~ Tess Thompson ~
Tess Thompson Romance...hometowns and heartstrings. USA Today Bestselling author Tess Thompson writes small-town romances and historical fiction. She started her writing career in fourth grade when she wrote a story about an orphan who opened a pizza restaurant. Oddly enough, her first novel, "Riversong" is about an adult orphan who opens a restaurant. Clearly, she's been obsessed with food and words for a long time now. With a degree from the University of Southern California in theatre, she’s spent her adult life studying story, word craft, and character. Since 2011, she’s published 20 novels and 3 novellas. Most days she spends at her desk chasing her daily word count or rewriting a terrible first draft. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her husband, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats. Yes, that's four kids and five cats. Tess loves to hear from you. Drop her a line at email@example.com
The Sugar Queen (Emerson Pass Book 2)
May 19, 2020
Contemporary ~ Sports ~ Second-chance Romance
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.
Christmas Wedding Cliffside Bay Series
July 8, 2019
Holiday ~ Contemporary ~ Saga Fiction ~ Small Town ~ Sweet Romance
It's supposed to be the wedding of Lisa's dreams: the picturesque ski town of Emerson Pass, Colorado, her closest family and very best friends, and the love of her life waiting for her at the altar. But when the mother of the groom sets out to rid her son, Rafael, of a family marriage curse before the big day, it seems that all of her best efforts do nothing but keep the curse alive. And when the mother of the bride drops a bombshell on her daughter the night before the ceremony, it seems the wedding Lisa has always wanted may never become a reality.
Join the Wolves and their lovely ladies in snowy Colorado for this sweet, suspenseful installment of USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson's much beloved Cliffside Bay Series. But please note that unlike the other books in the series, Christmas Wedding is not a standalone and is intended to be enjoyed after reading Missed: Rafael & Lisa.
Blue Ink Blue Mountain Series Book 3
January 21, 2019
Saga ~ Contemporary ~ Mystery ~ Small Town ~ Sweet Romance ~ Women's Lit
From USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson, visit Blue Mountain yet again in this standalone tale that celebrates underdogs, family secrets, and forbidden love.
Charlotte Wilde’s life is a flop. She gives her heart to the wrong men, her first published book is a failure, and now she’s dead broke too. Desperate to pay the bills, she takes a job caring for an elderly woman who is recovering from a broken hip, hopeful the position will leave her with plenty of time to focus on her writing.
Yet as Charlotte gets to work, dutifully helping Mrs. Lanigan sort through a box of old letters, distractions abound. For one thing, both women immediately become consumed with a mystery unfolding in the correspondence. And to complicate matters further, Charlotte finds herself drawn to her charge’s son, Ardan, like they’ve known each other forever. Will he become another of her mistakes or has she finally found the one?
In the third volume of the Blue Mountain Series, USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson reunites us with the Lanigan brothers, their cranky mother, and the feisty Heywood sisters. This standalone story of forbidden love and hundred-year old mystery will keep you turning pages way past your bedtime.
The Santa Trial
October 22, 2017
Holiday ~ Contemporary ~ Sweet Romance
Neither Ryan nor Rena is thrilled about jury duty. He's a widower with a small daughter who needs him. She's a struggling single woman who can't afford to miss a day's pay. But when they spot each other across the courtroom, suddenly jury duty doesn't seem like such a burden after all. Together with their fellow jurors, they must decide the fate of a defendant who believes he's Santa. It's a seemingly unromantic task for two infatuated strangers, but love could find a way with a little help from the magic of Christmas. Like a stocking stuffed with all the special treats of the season, this Tess Thompson novella is as sweet as sugar plums and as satisfying as a batch of fresh, warm cookies.
Riverstorm The River Valley Series Book 5
September 19, 2017
Saga Romance ~ Contemporary ~ Small Town ~ Women's Lit
Two hard-headed attorneys will retrace the steps of their shared past and learn to embrace forgiveness and second chances in this small-town romance from USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson.
Los Angeles attorneys Grant Perry and Liz Teeny were once in love, until youth and circumstance tore them apart. Ten years later, they’re reunited while working on an important trial. He’s successful and handsome, but childhood demons haunt him. Liz, lonely and driven, has devoted her life to work.
When unexpected personal events bring them to River Valley, they learn of family secrets that could change their lives forever. How will what they learn impact their lives? Will these secrets bring healing or more heartbreak? Is it too late for a second chance?
The fifth installment in Tess Thompson’s beloved River Valley Series explores themes of family, home, and the way childhood trauma can follow you into adulthood. Witty banter, lovable characters and a sprinkle of mystery makes this an emotional page-turner.
January 4, 2017
Historical ~ Mystery ~ Suspense ~ Women's Lit
War is hell, even after it’s over. Just ask the men who fought and the women they left behind in this suspenseful post-war drama about America’s Greatest Generation from USA Today bestseller Tess Thompson.
An injured war hero returns home to an empty house.
A pregnant teen is abandoned by her family after her sweetheart is killed in battle.
A poor, unwanted boy becomes a man obsessed with having it all, no matter the cost.
And a rich girl who has everything except the one thing she desperately needs seeks solace in food.
When these four lives intertwine on a collision course with ruin, will it be Miller’s secret that destroys them all?
Duet For Three Hands
November 22, 2016
Historical ~ Multicultural ~ Women's Lit
A standalone historical romance from USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson that teaches a valuable lesson about life’s most important choice: embracing the power of love or being consumed by the power of hate.
Nathaniel Fye’s marriage into the wealthy Bellmont family is one of convenience, and the brilliant concert pianist soon discovers he has no idea who his wife really is. Then tragedy leaves Nathaniel with nothing more than memories of his fame and fortune, and a single protege - the widow Lydia Tyler - to continue teaching.
Jeselle Thorton’s heart has always belonged to one man, who, fortunately for Jeselle, has always reciprocated her love. But because of the color of their skin, the couple can never have more than their dreams of a future together.
Four lives brought together by circumstance will be forced to combat prejudice and risk everything in this deep and complex family saga of forbidden love and flawed humanity in America’s Depression-era South.
Tea and Primroses The Legley Bay Series Book 2
November 23, 2016
Suspense ~ Contemporary ~ Small Town ~ Sweet Romance ~ Women's Lit
A young woman will juggle grief, secrets, painful truths, and a second chance at love in this unforgettable read by USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson.
Constance Mansfield had a perfect life: a successful writing career, a beloved daughter, a beautiful home, loving friends, and perhaps most importantly, her privacy. But after Constance is killed, her grieving daughter Sutton begins to unravel her mother's secrets amidst the grief of unexpected loss. And it seems that Constance's privacy was not for her protection, but for something - or someone - else entirely.
As Sutton struggles to answer the questions about her mother's emotional walls, she finds herself craving the comfort of her past. A past that includes Declan Treadwell. But for all the relief Declan could bring, he's the last person Sutton wants to see. Forced to face both the pain of lost love and the mystery of her mother's complicated life, can Sutton emerge stronger than before? Or will life's tragedies be her undoing?