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Her love died on a battlefield. He carries a torch for a woman he’s never met. Can the tragic death of a soldier entwine the souls of two strangers? Colorado, 1920. Josephine Barnes wrote every day to her beloved fiancé battling in the trenches of the Great War. Devastated when he’s killed in action, she vows never to marry and buries her grief in the construction of the to Her love died on a battlefield. He carries a torch for a woman he’s never met. Can the tragic death of a soldier entwine the souls of two strangers? Colorado, 1920. Josephine Barnes wrote every day to her beloved fiancé battling in the trenches of the Great War. Devastated when he’s killed in action, she vows never to marry and buries her grief in the construction of the town’s first library. But she’s left breathless when she receives a request from a gracious gentleman to visit and return the letters containing her declarations of desire. Philip Baker survived the war but returned home burdened with a distressing secret. Though he knows it’s wrong, he can’t stop reading through the beautiful sentiments left among his slain comrade’s possessions. Plagued by guilt, he’s unable to resist connecting with the extraordinary woman who captured his heart with her words. When Josephine invites Philip to join her gregarious family for the holidays, she’s torn by her loyalty to a ghost and her growing feelings for the gallant man. And as Philip prepares to risk everything by telling her the truth about her dead fiancé, he fears he could crush Josephine’s blossoming happiness forever. Will they break free from their painful pasts to embrace a passion meant to be? The Spinster is the second book in the heartwarming Emerson Pass historical romance series. If you like staunch heroines, emotional backdrops, and sweeping family sagas, then you’ll adore Tess Thompson’s wholesome tale.


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Her love died on a battlefield. He carries a torch for a woman he’s never met. Can the tragic death of a soldier entwine the souls of two strangers? Colorado, 1920. Josephine Barnes wrote every day to her beloved fiancé battling in the trenches of the Great War. Devastated when he’s killed in action, she vows never to marry and buries her grief in the construction of the to Her love died on a battlefield. He carries a torch for a woman he’s never met. Can the tragic death of a soldier entwine the souls of two strangers? Colorado, 1920. Josephine Barnes wrote every day to her beloved fiancé battling in the trenches of the Great War. Devastated when he’s killed in action, she vows never to marry and buries her grief in the construction of the town’s first library. But she’s left breathless when she receives a request from a gracious gentleman to visit and return the letters containing her declarations of desire. Philip Baker survived the war but returned home burdened with a distressing secret. Though he knows it’s wrong, he can’t stop reading through the beautiful sentiments left among his slain comrade’s possessions. Plagued by guilt, he’s unable to resist connecting with the extraordinary woman who captured his heart with her words. When Josephine invites Philip to join her gregarious family for the holidays, she’s torn by her loyalty to a ghost and her growing feelings for the gallant man. And as Philip prepares to risk everything by telling her the truth about her dead fiancé, he fears he could crush Josephine’s blossoming happiness forever. Will they break free from their painful pasts to embrace a passion meant to be? The Spinster is the second book in the heartwarming Emerson Pass historical romance series. If you like staunch heroines, emotional backdrops, and sweeping family sagas, then you’ll adore Tess Thompson’s wholesome tale.

30 review for The Spinster

  1. 4 out of 5

    Irene Sim

    This wasn't what I expected... The premise is promissing but the story itself fell short. The writting is too simplistic and the plot too plain and obvious... This wasn't what I expected... The premise is promissing but the story itself fell short. The writting is too simplistic and the plot too plain and obvious...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Another sweet Emerson Pass book! I just loved spending time again with all the characters from "The School Mistress." Such a great story and family. I can't wait for the next one! Another sweet Emerson Pass book! I just loved spending time again with all the characters from "The School Mistress." Such a great story and family. I can't wait for the next one!

  3. 4 out of 5

    HR-ML

    Emerson Pass, Colorado 1920. Alexander Barnes had 5 kids in book one, married his 2nd wife Quinn, and now had 7 kids total. Their twins Flynn & Theo returned from war & Theo had evidence of 'shell shock?' Or mental illness like his late mom? Josephine, the eldest, lost her love Walter to war. Phil, a military veteran, arranged to come to town to bring Jo Walter's letters. Jo ran a library, yet we seldom saw her doing this work. Alex used his wealth for good. The Cassidy widow and her daughters w Emerson Pass, Colorado 1920. Alexander Barnes had 5 kids in book one, married his 2nd wife Quinn, and now had 7 kids total. Their twins Flynn & Theo returned from war & Theo had evidence of 'shell shock?' Or mental illness like his late mom? Josephine, the eldest, lost her love Walter to war. Phil, a military veteran, arranged to come to town to bring Jo Walter's letters. Jo ran a library, yet we seldom saw her doing this work. Alex used his wealth for good. The Cassidy widow and her daughters were hard pressed to run the farm and were low on food. The community seemed to neglect them, until they didn't. Jo's sis Cym acted obnoxious. Jo confronted an antagonist, alone (as Quinn did in bk #1). These two stories, IMO, tried to depict an ideal, not a real world.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sheri P

