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Stormi's Review: The School Mistress of Emerson Pass by Tess Thompson

APC PUBLISHER: 4kids5cats RELEASED: April 1, 2020 GENRE: Historical Romance LENGTH: 310 pages FORMAT: eBook, Paperback


How easily can an open heart can unlock the door to happily-ever-after?

When Miss Quinn Cooper arrives in Emerson Pass, Colorado, her entire life is packed into one small suitcase. Her widowed mother and baby sister are depending upon her for their survival back home in Boston. And the self-appointed mayor of the rugged mountain community is counting on Miss Cooper to prove herself a fitful teacher for the young and old alike.

Lord Alexander Barnes is determined to bring a bit of English civility to the wild terrain of Emerson Pass. Using his own resources, the widower and father of five builds a schoolhouse and recruits a young teacher from the east to provide an education for both the adults and the children in his rapidly growing mining town. But when the lovely, and much younger than anticipated, Miss Cooper arrives to town, Lord Barnes finds himself providing more than just employment when the boarding house proves to be an unsafe accommodation for the school mistress.

As Miss Cooper takes a room in the Barnes' home, the five Barnes children are delighted. They are sure Miss Cooper is the perfect woman for their lonely father. But when a friend of the Englishman turns up dead, the hope for progress in the untamed town seems immediately lost. Can Miss Cooper and Lord Barnes bring change to the closed-minded locals? And will their endeavor open their hearts to something more? FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS

When I think of a school teacher from the past, I always think about Laura Ingalls. This book gave me a new one to love and think of. It gave me Quinn. Quinn comes to Emerson Pass to be the new school teacher to the children of this slowly growing town. Never does she expect to fall in love, and never with her employer, Alexander Barnes. A second son from England with money, but no title, Alexander is a rich man. He finds himself planted in the small town of Emerson Pass. While he is the main benefactor to the town, he is also a single father of 5 children and an employer to a small number of house staff. When he plans to bring a teacher to his small town, he was not expecting Quinn. Fate plays a big part in this story. I have read so many books. I've read the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book was one that I LOVED! So much. It made me smile. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me mad. It made me sad. It was emotional, to say the least, but in such an amazing way. I have read many historical books. I have also read quite a few by Tess Thompson. Now when these two things collide, you have pure magic. Each time I pick up a book by Tess, I am never surprised that I found it better than the last. This book was amazing. From the first page, I was in love with the teacher, the employer, and never forget the children. The children made this book. I laughed and cried and even had some crazy mama bear moments. They had my heart. Now, I don't know about you, but a book that can provoke that type of reaction is one I will read not once, but many times. This book was magic. It was full of love, family, friendship, and the innocence of children. It was everything a good, no, a GREAT book is meant to be. Hmmm....meant to be? Maybe it is!

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