The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
*This review contains spoilers*
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.
Well this was really swoon worthy. A wonderfully romantic read, I read this all in one sitting (on a 5+ hr. plane ride) and it was worth it. I believe this is Albright’s debut novel and it is a great one! She writes the character’s beautifully and I absolutely adored Evie. Evie is a strong character who knows what she wants and will not be pushed around. I enjoyed the character development and the writing was simple, but it flowed well.
The only thing that I felt was a drawback was the ending. Albright does a really good job at prolonging their eventual romance and building suspense, and I really enjoyed that. The romance felt real and honest, but I felt the ending was really rushed and thrown together. After all that time, the last few pages felt like an injustice to their romance and relationship. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It is a pretty clean read.
Published: 2016, 288 pages.