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A Change In Tide (Northern Lights Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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
Such a truly beautiful story! The writing is gorgeous, the scenery is beautiful... You should definitely pick up this one! Superb, unique, and sexy.
-author Tia Louise
Freya Barker has woven a delicate balance of honest emotions and well-formed characters into a tale that is as unique as it is gripping. You root for love as much as you root for the story to never end. I think this is her very best work to date, and it's a story not to be missed.
-author Ginger Scott, bestselling young and new adult author and Goodreads Choice Awards finalist
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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A Change in Tide is the first story in a new and, what promises to be an interesting series from Ms B.
In this book we meet Mia and Jared. Jared is a recently retired ice hockey player who has moved to the lake to escape the glare and intrusion of the media and get used to living a different kind of life to that he's been used to. He was a bit of a player but has realised that this is no longer how he wants to live his life, partly because he's getting older but also due to changes in his family circumstances. I really liked the guy! He was unapologetic for the life he had led and was genuinely interested in changing his ways.
Mia was a real contradiction once we got to know her... A quiet woman, she has sequestered herself away in her cottage, with nigh on no contact with the outside world - with the exception of her friend and the therapist she attends. Terrible nerves, panic attacks and the fear of being outside (apart from walks with her dog, working on her small garden and her valued time on the lake) has led to Mia cutting herself off and that's just they way she likes it... or so she has led herself to believe.
When faced with Jared and an unusual situation when out on the lake one day she finds that maybe the life she's been leading isn't entirely what she needs any longer. Over a short period of time her life takes some unexpected turns that throw more than a few bumps in her up until now quiet life and reading about how she copes and deals with these events made for exceptional reading!
Mia's fear and anxiety was palpable and her emotional roller-coaster ride with life, and Jared, played out with such depth. Freya's writing conveys feelings and emotions to such an extent that, for me anyway, it's like watching a movie reel in my head that's showing the whole story in full technicolour.
I hate spoilers and you get the gist of the book from the blurb so I'm not gonna say much more about the storyline.
What I am gonna say is that Freya Barker has an immense talent that is terribly underrated.
She is now one of my top 3 favourite authors and an auto 1-C buy (I don't even need to read the blurb!). I adore the fact that her characters are generally a little older, have emotional (and sometimes mental) baggage, they have lived a life that hasn't always been easy and through their books they face new & difficult challenges and issues that could understandably send them running in the opposite direction but their strength of character and determination sees them face their fears, whether that's their first choice or not, and makes them all the more endearing to us!
Packed with great relatable characters, main and supporting, drama, humour, heat and so so many feels, if you haven't yet picked up a Freya Barker book you are seriously missing out! A Change in Tide would be a great place to start as it is a new series that you can dive into, but in my humble opinion, go back to the Cedar Tree series that was the start of her writing and begin there - I promise you won't regret it!
Book 1 in the new Northern Lights series gets 5 tide changing stars!
I loved it just as much as all her previous books but in a different way.
As when she started her Porland ME series, they were different than the Cedar Tree series.
Each series has a different feel to them which is kinda hard to put into words as a reader.
A Change of Tide is the first in her new series based in Canada, the country where she lives.
The pace is gentle, the characters are written with a depth that she manages to capture no matter what the style of book, there are no great suspenseful moments, there is no great agnst but there REALLY doesn't need to be!
Jared and Mia are wonderfully deep characters without any of that.
Both have had their lives changed by an event in their pasts.
Both have dealt with the effects of these events differently.
That said, once I got over that bump right at the beginning of the book I ended up enjoying it. I chose to forget what Jared did and concentrated on how good he was with his girls. I love how patient he was with Mia, never forcing her to do anything she wasn't ready to do. Jared and Mia were great together, perfect for each other and the bonus? No ridiculous childish drama. That'll do for me :)
I enjoyed the book although it didn't set me on fire, and it was a bit boring and predictable in places; however it was well written and worth a read.
1) a storyline that grabbed my attention
2) a beautiful setting - a place that by the end I wanted to live in
3) characters that are both at a point in their lives that despite any previous experiences , are able to overcome what life continues to throw at them,
4) characters that you are rooting for from day 1
As I've experienced before in Freya Barker's books, you get all this and so much more. MIa and Jared - a complicated pair of characters, who both deserve so much.
As Ever a 5 star read that leaves you wanting more!
Strong but vulnerable leads whose families expand and merge to create a picture that you want to be part of. I have the second book all ready to read.
