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"Such a truly beautiful story! The writing is gorgeous, the scenery is beautiful.... You should definitely pick up this one! Superb, unique, and sexy." (Tia Louise, Author)

What impact would it have when everything suddenly faded to black? 

For Mia, a crowded subway ride changes her entire life. Retreating to the wilderness helps her cope with a world that is suddenly too loud, too turbulent. Her existence safely contained to the small cottage on the lake, she is unprepared for the neighbor that moves across the bay. 

A career-ending injury has Jared permanently benched. His reputation as The Enforcer won’t survive the unanticipated responsibilities awaiting him. Away from the public eye, he adjusts to his new reality, under the quiet observation of the intriguing hermit on the other side of the water.

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Some books are good to the last word!

Some books make you wish that they didn’t have to end...this is one of those books. Mia suffered a traumatic event several years ago and it changed her life. Now she barely deals with her agoraphobia and panic attacks by remaining in her small lakeside cabin as much as possible. The quiet life is just what she wants. That quiet is shattered when ex-hockey player, Jared, buys the house next door. He wants the anonymity that the lake town brings and is ready to take care of his pregnant sister. The first few meetings of Mia and Jared didn’t go so well, but when Mia assists Jordy with her childbirth the pair begin a tentative friendship. This story is sweet, steamy and just enough angst and exs to keep things interesting. The ending was perfect. Great job by the narration team.
I accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A Beautiful, Heartfelt Story! Awesome Narration🎧

Wow, I loved everything about this book, from Freya Barker’s wonderful writing style, the story and characters she created to the perfectly casted narrators, Charley Ongel and Tor Thom who truly brought the story and characters to life. It is a beautiful story, it swept me right in, captivated both my attention and my heart the entire book. It is the type of book, once you start you can not put it down. The characters are realistic and easy to relate to. I adored the lead characters, Mia & Jared, Jared’s sister, Jordy, played a great support role too. Mia Thompson lived in a lake side cabin on Spencer Lake, she liked the quietness of the area and the solitude it offered. It was quiet until her new neighbor arrived across the lake. She got a birds eye view of his steam escapades. Jared Kesla, newly retired NHL enforcer bought his new home on Spencer Lake with his sister and her unborn child in mind, he wanted a good location and family life for them. He was having his last hoorah before she moved in. Mia was surprised to see another woman in his home, a pregnant one no less. I loved the interaction on the lake when Mia comes to the rescue, it was the start of them getting to know each other but Jared was a typical male freaking out over his sisters situation. It was great to learn more about each character, her issues and struggles, how she was coping and getting through them. Jared, transitioning into his new life and possible career, in a way trying to find himself in his new life. This book takes you on an emotional and heartfelt journey, I love how well plotted it is and that there is never a dull moment. In addition to Mia and Jared’s story I enjoyed Jordy and John’s storyline and was happy to see they got a happily ever after too. Freya Barker thank you for this beautiful story and the emotional roller coaster ride, great job handling mental health issues and keeping it real.

Charley Ongel and Tor Thom are fabulous narrators and voice artists. They did an amazing job portraying the characters, humanizing them, giving each their own voice and personality. You could hear how much heart they put into their work as they capture the character’s emotions and project them into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧

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Great

Freya always does a great job and this is no different. It is well written, interesting and has great characters. It pulled me in and kept me interested through the whole book. I recommend it to all.! The narrator did a good job, easy to listen to.

