Book review “Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow” by Jessica Redland


Fiction, Rural life

Next instalment from The Hedgehog Hollow series

Length, 362 pages

Publisher, Boldwood


Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow

Samantha has a secret. Returning home from her dream honeymoon to the normality of running her beloved Hedgehog Hollow rescue centre, she’s ready for the next chapter of her life with Josh. Or is she? Samantha is hiding something which could forever change the dreams they shared and bring their happy ever after crashing to the ground.

Lauren has given up on love. Twenty-six years ago the love of her life, Shaun, left her a note and was never seen again. Two painful divorces later she still can’t face opening up to anyone. But little does Lauren know that the closure she’s dreamt of for all these years may be closer than she thinks, and perhaps the only way to let new love in is to forgive and forget.

Samantha and Lauren will need the love and support from the Hedgehog Hollow family more than ever. After all, some dreams are worth chasing…

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Oh what a joy it is to be back at Hedgehog Hollow, it feels like coming home. This series is one of those that I never want to end, I want to know every part of everyone’s life because they all have become like my friends.

I really enjoyed learning more about Lauren in this book. Her back story and why she appears so closed off to romance. When we find out what actually happened to her husband, its one of those “oh ok, didn’t see that coming at all” moments but it explains a lot and is dealt with clearly and sensitively. I think it was a brilliant addition to the beautifully heart-warming story that Chasing dreams is.

Jessica has a writing style that speaks to the heart. She creates her characters with such death and warmth that they just come alive on the page. I want to pop round to Hedgehog Hollow with cake and hugs and help out with the hedgehogs. I adore how much Phoebe and Darcie are just blossoming. Lauren hopefully being able to put her ghosts to rest. Sam and Josh newly married. I actually loved going on their Honeymoon with them, it brought out a whole new side to them that, for me made them even more a wonderful, perfect match.

There are many dreams yet to be achieved, a lot more dreaming and creating to be done. Hedgehog Hollow will go in my heart forever. One of the great things about Jessica is that she obviously not only has a knack for writing such beautiful stories she also believes in what she writes and that falls out of every single page. She is so invested in her characters that we become invested too. Just the perfect series.

There is a quote in the epilogue that reads “You don’t have to set out to write the best book every time; just the best book you’re capable of at that time” and this really made me think how hard it must be to be a writer yet hugely rewarding to. A little life lesson in there for us all.

One more thing I must add is, Who said you can’t learn anything from fiction? Well go the back of Jessica’s book I say. There is a fabulous amount of stuff to learn about hedgehogs. Do’s and dont’s some great hedgie facts. Just a brilliant end for this marvellous book. This whole series will not let you down. A wonderful time was had by all. 10 Stars for me.

Author Bio ā€“

Jessica Redland writes emotional but uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast where she lives with her husband, daughter and sprocker spaniel. Her Hedgehog Hollow series, set in a hedgehog rescue centre, takes readers into the beautiful rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

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With Thanks for the Advance Copy to ….

Rachel Gilby

Jessica Redland

Boldwood Books


2 thoughts on “Book review “Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow” by Jessica Redland

  1. Aw, Niki, what a gorgeous review. Thank you so much for the 10 and your lovely comments about my writing, the story and the series. What a lovely way to end the blog tour! I’m delighted you’ve loved your 5th trip to Hedgehog Hollow and hope you’ll enjoy the final one just as much x


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