Monday, July 16, 2018

Book Review: A Change of Pace (Northern Lights Collection #3) by Freya Barker

Title: A Change of Pace
Series: Northern Lights Collection
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 16, 2018

Once a man who lived by the letter of the law.

Newt Tobias will do anything for his little girl. Even take early retirement, sell his city home, and move to cottage country, hoping that the simpler life will provide a better balance for his troubled teenage daughter. 

Yet, not long after they’ve settled, he finds himself toe-to-toe with a stubborn, fiery-tempered woman with pretty brown eyes.

Once a recluse preferring to live alone. 

Working with troubled adolescents, Frederique Marchand doesn’t suffer fools and won’t put up with bullies. Especially handsome strangers like Newt who think they can run roughshod over her. She loves her work, but on her own time she much prefers the company of her menagerie of animals.

But with the welfare of a teenager at stake, she must put aside rocky first impressions and work with a man who needs her as much as she’ll come to need him.

Foxylutely Book Reviews - “This was another winning storyline from Freya Barker and one I did not want to end.”

Mindy Lou’s Book Review - “What an incredible and emotional story about a single father struggling to help his troubled, teenage daughter.”

The Laundry Librarian - “A Change of Pace is the perfect down home, all the feels, REAL romance read. It was refreshing, heartbreaking and beautiful.”

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

You realize this is supposed to be a bonding exercise, right? I swear the two of you make it feel more like the Hunger Games than euchre night…

I hardly think you'd qualify as a spinster. You don't wear the prerequisite sensible shoes.

Seriously, you'd think he was pushing out triplets the way he's moaning and grunting. Nothing worse than a sick man… Married bliss, they say. A load of jabberwocky. Wait ‘til pretty boy gets a cold, the romance will evaporate fast then a fart in a fan factory.

My Review:

I adore Freya Barker stories and I particularly relished how she employed the uncommon twist of a selfless and nurturing single-parent dad for this one.   Newt was a relatively awesome dad despite only stepping into the full-time parent role a few years prior.  But then, I always enjoy picking up a Freya Barker book.  Her stories are relevant, unique, and original, yet easy to sink into and feature realistic people with real-world issues while also providing entertaining side servings of romance, sensual steam, and levity.  As with all her books, the primary and secondary characters featured in Change of Pace were recognizable and realistically flawed, yet endearing and well-meaning with each valiantly struggling with their own foibles, choices, and concerns.  The writing flowed smoothly and was comfortably easy to follow while also emotive and engaging.  I appreciate and marvel at her observant insights and thoughtful touches which deftly insert each thread into a cohesive storyline.  Plus, I scored the added bonus of learning a new word – garburator, which according to Mr. Google, is what our friends to the north call the garbage disposal.  

Empress DJ

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!


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