Series: Northern Lights #1
Published by Freya Barker on May 3, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports
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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 adjust to his new reality, under the quiet observation of the intriguing hermit on the other side of the water.
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Mia Thompson has been living in a small, one bedroom log cabin on Spence Lake, Ontario Canada for the last 5 years with her dog, Griffin. She moved there after her divorce and retiring from a successful midwife practice. She lives frugally off the proceeds of the sale of her house and clinic and doesn’t work. At 42 years old, she lives in relative seclusion, made easier with a wireless router and grocery deliveries. Her days are spent gardening, kayaking or canoeing along the lake and reading. This life wasn’t something she chose but was more or less forced into it, as the result of a very traumatic incident, 13 years earlier. With periodical visits from her best friend and ex-business partner, Steffi, she’s content with her peaceful life. Mia does venture out, not by choice but, by necessity. She has a weekly standing appointment with her therapist, Reuben. She needs to see him to deal with her panic attacks. The reason for her isolation.
Unfortunately, that peace was a thing of the past, since her elderly neighbors sold their cottage to a single guy. He had some major remolding going on, it’s now finished, but the noise is far from over. It seems he has a noisy speedboat that he likes to use. With a very vocal young blonde. Did I mention she’s really vocal and loud?
Jared Kesla is recovering from a knee injury and surgery. At 39 that wouldn’t be a problem except he’s a NHL player. Or rather, was. He’s made the decision to retire from hockey, he was one of the most well-known defenseman in the league. He had no shortage of adoring fans, both male and female, and of course he has a reputation as a player. He’s decided to make major changes in his life to help out his only sibling, his sister, Jordy. She’s moving in with him, in dire need of her brother’s help, and will be there any day now. Hence, the blonde in the speedboat. A last hurrah, before becoming a responsible adult.
After meeting both Jared and Jordy, Mia is slowly drawn out of her comfort zone. Without meaning to she’s forced to begin living and interacting with her neighbors and the outside world.
“I feel like I’m standing on the edge of a cliff, enjoying the breathtaking views around me, and yet painfully aware of the deadly precipice, only a hair’s breath away.”
As Jared and Mia grow closer, they discover they share something. They share a date, and an incident, that happened 13 years ago, something so traumatic that impacted their lives.
“Quite the coincidence.” “Quite. It amazes me sometimes how small the world really is. How indelibly intertwined we all are, invisible connections that surface under strange or extreme circumstances, and somehow seem to confirm a higher force at play. I don’t necessarily believe in God, or at least not in the traditional way, but I believe there is something that links us all” “A universe with plans.”
I loved A Change In Tide! I was swept along for the ride and was so very reluctant to close my Kindle at the end of the evening. There’s so much more I could add, so many more interesting characters I want to mention, including Griffin! I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil the surprise, I’ll just say, it’s a good one!
Since this is #1 in the Northern Lights series I’m hoping #2 will be Jordy’s story and I’m looking forward to it.