Book Review: Something in the Heir by Suzanne Enoch

Something in the Heir was a sweet, clean story. It was different from what I normally read for sure but it was definitely cute thanks to the kids. 

Book Review: Something in the Heir by Suzanne Enoch
Something in the Heir by Suzanne Enoch

Smart, capable heiress Emmeline Pershing will do anything to keep her beloved home; and all it takes is an arranged marriage and a teeny white lie to fulfill her family’s silly inheritance rules. But now her little fib means that she and her completely unsuspecting husband are going to inherit big — and very messy! —trouble.

Emmeline and William Pershing have enjoyed a perfectly convenient marriage for eight years. Their relationship is a seamless blend of their talents and goals. They’ve settled into separate, well-ordered lives beneath the same roof, and are content to stay that way—or so Emmeline thinks. And if William has secretly longed for a bit more from the woman he adores, he’s managed to be content with her supreme skills as a hostess and planner, which has helped him advance his career.

Then when Emmeline’s grandfather, the reclusive Duke of Welshire, summons them both for his birthday celebration and demands they bring their two little angelic children, William is stunned to discover that his very proper wife invented not one, but two heirs to fulfill the agreement for living at Winnover. But surely if Emmeline and William team up and borrow two cherubs to call their own, what could go wrong? Enter George, age 8, and Rose, 5—the two most unruly orphans in Britain.

As the insanity unfolds, their careful, professional arrangement takes some surprisingly intimate turns as well. Perhaps it takes a bit of madness to create the perfect happily ever after.

3 out of 5 stars

Overall, this was a good story but I didn’t love it. I did feel invested while reading, I liked the details and descriptions and build to the end.

The story starts out pretty fun and I was laughing as Emmie had to tell Will about making up children. What I learned about their history I liked but it wasn’t very in-depth, more like mentions of past feelings. There was a romance happening but it felt very subtle, so if you blinked, you missed it. Since Will and Emmie were already married, it felt like their coming together was a footnote. It was more about the kids and them becoming a family. The kids were great! I felt for them and how hard they had to work to take care of themselves. I liked them all coming together and bits of humor throughout. There was a bit of a twist that brought some drama, I liked how everyone came together to deal with it. Mostly I felt for the kids and couldn't wait for Emmie to figure out what was important.

There's a nice cast of characters with the servants, helping to create a few entertaining scenes. There was a short side story about a couple and I felt those two had more chemistry than Will and Emmie. There were some descriptions that were repetitive throughout the story and while I was happy to get to the end, I felt it was rather predictable. Since the romance was so low-key, it was very much a slow burn with only a few on-page kisses.

I say it was good because I was always looking forward to what would happen next but I was missing a true, heartfelt romance. Thanks to the kids and them becoming a family, it was a sweet and heartwarming read.

Complimentary copy received from St. Martin's Press.

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