    A delightful historical romance! This story, with it's picturesque setting and endearing characters draws you into Jo's story. Set in 1919, Phillip Baker is drawn to Emerson Pass after reading letters Josephine Barnes wrote to another man. An orphan, Phillip longs for the type of family Jo writes of and wants to experience the tight knit community of Emerson Pass. Jo has declared herself a Spinster after the man she fell in love with died in the war and has dedicated herself to her library, her A delightful historical romance! This story, with it's picturesque setting and endearing characters draws you into Jo's story. Set in 1919, Phillip Baker is drawn to Emerson Pass after reading letters Josephine Barnes wrote to another man. An orphan, Phillip longs for the type of family Jo writes of and wants to experience the tight knit community of Emerson Pass. Jo has declared herself a Spinster after the man she fell in love with died in the war and has dedicated herself to her library, her books and her family. Notably, Jo is worried about her brothers, who have returned from the war without physical scars, but definitely are changed. When Phillip arrives he fits in both with the Barnes family and the town, thus testing Jo's resolve to remain a Spinster. Filled with love, family and community, anyone who enjoys stories like 'Little House on the Prairie' or 'When Calls the Heart' will fall in love Tess Thompson's Emerson Pass Historicals.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Tess Thompson at her best...again...The Spinster is incredibly well written and compelling. A love story without the sap, taking place in the wonderful winter town of Emerson Pass. Details are meticulous...the fashion, food, the way of life. The war, the casualties of war, the heaviness of war.. the effects on the soldiers, their families and loved ones. Each character holds their own and of course, some we have already met and were happy to see again. There's also a cad, some ungentlemanly beha Tess Thompson at her best...again...The Spinster is incredibly well written and compelling. A love story without the sap, taking place in the wonderful winter town of Emerson Pass. Details are meticulous...the fashion, food, the way of life. The war, the casualties of war, the heaviness of war.. the effects on the soldiers, their families and loved ones. Each character holds their own and of course, some we have already met and were happy to see again. There's also a cad, some ungentlemanly behavior, and much drama...Lots of love, the warmth of family and the tight community in a small town...and this all adds up to a most satisfying read.. I choked up repeatedly, and I'm pretty hard to choke...the story touched me. While I love all of Thompson's books, there's a special place in my heart for her historical fiction.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laila Nelke

    I'm speechless! It was such a great pleasure being swept away from this crowded but somehow cold stressed out world to suddenly wake up into a completely different one just some hundred years ago cuddled in a cloud of pureness, love, family, true friendship and a feeling of belongingness. It was like coming back home for the best family gathering ever! I tried to read slow and I did! I wanted to enjoy every passage of this beautiful story. Josephine and Phillip's love story. A great community sto I'm speechless! It was such a great pleasure being swept away from this crowded but somehow cold stressed out world to suddenly wake up into a completely different one just some hundred years ago cuddled in a cloud of pureness, love, family, true friendship and a feeling of belongingness. It was like coming back home for the best family gathering ever! I tried to read slow and I did! I wanted to enjoy every passage of this beautiful story. Josephine and Phillip's love story. A great community story continuation. I can't find the words to describe how much I loved those endearing amazing people in this picturesque setting of small mountain town built by Barnes family. How I would love to really visit them so real it felt to me! Now it will be very hard to wait for the story to be continued which I'm so excited already for!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    The Spinster by Tess Thompson is a wonderful book about family, home, and love--and surrounding oneself with goodness and hope and light. There is so much warmth and heart on each and every page of this book, I felt ever word. The story is set in the early 1920s, just a few years after the Great War, and many are still feelings its effects. Josephine Barnes lost the man she loved during the war, and has resigned herself to the fact that she will be a spinster--until a handsome stranger who served The Spinster by Tess Thompson is a wonderful book about family, home, and love--and surrounding oneself with goodness and hope and light. There is so much warmth and heart on each and every page of this book, I felt ever word. The story is set in the early 1920s, just a few years after the Great War, and many are still feelings its effects. Josephine Barnes lost the man she loved during the war, and has resigned herself to the fact that she will be a spinster--until a handsome stranger who served in the war with the man she loved arrives at her family's home in Emerson Pass. The setting of Emerson Pass is so lovely, even during the harsh winter months. In this book, the setting is a huge part of the story, as it's the place that defines Josephine Barnes and her family; a place where neighbors take care of each other; a place where the children, now young adults, grew up together. The author does such a wonderful job of placing us in that era, a time when the world was ever-changing and evolving. The characters in the book are truly endearing. Each of them are unique and bring so much to this fabulous story. This is the third book in the Emerson Pass series, although it can be read as a standalone. One thing I love about this series, is that the books alternate between historical fiction and contemporary fiction, which is one reason why I encourage you to read the series in its entirety. In the present-day stories, we get to meet the descendants of those who were featured in the historical. This, to me, adds such an interesting layer to all of the books--to get to know not just the characters, but to understand where they all came from.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Yelton

    The Spinster is the second book in the Emerson Pass Historicals series, this is another amazing book by Tess Thompson. This is such a wonderful book beautifully written story surrounding, love and hope. Set in the early 1920's after the war, and Phillip comes to Colorado to meet Josephine and bring her letters from her sweetheart that lost his life in the war. What follows is a easy and sweet romance I would certainly recommend this book to others. I received a ARC from the author and publisher The Spinster is the second book in the Emerson Pass Historicals series, this is another amazing book by Tess Thompson. This is such a wonderful book beautifully written story surrounding, love and hope. Set in the early 1920's after the war, and Phillip comes to Colorado to meet Josephine and bring her letters from her sweetheart that lost his life in the war. What follows is a easy and sweet romance I would certainly recommend this book to others. I received a ARC from the author and publisher and am under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Anderson

    The Spinster Very enjoyable read. Josephine and Phillip are both very strong characters. It was great to get to go back to Emerson Pass and visit with the Barnes family.

