Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

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?

Review: This is the sixth, and, sadly, last, book in the Hedgehog Hollow series, which has chronicled events in the life of Samantha and the hedgehog rescue centre she established in the Yorkshire Wolds. As with previous books in the series, the author has helpfully included details of recurring characters, a ‘story so far’ section and lists of useful facts about hedgehogs for those lucky enough to meet these cute and interesting animals. I have read all of these books in order as they were published and have enjoyed getting to know Samantha and the increasing cast of characters surrounding her. I was particularly looking forward to this one, as I love stories set in the run up to Christmas and beyond.

This story features most of the characters readers of the series will have encountered so far, but focuses mainly on Samantha and her friend and colleague Fizz. Samantha and husband Josh are excitedly looking forward to the arrival of their first child just after Christmas, although there is a busy time ahead before then. Fizz, on the other hand, is not so happy, with problems in her love life and a secret she has kept for many years about to be revealed. There is plenty of drama ahead for both girls, with happy and sad times, but luckily they are surrounded by the Hedgehog Hollow family to offer support, and hopefully there may be a Christmas miracle or two.

This is a wonderful end to this series of stories. I can recommend it without hesitation, but, as usual would suggest reading all the books in order to get the most out of the series. I found this possibly the most dramatic of all the stories in the series, with one worry after another about Samantha and her friends; just when one problem was solved, another was waiting round the corner it seemed. This made it a book that was very enjoyable, but not easy to put down. I shall miss hearing about Samantha and her ever expanding family, but at the same time look forward to reading more from Jessica Redland.

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