Title: A Change in Tide
Series: Northern Lights #1
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Sports Romance
"A Change In Tide is a beautiful love story touching on real life problems and honest emotions. Barker has a wonderful way with words that keeps us wanting more. This book is definitely at the top of my list of favorite reads for 2017!" -author RB Hilliard
"A Change In Tide will make you hurt, make your heart race in empathy, and then put you back together again!" -author CP Smith
What impact would it have when everything suddenly faded to black? For Mia, a crowded subway ride changes her entire life. Retreating to the wilderness helps her cope with a world that is suddenly too loud, too turbulent. Her existence safely contained to the small cottage on the lake, she is unprepared for the neighbor that moves across the bay A career-ending injury has Jared permanently benched. His reputation as The Enforcer won’t survive the unanticipated responsibilities awaiting him. Away from the public eye, he adjust to his new reality, under the quiet observation of the intriguing hermit on the other side of the water.
Sweet and slow…
Defining moments. We probably all have them in our lives, some good, and some bad, others happy and, yes, sad. They can help us grow yet they also may hold us back. Mia and Jared’s story could be a case study in these moments as their relationship grows and stumbles through shades of the past that continue to influence them both…
Mia and Jared were new neighbours, with Mia finding the tranquility of her remote home a balm to the struggles she faced. Jared was looking at a turning point in his life, in his family’s life, and looked at his new home as a way to regroup. A fresh start. From an eye-opening (eye-popping, really) first encounter, their story quickly found its pace in events that allowed all the characters to slowly reveal themselves to the reader as they did to each other.
“You made me forget what alone feels like.”
The sizzle between Mia and Jared was understated but definitely there as they worked through first impressions, assumptions and the hits that just kept on coming. I loved hearing, feeling, the story from their alternate points of view, allowing intimate glimpses into their fears and their apprehensions, as well as their innermost desires. Jared was all kinds of swoony protective where the loves of his life were concerned and seeing that play out against the strong women of his life made the laughs and the tears that much sweeter.
With rolling hills rather than steep mountains, this romance was a love story in typical Canadian fashion. Honest, forthright with understated emotion that left me feeling that love is always possible….
Freya Barker inspires with her stories about 'real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy. She is the author of the Cedar Tree Series and the Portland, ME, novels.
Freya is the recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” and is a finalist for the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for “From Dust”. She currently has two complete series and three anthologies published, and is working on two new series; La Plata County FBI—ROCK POINT, and Northern Lights. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!