  10. 4 out of 5

    K-BRC

    I love historical fiction! I’m hooked on war-widow gets a second chance especially. This is no exception; I was very emotionally involved here. Loved this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Malinda Wilson

    Emerson Pass book two. Just keeps getting better Book two of this series is the story of Josephine Barnes. The oldest daughter of the founding family of Emerson Pass Colorado. The story is set in 1918 just as the war and the Spanish Flu were ending. Josephine had been writing letters to a man named Walter Green that she spent two weeks with in the Denver before he shipped out. She was so in love with him and was eager for him to return so they could live their happily ever after. Josephine recei Emerson Pass book two. Just keeps getting better Book two of this series is the story of Josephine Barnes. The oldest daughter of the founding family of Emerson Pass Colorado. The story is set in 1918 just as the war and the Spanish Flu were ending. Josephine had been writing letters to a man named Walter Green that she spent two weeks with in the Denver before he shipped out. She was so in love with him and was eager for him to return so they could live their happily ever after. Josephine receives a letter from Phillip Baker informing her of Walter’s death. She is so completely broken hearted and vows to be a spinster for the rest of her life thinking Walter was her one true love. One year later Phillip writes again telling her that he would like to visit and bring her the letters and books she had sent Walter. Telling her that Walter had read the letters to them and he wanted to see the beautiful Emerson Pass she described for himself and that maybe build a life for himself there. He also wanted to come tell Josephine a secret about Walter and about himself. He had fallen in love with Josephine from reading her letters during the war and the past year as he recovered from the Spanish flu. Tess keeps us on the edge of our seats as we learn the secret about Walter and wait for Phillip to tell her. We see an instant connection between Phillip and Josephine but will she give him a chance or will she keep to her vow of being a spinster? We also see how the war took hold of her brothers. Thei was always such a kind gentle soul and the war really put him in a tailspin. We are taken back to the tragic death of their mother when they were young as Theo’s sleepwalking gets worse. The whole family worries about him especially when he is found in the snow in the middle of the night. At the end of the book, there is quite the surprise and again we are on the edge of our seats wondering just what is going to happen. Theo is looking forward to leaving Emerson Pass to go to college to become a surgeon . I can’t wait for the next book and see what is in store for Flynn and what’s next for Emerson Pass. I just love this series and recommend it to anyone who loves small town historical stories with a little love story mixed in.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bambi Rathman

    There are authors whose novels just make me feel like I'm returning home to a family I love and settling in under a warm cozy blanket to "catch up" with what's been going on and a Tess Thompson novel is just that kind of author. This is how I felt picking up The Spinster... the third novel in the historical/contemporary series that is set in the beautiful, fictional town of Emerson Pass, Colorado. The Barnes family is who the series is centered around and the generations of their members. The Sp There are authors whose novels just make me feel like I'm returning home to a family I love and settling in under a warm cozy blanket to "catch up" with what's been going on and a Tess Thompson novel is just that kind of author. This is how I felt picking up The Spinster... the third novel in the historical/contemporary series that is set in the beautiful, fictional town of Emerson Pass, Colorado. The Barnes family is who the series is centered around and the generations of their members. The Spinster focuses on the elder daughter, Josephine, who has lost her betrothed, Walter, in the Great War. She has now decided that, quote: "I'll never give my heart to anyone else. I'm the spinster of the family." This is so heartbreaking and tragic for a young woman like Josephine with her whole life ahead. But sometimes things happen for a reason and there's another plan that has not even been considered. Phillip Baker. A complete stranger to Josephine. He's an aquaintance to her lost love and he makes contact with her, hoping to return the touching letters she's sent to Walter. He has a big secret that he's traveling to Emerson Pass with but he can't turn away from trying to reach Josephine. "The idea of fate, even soul mates, has crossed my mind. Was there a reason beyond mortal comprehension that I'd been the one who ended up with the box of her correspondence?" Josephine and Phillip's story begins when he takes a risk and travels to Emerson Pass. Ms. Thompson sparks a small ember of connection between the two. She then entwines and twists together the characters into a story that drew me in and made me feel what each of them were going through. She puts me into the lives of her characters in such a deep and involved way that I fall in love with them completely. I can't help but want to turn the pages and become a part of their lives. Ms. Thompson's attention to detail, both in her characters and settings, is intricate and descriptive. She pulls the words from her heart and places them in her characters who become like family to me. The scenes are written with details that create perfect images in my mind. I was 100% into this book and couldn't turn the pages fast enough. This series has me hooked and I can't wait for the next novel to come out! I love to escape into the Emerson Pass world and spend time with the people who live there. It's a wonderful escape and a wonderful way to spend time in a book! I want to thank Ms. Thompson for the privilege and honor of reading another great book. I loved it! All thoughts and opinions in this review are my heartfelt own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Viper Spaulding

