17 Jul 2016

Review: The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

The Heir and the Spare, Emily Albright
Publisher: Merit Press (January 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1440590109

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 reasonsGoodreads
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Evie is an American student who moves to England where she meets Edmund, another young adult just joining Oxford University. I really liked the two main characters because they were kind and also strong. What Evie doesn’t know though – and only finds out later into the school year – is that Edmund is a real prince, second in line to the throne of England actually. He is royal and as the story unfolds, we find out that Evie also has very unusual ancestors. I don’t want to spoil the mystery as it is the most interesting part of the story. The only thing that bothered me is the fact that in my view Edmund should have spoken in a ‘British way’. Instead he actually uses American expressions and vocabulary. I don’t think that was believable. Apart from that I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it if you are looking for a clever, fun and romantic read.

Review by mother and daughter duo, Helene & Shona Tiernan.
Both are avid readers of fiction, enjoying a wide range of topics. Helene is a former journalist, a trained yoga teacher and also enjoys putting pen to paper herself. Her daughter Shona is a 13-year-old teenager who sings, plays the violin, drums and is passionate about tap dancing and her little brother. Both love diving into different worlds through the eyes of an author. Originally from Belgium, they currently live in Portugal with their family.

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