Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow – Jessica Redland

Published By: Boldwood
Pages: 405
Released On: 06/09/2022

It should be the most wonderful time of the year for Samantha and Josh as they prepare for the arrival of their first baby. But life at Hedgehog Hollow rarely goes to plan and the pair are faced with adversaries, old and new, and unexpected challenges to overcome.

Fizz’s job at the heart of the rescue centre is a dream come true but her personal life is more like a nightmare. With her love life a disaster and her past about to dramatically catch up with her, she needs the love and support of her Hedgehog Hollow family more than ever.

As the snow falls over Hedgehog Hollow, will Samantha and Fizz find the Christmas miracle they need to overcome their heartache and find happiness?

*****

Thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

I didn’t realise the Hedgehog Hollow books were part of a series when I first read A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow, but it didn’t matter to the understanding of the story and the characters, and it’s the same with this one. I love Jessica Redland’s work, and combined with Christmas…well, it’s a winner!

Once again, Jessica has seamlessly weaved happiness and light-heartedness with sensitive topics such as child abuse, sexual abuse, violence, animal abuse, divorce, sexuality, grief, relationship breakups, pregnancy, PTSD, childbirth. Listing them all here makes it sound like a tough book to read, but it’s the complete opposite. These topics are touched upon, but not used solely for entertainment purposes, they’re not bigged up, nor are they brushed under the carpet. They’re important components of the book as it makes you appreciate the joy even more.

I do love the bits about the hedgehogs themselves. We used to get hedgehogs in our garden before we had the fence replaced and I used to love coming out in the morning to see them, they were so adorable. Yet, I know very little about them so it was nice to read more about the animals.

I found this one more emotional than the other one I’ve read. And I don’t always mean because it’s sad. Yes, there are sad moments, scary moments, worrying moments, but it’s full of hope, joy and love. Love for the animals, love for friends, love for family, and love for yourself. And it was surprisingly the happier moments that I found the most touching.

As mentioned, I haven’t read the entire series but I have enjoyed the ones I have read. They just seem to have got better and better and I’m sad to see this is the final book in the series. I suppose it has come to a natural conclusion and it may risk losing some of its highlights if it was to be drawn out, so I understand why she’s chosen to finish it here. But it’s been a delight following these characters’ stories. They almost feel like my own friends, my own family.

It’s a real warming, cosy festive delight, a perfect read for cold evenings by the fire.

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