    “Welcome to Emerson Pass, where you can belong if you only ask.” It really is that easy to feel at home in this warm-hearted, family-based romance. Set about ten years after The School Mistress, this story showcases the romance of eldest daughter, Jo, and the WWI veteran who is looking for a family of his own. Just before he left for the war, Jo's suitor promised to return for her. However, news of his death is delivered by his friend, Phillip, who then travels to Emerson Pass to return the lette “Welcome to Emerson Pass, where you can belong if you only ask.” It really is that easy to feel at home in this warm-hearted, family-based romance. Set about ten years after The School Mistress, this story showcases the romance of eldest daughter, Jo, and the WWI veteran who is looking for a family of his own. Just before he left for the war, Jo's suitor promised to return for her. However, news of his death is delivered by his friend, Phillip, who then travels to Emerson Pass to return the letters and mementos she had sent. What follows is a hauntingly beautiful love story with all the grace and honor that we've come to expect of the Barnes family. Phillip is a wonderful hero, honest to a fault and determined to make his own way in the world. He's fallen for Jo because he sees the same virtues in her that he aspires to for himself. Jo is still nursing her grieving heart, so it takes a few truth bombs to shake her out of her self-imposed spinsterhood long enough to consider that there's another path in front of her. I loved the all-encompassing community spirit that we see as all the Barnes family interacts with the local families that we loved in the previous book. Not only do we get updates on many of the familiar characters, but we also get a few hints about future romances that I'm sure will be explored in the upcoming books in this series. This story will make you pine for a simpler world and an idyllic town nestled in the Rockies. Its brilliant writing, vibrant setting, and compassionate focus on the best of humanity provide a welcome escape from the troubles of our current world. It's the literary version of a cup of hot cocoa wrapped up in a warm hug, and I guarantee it'll restore your faith in humanity. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Book Review: The Spinster of Emerson Pass (Emerson Pass Historicals Book 2) by author, Tess Thompson ARC Expected Release: January 11, 2021 The Spinster of Emerson Pass has captured my heart, as do all of the stories I've read from this particular author, and I believe this will capture yours too. Nestled in the Southern Rockies of Colorado, tucked away amongst the snowy mountains and small-town feel, The Barnes' Family greets us with their larger than life love of family and community that lend to Book Review: The Spinster of Emerson Pass (Emerson Pass Historicals Book 2) by author, Tess Thompson ARC Expected Release: January 11, 2021 The Spinster of Emerson Pass has captured my heart, as do all of the stories I've read from this particular author, and I believe this will capture yours too. Nestled in the Southern Rockies of Colorado, tucked away amongst the snowy mountains and small-town feel, The Barnes' Family greets us with their larger than life love of family and community that lend to an amazing stroll through the 1800s that gives you the feel of a classic TCM movie playing out scene by scene in your heart, and in your mind. With its strong family dynamic, true-to-the-times attention to detail, snippets of humor, and new character additions that add both the sweet and sour, Ms.Thompson has woven a classic look into the past that will touch on your every emotion. This story has it all, from the sweetest and most innocent. to the tragic. Written with heart, you can't help but become completely immersed. I cannot recommend this captivating story enough~ a journey that will bring tears and laughter, break your heart and mend it once again in a world that will take you far away from it all~ truly making you feel as if you're part of the Emerson Pass community that holds true to the bonds of family and by helping those in need. A story worthy of more than 5 Stars. I thank the author for my pre-release copy of The Spinster of Emerson Pass and cannot wait for more of what's become one of my favorite series, and the family I've come to know and love, The Barnes Family. 5 Stars #TheSpinsterofEmersonPass #TessThompson Wild Sage Book Blog

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Sandino

    What a lovely read, this book "The Spinster", the story of Josephine and Phillip. I loved this story from the past. It was as if I was drawn back in time, the time when my grandmother was a child. It was so nice to meet the people of Emerson Pass. The loveable characters, Tess Thompson has again done wonderful story telling. The author has captured very nicely how times were difficult during the time post the world war I, how it ravaged in Europe and the effects of it in the small town of Emerso What a lovely read, this book "The Spinster", the story of Josephine and Phillip. I loved this story from the past. It was as if I was drawn back in time, the time when my grandmother was a child. It was so nice to meet the people of Emerson Pass. The loveable characters, Tess Thompson has again done wonderful story telling. The author has captured very nicely how times were difficult during the time post the world war I, how it ravaged in Europe and the effects of it in the small town of Emerson Pass. The beautiful story of Jo and Phillip, how they get to know each other. It keeps you wanting to read more and more to find out what happens to this loving family. This is also a town where people will go out of their way to help others in the town, no matter the problem. Back in the 1918 people had also been challenged with the Spanish flu, that killed many people, families that had lost loved ones. So there were difficulties that people were trying to get through. How love, faith and hope makes this story unique and puts a smile on your face! The Happy feeling... How history repeats itself upon reflection. This amazing story makes you want that it doesn't end, it also makes you think a little bit about on the Prairie story by Laura Ingalls. Thinking back about this book it brings back the memories of the stories my grandmother told me from that time! I could well imgaine my grandmother being a part of the story, that is how great this story telling is! I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to read this book! Thank you for this amazing read! I'm looking forward to the next one. Charlotte N

