Women's fiction

The Hedgehog lady is back!

‘New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow’ – Jessica Redland


New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow

With new arrivals comes new responsibilities…

The sun is shining, wild flowers are blooming and Hedgehog Hollow is officially open for business.

For Samantha, the proud owner of this beautiful rescue centre, life has never been busier. But with an influx of new hogs and hoglets to take care of, not to mention a full-time job and ongoing family issues, can she accept the possibility that she has taken on more than she can handle?

Fortunately, she has the love of her life, Josh, by her side for support and encouragement. But Josh has his own family troubles to deal with. And soon he must decide if he’s ready to do the one thing he swore he’d never do – forgive his father.

For both Samantha and Josh it’s a season of change and for figuring out whether the past can ever truly be forgotten.

I loved the first book of this series and Redland continues with another corker of a read. Although I only recently read the other novel, I did appreciate the character list and a brief summary of what happened previously – a thoughtful touch and helpful if you haven’t had the chance to encounter the first story.

This book carries on just a few weeks on from where the last story concluded. Differently, the narrative switches between Samantha and Josh’s perspective, reflecting how important he is to Samantha’s life. The Grimes family continues to haunt Samantha and Hedgehog Hollow, showing that the people are still not satisfied with Samantha’s inheritance. Alongside this, Redland also explores Josh’s past; the revelations that we learned about in book one are finally brought to light in this story.

New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow

Josh’s past is a complicated one and it was interesting to read the developments. I could not believe how accepting Samantha became, particularly at the end, but I think this merely reinforced her kind-hearted nature towards others. On the other hand, her relationship with her own mother and cousin, Chloe, remains especially estranged. Chloe’s husband, James, rarely features this time, and neither do these other negative relationships. However, more information is given about why Samantha’s mother is so cold. I, along with some of the other characters, could not understand why Samantha was so willing to keep giving Chloe chances for a friendship, especially as she is such a selfish, harsh woman at times!

Undoubtedly, my most favourite part of the story were the Hedgehogs themselves. They are a massive feature in this story (as you would expect!), and since opening the sanctuary, Samantha’s prickly residents increase fairly rapidly. I felt like I was learning about Hedgehogs like Samantha, so immersive was the narrative. A special mention must go to my favourite hedgehog, Snoop Hoggy Hog, and this cracked me up for ages when I read the name. All in all, it just added to the feel-good factor that this novel brings; escapism at its best.

At the last paragraph, I could not help but gasp with the surprise that the writer closes the story. There is clearly another book in the series to look forward to… I just hope the wait will not be too long! Although this is a book about love, family and animals, it is such an enjoyable read that I think you will fail to read it without it bringing a smile to your face. And that, as I think everyone would agree, is so important at this time.

Author bio:

Jessica Redland is the bestselling author of ten novels, including The Secret to Happiness, Jessica Redland Author Picwhich are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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With thanks to Boldwood Books, NetGalley and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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6 thoughts on “The Hedgehog lady is back!

  1. Thank you so much for joining in the blog tour for New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow and for reading both books. So delighted you enjoyed Samantha and Josh’s story and all their prickly friends and particularly delighted you enjoyed Snoop Hoggy Hogg. I don’t know whether you tend to read acknowledgements but I explain there that I can’t take the credit for this genius hedgehog name as it was thanks to a ‘name the hedgehog’ competition winner. I also cracked up when I heard it! And definitely not too long for book 3. It’s out on 4th May, available for pre-order now, and is called Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow where more questions will be answered and that cliffhanger addressed xx

  2. Just finished reading this book and as usual it’s left me wanting more. I read about the struggle you had after reading a couple of negative reviews, please don’t let these people deter you from continuing this lovely series of books. If people can’t say anything nice they should say nothing at all. I have read every book you have written under Jessica Redland and long may you continue to write uplifting books they’re my escape. Much love 💘

    1. Aw, Sharon, that is so lovely of you. Thank you so much for reading my books but also for such kind words. I really appreciate that. You’ve just started my morning with a big smile! xx

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