This is the sixth and final book in the Hedgehog Hollow series and I’d strongly recommend reading the series in order, as you get to know the characters and their backstories throughout the books. At the start of this novel, there’s a helpful guide to who’s who in the series, to refresh your memory, plus a ‘The Story So Far’ section.
This book is set a year after Book Five. It’s October, it’s Samantha’s 32nd birthday and their first baby is due in twelve weeks! Hedgehog Hollow has expanded to become a Wildlife Rescue Centre, able to look after more than just hedgehogs and Fizz, at 28, has begun her dream job there as a full-time veterinary nurse. She is still in a relationship with Yasmin, though they really don’t seem well-suited. The chapters are written from Samantha and Fizz’s viewpoints.
I’m not going to tell you any more about the plot, because you’ll enjoy learning it from the pages of this superb book. There are the twists and turns you would expect, as this is not going to be an easy ride towards a Happy Ever After sign. Like in real life, things happen to set you back, but you keep going.
There is a misconception that many romance/romcom/women’s fiction books are light and fluffy, somehow disposable or inferior to other genres. This is absolute rubbish, of course. These books show real life – we deal with families, relationships, birth, marriage, death, financial struggles and so on – real issues, big and small. In this book, there is a storyline about abuse, which is perfectly handled. Jessica Redland is one of the best at combining serious issues and lighter moments seamlessly.
To us loyal readers, Hedgehog Hollow is real. I can picture where everything is, what it looks like and I feel I know all the characters as if they were real people. Jessica Redland is one of my favourite authors, she writes in such a warm and authentic way. You care about the characters and want to follow their stories throughout the series.
As with every book, I find myself learning more about hedgehogs, which is always a delight as they are amongst my favourite animals. (And I loved Debbie Harry!) Since Chloe and Lauren opened Crafty Hollow, I can also get my sewing fix along with my hedgehog fix in the book and I’d love to be able to sign up for the craft workshops!
Overall, I’ll always recommend a Jessica Redland book. Her writing style is so natural and a real delight. Her Hedgehog Hollow series has been such a joy, each book is like catching up with old friends over a cup of tea and maybe feeding a hoglet if you’re lucky. I’m sad the series has finished, but I’m also excited about her future books, as I’m sure they will be equally wonderful.
Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow
It’s the countdown to Christmas at Hedgehog Hollow Wildlife Rescue Centre, and everyone is gearing up for a festive season to remember…
It should be the most wonderful time of the year for Samantha and Josh as they prepare for the arrival of their first baby. But life at Hedgehog Hollow rarely goes to plan and the pair are faced with adversaries, old and new, and unexpected challenges to overcome.
Fizz’s job at the heart of the rescue centre is a dream come true but her personal life is more like a nightmare. With her love life a disaster and her past about to dramatically catch up with her, she needs the love and support of her Hedgehog Hollow family more than ever.
As the snow falls over Hedgehog Hollow, will Samantha and Fizz find the Christmas miracle they need to overcome their heartache and find happiness?
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Jessica Redland writes emotional but uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast where she lives with her husband, daughter and sprocker spaniel. Her Hedgehog Hollow series, set in a hedgehog rescue centre, takes readers into the beautiful rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.
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