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stormi Ellis

    The Spinster Of Emerson Pass By Tess Thompson 5 stars I knew I had to start 2021 with a good book. I chose this book by Tess because she has never let me down. Once again, she brought a story of love, family, and community with a mix of danger and drama. In this story we get to see a more grown up version of Josephine. Little Jo is all grown up and has recently lost her beau in the war. Burdened with grief and declaring herself a permanent spinster, she meets a man that makes her question her pl The Spinster Of Emerson Pass By Tess Thompson 5 stars I knew I had to start 2021 with a good book. I chose this book by Tess because she has never let me down. Once again, she brought a story of love, family, and community with a mix of danger and drama. In this story we get to see a more grown up version of Josephine. Little Jo is all grown up and has recently lost her beau in the war. Burdened with grief and declaring herself a permanent spinster, she meets a man that makes her question her plan she has laid out for her future. Phillip comes to Emerson Pass on a trip and a dream. He comes for Josephine, to tell her a very painful truth. His story is one of much pain and loss, but his journey into this small mountain town, is one of amazing proportions. Oh Tess! You do it every time. You win me over from page 1. I absolutely loved this story. Josephines story. From the very beginning, I loved Jo. She was so sweet and thoughtful with a mind for books, and so I often could see myself in her. I am so happy this story went the way it did. It brought even more love and community to a great little town. From the moments of pure peace to the moments of danger and pain, this story was one of a kind. It was one that I laughed and cried at. Sometimes both at the same time ( I am pitiful, really). For anyone who loves a good heart felt read that has everything from family, romance, history, mystery, and community. This book will not, none from Tess actually, in my opinion, will let you down. She is amazing. Reviewed By Stormi Ellis

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    It is 1920. Josephine Barnes’ life has been turned upside down with the tragic death of Walter, her betrothed, who was killed in the war. She has now has vowed to live the rest of her life pining for him and remaining a spinster, in his honor. She is the eldest of the 7 wealthy Barnes children in Emerson Pass. All of this changes when she receives a letter from Phillip, a friend of Walter’s, who wishes to return the letters she wrote to him while he was at war. Philip has never met Josephine in It is 1920. Josephine Barnes’ life has been turned upside down with the tragic death of Walter, her betrothed, who was killed in the war. She has now has vowed to live the rest of her life pining for him and remaining a spinster, in his honor. She is the eldest of the 7 wealthy Barnes children in Emerson Pass. All of this changes when she receives a letter from Phillip, a friend of Walter’s, who wishes to return the letters she wrote to him while he was at war. Philip has never met Josephine in person, yet he knows with all of his heart snd soul that he is in love with her. He has read her letters that she wrote to Walter over and over and he knows he has to meet her in person. But does he share with her that Walter was not who she thought he was? Phillip spends his last penny on a train trip to Colorado to see her, under the premise of returning these letters. But truly he needs to see her with his own eyes to know if his feelings are real. Once Phillip arrives in Emerson Pass, he is felt welcome by the entire Barnes family. They have offered to let him stay with them and almost immediately he feels like he belongs, something he has never felt before. He is in love with Josephine snd sets to work wooing her in the hopes that she will fall in love with him as he has with her. Phillip loves Emerson Pass. The promise of a future, the promise of a family, the promise of belonging, the promise of being truly happy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Reed

    Absolutely a winner from Tess Thompson. A beautiful historical fiction set during World War 1 and the Spanish flu epidemic. The Spanish flu bypassed Emerson Pass but, unfortunately, the war did not. Many of the towns young men left home to fight in the war. Throughout the book Ms Thompson gave us a picture of what war does to young men and their loved ones. Ms Thompson’s handling of her characters will keep one turning pages. The two main characters, Josephine Barnes and Philip Baker each tell t Absolutely a winner from Tess Thompson. A beautiful historical fiction set during World War 1 and the Spanish flu epidemic. The Spanish flu bypassed Emerson Pass but, unfortunately, the war did not. Many of the towns young men left home to fight in the war. Throughout the book Ms Thompson gave us a picture of what war does to young men and their loved ones. Ms Thompson’s handling of her characters will keep one turning pages. The two main characters, Josephine Barnes and Philip Baker each tell the story in first person. All of her characters are loving, loyal, and rather eccentric. I cried and laughed both. These are characters I will not easily forget. Josephine lost the man she felt was her soul mate in the war and was determined to be a spinster. Phillip, who had served in the war with Josephine’s love, wrote to her and told her he wanted to return to her letters she had written and books she had sent. This book is the second in the series of Emerson Pass historical books. Ms Thompson carries on the threads of love and loyalty in families and community. I absolutely recommend this book as one you will not be able to put down. I would recommend the series. I read this book as an ARC and want to thank Tess Thompson, the publishers, and everyone involved in it’s production. I received no compensation and all of the views written here are my own ideas.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julianna Shields

