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Book Review – New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @BoldwoodBooks #BookReview #BookBlogger #contemporary

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There was once an author with a couple of seeds

She planted them in a farm with the weeds

Then she watched and waited with a benevolent smile

Her seed sprouted slowly in a little while

The weeds grew around it, threatening its joy

The author knew her plant was no toy

It found a way to live its life

Love and laughter and Hedgehogs lessened its strife

That was the end of book one, tears with happiness won

But have no fear, the author has come out with another one

This was the plant’s life, love the path it laid

The branches and leaves brought the shade

But the wicked still made their way

The plant knew how to have its say

Others soon joined the farm, mixed their colors

My heart grew warm seeing all the flowers

The plant was now a tree

Helping everyone with a heart generous and free

This poem may not be the best of its kind

Jessica Redland’s words, to your heart they bind

Just a few words that came to me in my sleep

One of my beautiful reads of this year, the sequel to Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow, where I got to see the lives of Samantha and Josh as they started a new chapter of rescuing hedgehogs and helping people.

This was not a romantic book, but a story about relationships and the way the couple found their way of binding their family with forgiveness and love. The author, with the power of her words, showed how easy it would have been to let go of people and how rewarding it was when we didn’t.

I would say the story weaved one heart after another via Samantha and Josh into the lattice of what we called life. The generosity after the difficult period of anger was well perceived. The writing was not emotional, but it was rich with the bonds of the family. I would call this couple the sun who pulled the people into their lives by the gravity of their love.

Or better yet, I would call this book a saga of Jessica’s love who pulled the readers into the lives of her characters by the gravity of her words.

P.S. I wanted to cry more, and it had a mini cliff-hanger.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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With new arrivals comes new responsibilities…

The sun is shining, wild flowers are blooming and Hedgehog Hollow is officially open for business.

For Samantha, the proud owner of this beautiful rescue centre, life has never been busier. But with an influx of new hogs and hoglets to take care of, not to mention a full-time job and ongoing family issues, can she accept the possibility that she has taken on more than she can handle?

Fortunately, she has the love of her life, Josh, by her side for support and encouragement. But Josh has his own family troubles to deal with. And soon he must decide if he’s ready to do the one thing he swore he’d never do – forgive his father.

For both Samantha and Josh it’s a season of change and for figuring out whether the past can ever truly be forgotten.


Publication Date: January 2021

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be found here.

4 thoughts on “Book Review – New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @BoldwoodBooks #BookReview #BookBlogger #contemporary Leave a comment

  1. I like that description of Josh and Samantha drawing people in. I cried enough when I read that first one! Hahahaha. Lovely review. Looking forward to the third. ❤️

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  2. Aw, Shalini, you found your cosy time and read it! I can’t believe I’m going to apologise for not making you cry but I’m really sorry although I thought you’d be relieved after the sob-fest following the first one, not wishing I’d repeated it! I’m glad New Arrivals still spoke to you even if not quite as powerfully as the first one. Thanks for sharing the words that came in your sleep. Hugs x


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