By Freya Barker
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.
A Change of Pace is now my favourite of this series, I did not think anything could top Book 1 but this Author has told such an incredibly heartfelt story with too many wonderful characters.
I simply loved the dedication at the beginning to motherhood – it sets the tone of the entire story. A woman can be a mother to a child without giving birth, love knows no boundaries.
The journey that Freddy and Millie take together was just inspiring and to see Millie grown as a young woman will melt your heart.
With sensitive subjects covered we are given moments of small-town humour and adolescent struggles. The story continues with so many rich layers of new families forming and solid friendships.
The menagerie of animals and children and the concept of different families strengthened the message in A Change of Pace of motherhood in all different forms.
These characters, in particular, the trio of Freddy, Newt, and Millie all had battle scars of loss. They all fought in their own way to want to live fulfilling lives and believe in love and second chances.
Newt’s love of his daughter knew no bounds and his desire for her to find herself again by trusting others. Jim and Jordan’s storyline is another I loved as father and son and what a surprise with Phyllis – loved that curveball.
Finally, the Epilogue gives hope and also wonderful closure for Millie, Newt and Freddy.
Quote: “Sometimes you need time to slow down so you can appreciate the wealth around you. Most days we just run past it”
A Change of Pace (Northern Lights #3)
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