Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Audio Review: A Change of Pace by Freya Barker


A Change of Pace (Northern Lights #3)  by Freya Barker
Publication Date: November 30th by Spectrum Audio
Audio Book Length: 9 hrs 14 min
Narrators: Stephanie Nemeth-Parker & Matthew Maddux
Source: Publisher
Pages: 440

My Thoughts:
Frederique is a counselor for troubled youth and Newt has just moved to the small town of Parry Sound to help his daughter cope with some events that led to self-destructive behavior.  Newt and Frederique knocked heads a bit on first meet, but that made getting to know each other all the more fun. They’re thrown together when Frederique is called in to help with Millie, Newt’s twelve-year-old daughter.  Frederique’s caring and unconventional approach by using her menagerie of animals to help break the ice works wonders with Millie and the two bond while working on Frederique’s mini-farm.

Newt and Frederique form their own bond not able to fight the chemistry and attraction they’ve felt from the start. They lend each other support while dealing with a few outside dramas, one dangerous situation and another with a health scare. I really appreciated that both Newt and Frederique were determined to stick by each other no matter what.

I loved A Change of Pace and devoured the audiobook in one day! I’m really enjoying Freya Barker’s Northern Lights series. All are set in small lake towns with rustic cabins, and beautiful scenery as a backdrop making me long to leave city life! I also love that she’s made these mature romances with the couple in their 40s, more comfortable in their identity and not prone to insecure dramas.

I really enjoyed both Stephanie Nemeth-Parker and Matthew Maddux’s audio performance. Ms. Nemeth-Parker had a calm sultry lilt, and Mr. Maddux was nice and masculine.  Both were a pleasure to listen to, enhancing the story. I listened at 1.25x.

4 Stars


  1. I have seen Barker's books on Hoopla, but never tried one. Only two days until I have borrows again, maybe this will be one of them.

  2. I haven't even heard of this author but it sounds wonderful here. I really love it when you have those beautiful sounding narrators, makes all the difference.

  3. You got my attention with another review from the series, but I love that she uses animal therapy and the setting in the north for their romance.

  4. I've got the first ebook in the series as a freebie but haven't read it yet. I'm glad to see you like the series.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  5. I haven't read this but it sounds good.
    May 2021 be much better to all of us. Happy New Year.