Meadows Shore Series
by Eva Charles GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Prepare to fall in love with the Claytons and Harringtons and their rich Portuguese heritage. A Wedding at Meadows Shore is the first book in the series. In it, you’ll meet the family and visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled along the moody Atlantic in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor.
It all begins with Sophie’s story, where she discards the past and learns to trust herself and others. The series follows the lives of her sisters and cousins while they, too, sort through their baggage and fall in love. Travel with them on their romantic journeys, stopping in rural Minnesota, New Orleans, and other enchanted places along the way.
They are wealthy and powerful, but suffer pain and loss much like the rest of us. Even great privilege can't shield them from those experiences. But despite their wealth and power, I think you'll find them approachable and down-to-earth—or as Cole Harrington would say: “We put our pants on one leg at a time, same as everybody else.”
There's an old Portuguese adage, "the rooster crows loudly, but it’s the hen who’s in charge.” And so it is with the Claytons and Harringtons: strong women, alpha males, and of course, Avó Angelina, the family matriarch who keeps them all on their best behavior.
Bem vindo à família, Welcome to the family!
From A Wedding at Meadows Shore:
His voice took on a husky, seductive quality. “The women I date aren’t interested in my body, Sophie. What interests them is how I pleasure their bodies.”
She stared deep into his icy blue eyes and snickered.
Max never missed even the smallest of details. They were often the difference between success and getting your hat handed to you. Tonight, he noticed Sophie’s eyes betray her, even as she mocked him. Her pupils were dilated, the rich, whiskey-colored irises nearly overtaken by black. I have her attention.
Embolden by her body’s reaction, he took a step closer. He was so close that if she’d been breathing, her breath would’ve warmed his skin. “I can bring much more to your bed than my father does. So…much…more…” He drew out the words, emphasizing each in a voice that oozed sex. “And though I’m not an easy man to impress, I’m sure you’d have no trouble persuading me to finance your agency. None at all,” he drawled.
Neither of them spoke for a long moment, maybe two. The air was charged. The silence dangled between them like a ripe peach, fragrant and swollen, tempting the weakest among them to reach for it first.
“What do you think?” he asked softly, ending the silence.
While waiting for her response, a calculated kind of wait, he resisted the urge to lift his hand and run his fingers through the strands of hair that’d come loose, softly framing her face.
“I think you really are an ass.”
With that, she turned and walked away. Leaving him to gape at her magnificent back.
Eva Charles is the author of the multi-titled Meadows Shore Series chronicling the lives and loves of the Clayton-Harrington family. She invites you to visit their beloved Meadows Shore, nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you’ll enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food, Portuguese style.
After being a confirmed city-girl for more than thirty-five years, Eva moved to beautiful western Massachusetts in 2014. There, she found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkeys, deer, and coyotes roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she’d been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into a romantic tale.
When she’s not writing, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.
Character Interview of Sophie Clayton, the heroine inA Wedding at Meadows Shore
Please tell us your name and a little bit about yourself.
My name is Maria Sophia Clayton, but almost everyone calls me Sophie. I am the executive director of New Day, an agency that works with victims of domestic violence. I have four younger sisters, Natalia, Isabella, Helena, and Juliana, and grew up next door to my six male cousins, the Harringtons, who think it’s their mission to meddle in my life, especially where men are concerned. I spoke Portuguese as a first language, and I continue to speak it regularly when I’m with my grandmother, Avó Angelina and my great-aunts, Tia Mariana and Tia Teresa. I’m married to Max Parker, the love of my life, and we have a daughter, Lily.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Many people would say my greatest accomplishment was keeping my family together after my parents and aunt and uncle were killed. But it wasn’t all me, everyone rose to the occasion and helped as much as they could to keep the family from crumbling. Personally, I believe my greatest accomplishment was taking over as the executive director of New Day, a failing domestic violence agency, and making the necessary changes to put the agency back on track. I didn’t do that alone either, I had lots of help, especially from Daniel Parker, Max’s dad.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
No! I believe in wow he’s hot, at first sight. Love is something that develops after you get to know someone—it grows from trust and friendship. My parents loved each other very much, and taught us that love is as much about giving as it is about taking. My father was a wonderful man and husband, but despite this, I married a complete cad before I’d even graduated from college. The second time around, I chose so much better, but it took me a while to realize I loved Max, and to trust that he loved me.
If you could travel back in time and change one thing about your life, what would it be?
I wouldn’t have married my first husband, Eric Stevens. Although little kids didn’t run away from me screaming, and I had close friends, I was never a beautiful and popular girl. Eric was a few years older and showered me with attention. He knew just how to play me, and for a long time, he made me feel that I was the most important thing that had ever come into his life. But I wasn’t special; it was my family’s money and connections that interested him. Everyone around me could see it, and eventually I saw it to, but I had already given up too many good years of my life. What I am most sorry about, is that my parents died knowing I was in a loveless marriage with a despicable man.
What is your greatest strength?
My greatest strength is also my greatest weakness: I am incredibly stubborn, and when I set my mind to something, it’s awfully hard to get me to change it. I also have great DNA. I come from a long line of strong, fearless women, who keep their chins up and their shoulders back, especially in tough times. My grandmother, Vovó, buried her parents, her husband at the age of twenty-four, and both her children, but she never sat around and wallowed in self-pity. There was simply too much to do every day. My cousin, Cole Harrington, believes my sisters and I inherited her grit.