Publisher: Spectrum Audio

🎧A Change of View by Freya Barker

A Change of View

Posted on July 5, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 6 Comments

Change of View by Freya Barker is the second book in the Northern Lights series. Each book in the series works well on its own, as each installment features a different couple. This story follows a heroine on her journey to creating a better version of herself and an alpha hero who helps her along.

 

🎧A Change of View by Freya BarkerTitle: A Change of View
Author(s): Freya Barker
Series: Northern Lights #2
Also in this series: A Change in Tide
Narrator(s): Anneliese Rennie, Austin Barringer
Published by Spectrum Audio on July 10, 2020
Pages: 285
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley
Format: ALC
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Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

What if one morning you look in the mirror and no longer recognize the person looking back?

When Leelo can no longer identify herself by the roles that once defined her, it's both terrifying and liberating. Oh, she feels the loss, the grief, and then the anger, but when she inherits property up north, she jumps at the promise of freedom and independence.

Yet not everyone in her new community is what they seem, starting with the surly mountain man down the road.

As owner of the local fishing lodge, Roar is content with his everyday life. And the older he gets, the less he appreciates change. So when a blue-haired, tattooed ‘city girl’ moves into the old motel, shaking up his daily routine, he’s none too pleased.

Still, something about the woman’s easy smile and almost reckless grit has him step up as her keeper.

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A Change of View introduces Roar and Leelo. At the beginning of the story, readers learn of Leelo inheriting a lodge in Northern Ontario from her uncle. Recovering from an acrimonious divorce and in search of a change of pace, she moved to Northern Ontario. A decision which led to her renovating not only the property she inherited but also her life. With the renovations to the property, it would seem she bit off more than she could chew. However, with the unsolicited help of her bearded, lumber jack looking neighbor, Roar, the task no longer appeared undaunting.

Roar didn’t know what to think when he witnessed a blue-haired, tattooed woman trying to repair her roof during a thunderstorm. Being the gentleman he is, he assisted her with the repairs, but not before he gave her a proper dressing down. A reaction Leelo did not appreciate. Soon he is offering to provide further assistance where needed, and it’s not long before things get heated between them. Meanwhile, someone wants to destroy Leelo’s confidence by sabotaging her efforts in getting the lodge into an operational state.

Leelo didn’t appreciate Roar’s bossy personality. An alpha to the core. His military background more than likely contributed to his take charge nature. As one gets deeper into the story, the reason for Leelo’s negative reaction to Roar’s take charge attitude becomes clear. One could not fault her. As she learnt to trust Roar, she came to terms with his personality. She was overly emotional, a trait which intensified whenever Roar, or anyone who, showed her kindness. This was understandable, seeing that her ex did a number on her.

The breakdown in the marriage had a ripple effect on her relationship with her children. They blamed her for everything. Also, her questionable choices during that period did not help. One could tell that it hurts, but Leelo accepted it and acknowledged her part in the breakdown of their relationship. It warmed my heart to see them bridging the gap leading to healing and restoration.

Like the previous book, the romance focuses on a mature couple in their mid-forties. This slow burn romance will warm your heart. Roar and Leelo were perfect for each other. She opened his heart to the possibility of a second chance at love …while he showed her she was worthy to be loved.

Austin Barringer and Anneliese Rennie. This was my first experience with both narrators. Austin narrated Roar’s chapters, and I thought he did an excellent job interpreting Roar’s character. He also did a great job with the female voices. I wasn’t a big fan of Anneliese’s narration. Her interpretation of Leelo sounded off. I think she did a better job with the voices for the supporting cast.

Story Evaluation
Plot
4.5
Characters
4
World Building
4
Writing Style
4
Pacing
3
Cover
4
Narrator (Audio)
4
Enjoyment
4
Ending
3.5
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

About Freya Barker

USA Today bestselling author Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; she creates characters who are perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills in their lives. Recipient of the ReadFREE.ly 2019 Best Book We’ve Read All Year Award for “Covering Ollie, the 2015 RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for Best First Book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the 2017 Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

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