be. With some helpful words from Bianca and Poppy, a forever friend of a dog, Isis, and the duke’s faithful staff, Felicity finds the man she’s dreamed of since she was eighteen. Joy to the Duke is an amazing story of love and redemption. It is the perfect way to bring this holiday series to a close with a happily after for all the Stafford siblings. Another plus is that this is a well-rounded story that can be read in just a few short hours. Spend an afternoon curled up with this fabulous read from Darcy Burke. I received Joy to the Duke for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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    Historical Romance

    Joy To The Duke by Darcy Burke Love Is All Around #3 Holidays past, present and future are looked at by Calder in this historical Christmas romance that provides him a second chance with Felicity. The two were parted abruptly ten years before and the intervening years have changed them both in a variety of ways. With so much time lost between them it might be difficult to rekindle their feelings...or then again...perhaps not. Both had misconceptions and hurt feelings over what transpired in the past and to get over them honesty and conversation will be needed. This story has the second chance romance idea flowing along with a rather Scrooge-like person in the character of Calder. Felicity is a woman who won’t give up and wants to help Calder return to the man he once was. There is a Christmas fete to plan, friendships to rekindle, a wonderful dog, some charming and less charming children and a wonderful story to read that will leave you in the holiday spirit. Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
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    a lovely end to a series

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Many thanks to the author for this opportunity. Joy To The Duke, by Darcy Burke, became available at booksellers in November of 2019. Joy is the third and last book in the Love Is All Around series. Three members of one family and how they got to their HEA's. I've enjoyed the entire series but Joy may be my favorite. The way Ms Burke has woven A Christmas Carol into our heros story worked very, very, well. Calder Stafford, the Duke of Hartwell, is a mean, miserly man. Heart of ice, doesn't care about anything or anyone, except his dog. He's become awful after his Father ran off his first, and only love. Dad was a piece of work, a bad piece. Calder has acted ugly to his sisters & later makes amends, thank goodness. His scrooge moments are great. Felicity Templeton Garland is the one that got away. A decade ago she got a curt, nasty letter from Calder, but really his dad. Her family left town, dad paid off her dad to go. It's all a mess, but they never stopped loving each other. She's one determined lady. I'm glad that all worked out well for everyone. #DarcyBurke #JoyToTheDuke #Netgalley #LoveIsAllAround
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    Loved it!

    12 Show more Review Be still my heart! I was really excited to read Calder's story because I knew there had to be something terrible from his childhood or youth that made him the torchered, immovable man he had become. My favorite type of trope because it is always so wonderful to see them find their happy ending when they feel they least deserve it. In the previous two books Calder was definately "Scrooge" in that now he had the title of Duke of Hartwell, he was not going to have the annual St Stephens Day celebration that was a tradition. Even though his sisters had implored him to relent. But then he learns that Felicity Templeton Garland, the woman who had left Calder heartbroken, is back in Hartwell to take care of her mother. She soons sees the changes in him and thus the journey begins. Wonderful, heartwarming, teary and emotions off the chart, this was one of the best holiday stories I have read this year, along with the first two in this series. As I said to begin with, Be still my heart.
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    She rescues him from his darkness...

    My oh my. Calder, the brother of Bianca and Poppy, featured in the first two books in this series, is very much a ”Scrooge” of a Duke. After reading the first two novellas in the series, I formed a very unfavorable opinion of him as he seemed to have no redeeming character. I knew Ms. Burke would have to craft a very special and enlightening tale about him to get me to change my opinion and like the man. Voilà! She did it wonderfully. There were several times when his story was so heartrending on how he became such a cold and unforgiving man like his father, that I wanted to cry tears. I felt his loneliness and understood why he thought he didn’t deserve someone like Felicity. She was warmth and brightness and cheer and he wasn’t. She is the one who manages to rescue him from his darkness. Their story held my interest until the last page was read. I recommend the entire series and suggest potential readers read the first two works before Joy to the Duke. The first two could be read out of order but this one needs to be last. I was provided an ARC of this work and submit this voluntary and unbiased review. All opinions stated are my own.
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