    The Spinster - Emerson Pass Historicals, book 2 Another great book in the Emerson Pass historical series. Jo is sure she will be a Spinster after her love doesn’t return from the war. Her family tells her she is too young to give up on love. In true Tess Thompson love story fashion, a new love comes along but there are are things that need to be worked out before she gives up on becoming a Spinster. We are caught up with all of the Barneses children since the first book. The Children have grown con The Spinster - Emerson Pass Historicals, book 2 Another great book in the Emerson Pass historical series. Jo is sure she will be a Spinster after her love doesn’t return from the war. Her family tells her she is too young to give up on love. In true Tess Thompson love story fashion, a new love comes along but there are are things that need to be worked out before she gives up on becoming a Spinster. We are caught up with all of the Barneses children since the first book. The Children have grown considerably, but still have the same loving, sometimes fiery personalities. This is a sweet, fast read of love and suspense but mostly love. I enjoyed learning how the children in the town have grown and several are at the age where they will soon be married… this means more books in the series, which makes me happy. I love the small town feel of Emerson pass set in the early 1900’s. If you haven’t read the first book, The School Mistress of Emerson Pass, I suggest getting that one and giving it a read first. The characters are so richly developed, the second book will mean more if you have read the first one. That being said, you can read The Spinster as as standalone you just might miss some of the nuances from the continuing story line. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series! Thank you for another great read, Ms. Thompson!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ritu Bhathal

    Oh, I loved immersing myself in the historical world of Emerson Pass again and reconnecting with the Barnes family. Josephine Barnes, the eldest of the Barnes children is a self-confessed spinster. After losing her beloved in the war, she fears she will never give her heart to another. Instead, she throws herself into being the best elder sister she can be to her siblings, and into keeping her library flourishing. Phillip Baker is in love. He clutches a bundle of love letters, not even addressed t Oh, I loved immersing myself in the historical world of Emerson Pass again and reconnecting with the Barnes family. Josephine Barnes, the eldest of the Barnes children is a self-confessed spinster. After losing her beloved in the war, she fears she will never give her heart to another. Instead, she throws herself into being the best elder sister she can be to her siblings, and into keeping her library flourishing. Phillip Baker is in love. He clutches a bundle of love letters, not even addressed to him, but belonging to one of his fellow soldiers. These letters, no longer belonging to anyone when their owner gave his life to the war, have been a lifeline to a man who grew up an orphan. Phillip travels to Emerson Pass, not only to hand the letters back to their writer but with the hope that he may receive her heart in return. I truly loved this story, where Josephine is portrayed as a very strong woman, but as you get to know her, you realise her fears. It made my heart warm and fuzzy to read as both lost characters find each other. Packed within the story is the issues of PTSD, suffered by one of Josephine's twin brothers who has witnessed more than his fair share of tragedy over his short life, even before going away to war. Something not easily overcome but handled with true sensitivity. Thank you, Tess, for a lovely story! I won this book in a competition.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Stuck

    What a sweet tale of love and family. Jo, the eldest of the Barnes children, had fallen in love with Walter before he went off to war. When she learns of his death she declares herself a spinster and dedicates her life to her family and the town library. Phillip, a friend of Walter, writes Jo to ask permission to travel to Emerson Pass and hand-deliver letters that she had written Walter. Although the Barnes clan can see the spark that is between Jo and Phillip, Jo insists that she is to be loya What a sweet tale of love and family. Jo, the eldest of the Barnes children, had fallen in love with Walter before he went off to war. When she learns of his death she declares herself a spinster and dedicates her life to her family and the town library. Phillip, a friend of Walter, writes Jo to ask permission to travel to Emerson Pass and hand-deliver letters that she had written Walter. Although the Barnes clan can see the spark that is between Jo and Phillip, Jo insists that she is to be loyal to Walter. Once she begins to learn the real character of her deceased love, however, she decides to move on. What happens after that is a whirlwind of romance, mystery, and action. I absolutely love the Emerson Pass series. This is the second historical book in the series and the third book in the series. The series alternates between the past and present time in Emerson Pass. It was a joy to go back and meet up with the Barnes family once again. The children have gotten older and their personalities have developed so sweetly. Phillip, the newcomer to Emerson Pass, was an orphan and wants to be a part of a place to fit in and belong. Emerson Pass is the ultimate place for him. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this quaint and idyllic town? I highly recommend this book and the entire series. Grab a blanket, a warm beverage, and immerse yourself in Tess's wonderful Emerson Pass.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Schoenauer

    This was a beautiful book written in a time and manner that I think the world has forgotten about. It was beautiful and poignant with a few sensitive and emotional issues. Josephine was the oldest child in a large family who had given her heart to someone who died at war. She vowed to be a spinster for life. Then she met Philip Baker, a soldier who had been friend's with her deceased fiance. It wasn't love at first sight. It wasn't even attraction at first sight, for Jo at least. But this was a This was a beautiful book written in a time and manner that I think the world has forgotten about. It was beautiful and poignant with a few sensitive and emotional issues. Josephine was the oldest child in a large family who had given her heart to someone who died at war. She vowed to be a spinster for life. Then she met Philip Baker, a soldier who had been friend's with her deceased fiance. It wasn't love at first sight. It wasn't even attraction at first sight, for Jo at least. But this was a love born out of trust, truth, understanding, and acceptance. This was true deep-rooted love. The love of a lifetime. I really enjoyed getting a taste of life in the 1920's. It certainly is a difference from today. It was heartwarming to be able to step back in time. I also loved getting to know all the Barnes children and hope for more stories about them in the future. On a side note I didn't read the first book in this series and while I think I might have had a better understanding of this family I didn’t feel like I missed out on much. I loved Jo and Philip. I loved watching their love develop. I loved watching the Barnes family accept him. I'm so glad I gave this story a chance! *I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hahn

