Updated: Aug 13
Good morning dear readers. I hope you are all well! So today I will be reviewing a book from one of my favourite authors, Jessica Redland. I have read so many of her books now, you may well have read some reviews. If you haven't I suggest you hit the linked posts and have a little looksee as she is well worth a read! This book was provided to me by Rachels Random Resources so a huge Thankyou to her for arranging these amazing tours!
Todays book is the latest in the Hedgehog Hollow series and it is another corker I have to say! I love the characters in these books and the storyline does not disappoint. It follows on from A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow, you can clink the link to read my review of that one also.
Samantha has a secret. Returning home from her dream honeymoon to the normality of running her beloved Hedgehog Hollow rescue centre, she's ready for the next chapter of her life with Josh. Or is she? Samantha is hiding something which could forever change the dreams they shared and bring their happy ever after crashing to the ground.
Lauren has given up on love. Twenty-six years ago the love of her life, Shaun, left her a note and was never seen again. Two painful divorces later she still can't face opening up to anyone. But little does Lauren know that the closure she's dreamt of for all these years may be closer than she thinks, and perhaps the only way to let new love in is to forgive and forget. Samantha and Lauren will need the love and support from the Hedgehog Hollow family more than ever. After all, some dreams are worth chasing...
So we are back to Hedgehog Hollow, which is a rescue centre for hedgehogs, and we rejoin Sam who runs the centre after her wedding to Josh. They are happy and off on their honeymoon. It was lovely to see a snippet of the country they were visiting as well as flip back and forth back to their home.
This book mainly centres around Lauren and her storyline, she is Josh's aunt and twin sister to his mom Connie. Her story is one filled with absolute heartbreak, I was so emotional reading about everything that had happened to her throughout her life. The writing changed timelines so we were able to visit Lauren as she experienced the huge landmarks that shaped her life. She has never really got over her first love Shaun who left her in such an upsetting manner. She had never been given the chance to fully grieve the break up due to the way things ended. This had then impacted all her future relationships and decisions. It was heartbreaking to see the devastation she went through and how it had a knock on effect. However the friendship she has with Sam and Jonathan is a lifeline and you can see how important they are to her. Plus a new character Riley, enters the fray and has another huge impact on her life, although maybe not as you might expect to begun with! I thought the closure she receives was written beautifully and explained a lot about Shauns reasons behind what he did. Do read the acknowledgements at the end, Jesica explains a little about why she wrote the way she did and her research which is really interesting.
Old characters are still happily plodding on within the story and smaller storylines continue on from the previous books which is fabulous for consistency. We are still left with a few threads open which leads nicely to her final book that will be hitting shelves in September. I will be sad to leave the characters behind but I am also excited to see how everything ends up for each character in the final book of the series. Plus she has promised that we may well see them cropping up in other books in the future. This is another thing I love about Jessica Redlands books, because they are set around Whitsborough Bay, characters from different series pop up in other books when you least expect it!
I hope this review inspires you to pick up a Jessica Redland book if you haven't read one before. They are well worth your time! I myself cannot wait to read the final instalment and I shall be sharing that with you in a future blog tour so watch this space!
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Purchase Link - https://amzn.to/36XRT2Y
Jessica Redland writes emotional but uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast where she lives with her husband, daughter and sprocker spaniel. Her Hedgehog Hollow series, set in a hedgehog rescue centre, takes readers into the beautiful rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.
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