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Mia and Jared

A good country on the lake story. This deals with real life issues and overcoming them. A Hot hockey player finds love with a woman who prefers self isolation... real life. I would recommend this book and I love the narrators.
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One of My Favorite Reads

I absolutely love the way Tor Thom and Charley Ongel brought Mia and Jared to life. Tor Thom's mellow, sensual voice is perfect for Jared's character. It's as smooth and sexy as a shot of Canadian whisky and draws all the emotions and nuances of Ms. Barker's hot former hockey player. A man who is struggling with not only new responsibilities but a relationship he never expected. Ms. Ongel's characterization brings out all the subtle sides of Mia's reclusive former midwife. Mia is a mix of strength, vulnerability, curiosity, fear, and anxiety but faces it all, even though she thought she left the idea of a relationship in her past. This duo is one of my favorite narration teams and I always look forward to their audiobooks.
It's not a surprise that I love the books that Freya Barker writes and A Change in Tide is no exception. However, this book seems a bit different from many of her other works. In my opinion it feels like a more personal, intimate story. It might be that this is the first book set in the author's homeland, Canada, rather than the United States or maybe the use of Canadian spellings. Whatever the difference is, I am a big fan. I had a difficult time putting the book away because Jared and Mia's story is so compelling.
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.

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Hooked on Freya Barker

New authors always add a little trepidation to a listen, but I was immediately hooked into this fabulous listen! Freya Barker invested my heart in an unlikely couple. Jared is a retired hockey player, living with his pregnant sister. Mia is a divorced, agoraphobic woman just trying to live day to day. These two meet, but become closer as Mia uses her skills a trained midwife to help with Jared's new nephew. It's such an easy story to fall into, each having their own issues, but finding a rhythm that works for them. Not to say that there aren't some twists and turns in their lives along with a little suspense, but Barker easily takes my heart and lets me live through these two. There is so much in this story too. The dealing with PTSD and agoraphobia, finding a new normal after leaving the hockey team, and even dealing with a newborn all gave me a sense of reality and true life experiences. It's a wonderful listen, and I have to go in search of more Freya Barker listens now.

Casting Tor Thom and Charley Ongel is pure gold for this listen. A team that has a chemistry that is felt with each line makes this couple. Thom lets Jared find his new place in life, from the disgust he feels changing diapers to coaching. Ongel shines as Mia, letting us feel her fear and her new found love. It's magic and I loved it!

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Hockey players always hook me in

Jared is a retired hockey player. Mia is just trying to escape the craziness of life. These two become neighbors and slowly get to know each other. I loved the realistic way Jared was written. Fame always comes with athletes and stars. in the hockey world, "the Enforcer" is either loved or hated, never a gray area. Barker writes this so realistic. Her description of Jared and his fame is spot on. Any hockey player I have known is always one of the kindest people I know. Hockey breeds men and Jared is just that. Personally knowing an "enforcer", I loved Jared even more. Mia has enough struggles without adding a man in her life. This causes Jared and Mia to become friends first. The slow start of their relationship was worth every word. I really enjoyed following them getting to know each other. I cannot wait for more volumes in this series. I will be following Freya Barker now.

Charley Ongel and Tor Thom have a natural chemistry that brings Jared and Mia's relationship to life. Charley and Tor compliment each other and always have a wonderful performance. Tor's deep voice brought out the toughness in Jared, yet Tor easily narrated Jared's softer side as well. Charley narrated Mia exactly as I imagined her. Charley has such a sweet voice, but she always brings out the strength in any character she is narrating. I easily get lost in Tor and Charley's narration and I can never stop listening until the end.

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Great story

A change in tide was the first Freya Barker book that I read, which lead me to reading everything she’s written. The story is fantastic and the narrators do a great job bringing it to life on audible!

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Great beginning to the series!

Audiobook: Narrators - Charley Ongel & Tor Thom

These narrators did a great job of bringing the hero and heroine to life for me. Both of their voices were the perfect pitch for my ear and kept me engaged. However, I must admit that I struggled with both of their secondary characters’ voices. None of them sounded real or authentic. It was difficult to listen to at times, although likes and dislikes of voices are completely subjected so I suggest you listen to a sample.


I enjoyed this story of an older couple as it lacked the unnecessary drama that arises for characters in their twenties. There really isn’t a lot of drama that drives this story as it’s mostly built on two people getting to know one another, trusting each other, and falling in love. Both Jared and Mia have some baggage they’re dealing with but they’re doing it in a mature manner.