Top international reviews
A Change in Tide is an emotionally uplifting story about loss, love and adapting to new realities. Jared and Mia’s love is one that will fill your heart and stay with you weeks after you’ve finished the last page.
I found myself thoroughly invested in both of these characters, as well as the supporting crew. They are both victims of circumstance and I enjoyed witnessing their evolution. I was cheering them on as they healed and progressed to their HEA.
Kudos Ms. Barker! You pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go until I read the very last word.
Note: I have seen a few reviewers show discontent at the first chapter. I personally feel it is a true representation of Jared’s last hurrah before things are about to get serious. You would totally be missing out on a mesmerizing and beautiful story if you stopped there.
This was a very heartwarming journey you travel on with these two. The characters are around their 40's & have a maturity & life skills about them. I found it quite touching & a times an emotional read.
Again she blew my mind with the story and the amazing way of writing, touching my heart with her words. I've finished this book and plain dove in again !! I love, love this new series.
Both Mia and Jared had their life turned upside down by the same event. However, each of them handled their loss in different ways. For Jared, he threw himself into his career, while Mia lost hers and so much more. At first glance, Jared and Mia's relationship should not work. One is reclusive and the other used to being in the spotlight. Yet, when they share the losses they have endured, their simmering chemistry shifts into high gear.
At first Jared appears to be an ass, yet Mia can't seem to keep her eyes off of her new neighbor. Once Jared takes on an unanticipated responsibility, he settles and leaves his playboy ways behind and is intrigued by his neighbor across the bay. After losing his career, Jared seeks to be out of the limelight, which is exactly where he finds Mia, whom he tries to draw back into society. Unexpectedly thrown together, their attraction becomes magnetic, although they fight their feelings.
I love that Jared knows, most of the time, how to prod Mia gently out of her comfort zone. But like all men, he often puts his foot in his mouth, a fact that his sister enjoys pointing out. Mia struggles with the feelings she develops for Jared, and has to often step back and regroup to handle the things that overwhelm her.
I refuse to give spoilers but I will say that this story is beautifully written and tackles some tough issues for the characters. Love and loss often go hand in hand, but in this book Ms. Barker uses love to heal the losses of the past and create an unexpected relationship and HEA. There are intriguing plot twists and some very personal, true to life events and relationships, even beyond Jared and Mia. Jared might not always be perfect, but he's flawed just enough to endear him into the readers heart for a long time to come.
Jared and Mia.......
A Change In Tide is my first book by this author. I have to say this...I have close to 1,000 books on my TBR. This book was not one of them. While posting this release on my blog, I read the blurb as I usually do and something about it caught my attention. Nothing specific; just a feeling I had. That said, I didn't waste any time by adding this book. I just bought it, and read it immediately. So glad I did! I enjoyed this book immensely!
Both main characters, Mia and Jared, are dealing with emotional circumstances. Jared is a former hockey payer, recently retired due to an injury sustained during a game. His retirement forced him to put things into a different perspective which caused him to make substantial changes in his life.
Mia has been keeping to herself, literally, for the past several years due to a horrifying incident that happened several years prior. Because of that incident, Mia has lost much of her old self, her life.
Mia and Jared don't get off to the best start. Or I guess that could be a matter of opinion. Depends how you look at it, I guess. ;) The acquaintance status came first as they are neighbors. Once it developed, their actual relationship took its time to grow and bloom. And bloom it did. They were beautiful together. The reverence and love they had for each other was so special. I loved watching their interactions. However the intimacy between Jared and Mia was not rushed but their chemistry was evident from early on. Truthfully, I appreciate that their intimacy did not happen too soon. I felt it was more profound by being delayed. But when they finally came together, it was sexy and steamy.
As characters, as people, I adored Jared and Mia. They were real. Their situations were profound and believable. There are several secondary characters as well. Those characters, even the less than likable ones, brought even more depth to the story. I really, really adored Jared's sister, Jordy.
I could go on and on about how wonderful this book is. But I won't. I want you to experience all the feels on your own. And trust me when I say this book has all the 'feels.'
I am definitely a new fan of Freya Barker. I can't wait to read more from her.
Jared, a former hockey player no longer playing because of an injury, is transitioning from playboy athlete to being a protective older brother to his pregnant sister. This situation and meeting his shy neighbor has him questioning even more how he wants to live his life now that he is no longer the hockey star athlete. Then there is the scene where his sister gives birth with a bit of drama unfolding. I laughed at his discomfort.
