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The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright, Evie and Edmund
Evie and Edmund, German edition of The Heir and the Spare, Royal Hearts

German edition

The Heir and the Spare

The Heir and the Spare #1


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.  

Praise for

The Heir and the Spare

“The magic of falling in love … and the challenges of difficult moral decisions are well-portrayed and have timeless appeal.”

       -Kirkus Reviews

“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

“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

"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."

“A delightful read for adults as well as … teens … .A classic with an upbeat, realistic feeling and a modern twist.”

        – NY Journal of Books

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


“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 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
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