I loved Mia. My heart hurt for her and she was such a sweet woman with a heart of gold. She’s a prisoner of the past but as she gets to know Jared and his sister she began to find her strength.

I was pretty disappointed by my introduction to Jared. I felt it wasn’t necessary and I found myself prejudiced against him afterwards. After moving onward, I was finally able to put it out of my mind and found myself actually liking him. And as all of this author’s heroes - he was completely protective and possessive. Score!

This is pretty steamy and has some scenes that I was looking around my empty home to be sure no one could hear what I was hearing. With a few secondary characters that helped to showcase the strengths of the hero as well as the heroine, and a touch of humor, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a low angst, steamy in the extreme read.

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Great Story 💜

I loved how this storyline addresses real life issues and how different people deal with them. Great characters who learn that it’s okay to lean on others once in a while. Chemistry was amazing.
The narration was pretty good and although I’m a fan of Tor Thom and Charley Ongel, I didn’t care for the secondary voices as much.
I recommend this book.

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  • Sara B
  • 06-23-20

Utterly Brilliant!

A Change in Tide, the first book in the Northern Lights, is a such a beautifully written and heartfelt romance, I just fell in love with the story and the characters. This was my first Freya Barker book, and I'm entirely impressed by her writing style and phenomenal character development. I was utterly captivated by the words and emotions, and I can't wait for the second volume in the series.

Terrific dual narration by Charley Ongel and Tor Thom; both narrators did an incredible job with the characters; they captured all the nuances, bringing the story to life. I loved everything about this audiobook, one I highly recommend.

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  • Mrs Colette Goodchild
  • 06-18-20

Moving forward, finding life

This is a beautifully written story of Mia struggle to take charge of her life again, Jared is a big hockey star but injury has thrown a curve ball, can the Enforcer find his happy ever after, as life has been good now he's going to have to dig deep for what he truly wants.
Mia"a journey is hard you feel every challenge that she has to get through, at times the tears flowed when the struggle got hard. When her training takes over as a midwife she becomes this strong invincible women. It hard when life is not like this all the time.
Jared and Mia story is amazing with lots of ups and downs a story of two people creating a family they thought the had lost.
Tor and Charley bring this book to life fabulous choice for the voices of these characters.

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  • JCT
  • 06-09-20

great story; 2 small mistakes in audio

Great story especially if you are looking for a slightly older couple. New author for me and looking forward to continuing with this series.

The narration was fabulous - both were mostly new to me and would love more from them, especially Charley Ongel as I really enjoyed her female voice more than a lot of the more popular female narrators.

There were 2 small mistakes in the audio - the beginning of Chapter 23 and one before that but I messed up with the bookmark to save the spot and can't remember where it is anymore - closer to the beginning.

While I can see why everyone hated chapter 1 I can look past it. BUT hated chapter 34 (the last chapter before the epilogue).

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I just don't understand why authors feel the need to include that for a HEA. I don't have that issue but feel it really spits in the face of women that have troubles. Dump your partner and get a new one as that's apparently all you need to do - GRRRR!

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  • Kate Mc
  • 09-20-20

Loved it enough to buy it

I really enjoyed A Change in Tide by Freya Barker, mainly for the emotion reaction her words cause.

To loose everything, almost overnight to a fear you never saw coming, to feel so vulnerable around others, even when buying groceries, I can only imagine.

For Mia, she has spent years hiding from those fears, until the day Jared arrives and makes a splashing waves in the sea of tranquility.

What starts as a perceived clash of personalities, slowly develops into a friendship and inevitably something more.

The dual narration of this story is perfect and I would recommend to anyone looking for something to wile away the time on their daily commute, working from home or escaping the same four walls.

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  • ronigirl
  • 07-19-20

Everything That I Could Have Wished For & More❣

This was a very MOVING and HEARTFELT story that through it all gave me everything and then some, that will have me singing it's praise for a longtime to come.