I really liked Mia as I found her lonely, limited life both relatable and sad. Reading about her struggles with dealing with agoraphobia as she lived in her cottage with only her dog, Griffin, had me rooting for her from the start. I liked her courage, spunk, and vulnerability. Imperfect heroines are the ones I like the best. That she would be able to find a way to cope, thrive, and love with her PTSD and panic attacks could provide hope for those suffering from the same in real life as well as offering insight for those who don't.
Jared got a mixed reaction from me. There were things I really liked about him (those sexy scenes!), but Jared got rather annoying around Jordy and John. I really got pissed off with him after awhile with his older brother crap towards his younger sister (who already has a baby!) dating. Seriously?! Insert eye roll. I would have liked him to be actively looking for ways to heal his injury, possibly alternative medicine or physical therapy as it would have added a more vulnerable dimension to him, in my opinion. There were times that he was stubborn, alpha, and a sweetheart.
I liked Jordy, his sister, a lot. She could push his buttons, stand up to him, give birth, and find time to flirt with John. And of course, there was baby Ole. I liked John a lot too as he was willing to stand up to Jared and was not afraid to fall for a single mother and change dirty diapers. I like it when secondary characters are interesting and add to the main story line.
And then there was the surprise that was not such a surprise. Sigh.
This romance is set in Canada, but still in a small town much like the author's previous series which were set in small towns in the USA. The spelling is British/Canadian also with hockey, the big Canadian sport, an important element.
(Warning: spoilers ahead!)
When a knee injury forces Jared Kesla to give up his career as a star hockey player, he builds a home for himself and his pregnant sister (Jordy) beside a lake in Canada. Mia Thompson lives alone in a cabin across the inlet, where she's isolated herself for years after relinquishing her career as a midwife due to PTSD and resulting agoraphobia. Even a simple trip to a grocery store triggers a severe panic attack. But when Jordy suddenly goes into very rapid labor, Mia manages to deliver her baby boy (Ole).
Jared has a reputation as a player and party goer, but he's instantly attracted to Mia for some unknown reason. He brings her to his house to help care for Jordy and the baby, and she's soon spending the night (in separate bedrooms) until they start having steamy sex halfway through the story. There's a lot of push and pull from here on as they try to sort out their feelings for each other.
Does this sound pretty dull? Believe me, it is. I kept hoping something exciting would break up the monotony, but the plot just dragged along. Jordy's ex-boyfriend makes a brief appearance, demanding his rights as the baby's father, but that's all we see of him. A pesky journalist makes some waves but is pacified when Jared grants him an exclusive interview.
When Mia goes to her cabin and finds a torn screen and blood all over her bedroom, I thought we'd finally get a bit of mystery to liven things up. Did a bad guy commit this dastardly deed? Is Mia in danger? Will Jared rush to her rescue? No such luck! A wounded bobcat broke in and finally died in the bathroom. Those two pages were the most exciting part of the whole book.
I liked the characters, especially Jared. For a supposed "player," he is such a sweet, loving guy. He'll do anything for Mia, Jordy and little Ole. (His frequent use of the f-word does not fit his character; in fact, it has no place in this sweet story.) I felt sympathy for Mia and her mental/emotional struggles, and though I don't understand why Jared chose her, I'm glad he did. The secondary characters also played their roles well.
Thankfully, the whole thing eventually wraps up in the obligatory Happily Ever After ending--the best part of the entire book. I'm just glad it's over. If you like sweet, slow romances and don't mind overuse of the f-word and a bunch of punctuation errors that any good proofreader would catch, you'll probably enjoy this book. Two stars overall.
A Change in Tide by Freya Barker is the first book of her Northern Lights series that will definitely be become a favorite one. Ms. Barker is my go to author and I'm sure you'll love as much as I did that I can't wait to read the next book in the series. With this story our H/h are Jared a recently retired NHL star and Mia a former Midwife who has panic attacks after a subway accident changes her life and career. Plus add in Jordy, Jared's sister who's expecting her baby any day and you'll be hooked into the story starting on page 1.
Yes, there are ups and downs with Mia and Jared as they dance around each other as neighbors on a lake and you will rejoice when they both give into their feeling that you'll do a fist pump and yell "Yes!" even at 2 am in the morning. Since I don't want to give anything away I hope you'll stop everything and read this book.