The Heir and the Spare

Emily Albright

Merit Press, 2016

Agent: Jessica Watterson

Going all the way to England for college--to Oxford, no less--for college would be exciting enough. But no sooner does Evie set foot on English soil than she falls for a boy who turns out to be a real prince--in fact, second in line to the throne of England. Edmund is wonderful, even though loving him can be a royal pain, from the demands of his family to the stuck-up aristocrat who thinks she should be the one to win Edmund's heart. All that is swept aside, however, when the riddle of Evie's past surfaces, and the new couple becomes obsessed with figuring out who the real Evie is, with the growing suspicion that the truth will be a shocker.


"Albright debuts with an unabashed fairy tale romance of the American girl who meets her prince, while discovering her own royal background. It's a fine choice for fans of films like The Princess Diaries or The Prince and Me, or readers looking for a lighthearted romp with a guaranteed happy ending."
Publishers Weekly

"The magic of falling in love...and the challenges of difficult moral decisions are well-portrayed and have timeless appeal."
Kirkus Reviews

"The Heir and the Spare is a fun contemporary read. Evie is so cute and her sass comes out at just the perfect times, making her not too cookie-cutter or stereotypical. Ultimately, this book is a light mystery with the added steam of a royal romance, an HEA and plenty of secondary characters to enjoy."
RT Book Reviews

"Evie is on a quest to uncover a family secret that unfolds through a series of letters from her deceased mother.... [A] delicious, compulsively readable fairy tale romance."
School Library Journal

"Readers will appreciate this debut, which confidently combines royalty, romance, and mystery."

"The story is enjoyable and fun to read. Never boring, never dull. Overall, this book is for those who love the Princess Diaries and its movies. The Heir and the Spare is totally perfect for someone who is looking for a light, very cheesy, and fluffy read that isn't too serious for the brain."
YA Books Central

"An adorable book that is sure to capture any romantic's heart. The plot was incredibly fast-paced and would make for a fabulous beach read...a cute debut that will tickle any reader's toes."

"Contemporary royal romance? Yes, please! This is a fun, fast read that makes you swoon a little as you expel more than a few longing sighs. If you're hungry for clean NA romance—that happens to also be a royal romance with a heaping helping of 'ahhhhhh, sweet!'—you're going to love The Heir and the Spare."
USA Today Happy Ever After blog

"A delightful read for adults [as well as teens]. A classic with an upbeat, realistic feeling and a modern twist."
NY Journal of Books