The Heir and the Spare
by: Emily Albright
Available now from Merit Press
Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie’s mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.
In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.
Evie can’t resist her growing attraction to Edmund as they spend more time together trying to unravel the clues her mother left behind. But, when doubts arise as to whether or not Edmund could ever be with an untitled American, what really ends up unraveling is Evie’s heart. When Evie uncovers all the facts about her mom’s former life, she realizes her mom’s past can open doors she never dreamed possible, doors that can help her be with Edmund. But, with everything now unveiled, Evie starts to crack under the pressure of new family responsibilities and the realization that her perfect prince may want her for all the wrong reasons.
This was such a cute read! Anyone who has ever dreamed about dating or being royalty will be charmed by this romance. Evie is a smart, strong heroine, who has pursued her dream of going to Oxford, only to find out Edmund, the boy she’s crushing on, might be a little out of her league. As in, he’s an actual prince, out of her league. Despite knowing Edmund’s family would never let them be together, the pair can’t help falling for one another, and I fell completely for Edmund. He’s handsome, sweet and, did I mention, a PRINCE? Swoon!
Probably one of my favorite parts of this book were the letters Evie’s mom left for her after she passed away, which send Evie on a quest to learn about her mother, her family history, and herself. It was such a clever and inventive concept, and Albright uses it to its full potential.
This book is charming and fun, and will bring you back to those moments when you believed fairy tales were real and you really could meet a Prince Charming in real life.
(5 Queen Guards)
About the Author:
Emily is a major bookworm, a lover of romantic movies, a Netflix junkie, a wife, a mother, and an owner of one adorable (yet slightly insane) cockapoo and one very tolerant cat.
Her debut young adult novel, THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, is available now from Merit Press.
Currently, she’s working on her next book.
Emily represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and is a member of RWA and YARWA