Review: The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

18360428_148621689009500_1048440959_nGoodreads Synopsis:

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.

Chick and Brain Rating: 4 out of 5

Another home run with a first time writer for me, I am starting to become very worried that my luck is going to run out. Again another fluffy read for me. I wanted an easy read with nothing but roses and sunshine, this was it. I am a sucker for the Prince and Me and the Princess Diaries and this was the perfect mash-up of the two for me . Royal romances always hit the spot when I read them and this one did not disappoint.

Evie is coming into her own by attending Oxford, while also following a sequence of letters left for her by her mother when she was younger. These letters are meant to help her find out more about her mother, who is originally from England, and possibly learn more about herself along the way. Edmund is the spare heir to the throne of England, which has trouble within itself. Lets add college and possibly falling for the new American Girl in the group to the mix. This whole thing just spells trouble for Edmund and Evie. I mean we do have the obvious insta-romance, but there is a still a build up.  We follow these two through the journey of becoming friends to more than friends. We watch the inevitable missteps, complications and uncertainties but Albright rewards us with the typical happy ending.

Although Evie and Edmund follow the clues provided by her mother, we are more focused on the love story between the two characters that finding out why her mother left these letters becomes secondary. Albright does an amazing job of ensuring that her mother’s story, although not the main focus, remains part of the story. It is not forced and does not impede the follow of the story in any way. In the end although it is not the most important aspect of the story, we would not have had the same reading experience without.

This is a quick and easy read with a happy ending. Sometimes that is all we need. This has a little less of the cheese with some real life problems but we get what we are looking for. I am very happy with this choice. Anyone looking for a happy ending with no fuss, this is the one for you.


Until Next Time,





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