BOOK REVIEW: FINDING LOVE AT HEDGEHOG HOLLOW BY JESSICA REDLAND

As Samantha Wishaw watches the love of her life marry another woman, she’s ready to give up hope of finding her happy ever after.

But when a chance encounter leads Sam to find friendship in Thomas – a lonely, grumpy elderly widower living at derelict Hedgehog Hollow – her life is about to change forever.

Glad to have a distraction from family feuds and match-making, Sam vows to fulfill Thomas and his wife, Gwendoline’s, dreams of restoring Hedgehog Hollow to its former glory, and to open a hedgehog rescue centre.

Throwing herself into the task at hand, little does Sam realise that the keys to love and happiness may also be found at Hedgehog Hollow, when she least expects it…

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I knew that Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow was already going to be my most favourite read of Jessica’s, just be the absolutely stunning cover and synopsis to go along with it. 

I found myself warming up to Samantha from the very first page – her life had come with a lot of twists and turns, some good, some mostly bad. The first few chapters as we’re meeting Samantha, was absolutely brutal, giving me this sudden urge to protect the wonderful woman I already knew her to be. She couldn’t seem to do any right when it came to her family and they found any way possible to stir up drama that was destined to make Samantha’s life even more miserable. I was absolutely gobsmacked at the way her family treated and spoke to Sam, especially her mum, it was every type of disgusting and heart-breaking. The most painful part of it all was that Sam never knew what she had done wrong for her mum to hate her so much, she just learnt to live with it and accept that she was never going to have any type of mother/daughter relationship. I was so extremely grateful for Sam having such a wonderful dad through all of the horrific moments, despite the way he is also treated throughout the story. The two had definitely not had it easy when it came to Sam’s mum and it was time for new beginnings for the two of them. 

Luckily, there’s always light at the end of a dark tunnel and Samantha finds that at Hedgehollow Hollow, after she saves the life of Thomas. I absolutely adored the relationship that blossomed between Sam and Thomas – there was so many ‘small world‘ moments, in which they discovered they had crossed paths many years prior, showing just how meant to be their reunion was. The two of them helped one another find some closure and happiness in their lives – Thomas grieving the loss of her wife with Sam’s support & Sam discovering a new passion to take her mind off of her family’s uncalled for drama. 

I couldn’t recommend this series more, it was every bit beautiful and heart-warming. Sam is absolutely one of my favourite book characters I’ve ever read about; she is extremely kind, caring and unselfish. She deserved the world and I couldn’t understand why her family made it their life mission to make sure that didn’t happen for her. The moments with her mum just caused me so much heart-ache and was incredibly painful to have to read through (I even felt some anxiety when we approached those scenes!!), however, that all being said, I was beaming with joy by the end, as Sam had finally found herself a new adventure within Hedgehog Hollow, the support of her dad surrounding her and her new relationship with Josh to look forward to exploring. 

Jessica Redland really does not disappoint with her stories, they are absolutely phenomenal and she really does have the power and talent within her writing to have you feeling every type of emotion. Her characters are always wonderfully developed and the settings, especially Hedgehog Hollow, are an absolute comfort to be in.

Shelby x

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Jessica Redland
    January 13, 2021 / 12:34 pm

    Aw, you superstar, reviewing both books! Look forward to hearing what you thought of the return journey to Hedgehog Hollow later. Thank you so much for your kind words about my writing. That’s really made my day. Sam’s mum is awful, isn’t she? I write about real life and, sadly, there are people like that in real life but, as you say, it gives Sam even more opportunity to show her true colours and what a kind-hearted individual she is and also makes the reader root for her even more xx

    • breakfastatshelbys
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      January 15, 2021 / 11:34 am

      You’re very welcome! I couldn’t review the second without talking about how wonderful the first one is as well! She really is and is so incredibly sad that she is based on real life mum’s, you would never expect or want a mum to be that way. I can imagine you even got frustrated yourself writing her scenes! It just shows how remarkable Sam is though for still being the amazing, admirable woman she is, as she could have easily just have turned as bitter as her mum, not knowing any better! xx

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