Happy Publication Day to Jessica Redland
Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland
Published May 4th 2021 by Boldwood Books
About the Book: Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow is the third book in the Hedgehog Hollow series and is best enjoyed after reading Book 1 – Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow – and Book 2 – New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow.
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.
This is the third Hedgehog Hollow book and I continue to enjoy this series. The title for this book is perfect. Chloe, Samantha’s cousin who we meet in the previous books, shows up at Hedgehog Hollow with her infant Samuel, Sam, in tow. She has left James, but no one knows why. She isn’t talking and she is her miserable self that we have gotten to know in previous stories. Not only is Samantha dealing with this new arrival, but James father, Beth and their two children are also living in the farmhouse. It is a bit crowded and while Samantha waits Chloe out, she continues to deal with her own problems. She is having nightmares and fainting spells that are cause of concern. To lighten the loud, she gets students from the local college to do work placements for her, one in animal care and another accountant. What secrets is Chloe hiding to cause her breakdown?
This story is told from two POVs, alternating between Samantha and Chloe. We see what is happening in the present from both women. Chloe’s responses are often reactionary and she is regretful, but she still won’t share what is happening. As the book progresses, Chloe’s story begins to share things that happened in her past that has shaped her personality. As we learn Chloe’s secrets, I finally began to thaw towards her. Not only does she finally reveal things from her past, but she also seems to learn from them. All of this going on in Samantha’s life increases her stress and she also has some physical reactions to it. I do not want to spoil this book for anyone so will stop here. I will say that this book is full of secrets, family relationships, love, caring, hedgehogs, and more. This is a great series that is best read in order. There is a lot of character and story development that you don’t want to miss. I have to say that the ending left me shocked and I am now waiting for the next Hedgehog Hollow book that won’t be out until 2022. If you enjoy hedgehogs, stories about family, community and animal rescue you need to pick this one up. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: I was born in Teesside but now live in Scarborough on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast. My home inspired the creation of the fictional seaside town of Whitsborough Bay where I set many of my books although the Hedgehog Hollow series takes readers to a gorgeous new countryside setting in the Yorkshire Wolds.
I live with my husband, our teenage daughter and sprocker spaniel, Ella. I’m a self-confessed stationery addict with a ridiculously large collection of notepads who loves chocolate (although it doesn’t love me), hedgehogs, 80s music, collectible teddy bears and lighthouses.
Other than a career detour into retail to set up and run my own teddy bear shop (the inspiration for novel Bear With Me), I’ve always worked in HR, specialising in resourcing, coaching and L&D. Writing always had to take a back seat to the day job until June 2020 when I left the world of HR to become a full-time author. I’m so very grateful to anyone who has bought or borrowed my books in whatever format, helping me fulfil a long-held dream of writing full-time. I still can’t believe I get to spend every day chatting to my fictional friends and making stuff up.