by Emily Albright
Publisher: Merit Press
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
For once, Maggie McKendrick just wants to control her own life. Her overbearing Hollywood director father has it all planned out for her: UCLA, law school, then working as an entertainment lawyer, preferably for him. But Maggie has other, more creative, spirit-friendly plans. Namely, Thrippletons School of Fashion and Design in England, and then onto becoming a designer, preferably a wildly successful one. The big snag in her plan? Getting it past her dad.
A movie shoot takes the family to the Scottish Highlands for the summer and closer to Maggie’s dream school. While there, she runs into the charming Preston Browne. Maggie is intrigued and decides to bend her no-guys rule—instituted after her ex used her to get close to her dad. Forced to keep secrets from Preston in order to protect the future plans she’s made, Maggie finds herself falling for the tall Brit. And for once in her life, she knows that he’s interested in her, not her Hollywood connections. When Maggie's father blackmails her into dating his lead actor, she isn’t left with a choice. The biggest problem isn’t having to date hunky, mega-hottie, Ben Chambers. No, it’s praying she doesn’t lose Preston in the process.
Excelling at her dream school, Maggie’s personal life is a tangled mess. She needs to decide if living a lie is worth losing Preston or chance going against her father and facing his wrath. When the tabloids expose the truth of her fake relationship with Ben, Maggie's world is thrown into a tailspin. Ultimately, Maggie must find the courage to take risks and forge ahead on her own path.
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Guest Post: My Top 5 Favorite Romantic Movies, by Emily Albright
Thanks for having me on your blog today! I’m Emily Albright, author of YA novels EVERYDAY MAGIC (coming 12.2.16) and THE HEIR AND THE SPARE (available now). I’m so thrilled to be here to share with you my favorite romantic movies. I had such a hard time narrowing it down to five, but somehow I managed! So, here they are, in no particular order. :)
Pride and Prejudice
This is one of my all-time favorites. I love all of Jane Austen’s books, and the movies are no different. However, this version of Pride and Prejudice is my go-to movie whenever I’m in a funk. I love the scenery, the dialogue, the relationship between Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, Lizzie’s sassiness, and the costumes are beyond lovely.
I look forward to this movie every Christmas. Well, thanks to Netflix I don’t have to wait for Christmas anymore. ;) This is one of my favorites because of all the parallel story lines and how they interconnect with each other. And the opening scene where Hugh Grant narrates over scenes of the arrivals gate at the airport always makes me smile and tear up simultaneously. My favorite story arc is a toss-up between Hugh Grant’s and Colin Firth’s, although they are all wonderful and show many different kinds of love and stages of love.
You've Got Mail
I love an enemies-to-lovers story, and this one is at the top of my list. Starting out as competitors and disliking each other to gradually becoming friends and then something more, I don’t know, it always makes me swoon. One of my favorite things about this movie is how the city of New York itself becomes like another character through all the great scenery. Every time I watch it, I want to hop on a plane and take a trip there.
While You Were Sleeping
This movie came out when I was in high school, and I just loved it; I have ever since. No matter what time of year it is, this movie brings a smile to my face, and I will always sit down and watch it. I can’t pinpoint what it is I like about it so much, it just makes me happy.
First off, this movie needs a sequel, like now. ;) I absolutely love The Holiday. The idea of jetting off to a foreign country on a whim to escape the drama in your life and meeting a great guy when you get there is the best. This is another movie that I’ll sit and watch, no matter what I might be in the middle of doing. Kate Winslet’s story arc is definitely my favorite. I love how she finally stands up to her slimy ex, and her relationship with Arthur is the best! Yay for gumption!
Thanks again for having me here today! :D
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Emily Albright's debut novel, THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, released 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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