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Title: The Heir and the Spare
Author: Emily Albright
Release Date: January 18, 2016
Publisher: Merit Press
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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.
Guest Post by Emily Albright
If you could spend a day with one your characters, who would you choose, where would you go, and what would you talk about?
Which one of my characters would I want to spend the day with? That’s such a great question. Despite never really thinking about this, I immediately knew my answer. As much as I’m tempted to say Prince Edmund (because how awesome would that be?) I’d have to pick Evie’s mom, Lilliana.
Of course I think she’s an interesting character since I wrote her, but there’s another angle, we’re both moms of daughters. I’m sure we’d have a lot to talk about. I imagine we’d grab a cup of tea or coffee and would just wander around talking, until we hit a museum. Then we’d walk the halls, admiring the art as we continued our chat. I’d want to know more about her story, of her and Henry’s romance, and of the time before they met. And why she so willingly sacrificed so much. I imagine her mother played a big role in that.
Of course, we’d compare parenting notes and discuss what’s it’s like raising only children. And about the fear and anguish she felt about her advanced cancer diagnosis and knowing it’d metastasized and she wouldn’t be able to raise her child. Like her, if faced with that reality, I’d want to leave something behind for my kidlet just as she did.
Gosh, it’d be an awesome day! Hmm, maybe I’ll have to play with the idea of a prequel now. ;)
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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