Blog Tour Review: New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Another powerful book on love, loss, and overcoming trauma. Jessica Redland is definitely and author I’ll be keeping an eye on.

Foreword

Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and Jessica Redland for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary digital copy and blog tour media kit!

About the Author

Jessica Redland is the bestselling author of ten novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

You can find her at the following social media links!

Review

Book CWs: For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

Brand new from the top 10 bestselling author of New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms and Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow.

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.

Review (No Spoilers)

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might recognize this book from a blog tour I did last year for the first book in this series, Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow. If you missed that review, feel free to click here to read it! It was one of my favorite reads of 2019 so you can imagine how excited I was when I signed up for this tour!

Once again, I am shocked by how much I love Jessica Redland’s writing style. This book switches back and forth between the two main characters and I had no problem connecting with them both on personal levels. Although the drama included in this book (and the previous) seems a bit over the top at times, it is clear that this is all orchestrated to give the book a stronger message. Bad things happen to good people and sometimes you just have to do the best with what you’ve got.

That being said, one of the main reasons why I rated this book lower than its predecessor was because although they both had very similar morals, New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow pushed this lesson much harder, to the point where I felt like it was straying very very close to preaching toxic positivity rather than support, validation, and healing.

There were two messages that I felt the book pushed often that I disagree with.

  1. Every misdeed, no matter how bad, should be forgiven.
  2. You should always put everyone else first.

Both of these are things that may seem reasonable at first glance but can quickly turn into toxic behaviors because they don’t put any emphasis on self-care. I don’t think that this was Jessica Redland’s intention at all since there were plenty of other powerful messages that I agreed with throughout the book–and Sam is by far one of the best characters I’ve ever read–but it was something that continuously rubbed me the wrong way as I made my way through the story.

That being said, I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on Jessica Redland and her books. In fact, I recently told my partner Rob that I’d like to buy a physical copy of Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow to show my support for her and so that he can also have the chance of reading it.

I can’t say that New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow is a light read because it covers very hard topics (please see the content warnings above if needed), but I’d recommend this series for anyone who is interested in reading powerful stories of overcoming pain and trauma of the past.

Feel free to follow along with the rest of the tour listed below! If you’d like to purchase a copy of New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow, you can find it on Amazon US (affiliate link) and Amazon UK!

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