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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. 

©2018 Freya Barker (P)2020 Spectrum Audiobooks

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Beautiful Second Chance to Love!

This is the third book in the Northern Lights Series, a Small Town Romance. Frederique (Freddie) and Newt's story is beautifully written. Freddie is a wonderful character, beautiful, and smart. Newt, a single Dad, is handsome, and caring. Mille, Newt's daughter, is a smart kid. Boulder, a therapy dog, is a great addition to the story. This is a beautiful second chance at love. Stephanie Nemeth-Parker and Matthew Maddux did a fantastic job with the narration. Single Dad Romance is one of my favorite tropes, and I enjoyed this one! I highly recommend it.

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Newt & Freddie

Every time I settle down to listen to Freya Barker, I know I am in for a treat. The Northern Lights series in particular is one that have fallen in love with. Newt and his daughter Mille have recently moved. After the death of his wife, he found it necessary to start over, hoping to not only help him, Millie as well. She has had some problems adjusting and being a teen, life is difficult enough without the extra emotions. He is called in to school because Millie needs some extra help, and who should be the counselor, but Freddie, a woman he gave some attitude to earlier. But once Millie me her and her therapy dog, Boulder, things began to look up. And not only for Millie. Freddie who usually enjoyed her quiet life of helping kids and raising animals now found herself attracted to this new man. But will both find there second chance at love? Will Millie be ok? Barker is a master at writing a wonderful story integrating relevant issues with romance and suspense. The characters are realistic and easy to relate to. I love Freddie and her love of teens and her misfit farm!! Millie is every teen we know, trying to navigate through life and Newt is the concerned father and loving boyfriend. But I do have to say, my favorite character is Boulder. That dog has personality! This is one of my favorite listens so far this year.

Narrated by Stephanie Nemeth-Parker and Matthew Maddux, we enjoy Freddie and Newt with realistic personalities. These two are spot on with their depiction of the characters, giving us all the emotions, and there are a lot of different ones! I think these two are perfectly cast, just like the book was written with their voices in mind.

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Wonderful Story & Listen🎧Captivating & Heartfelt!

Freya Barker pens another beautiful, heartfelt novel in her amazing “Northern Lights” series. Each book stands on it’s own but I highly recommend each one, the stories are awesome and the audiobook listens are too. This book is Frederique “Freddy" Marchand and Newt Tobias’ story, his daughter Millie’s too. Newt Tobias, a single father quit his job to relocate out of the city, he felt a change of pace would do his troubled daughter some good. They move into a lakeside cottage and hopes his daughter will adjust to her new life. Freddy, a therapist and lover of animals, knows just about everyone in town, so she is a bit taken back when she catches attitude from a stranger, though she holds her own and gives attitude right back to him. Turns out this stranger is the new resident in town, she also got to meet his daughter while visiting the school with her therapy dog, Boulder. Small town the two are bound to meet again sooner or later, but it comes sooner when Newt needs help with his daughter’s problems. I have to commend the author on how realistic her characters and their stories are, she brings in real life situations and keeps it real, no sugar coating or over dramatizations at all. You can tell how much heart she puts into her stories too. I loved every minute of this book, the story is wonderfully plotted with plenty of drama, a touch of angst, some twists and turns, thrilling and suspenseful moments, heartfelt and emotional moments and the start to a wonderful romance and a great friendship. Freya Barker, thank you for another awesome story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧And for the fabulous narration, Stephanie Nemeth-Parker and Matthew Maddux did an awesome job portraying the characters, humanizing them while giving each their own voice. They grasped each character’s persona, took the role and made it their own. Stephanie Nemeth-Parker played Freddy’s role with perfection, captured both her fierceness and her passionate heart, her Millie was great too Mathew Maddux played Newt with perfection as well, sounding just as I pictured him to sound.. The secondary characters were all well done too. You could hear how much heart they put into their work as they captured all the characters emotions and projected them into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen.

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Sweet Story

overall this book was really good. she covers some serious issues and does it very well. i felt the romance was a little forced and it dragged in places. i loved all the animals, especially Boulder. Both narrators did an okay job, but were not my favorite.

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Love small town romances

This series is rather enjoyable, although not connected...well l, the connection is that they’re all based in a small town in Canada. This story is about a single dad, who has given up everything for his 14yo daughter. Newt took early retirement from the police force and moved to a small town after his daughter lost her mother to cancer and started cutting herself. He didn’t intend to fall for a ‘feminist’ but he did. Child therapist Freddie has lost a lit in her life but she’s just fine now...working with troubled youth and taking care of rescued animals. That is, until she runs into Newt. A little bit of suspense, angsty teens, and romance lend to a great book.