January 7, 2022
Genre/Categories/Setting: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Animal Rescue, Found Family, England
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A long-awaited wedding…….
As Samantha prepares to marry Josh, she discovers that someone has hacked into her bank account and emptied it. Is the future of Hedgehog Hollow in jeopardy? Will she be able to afford the wedding?
In this installment, we become acquainted with Phoebe who is desperate to escape her abusive family, infamously known for their attacks on Samantha’s beloved rescue centre. Does the recent bank fraud have anything to do with her family?
Series: A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow is the 4th in the Hedgehog Hollow series. Although it can be read as a stand alone, a series is always best when read in order (in my opinion).
Writing: One reason I enjoy this series is for the friendly tone of the writing. The books are easy reading and the stories are engaging from the first page. Although some of the themes are heavy, they are balanced with lighter and happier ones. I appreciate the closed door romance and no offensive language in the stories. I think this series is difficult to pin down to a specific genre. It’s certainly women’s fiction because the storylines and themes are mostly focused on the concerns of women and female characters. Some readers might categorize this as “uplit” because the stories end up on a hopeful note and compassion, connection, caring for others, and kindness are always strong themes. In each of the stories though, there is always one heavy hitting theme. In this recent installment, there is a particularly difficult theme of child abuse and child endangerment.
Main Character: At the center of each story is wise and insightful Samantha (Sam) who is a hedgehog rescuer, a loyal and understanding friend, a helper, a determined problem solver, and an all-around kind, generous, and compassionate person. I love her and her character keeps me invested in the series.
Themes: In all the stories, there are general themes of family loyalty, friendship, second chances, compassion, and kindness. In each story there is at least one hard hitting theme. In A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow, there is child abuse and child endangerment. They can be uncomfortable passages to read but they are not overly graphic. Most of these scenes are told as backstory and could be easily skipped or scanned. You can always trust Jessica Redland to resolve all the issues in an HEA (happily ever after or happy for now) ending (in this case “found family”).
Recommended: I’m recommending A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow for readers who enjoy women’s fiction with substantial themes, for fans of animal rescue, and for those who appreciate an inspirational and likable main character.
My Rating: 4 Stars
Meet the Author, Jessica Redland
Thank you so much for looking at one of my books on Amazon and a very warm welcome to two gorgeous Yorkshire settings: Whitsborough Bay on the North Yorkshire coast and Hedgehog Hollow on the Yorkshire Wolds.
I write uplifting stories of love and friendship. You’ll meet some new friends who’ll raise a smile and perhaps draw a few tears. I adore my characters so, if you do find yourself reaching for the tissues, don’t worry because I promise I will never leave them without a heartwarming happy ending.
All my books work as complete standalone stories but some are part of a series and others are connected. The Welcome to Whitsborough Bay series and the Hedgehog Hollow series are best enjoyed when read in order and, if taking a trip to Castle Street at Christmas, I’d recommend Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes before Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café.
I hope you decide to dive in and that you enjoy your visit to Yorkshire. Thanks again for looking.
Big hugs, Jessica xx
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