Book Tour, Review, + Excerpt: A Change Of Pace by Freya Barker

Title: A Change of Pace
Series: Northern Lights Collection
Stand alone
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date:

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.

FIVE 🎩🎩🎩🎩🎩 hats from Britt!

Freya Barker always writes an incredible story. Each book of hers I’ve read has been beyond amazing, but A Change Of Pace just may be one of her best books ever. Every book she writes draws me in and steals my heart but there was something absolutely magical about the way this book hooked me deeper than ever before. I just can’t even begin to explain how much this book not only captivated me but dug deep into my heart. There is something uniquely special about Freddy, Newt, and all the amazing characters in this story that not only grabbed me but made me fall completely in love.

Of course there’s a heart pounding romance here. Newt and Freddy made for an amazing couple with a deeply moving and extremely sweet romance. But there’s so much more in their story than just their incredible love. However I’ll start there with my unending list of things I loved in A Change Of Pace. Freya Barker has a wonderful talent in writing couples that have an incredibly deep connection that is real and true to life but without any unnecessary drama.

Her couples being more mature is one of the things I love most in her writing. I’m not talking drama free here. Both Newt and Freddy are amazingly real characters and life always comes with drama, plus lets be real here a little drama makes it fun, but these two don’t have the ever present in the genre unnecessary drama. And when life knocks them down these two come together becoming even stronger for it. All and all I adored them #FreddyAndNewtForever

Take that incredible romance and toss it with a beautiful young lady in the form of Newt’s daughter (that’s right folks! Single dad alert!) Millie was an outstandingly beautiful character. I related so much to this young girl because I was very much once a young girl like her. Freya beautifully and honestly detailed the feelings and turmoil Millie had in a way that more than once brought me to tears. Much like Millie and Freddy my love of animals and the strong bonds I formed with them helped me many times throughout my life and I absolutely loved what a huge part they played in this book.

To sum it up, A Change Of Pace is pure beauty. I will forever cherish and go back to read this book just to feel the magic it brought me. A truly emotional read, this book makes you FEEL while you become lost to the words in a way that is completely breathtaking.

“How was school?” 

“Fine.” It’s the same answer Millie gave me yesterday and it doesn’t tell me anything. I read somewhere once that when a woman says ‘fine,’ it means she’s everything but. 

“Anything exciting?” I try again, which earns me an eye-roll, and I turn my eyes back to the road.

“Actually,” she suddenly says, surprising me. “I met a dog today.”

“At school?” I’m confused; I didn’t know they let dogs in the school.

“Yeah. Dad, can we get a dog?”

“Wait. Is that even allowed? Bringing a dog into school?”

“I guess so. He’s some kind of service dog. But, Dad, can we have a dog?”

“What—like a Seeing Eye dog?”

“No, he belonged to a therapist visiting the school. So can we?”

“You saw a therapist?”

“It was just some kind of welcome thing they do with new kids.”

“That’s pretty neat.”

“Whatever, it wasn’t a big deal. Can we pick up a donut at Tim Hortons?” she asks, changing tracks at lightning speed. We’re coming up to Nobel and Timmies is just down the road. “I just really liked the dog. So?”

“Sure, we can.” 

The screaming that follows almost has me running the damn Jeep off the road.

“Yes! Thanks so much, Dad,” she says with more enthusiasm than I’ve heard her express in the past four years. “Can we get one this weekend?” 

Now I’m confused. Does she not want me to stop now?

“You want your donut this weekend?” 

“Donut I want now.” She turns to me with big wide innocent eyes. “But we can shop for the dog this weekend?”

Wait. What?

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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