A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow – Jessica Redland

I am so excited – I am finding it hard to articulate how excited I am at the idea of reviewing the latest book in the fabulous Hedgehog Hollow series. I am a huge fan of Jessica Redland’s outstanding books; I cannot begin to imagine how she manages to write so many spectacular stories.

I was particularly excited by this book, due to the way that the previous book in the series ended, with the shadow of financial irregularities looming over Samantha and her hedgehog sanctuary. Fear not though, if you haven’t read any of the previous books yet, as this book very handily starts with a bit of a recap and a handy list of who is who. I can guarantee though, that if this is your first read in the series, once you have read this one, you will be hooked and you will want to catchup with the rest of the series.

I love Samantha, especially the way that her interactions with humans seem to reflect her hog rescue work. She seems to collect waifs and strays – evidenced by the loyal rescue volunteers and by the houseful at the farm on Christmas day and afterwards. Samantha is also an expert in forgiveness, for example her interactions with Chloe and with her Mother, as well as the way she sorted out Rosemary.

I found myself vehemently hoping that Phoebe wasn’t behind the missing rescue centre money; she seemed like a victim herself – a kind of modern day Cinderella.

Jessica Redland is a gifted author, time after time providing us, the readers, with a period of unparalleled escapism. Her characters are wonderful and I can’t help thinking that if we were all a little bit like Samantha, the world would be a better place.


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