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  • I loved this heartwarming historical romance!

    From the very beginning description of Quinn's train ride to Emerson Pass, I was hooked and felt like I was right there with her. Historical romance is my jam, and this one is outstanding. This author does such an amazing job establishing the fictional world and fleshing out the characters. I felt right at home throughout the entire book. This is a story of Quinn falling in love, but not just with her intended. She first falls in love with the children, then the scenery, then her students, and eventually the entire town. It's a bit reminiscent of a later Little House on the Prairie with a good dose of When Calls the Heart and even a bit of Centennial thrown in. These are people who are easy to identify with, and I found myself wanting to recommend books for the children to read as if they were real. Quinn really doesn't stand a chance against the sweetly rambunctious Barnes clan. The children quickly set out to make her a permanent part of the family, with their idealist father soon joining their plans. Here's a quote from one of my favorite scenes: --- Theo nodded, quite solemn. “Papa, she looks at you with her heart in her eyes.” They actually believed Miss Cooper was for us. My darling babies were all romantic fools, mirroring my unspoken, irrational daydreams. We wished for love with such fervor that we’d imagined that a wife and mother had fallen suddenly from the sky. Or, in this circumstance, from the train. --- Alexander is everything Quinn could ask for, and as such he's everything a reader could hope for. He's strong and caring, a true leader whose heart keeps getting bigger and bigger as he keeps adding more and more people to his life. Even when the book starts off with a tragedy, his honor and steadfastness are readily on display, doing whatever must be done. He's a hero in a quiet, day-to-day manner, and I loved him all the more for it. The story doesn't shy away from the some of the less attractive issues of the day. 1910 was an interesting time in American history as our wild west struggled to move closer to true civilization and social issues were just starting to be recognized and discussed. Quinn and Alexander tackle more than a few of the issues of the day, showing that love and respect are always in style and that protecting one's tribe is the highest goal. I loved every bit of this story, and am looking forward to reading more about the citizens of Emerson Pass, present and past, as this series continues. If you love swoony, emotional, humorous, and clean historical romances, this was written for you. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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  • Feel good

    Oh my goodness! This book really kept me reading from the first page until the very last. I loved it! All characters and surroundings are so well described, it’s like you really are there with them. The kindness of both Alexander and Quinn, and of course all children, left me smiling. This is a real feel good story and I really recommend it. I received an arc of this book and this is my voluntary and honest opinion.

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  • Such an amazing heartwarming story!

    This was such an amazing heartwarming story! I absolutely loved every minute spent in it! The School Mistress (Emerson Pass book 1) pulls you in and won't let you go even after you finish reading. I was fascinated with how beautifully this story is written, how believable characters are. It got me through so many kind of feelings I felt living this story, yes, living not just reading because it was like being there in that small town with all those different people of the community and breathing that air from back in history, getting enough feels to know how it was back in 1910. Sweet love story of Quinn and Alexander, those amazing bunch of kids and their relationships and so much more! I highly recommend this saga to everyone!

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  • Not a historical fiction fan but LOVED this one!

    I usually stay away from historical romance because it just is not my thing. But if it's a book by Tess Thompson. I'm always willing to give it a shot. And I'm so glad I picked up this one. It's a magical blend of nostalgia and romance that makes for a beautiful story that I didn't want to end. I love Quinn because although she is a school teacher in the late 1800s, she is still forward-thinking and feisty enough to keep people on their toes. She has a unique insight into people plus a large loving heart. In fact, everyone loves her on one level or another. In some ways, I was reminded of Laura's teaching days in Little House on the Prairie. Alexander had a rough first marriage, though it provided him with five beautiful children. He also has a heart of gold and believes in equality, plus is brilliant. His teasing nature is so appealing, as is his devotion to his children. I had visions of Captain von Trapp with his charm, only somehow more modern, even though this story takes place some 50 years earlier. I found myself crushing on him a bit. And dare I say a little bit of Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre? The children are a little impish, as one would expect, but each with endearing qualities that makes each of them lovable. I'm not sure which one is my favorite, because they are all wonderful. They gave me some Mary Poppins moments. Emerson Pass is not without its problems and they have many obstacles to overcome. I loved reading about how they worked together to protect the inhabitants of the town. And the trademark Tess Thompson romance angle leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy as usual. A solid 4.5 stars from me. I'm looking forward to reading through this series. It's going to be unique, alternating between the old town and the modern inhabitants. But based on this first one, I have a feeling it's going to be another good one. Thank you to the author and publisher for fulfilling my review request for this novel. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Loved this book

    The characters were vibrant and interesting. Would love to read more about this family.

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