Jessica Redland comes to the blog with a story of second chances with
Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow
Sam has always been “overlooked” – from her family’s insistence on a childish nickname to watching the love of her life marry someone else, nothing is ever quite as she would hope. Between dealing with family drama (lots of it) and her own heartache, she’s needing something different and new, where she is in charge of her destiny. Surprisingly enough, a grumpy widower named Thomas also happens to be at the wedding, and piques Sam’s interest – particularly as he lives in a place called Hedgehog Hollow that has ACTUAL hedgehogs. (It was also one of the reasons I GRABBED this title when available – who can resist the cute little pincushions?)
Hearing Thomas’ story and how he still mourns his late wife stirs something in Sam – and she’s soon discovering that the friendship with Thomas, and the project to save the Hedgehogs is just what is needed to allow her to move forward. Very much a story of two halves, where we often find Sam straddling a line of razor wire that is her relationship with her family members – from a mother who dislikes her (actively), aunts who use her, cousins who take everything from her that they can and a wholly ineffective father – dealing with Thomas’ grief seems to be simple in comparison.
Understand that while the first half of the story unpacks the issues and dramas, and we get lots of background information as Sam untangles her own fraught family relationships while discovering friendship, support and no judgment from Thomas as his dreams for Hedgehog Hollow slowly become hers. It is not a story without some tears or anger –but the characters come to life, with heart, desires and hope ever-growing, and the story is uplifting and life-changing for Sam – and readers are left wanting more. A lovely story from Redland, and consistent with other books I have read from her that drag you into the story and allow you to escape and enjoy the hours spent reading.
Title: Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow
Author: Jessica Redland
Genre: British, Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Boldwood Books
Published on: 2 July, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 49 minutes
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CAN LOVE REALLY BE FOUND WHEN YOU STOP LOOKING FOR IT…?
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…
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.