The Heir and the Spare
by Emily Albright
Publisher: Merit Press
Release Date: January 18th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit, British Literature, New Adult
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 fairy tale, 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.
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I have to thank Merit Press and Edelweiss for allowing me to read an e-galley of this title. You probably have noticed if you are a regular reader of my blog, that I don't read a lot of contemporaries. But this had the little extra bit of a prince in it. And that did the trick for me. I really enjoyed this book. I liked Evie, and I feel like for the most part she really acted the way I would probably have acted in the same situation. So to me, that is realistic enough. I loved the way that Evie's mother had left her envelopes to open every year on her birthday, including one that was a secret, that led her to research her mother's family over in England while she went to school. I feel like for the most part the Prince acted as you would expect, but also like he did really like her, and didn't want to give her up. There were a few things that were kind of standard for this type of story, a picture showing him with a girl that he didn't like, but that Evie knew liked him. And of course the way the picture was taken it looked like they were kissing, although in real life she had kind of kissed him, and he immediately pushed her away. There was the whole thing about someone keeping a secret from the other one, and that caused a big issue. I always feel like that is not that realistic. A secret would suck, but I feel like I would understand why the person had kept it if they explained it. But I guess that is the thing that causes the extra drama in a story, whether it is a book, movie, or TV show.
The romance was sweet, wasn't too insta-love, although instant attraction was cool. And the hanging out and enjoying each other before any of that physical stuff started was really great too. A great read for anyone who is an anglophile, or loves a fairy tale type of story. Of course there was the secret in Evie's background that will lead to some of the issues she has with the Prince, but will also solve some of the problems for them to date. I will definitely see about purchasing this one for my school library.
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About the Author:
Emily Albright's debut novel, THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, is releasing January 18, 2016 from Merit Press.
She's a writer, a major bookworm, a lover of romantic movies, a wife, a mother, an owner of one adorable (yet slightly insane) cockapoo, and uses way too many :).
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