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20 April 2022

Book Review: A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland *AD gifted

I was provided with access to a free copy of A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland.

I have read the previous books in the series because I am a massive lover of hedgehogs, and I was very excited to see where it went next. This is probably the one book in the series that utterly surprised me. It took a turn and I wasn't prepared for the amount of tissues I would need.

Although I was provided with a free review copy, I already had the kindle edition pre-ordered.

A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

It's time for the wedding we've all been waiting for...

Life at Hedgehog Hollow is never dull, although Samantha hopes that the new year ahead will be a little less chaotic as she prepares to marry the love of her life, Josh. But disaster strikes when she checks the rescue centre's bank account after the festive season and discovers it has been emptied. Who would do such a thing, and why? With the future of Hedgehog Hollow now in jeopardy, planning a wedding has lost its shine.

Phoebe is desperate to escape the shadow of her family, infamously known for their attacks on Samantha's beloved rescue centre. Could the kindness of the Hedgehog Hollow team be the chance she needs for a fresh start, or will her family's secrets continue to drag her back?


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5 Word Review: Family, abuse, secrets, betrayal, love.



I picked up A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow for the Happy Book prompt in Spring's Series Crackdown Readathon and... I wasn't expecting my soul to end up so utterly devastated by this book. It had me in tears so many times until well over half way through, and I'm so glad I knew from the previous books to have some hope.

Poor Phoebe. This book focuses massively on her. Before, she was a rather quiet side character who was easy to dismiss. After this book? Oh my goodness, that girl deserves the world. She deserves all of the kindness and good will and good luck and basically everything positive ever. What she has been through wrenched my heart apart, and she was so strong to pull herself out the other wise, especially with her dear little cousin in tow.

Honestly I felt like this book was all Phoebe's story. And I was fine with that. As much as I sobbed into my kindle and went through an entire box of tissues, it felt good to step away from how perfect Samantha's life can feel sometimes. I mean, Samantha has a lot of struggles herself but somehow it always felt a little rose tinted and she herself a little condescending. Phoebe's struggles are raw and painful and cut deep.

This book left me an emotional wreck. I loved the exploration of family, found family, friendship, sexuality. The themes of trust and love and acceptance filled my heart back up with joy after the battering it went through in the first half. I loved the light relief of the naming of the hedgehogs, especially when the names became quite silly.

I so badly wish that Hedgehog Hollow was real, I want to rent one of the holiday cottages and stare out at the meadow and up at the sky. I can't wait to see where the story goes next.

The whole series is on Kindle Unlimited, so if you have it absolutely check it out. And if you don't, it's still worth the money.

2 comments:

  1. This review comes across as an emotional read, Cora. But in a good way. Plus, any story that leaves you wanting to experience it, in reality, is worth its 5-star review.

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  2. Thanks so much for your gorgeous review, Cora. I love how much Phoebe's story touched you. As soon as she arrived on the page in Family Secrets (book 3), I knew what had happened to her and simply had to tell her story and ensure she had her positive outcome. Darcie was never planned either but I had a vision of Phoebe walking along the street and this little girl huddled on the doorstep and she grew into the most adorable 6-year-old whose story had to be entwined with Phoebe's. I do love to tackle tough (realistic) subjects but, as you say, that uplifting part is guaranteed. Hope you enjoy Chasing Dreams out at the end of June. Not quite as emotional as this one but there are moments x

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