    This book is the 2nd in the Emerson Pass Historicals. What a great story of Josephine and Philip. She met Walter before he went to war. She wrote him letters. Philip is a friend of Walter's and went to war with him. Walter was killed in action. Philip had all her letters she sent to Walter. He decided he wanted to return those letters to her. He takes a journey across the USA to bring the letters back as well as meet this beautiful women. Josephine has resorted to a life of a spinster. She decid This book is the 2nd in the Emerson Pass Historicals. What a great story of Josephine and Philip. She met Walter before he went to war. She wrote him letters. Philip is a friend of Walter's and went to war with him. Walter was killed in action. Philip had all her letters she sent to Walter. He decided he wanted to return those letters to her. He takes a journey across the USA to bring the letters back as well as meet this beautiful women. Josephine has resorted to a life of a spinster. She decided since Walter was killed she would never marry or fall in love again. Along comes Philip, she tries to maintain her distance and be friends with him. But all those around her can see, he is in love with her and may she with him. But she is to scared to let her heart crack open again for love. Thanks to her family, Philip is encouraged to woo her. Help her break down those barriers around her heart. I really enjoyed this story. I love the era of the 1920's this is set in. This historical series is so well written that I forget it is in the pass. Tess Thompson has a way with words and story telling. She doesn't disappoint. Can't wait for the rest of the books to be here.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kris Rubi

    The Spinster of Emerson Pass by Tess Thompson What a wonderful historical book!! It was great to return to Emerson Pass and the Barnes family. It is almost like catching up with old friends. Tess has such a way of drawing you into the story. The characters seem real, you really care for them. This particular story is that of Josephine and Phillip. Phillip was raised in an orphanage. Josephine is the eldest of the Barnes children. Phillip comes to Emerson Pass to meet Josephine after having read t The Spinster of Emerson Pass by Tess Thompson What a wonderful historical book!! It was great to return to Emerson Pass and the Barnes family. It is almost like catching up with old friends. Tess has such a way of drawing you into the story. The characters seem real, you really care for them. This particular story is that of Josephine and Phillip. Phillip was raised in an orphanage. Josephine is the eldest of the Barnes children. Phillip comes to Emerson Pass to meet Josephine after having read the letters she wrote to a fellow soldier. Is it possible to fall in love with someone simply by reading the letters she wrote to someone else? Phillip is willing to take that chance. Emerson Pass is a fictional town, but I wish it was real. There is a sense of community there. Neighbors helping each other out. Everyone lending a hand to help the greater good. A tribute to a time gone by. I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series, whether it be the historical or the modern day Emerson Pass. Tess Thompson has hit it out of the park once again. Clear your day. You won’t want to put this book down!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    Set everything aside. Find your comfy chair and open the pages of this amazing book. I love a book that makes me not want to put it aside but wars with my inner reader to just save the next chapter for tomorrow. Tess' books do that to me. I saved the last chapter for this morning.....finished it and I'm still sitting here trying to let it go and move on. Many have laid out the story for you.....I will simply say go there - to her pages - to see this awesome author's work. Instead I want to go whe Set everything aside. Find your comfy chair and open the pages of this amazing book. I love a book that makes me not want to put it aside but wars with my inner reader to just save the next chapter for tomorrow. Tess' books do that to me. I saved the last chapter for this morning.....finished it and I'm still sitting here trying to let it go and move on. Many have laid out the story for you.....I will simply say go there - to her pages - to see this awesome author's work. Instead I want to go where Tess took me for the days I read - s-l-0-w-l-y through - trying to savor every scene, every character, every word. Truly set in the historic 1900s in Tess's mythical town to honor her grandparents. The language of the book stays on point with that of the time. Its true to life though my life wasn't like this. Ms Thompson takes the reader back in time......and surrounds them with the wintery days, the loving Barnes family and makes the next in the series hard to wait for...... This series is simply a beautiful retreat. Oh do grab it - snuggle up and lock out the world. You will thank Ms Thompson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Dunlap

    Tess Thompson has done it again! Every book she writes gets better and better! The only downfall is once you are finished you have to wait for the next in the series. If you are a fan of Nora Roberts you need to start reading Tess Thompson’s books! Somehow she captures all the feelings and the intense range of emotions women experience. As you read her books, especially The Spinster of Emerson Pass you feel like you are the main character as you feel such raw emotions, you can smell the smells t Tess Thompson has done it again! Every book she writes gets better and better! The only downfall is once you are finished you have to wait for the next in the series. If you are a fan of Nora Roberts you need to start reading Tess Thompson’s books! Somehow she captures all the feelings and the intense range of emotions women experience. As you read her books, especially The Spinster of Emerson Pass you feel like you are the main character as you feel such raw emotions, you can smell the smells that are described and when the plot thickens, you feel the suspense and the anxiety. Even though this is a series Tess always does a great job of reminding you who all the characters are and how they fit together but it never seems redundant. I always feel like I can identify with the feelings of the main character and Josephine Barnes is no different. There is always a plot twist which comes out of nowhere and just when you think you know how the story is going to play out you realize you are totally wrong. The Spinster is a great story of love, loss, healing hope and family. All the reasons I love these books!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda Weber

