Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow
By Jessica Redland
Published by Boldwood Books
What it’s about?
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…
What I think:
I saw the cover reveal for this book and thought it was the cutest thing ever! Such a pretty cover ❤🦔
So when I was offered the chance to take part in the blog tour I jumped at it.
And I wasn’t disappointed.
Samantha is such a lovely, kind and relatable character. She sees the best in people even when they are quite unpleasant to her.
The book begins with poor Sam having to be bridesmaid for her frenemy/cousin Chloe. Chloe is marrying Sam’s ex-boyfriend, the man she thought was the love of her life. And Sam is expected to look happy for them even though her heart is breaking.
Getting lost on the way to the reception, she ends up helping Thomas, an old man and this act of kindness changes her life.
Her relationship with Thomas and Hedgehog Hollow is absolutely delightful. He is rude and grumpy but Sam’s relentless kindness and persistence gradually wears him down and a lovely friendship develops.
Sam learns that it’s alright to walk away from toxic relationships no matter who they are with, and find happiness and a sense of purpose as she focuses on Project Prickles – setting up a hedgehog rescue centre.
I don’t want to say anymore because this book is lovely and I don’t want to spoil it. But as the title suggests, Sam finds love and more at Hedgehog Hollow.
This is a fantastic, heartwarming and joyful book. It’s the perfect cosy read. And to make it even better there are little hedgehogs at the beginning of each chapter!
About the writer:
From Jessica’s website:
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but I never considered writing as a career until a former manager suggested I write a book because my business reports read more like stories. Great idea, but what on earth would I write about?
A year or so later, a friend presented me with a gift voucher for a telephone clairvoyant to help me through a crossroads in my life and career. That telephone call changed my life. The clairvoyant told me that I was going to move back home, start my own business, then meet and marry the man of my dreams. Oh, and his name would be Steven! Let the search commence! I didn’t actually find Steven, but I did find the premise for my first novel.
In September 2014, I was excited to secure a three-book publishing contract but the company ceased trading after my books had been released so, with my rights back, I re-launched those books as an indie writer. I released further titles then, in early 2019, was thrilled to secure an amazing 10-book publishing deal with Boldwood Books. The deal is for a combination of brand new stories and re-issues of some of my back catalogue.
All my stories are set in Whitsborough Bay, a fictional North Yorkshire seaside town inspired by the towns and villages along the stunning North Yorkshire Coast, particularly Scarborough where I live. They’re all uplifting stories of love and friendship.
I live with my husband (a non-Steven), my daughter, Ella the Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing hug of collectible teddy bears although, if Ella has her way, they’ll be a collection of heads and limbs instead!
My dream is to be able to write full-time. Maybe one day. For now, I’m a home-based tutor, trying (usually unsuccessfully) to balance writing alongside marking assignments.
Find out more about Jessica and her books at her website: Click here
Thank you to Jessica, Boldwood Books and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this absolutely lovely blog tour. Check out the other stop and see if they loved this book as much as I did.