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Stormi's Review: The Sugar Queen of Emerson Pass by Tess Thompson


PUBLISHER: 4kids5cats

RELEASED: May 19, 2020

GENRE: Romance

LENGTH: 270 pages

FORMAT: eBook, Paperback







True love requires commitment, and many times unending sacrifice. . .

At the tender age of eighteen, Brandi Vargas watched the love of her life drive out of Emerson Pass, presumably for good. Though she and Trapper Barnes dreamed of attending college and starting their lives together, she was sure she would only get in the way of Trapper's future as a hockey star. Breaking his heart, and her own in the process, was the only way to ensure he pursued his destiny. Her fate was the small town life she'd always known, her own bakery, and an endless stream of regret.

After a decade of playing hockey, a single injury ended Trapper Barnes' career. And while the past he left behind always haunted him, he still returns to Emerson Pass to start the next chapter of his life in the place his ancestors built more than a century before. But when he discovers that the woman who owns the local bakery is the girl who once shattered his dreams, the painful secret she's been harboring all these years threatens to turn Trapper's idyllic small town future into a disaster.

Will it take a forest fire threatening the mountain village to force Trapper and Brandi to confront their history? And in the wake of such a significant loss, will the process of rebuilding their beloved town help them find each other, and true happiness, once again?

Fast forward to the present day and enjoy this contemporary second chance romance set in the small town of Emerson Pass, featuring the descendants of the characters you loved from USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson's The School Mistress.


Sometimes I wish we had a star rating of 10 because that is what this book deserves. Tess has become one of my favorite authors, and this new series, both the historical and the modern stories, are amazing.

Trapper Barnes is a big-time hockey star. He was leaving his home town and his first love at a young age. Brandi, his first and only love, let him go and chase his dreams after high school. She stayed in her hometown, holding on to a secret so big, it kept her home. She is now the owner of the town bakery, and Trapper is home. Can they get past the past and move forward?

Trapper and Brandi are my favorite couple so far. The love that they share is one for the ages. The history they have and the secrets they hold spin a story of love, loss, and forgiveness. In this story, Brandi has a very rough relationship with her mother, and for me, it hit home. I also married my high school sweetheart. We had the break-up, and somehow we made it back together. This book was just one of those that hit so true on so many points.

Not only did I love Trapper and Brandi, but I loved meeting all the Emerson Pass residents. Breck, Huck, Crystal, Stormi, and Garth all brought the character to this already fantastic story. Each one seems to have a story that needs to be told, and I can't wait to read them.

Now, just a warning, by the end of this book, I was bawling like a baby, in a good way, and so I can't leave without saying...HAVE THE TISSUES HANDY.

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