    I was so happy to return to the Colorado Mountain town of Emerson Pass in Tess Thompson’s second in this Historical Series. It was good to reconnect with the Barnes family whom we followed in the first book in this series. The School Mistress in book one has stepped comfortably into the matriarchal role for the family that she married into and the number of members has increased by 2. The country is grieving for many lost in the war, but breathing in relief that it is over. The two Barnes boys w I was so happy to return to the Colorado Mountain town of Emerson Pass in Tess Thompson’s second in this Historical Series. It was good to reconnect with the Barnes family whom we followed in the first book in this series. The School Mistress in book one has stepped comfortably into the matriarchal role for the family that she married into and the number of members has increased by 2. The country is grieving for many lost in the war, but breathing in relief that it is over. The two Barnes boys went to fight in the war and luckily came home - but not without scars. This story gives us the chance to get to know Josephine, the eldest daughter in the Barnes family, better. We see her grieving the loss of a man she thought she would marry, labeling herself a “Spinster”. But life has different plans for her. I love reading about this era. I love reading about the closeness of community, especially during times of strife. I have a special place in my heart for the mountains of Colorado that the author describes so well , especially the seasonal changes. The author injects a bit of suspense as we learn that things - and people - are not always what we believe them to be.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Josephine Barnes, the eldest of the Barnes children, had a whirlwind romance with Walter before he shipped off to fight in WWI. She wrote him faithfully during his absence. Tragically, Jo received the dreaded letter telling her of Walter's death on the battlefield. Devastated, she vows to stay true to her one love whom she vowed to marry upon his safe return. Phillip Baker was Walter's buddy during the war. He was the one who wrote to Jo about Walter's death. He had all the letters she had writte Josephine Barnes, the eldest of the Barnes children, had a whirlwind romance with Walter before he shipped off to fight in WWI. She wrote him faithfully during his absence. Tragically, Jo received the dreaded letter telling her of Walter's death on the battlefield. Devastated, she vows to stay true to her one love whom she vowed to marry upon his safe return. Phillip Baker was Walter's buddy during the war. He was the one who wrote to Jo about Walter's death. He had all the letters she had written to Walter and felt she should have them. He wrote a letter to her requesting permission to travel to Emerson Pass and deliver Walter's letters to Jo. He expressed a desire to start anew away from New York City, His letter was received with mixed emotions in the Barnes household. Jo ultimately told him it was okay for him to come and visit. When he arrived, he was immediately welcomed into the gregarious Barnes clan and household staff. Over the course of weeks, Jo and Phillip got a chance to know each other, although Phillip had the advantage due to Walter reading her letters to the rest of his buddies. As she slowly starts to trust Phillip, Jo begins to falter in her dedication to Walter. Then Phillip risks everything to tell Jo the truth. And there is a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. I thank the publisher and author for graciously providing me an ARC. All comments in this review are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    From the cover to the ending, another amazing read from Tess Thompson. We revisit the Barnes family of Emerson Pass, a community in Colorado. Oldest daughter Josephine has grown up, become the town's librarian, and pledged her heart to a soldier who is unfortunately killed in WWI. Her twin brothers Theo and Finn also fought in the war and returned home. The author does an excellent job of capturing the impact that war and its aftermath can have on individuals and the community. Jo Barnes believe From the cover to the ending, another amazing read from Tess Thompson. We revisit the Barnes family of Emerson Pass, a community in Colorado. Oldest daughter Josephine has grown up, become the town's librarian, and pledged her heart to a soldier who is unfortunately killed in WWI. Her twin brothers Theo and Finn also fought in the war and returned home. The author does an excellent job of capturing the impact that war and its aftermath can have on individuals and the community. Jo Barnes believes she will remain a spinster for life, but is surprised at her growing feelings for her fiancee's friend, who has come to Emerson Pass to return her letters and to meet the woman who wrote them. Tess Thompson's characters jump off the page and into your mind and heart in every book she writes. Difficult subjects are included, but are well balanced with the positive facets of the story. This book even had a twist I didn't expect, which made it all the more enjoyable. Thank you to the author and the publisher for an Advanced Review Copy of the book. All opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barb McDaniel

    When I heard that Tess Thompson’s second book in the Emerson Pass historical fiction series was available to me, I was instantly excited! I felt so lucky to be provided the opportunity to revisit the characters from her first book once again. I happily discovered that The Spinster’s main character is Jo Barnes, who was one of my favorite people from Book 1. While the book starts off with a very somber war time circumstances, the arrival of the determined newcomer, Phillip, quickly brought the st When I heard that Tess Thompson’s second book in the Emerson Pass historical fiction series was available to me, I was instantly excited! I felt so lucky to be provided the opportunity to revisit the characters from her first book once again. I happily discovered that The Spinster’s main character is Jo Barnes, who was one of my favorite people from Book 1. While the book starts off with a very somber war time circumstances, the arrival of the determined newcomer, Phillip, quickly brought the story alive with his positive energy. The Barnes family, friends and town quickly have Phillip yearning to build a life there, but his true love is Jo whom he hopes to win over and convince that he is the one and only for her. There was an unexpected heart thumping twist toward the end of this story that really brought it even more alive for me. Hands down, “The Spinster” has become my new all-time favorite book of Tess Thompson’s! I highly recommend it to all. Thank you to the author and publisher for the opportunity to read an ARC. All opinions and thoughts are my own and freely given.

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