5 Star Review: A Change in Tide (Northern Lights, #1) by Freya Barker

Monday 10 April 2017
A Change in Tide (Northern Lights, #1)A Change in Tide by Freya Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yet another wonderfully poignant story by Freya Barker.

With an overall more timid but no less thought-provoking feel to it, A Change in Tide carries readers along a wave of emotion as you experience Mia’s struggles with PTSD and the daily, painful reminders of the life she once lived.

When ex-hockey star Jared moves into a lakeside house, he does so in the hope that following his retirement from the sport that he loved, he’ll be afforded the space and tranquillity to reflect on his future. Jared’s has lived his life to the fullest with fame, money and women aplenty but now he finds himself wanting something totally different out of life and new neighbour, Mia, unwittingly holds the key to his future.

After a less than favourable introduction to each other, Mia and Jared are soon forced to reconcile their differences when Jared’s heavily pregnant sister goes into labour out on the lake. Mia steps in to help Jordy to deliver the baby but in doing nearly loses control of her own emotions. With agoraphobia Mia’s only companion these days, any interaction with the outside world is an unrelenting challenge for her but Jared quickly steps in to protect her from the dark shadows now ever-present in her life.

What Jared and Mia don’t initially realise is that their past experiences are joined in a way that makes both reflect on how they have recovered from their respective traumas. Despite starting to make small steps towards living a relatively normal life, Mia finds herself in unchartered waters when the paparazzi locate Jared and are determined to squeeze yet another story out of The Enforcer, even if it's at the expense of Mia’s health.

Side by side, Jared and Mia start to carve a future out for themselves but can Mia ever outrun her demons long enough to find her HEA with Jared?

I really enjoyed this book although I did find parts of this story became a little like a self-help guide to nursing mothers but these, detailed, anecdotes were few and far between thank goodness! Whilst Mia and Jared’s developing relationship was the main focus of the book, Jordy and her new love interest also had a special part to play. It was the opposites attract feel to this story that made it special in my eyes though. The lazy, lakeside, remote feel to this book also gave it an added depth which made a pleasant change from the fast paced lives of characters in many books on the market today. Freya and waterside themed books seem to blend perfectly together and long may it last.

This ebook was kindly provided by the author prior to release date in return for an honest and unbiased review.


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