A Wedding at Meadows Shore
by Eva Charles
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GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Meadows Shore is the childhood home of the five Clayton sisters and the six Harrington brothers, the family seat where these irresistible characters gather regularly…or whenever they need the comfort of Portuguese home cooking and the love and wisdom of elder women.
After Sophie Clayton catches her husband in bed with a young intern, she creates a new life for herself as the executive director of a failing domestic violence agency. It’s the perfect job for a woman born to fix everything. A friend’s broken heart, a tattered agency, a flat tire—she’ll roll up her sleeves and make it as good as new. Sophie rarely encounters anything she can’t fix…until she meets the devastatingly handsome and insufferably arrogant, Max Parker. One of Boston’s most eligible bachelors, he’s never without a stunning young woman on his arm and in his bed.
When Sophie’s forced to deal with Max, sparks fly, and somewhere in the crossfire of verbal daggers and clever barbs, she discovers his darkest secret.
“Do you mind if I throw this in the freezer?”
“Of course not, dear. You may need to move a few things around, but there should be plenty of room. Max, my hands are wet, would you help Sophie get that ice cream into the freezer—the one in the pantry. What flavors did you end up making?”
Sophie headed toward the pantry off the kitchen. “Coffee for Daniel, vanilla, and mint chocolate chip. I thought they’d all work with chocolate cake.”
He took the cooler from her. “You made the ice cream?”
She nodded, opening the freezer.
“I’m impressed. Mint chip is my favorite.”
“Really? I would’ve pegged you more as a rocky road kind of guy—dark, with bitter chunks, and nuts—not too smooth.”
He could only see her back at the moment, but he knew her eyes were twinkling and the corners of her mouth were curved up. He could hear it in her voice.
He grabbed a piece of ice from the freezer and reached around her, touching the icy half-moon to the hollow of her neck, the sweet spot right where it meets the collarbone. The very spot he wanted to kiss. She jumped, startled by the unexpected cold against her skin, and raised her hand to swat him away.
“I don’t think so,” he crowed. Letting the ice cube fall to the floor he grabbed both her wrists, holding them while she struggled to get free. He leaned against her, pinning her between his body and the refrigerator door. Even the chill from the open freezer wasn’t enough to cool what was smoldering between them. He could feel her pulse racing, saw her lips part in anticipation. He bent to kiss her, but caught himself just in time, emitting a low growl instead. As much as he wanted it, this wasn’t the time or the place to steal a kiss.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of A Wedding at Meadow Shores by Eva Charles for the purpose of an honest review.
It is always a great privilege for me to have the opportunity to read and review a book. It is not a privilege I take lightly. I enjoy what I do and I am very prudent about the subject matter of the books I choose. Although the last several books have been about subject matter that is very near to my heart and my life. A Wedding at Meadow Shores by Eva Charles is another of those novels.
It is difficult to keep my life’s experiences from coloring my reviews, and with domestic violence, shelters for victims of domestic violence, and PTSD all included in the contents it is virtually impossible. I was forced to take breaks as flashbacks of my history interrupted the heart of this beautiful love story. I read and fell into exhausted sleep as the flashbacks took their toll. I cried silent tears and relived some of the worst moments of my past, yet I kept reading.
A Wedding at Meadow Shores encompasses some very ugly truths about domestic violence and PTSD but wraps all these ugly realities into a beautiful story about family, about trust, about caring, about love, and most of all about strength. Sophie and Max face so many obstacles, yet the strength of their individual characters and the ultimate strength of their love for each other wins out over any damage that the past has managed to inflict upon either one of them. And for that strength of character written by Eva Charles I fell in love with this book and these characters and their families.
It is for the strength written into these characters that I give five steaming hot cups of Room With Books coffee to A Wedding at Meadow Shores by Eva Charles as my humble review and I very highly recommend you read this beautiful beginning to what I feel certain will be a wonderful relationship with the characters of the Meadow Shore Series by Eva Charles.
©May 1, 2016
Eva Charles is the author of the multi-titled Meadows Shore Series that chronicles 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.
Eva Charles will be awarding a $50 Amazon/B&N gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.