Title: A Change Of (Northern Lights, #2)
Author: Freya Barker
What if, one morning, you look in the mirror and no longer recognize the person looking back?
When Leelo can no longer identify herself by the roles that once defined her, it’s both terrifying and liberating. Oh, she feels the loss, grief, and the anger, but when she inherits property up north, she jumps at the promise of freedom and independence. Yet, not everyone in her new community is what they seem, starting with the surly mountain man down the road.
As owner of the local fishing lodge, Roar is content with his everyday life. And the older he gets, the less he appreciates change. So, when a blue-haired, tattooed “city girl” moves into the old motel, shaking up his daily routine, he’s none too pleased. Still, something about the woman’s easy smile and almost reckless grit has him step up as her keeper.
Leelo’s divorce has taken its toll not only on her psyche but on her relationship with her two adult children as well. She is floundering as she tries to figure out who she is and what she wants in the future as her whole focus had been ensuring the happiness of her family. When she inherits her uncle’s motel, she decides to pack up her life and move to Wawa and renovate and re-open the motel.
Roar has left his military career in his past and now owns a fishing lodge and happens to be Leelo’s neighbor. They don’t get off to a great start as he is angry to find her repairing her roof in a rainstorm but once he gets a taste of her fiery attitude rather than it having him back away it only intrigues him more.
Leelo is brash and emotional but that is only because she is determined to succeed on her own while Roar is understanding and is determined to support her as she tries to find the woman she is meant to be. The story has a great balance between romance and suspense and the secondary characters enhance the story. I thought that the narrators did a great job with both the characters and the storyline.