Published by Boldwood Books Ltd on September 6, 2022
Genres: Christmas, Women's
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It's the countdown to Christmas at Hedgehog Hollow Wildlife Rescue Centre, and everyone is gearing up for a festive season to remember...
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?
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
WARNING: As this is the final book in the series, I may make mention to things that have happened in the previous books.
If it’s a while since you read the previous book in the series then Jessica Redland rather helpfully gives a full rundown of all the main characters in the front of the book as well as a “previously in Hedgehog Hollow….” summary. While it may be tempting to think that this will tell you all you need to know to jump into this series at book 6 – don’t.
It’s here, and it’s everything that I expected it to be!
This is it, the final book in the series, I’ve been looking forward to this coming out but I’m also ready to cry because it’s the last one in my favourite series. I know it won’t be saying goodbye to the characters for ever as I’m sure that Jessica Redland will feature them in some of her other novels around Whitsborough Bay, but I’m really going to miss our spikey little friends.
Given the characters who have featured in the previous books I had a few things in mind that I knew I needed to happen in this final book –
- I expected Fizz to be the main focus point
- I needed for her to have a relationship with Phoebe
- I hoped for more action around Hedgehog Hollow than in the previous book
- I wanted to see the further development of the relationship between Sam and her mum
- Maybe relationships developing for Sam’s parents (but not with each other)
- A baby for Sam and Josh given the ending to book 5
Did I get everything I wanted? I’m not telling you but what I will say is that it was a very satisfactory ending to the series.
I started crying following a hedgehog incident at around the 50% mark and I was still crying at the 75% mark. Holy Moly, this book was a roller coaster. Fizz’s storyline went in a direction that I never expected and my heart broke for her. She is such a gorgeous, loving character and I really wanted her to have her happily ever after and not be so hurt and broken.
I loved the Christmas setting for the book. We start off around October time with the preparations taking place (wreath decorating anyone) and end in the middle of the following year but the majority of the action takes place in the run up to Christmas. We have a Christmas Fair at the Hollow with more amazing decorations and then we have Christmas Day, told from a number of perspectives.
As ever there are a number of trigger warnings in here but the warmth and love and community definitely outshine them.
My best advice for anyone considering this book is to go to Book 1 and start the series from the beginning. They’re all quick, easy reads and they’re free on Kindle Unlimited. Click on the book title below to be taken to the Amazon UK page
Book 1 – Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow
Book 2 – New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow
Book 3 – Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow
Book 4 – A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow
Book 5 – Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow
I’ve also added a list of all Jessica Redlands books here – her series are one of the few where I would say, READ THEM IN ORDER. With recurring characters who have major life changes in each book, there will be spoilers if you don’t and you won’t get the same level of enjoyment.