This was a 1st time listen from Freya Barker for me. I have to say her writing is EXQUISITE, FILLED WITH WARMTH and COMPASSION that covers you like a 'RAY OF SUNSHINE,' it was the PERFECT taste of reading.

Ms. Barker humanized her characters with RAW EMOTIONS that allowed for love to catch up. It felt wonderful to hear love unfold, causing my love for this novel to grow even more!

Ms. Barker gave clear DESCRIPTION of everything that transpired throughout every chapter, which made it that much easier for you to imagine yourself there.

The narrator's Charley Ongel and Thor Thom are well known in the audiobook circles but this is my 1st time having the pleasure of hearing them and I'm just "BLOWN AWAY" by their VOCAL TALENTS.

Their voice tones simply ASTONISHED me into submission. Thor Thom has that 'RASPY PANTY DROPPING' voice, that I found myself having Naughty Thoughts. Charley was the PERFECT Mia. She made her come to Life. The duet definitely deserves more than 5-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐s but that's all we're able to give. I hope to enjoy the two of you as a duet in future novels.

There're no questions, I HIGHLY recommend this novel to others. You will be very disappointed with yourself if not...


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  • Nina B.
  • 07-13-20

HEA

Dang that First scene is hot.... and the shower scene.... and... well you get the point “wink, wink” I loved the characters but there were a couple of times I was like “what do you want Mia?!” However Jarrod had tons of patience with her. I did enjoyed the narrators voices but there are a couple of technical difficulties with editing I think we miss the end of chapter 3 and a couple of other weird spots, nothing too bad. Overall I enjoyed this book and I recommend it.

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  • Audio Crazed Mari 🎧
  • 07-11-20

No more book slump!

This book, wow. The characters were complex and the story was captivating. The narration was excellent. It brought the author’s incredible words to life and added an extra dimension to a multi layered story. Life got in the way, or I would have finished this book in one sitting. I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity to listen. I can’t wait for book 2.

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  • Julia S
  • 06-24-20

sweet, sexy and emotional. Great narration

Rating - story: 4 stars, narration: 4.5 stars

Sweet, sexy, slow burn love story, I really enjoyed this book, the first I've read by this author.

Jared is a recently retired ice hockey star, known as The Enforcer. As per Mia, I had to look up what that was (being English is my excuse) and he certainly lived up to his nickname. Protective to the core he would do anything for his family. His caveman reactions to his 36 year old sisters new man did make me chuckle, but honestly who wouldn't want a loyal, loving, fiery man like him in your corner!

Mia has lived alone and away from people for years thanks to her chronic agoraphobia and PTSD. She's alive but not living, existing day to day with her dog Griffin. I really felt her emotional struggles and fears. My heart broke a little for how hard life had been for her and what she'd lost, but I loved the way Jared cared, calmed and gave her hope, confidence and the space to deal with the huge changes to her existence he brought, even as she did the same for him and his sister Jordy. Tragedy had affected them both, their connection was sweet and slow building but grew to something wonderful and steamy!

"how is it possible that when I thought I already had everything—beyond anything I could ever have conjured up—there is more yet?” ~ Jared

Although it seems chapter 1 wasnt for everyone, I'd urge anyone to carry on reading. I had no issues with it at all. Yes there's an ow, but Jared is single! Of course he should have been more sensible about it and being drunk isn't an excuse. However, I think it was an important scene for Mia as I saw her reactions as the beginning of her jump start back to life.

I listened to the audio version. Both narrators were excellent, although I'm probably being a bit picky, the female narrator could have had a bit more expression sometimes perhaps on the more emotional scenes. There was also a slight glitch towards the end of chapter 3, where it jumped to the beginning of chapter 4, but not much was missed.

A Change in Tide was a beautifully written heartwarming story about looking inside yourself and deciding life is too short to not live it. Where finding the right person to trust can lead to a soul healing love.

I'm looking forward to reading more from this author as I really enjoyed this.