[BLOG TOUR] BOOK REVIEW: NEW ARRIVALS AT HEDGEHOG HOLLOW BY JESSICA REDLAND

Thank you to Jessica Redland, Boldwood Books, Netgalley and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review in exchange. 

Brand new from the top 10 bestselling author of New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms and Finding Love 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.

Escape back to wonderful Hedgehog Hollow with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for the perfect uplifting read full of love, hope and forgiveness.

Purchase Link – https://buff.ly/3qVlHD2

Oh how wonderful it was to be at Hedgehog Hollow and can we please just quickly talk about how absolutely stunning this cover is, along with the first?! 

I would just like to start off this review with a massive thank you to Jessica for the previously breakdown at the beginning of this book. Whilst I remembered what had happened in the first, I think previously sections should definitely start becoming a thing within every book series, as sometimes you just need that little refresher – much appreciated, Jessica! 

New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow carries on a few weeks from when we last saw Samantha, Josh and the rest of the gang. Sam’s hedgehog sanctuary has finally opened for business and people are absolutely loving it! In the first book, we was treated to Sam’s perspective, however, this time round, Jessica has decided to treat us with both Sam and Josh’s perspectives – Josh having quite a hefty story-line. We first get a glimpse in to Josh’s back-story and why that had made him the person he is, in the first book of the series, therefore the second book, it was time to dig in to the nitty gritty. Josh has had a complicated past, one that no one should have to endure, however, with the support of Samantha, he really comes through and becomes the bigger person in the situation. I had to give it to Josh for being such an incredible person to people who did not really deserve it. I think my pettiness levels are much higher than his, as I wouldn’t have done half of what he did! That being said, the character developments between Josh and his family were also the most heart-warming moments of the story and I was really pleased to see some closure to the past and the possibility to fresh starts and better relationships. 

Now, how is our oh so lovely leading lady doing, you may ask? Well, I can tell you with full confidence that she is still the most remarkable woman ever and her heart just seems to keep having the ability to grow and grow, despite every awful moment she faces… and there was unfortunately plenty of them. I couldn’t have admired Samantha more for what she did for Josh and his family, she is a woman I definitely aspire to see. Not only is she having to support Josh getting through his family troubles, her mother and cousin are still the most irritating people Sam has to have the unfortunate time in dealing with. Whilst we do get a much more in-depth look in to Sam’s mothers past life, allowing us to understand why she is the way she is, I still found myself furious with the answers. When it came to Sam’s cousin, Chloe, although she was less infuriating, she still made me want to shake Sam’s shoulders and say, “stop giving her chance after chance!” No friendship is worth holding on to, if it resembles any of Sam and Chloe’s, family or not. I just couldn’t understand why Sam kept putting herself through it! 

Last, but most certainly not least, we have to talk about the gorgeous hedgehogs! These darling hedgehogs gave Sam a second chance at a new life and it really couldn’t have worked out anymore perfect. My favourite part when it came to the hedgehogs was all of the insightful information Jessica provided us with. By the end of the book I had learnt so much and would absolutely love to help take care of hedgehogs at some point in my lifetime. I absolutely adored the names given to every hedgehog as well, especially Snoop Hoggy Hog, there was plenty that had me giggling away to myself! Whilst our delightful little friends brought much happiness to the story, they also brought much heart-break, so much so my chest was aching for Sam, who had to put up with so much of it herself. Sam, being the angelic woman she is, was really lucky in making such a positive name and atmosphere to herself, as we gradually get to meet so many other wonderful people who had wanted to support and improve the areas, in order to keep the hedgehogs protected and not in any risk of hurting themselves. The community was just incredible and made sure Sam knew that she wasn’t alone. Of course, she also had her gorgeous companion in Josh, her father and other friends to support her mid-breakdown and when Thomas’ family came to strike their revenge.  

I am so excited for the third instalment in the series and that last line definitely only means one thing – D R A M A. New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow is a story filled with love, family and friends… with a little additional heartache, that will have you smiling from cheek to cheek and welling up with tears from every type of emotion. I’m so glad that I have had the opportunity to start my 2021 with this gorgeous set of characters and can’t wait to return for a catch up.

Shelby x

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Jessica Redland
    January 13, 2021 / 2:13 pm

    Yay! So thrilled you enjoyed the second journey to Hedgehog Hollow and that you found the reminder really helpful. I’ve done the same for the third book and will definitely continue to do this for connected books going forwards as it certainly seems to have been appreciated. And, yes to the D R A M A for book 3 – Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow – which I’ve just finished writing!

    Thank you for your gorgeous review, Shelby. So delighted at how much the hedgehogs have warmed your heart and how much you champion Sam. She’s definitely a wonderful person from whom we can all learn xx

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      January 15, 2021 / 11:35 am

      Amazing! It definitely helps, especially if you read the last book a year before – sometimes it’s easy to fall back in to line with what is going on, but a previously will always be appreciated! Ooh I can’t wait for the drama, although I’m also nervous for Sam!

      You’re so very welcome again, Jessica. Samantha and the hedgehogs definitely have my whole heart xx

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