Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for A Wedding at the Hedgehog Hollow, a romance novel written by Jessica Redland.
First thing first, let me thank Rachel and the publisher, Boldwood Books, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
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?
Publication date: 06/01/22
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: I like the color palette. Not sure about the flowers.
A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow has been my first dive into the Hedgehog Hollow series—what a journey! I was hesitant at first, given my lack of knowledge about the previous installments, but Redland eased me in with a quick recap and then proceeded to spin an interesting tale based on love, second chances, and hedgehogs.
First of all, kudos for the captivating writing style. It complements the tale Redland chooses to tell, leaving the reader satisfied after swiping left for the last time.
The double POV structure strengthens the plot: we get to hear Samantha and Phoebe’s side of the story, and while it takes away some suspense (is Phoebe guilty?), I believe it works in this specific context. Both MCs are well-crafted, with a balanced amount of flaws and virtues. They’re supported by a large cast of characters—a bit too large for me—with some of the secondary characters entering the spotlight for a brief moment.
Perhaps the one who really shines through is Rosemary. I appreciate her development a lot, as she starts out as your standard friendly character, then she goes through a growth arc that enhances her weaknesses too. Is that good? Yes, because she’s given the chance to overcome them despite not being one of the MCs.
The last part of my reviews usually addresses flaws. There’s not much to tell here, except maybe for the Grimes. Villains are a fundamental part of a story—good folks are great in RL and boring on printed paper—but they should be nuanced. Tina and Jenny (the whole family, I’d say, but I haven’t read the previous installments, so take this with a grain of salt) are nasty, and they have no redeemable qualities. I could buy that if it involved a single character, I guess; two or more is pushing it.
4 stars on GR.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Jessica Redland is the top 10 bestselling author of over thirteen novels, including The Secret to Happiness. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.
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