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The Heir and the Spare

by Emily Albright

Rated: Moderate

American Evie Gray’s mom died when Evie was just a child, and ever since, she has received a letter from her on her birthday. But now that she’s in college and headed to Oxford, where her American dad and British mom met, she has started receiving special letters from her mom sending her on a “quest.” It’s one that will slowly reveal her mother’s secret identity, and it will change her life.

At the same time, Evie ends up in a group of friends that just happens to include the younger prince of England, not that she recognizes him at first. She just knows that the two of them have a lot in common and sparks fly. But she realizes all too quickly that his family expectations likely will rule out the possibility of them dating. Maybe they can be friends. Or maybe not. Maybe more. Or maybe not. Trying to figure out if they have a “relationship” is complicated, and discovering her mother’s secret is making her life even more complicated.

The Heir and the Spare is essentially a mashup of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We. It may not be original, and it’s pretty predictable, but it’s a fun, light read for the times when you need one.

Rated: Moderate, for somewhat regular mild and moderate language and some sexual references. There are a few intense kissing scenes and one that progresses to sex, which cuts to “off-screen” after the kissing and a little more.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 15 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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Heir and Spare
  • The Heir and the Spare
  • by Emily Albright
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Fiction
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