A Change of View (Northern Lights #2) by 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, the grief, and then 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.
This story is beautiful.
Honestly, I could end my review right there because nothing more really needs to be said. But I’m not going to because I’ve never been one to not talk obsessively about books I love.
Let’s start at the beginning…seriously, the very beginning. I know I’m a little slow on the uptake but I have to admit the chapter titles at the beginning of the book threw me. I loved them, but I thought they were song lyrics. I didn’t recognize the song, but I wanted to know what it was. Which I guess is a testament to Freya’s writing since they flowed together so brilliantly. It was a nice touch and set the tone for the book before you ever started reading.
This book touched on so many aspects of my own life. I may have over identified with Leelo just a smidge.
I loved Leelo’s fire and her newfound lust for life. I appreciated that she was able to pick herself up from a crushing blow and have the drive to go after something new. It would have been so easy for her to sink into despondency or go off the rails to make up for all the things she may have felt she missed out on. It takes a lot of courage to do something like that. She has to find a whole new place for herself in this new world she’s unexpectedly found herself in and I liked that she didn’t just roll over and meekly submit when a big, burly, sexy as hell man came along who thought she was clueless.
As for Roar, if you missed it in the above paragraph, that man is hot as hell. He’s also quick to offer his opinion, whether asked for or not. That man…. He thought Leelo was such an airhead. Destined to fail at what she was trying to accomplish and basically a pain in his ass. He has a way of phrasing things that definitely rubbed Leelo the wrong way. But he also can’t seem to stay away from her. My favorite part of Roar was that he wasn’t overly apologetic about things he can’t change. He has a past, Leelo has a past. You can’t blame him for things that happened before they met. Now, that he keeps some of those past things around…I’m not sure I could deal with that. Leelo is a much stronger woman than I.
There is emotion dripping from this story. I expected exceptional writing from Freya, she never disappoints, and characters that I could identify with, because she always delivers on those, but I did not expect to fall in love with these two as quickly as I did. She has demonstrated once again her ability to craft tales that prove life doesn’t end after your twenties or even thirties and that is what makes her books beautiful.