Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow
By Jessica Redland
What it’s about?
Every family has its secrets, and at Hedgehog Hollow there is no exception…
It was always Samantha’s dream to run her beautiful rescue centre, Hedgehog Hollow, full-time. But just as her wish comes true, she becomes a victim of her own kindness when she finds herself with a house full of guests – all with their own problems and secrets – looking to her for support.
When her self-absorbed cousin, Chloe, unexpectedly turns up at the farm – swiftly handing over her baby to Samantha to care for – trouble is definitely brewing. Especially as Chloe won’t tell anyone why she’s left her husband, James…
As Samantha juggles new hedgehog arrivals, family dramas and her own health challenges, it soon becomes clear that she needs to start putting herself first for once. Little does she know that life-changing secrets from the past are about to unravel and turn their lives upside down…
Return to glorious Hedgehog Hollow with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for a heartwarming, emotional but uplifting story of family, friendship and moving on from the past.
What I think:
The cliffhanger at the end of book 2 in the a Hedgehog Hollow series literally made me gasp out loud! And this book picks up where book 2 left off.
The focus for this book is Samantha’s cousin Chloe.
If I’m honest, I have never understood why Sam put up with Chloe. Even though they are cousins and have shared a close friendship in the past, Chloenis certainly not a good friend to Sam. Selfish and distracted she takes little interest in Sam’s life, begrudges her success and flaunts her relationship with Sam’s mum. Plenty of times I have thought that Samantha should walk away, but she still.maintains that their is more to Chloe than nasty sniping.
The Hedgehog Rescue Centre is quickly filling up – and not just with hedgehogs!
When Chloe turns up in tears on the doorstep with a binbag full of clothes and announces that the her marriage to James is over after just a few months everybody is stunned. Chloe is keeping tight-lipped about what has happened and James is completely stunned.
What emerges – and I promise no spoilers from me – is an insight into Chloe’s teenage year and some past decisions that have haunted her ever since.
Chloe’s revelations go a long way into explaining the adult she has become and her treatment of Samantha.
The dual narrative works really well for this book as the reader can hear Chloes story in her own words and see the remorse and confusion she often feels after her emotional out bursts.
Samantha is also coping with her own mental health. As well as juggling the hedgehogs (not literally!), raising the profile of the Centrehelping Josh’s father and Beth with their two children and dealing with Chloe, she is struggling with the aftermath of the Grimes’ assault and the Hedgehog Centre fire. Sam begins to realise that she made need some support herself.
Jessica Redland is fast becoming the Queen of cliffhangers! This book ends on another cracking on that will leave you desperate for book 4! There is definitely more from to come from Hedgehog Hollow.
This book has everything I loved about the first two in the series and more.
Warm-hearted and cosy with plenty of drama and twists, this is family drama at its best – with added hedgehogs!
This does work as a stand alone but the series is fab and the characters continue to develop so I would definitely recommend reading Dinding Love and New Arrivals as the characters really develop and you get to know the whole fantastic story.
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About the author:
Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives.
Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North
Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.
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Thank you to Jessica Redland and Boldwood Books for my gifted copy and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this lovely blog tour. Looking forward to the next installment.