How easily can an open heart 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 family is 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 fitting teacher for the entire town.
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, and all is well until necessity forces the lovely, young newcomer to also take a room in the Barnes’ home.
While the five Barnes children are sure the new schoolmarm is the perfect woman for their lonely father, and the duo have been forced together by every possible circumstance, the threat of violence upon the untamed town makes any hope of a budding romance seem unwise. But as Lord Barnes and Miss Cooper persist in their efforts to bring progress to the closed-minded locals, their own hearts may be unable to resist the chance to experience something as fresh and exhilarating as the unsettled mountain territory.
The first installment of USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson's historical romance series brings a touch of whimsy and an extra dash of mystery to Edwardian romance. Readers will fall in love with the courageous Miss Cooper and swoon for the magnanimous English Lord as they struggle to save their exciting new world at the turn of the 20th Century.
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The School Mistress of Emerson Pass
With the world full of uncertainty and my front line job full of stress. It was extremely difficult to calm myself to read. Once I finally started the book I could not stop. I am so glad I had this little bit of heaven and wonderful distraction.
This story is an historical romance about a young school teacher, Miss Quinn Cooper, who must leave Boston for a new job in Colorado. She left her widow mother and younger sister behind because she is the one who must support all of them.
She arrives in a snow storm and in an unexpected way comes to her new employer widower Lord Barnes.
He certainly did not expect the young Miss Cooper. He was waiting on the old spinster teacher to arrive to teach his children. What a wonderful twist Lord Barnes finds Miss Cooper enchanting. He had planned on the old teacher to stay at the town boarding house. But he had to make changes quickly for her safety. Miss Cooper would stay in his estate that he shared with his five children. He had plenty of room and house staff and it would not be any inconvenience. The children adored Miss Cooper and was sure she would be the perfect match for their father.
The town a few miles from the estate is a mining town that is in its early stages of development. The town characters are easy to love and they face many challenges. This story is a page turner full of mystery, drama, compassion and romance.
You definitely escape from the present world while reading this story and I am anxiously waiting for the next book in this series.
I received an ARC of this book at my own request from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.
Read it straight through!
What a feel-good story. Almost made me believe in happily ever after again.
Style is a little strange
The story is fine and predictable but since most of the book is written as if the person is thinking instead of speaking to someone is a little strange. I like more back and forth between main characters. I almost didn’t read the whole book because of this. It just seems cold and analytical in style.