Can love really be found when you stop looking for it…?
As Samantha Wishaw watches the love of her life marry another woman, she’s ready to give up hope of finding her happy ever after.
But when a chance encounter leads Sam to find friendship in Thomas – a lonely, grumpy elderly widower living at derelict Hedgehog Hollow – her life is about to change forever.
Glad to have a distraction from family feuds and match-making, Sam vows to fulfil Thomas and his wife, Gwendoline’s, dreams of restoring Hedgehog Hollow to its former glory, and to open a hedgehog rescue centre.
Throwing herself into the task at hand, little does Sam realise that the keys to love and happiness may also be found at Hedgehog Hollow, when she least expects it…
I have read a few of Jessica’s books now and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. I read the synopsis for ‘Finding Love At Hedgehog Hollow’ and it certainly sounded like another first class read. I wasn’t wrong either because it truly is an amazing read and I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of the story. I adored this book but more about that in a bit.
I absolutely loved the character of Samantha Wishaw and I took to her from the very start. In fact, Sam felt more like a friend than just a character in a book. She is a lovely lass, who has prioritised the wellbeing of other people above her own wellbeing. She has bent over backwards for other people with very little thanks. In fact people have used and abused her and then dropped her. Sam is a nurse who is dedicated to her job. At the same time, she is also passionate about animals. The majority of Sam’s wider family just sound like a toxic bunch of passive/ aggressive bitter and twisted numpties. I won’t go too far down the road of why and how the family treat her but needless to say it is the sort of treatment that made me want to jump inside the pages of the book to give certain people a darn good slap with a wet flip flop. I was keeping everything crossed that things would work out well for Sam and that she would find the happiness that she so deserves.
I was drawn into this amazing story right from the very start. I found that I was simply unable to put the book down. Not because it was glued to my hand because it wasn’t, but I was so desperate to find out what happened that my Kindle travelled everywhere with me. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Despite my best efforts to ration how much I read in one go so I could prolong my enjoyment of the story, I soon raced to the end of the story.
For me, part of the reason why I enjoyed this book was so much is that I drew parallels between Sam and myself but also Sam’s family and my own family. Like Sam, I have bent over backwards for people who didn’t appreciate my efforts and I have prioritised their wellbeing over my own wellbeing. Certain members of my family are toxic and passive/ aggressive, only getting their kicks when they treat somebody or something like dirt. That’s enough of the personal stuff so back to the review I do go.
‘Finding Love At Hedgehog Hollow’ is a first rate read and it is superbly written, although I have found that to be true of all of Jessica’s books. Jessica has one of those writing styles that is easy to take to and easy to get used to. In fact, reading one of Jessica’s books feels more like a chat between friends rather than reading a book. I hope that makes sense. Jessica grabs your attention with a unique title and combines it with a bright and breezy cover, before compelling you to read the synopsis (I mean that in the nicest possible way) and then you simply cannot resist starting to read the story within the covers of the book. That’s how I felt at any rate. Once Jessica has your attention she will not let you have it back until the moment that you read the last word on the last page. In Sam, Jessica has created a lovely and truly wonderful character and Jessica describes Sam so well that she seemed just as real as you and I.
In short, I simply adored reading ‘Finding Love At Hedgehog Hollow’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. In fact I would go so far as to say that ‘Finding Love At Hedgehog Hollow’ is right up there on my list of top reads of 2020. I will definitely be reading more of Jessica’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.