• Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow

  • Hedgehog Hollow, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Redland
  • Narrated by: Emma Swan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (999 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 fulfill 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.

Escape to Hedgehog Hollow this summer with top 10 best seller Jessica Redland for the perfect uplifting, feel-good listen.

©2020 Jessica Redland (P)2020 Boldwood

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The women in Samantha life!! Ugh.

I never write reviews but this book has gotten me lit up! I’m only a few hours through this book and the relationships Samantha has with her female family members make my stomach turn! They are so self centered and downright mean! How can a mother treat her child the way Samantha is treated?? Her mother is a bully! She puts her down and blames her for everything any chance she gets!! …and her cousin is a spoiled self centered brat who turned her back on her the moment things didn’t go her way! Samantha just keeps taking it like a punching bag! Samantha, … is so lovely and sweet! She cares so much for people and wears her heart on her sleeve…. And because she is NOT a confrontational person and only wants others to be happy, she literally sacrificed her own happiness! The only reason I’m still listening is to hopefully see Samantha finally stand up for herself!! ….hopefully get some redemption. Reading the other reviews though I’m sure I will be greatly disappointed! I literally find myself yelling and cursing out loud at her mother and cousin for being such hateful, selfish individuals! I will update once I finish the book. I’m hoping the book will redeem itself. ☹️

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  • 09-23-21

Horrible

The painful tropes and emotional abuse presented as quirky, dysfunctional are just
too much to handle.

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Somewhat annoying storyline

SPOILER ALERT!!! Wow & not in a good way. I normally enjoy Jessica Redland's books, but this one grated on my nerves. The toxicity of the women in Samantha's life was astounding. Every time a window opens for them to change & get better, nope it gets worse. Not to mention as sweet as Samantha is, she is such a glutton for punishment. I have to say I only kept listening to it as I really wanted to know if the relationship between her & her mother would change. NOPE!!! Thankfully the men in her life seem to be great role models. I'm hesitant to finish the set wondering if there will continue to be toxic relationships that just sour the storyline.

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Lovely story, narrator leans a bit too heavily on the accent

Nice story, good variety of sad and happy moments. Enjoyed the read but found the narrator’s lean into the Yorkshire accent a little OTT.

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Ugh!!!

Don’t read the synopsis of the 2nd book unless you want to be disappointed by knowing the ending. I’m done I’m through chapter 7. What’s the point in finishing

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Loved it ...

... even though the narration didn't fit. Think of the head cook on Downton Abbey. Her voice was much older than what you would expect of the 20-something storyteller. Otherwise, audiobook is delightful and I'm glad I kept listening past the first chapter.

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Absolutely Lovely Story

I laughed and cried through this story. It was so good. Well written and poignant. I felt sadness, anger, and happiness for Samantha. Any book that can bring about a torrent of emotions is awesome! Loved it.

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The MOTHER

I’m only part way through. I never write reviews but I just want to warn people. The mother in this book is atrocious. Mean is too nice a word to use. I don’t know if I can continue reading. Why Samantha doesn’t stand up to her is beyond me. But worse than not standing up to her she seems to go back over and over for such verbal abuse and outright venom from her own mom.
SPOILER: so much drama over Samantha simply not admitting she was in love with James??? She gave him up for Chloe. Just seems incredibly far fetched. I can’t decide whether to read to the end.
I like the other characters. I’m just not sure I like them enough to continue.
Venting over.

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A true surprise!

I've been branching out, needing a break from my usual genres, and this book (and author) caught me completely off guard. While I don't usually write reviews, I did see a lot of negative ones and for reasons I found a little silly, and had to put in my two cents. While some topics, such as the abuse that occurs here, can make a lot of people uncomfortable, I felt that it made the characters more real and relatable because I grew up in a similar environment. The picture perfect families and circles of friends in many books can occasionally put me off. It hit home pretty hard in many ways, but I still found a great deal of beauty in the story as well. I can't wait to read more about Hedgehog Hollow.

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ugh these people are horrible

I can't even get to the good stuff and I am 12 chapters in. I keep hoping something redeeming will happen but I just can't tolerate these people long enough.

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  • Ava Starling
  • 08-09-21

Awful Narrator

Dreadful narrator. Couldn’t listen to it. It’s crucial to get the right narrator for every book.

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  • Emma Haynes
  • 08-06-20

what can I say......

Absolutely love this book!! just beautiful, my words would not do it justice, Jessica Redland has a amazing talent with her writing ❤ she really knows how to captivate the reader & hook them in. The narrator Emma Swan, has done a Absolutely fantastic job, I love her style 10 million % recommend by me xxxxx

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  • NS Khan
  • 02-27-21

Keep your tissues handy

Yes I cried.. several times like a baby.. Jessica wrote Sammie’s character so beautifully and with soo much depth.. And Emma bought the characters to life with her voice.. Every single one sounded different but all had soo much emotion.. Loved every minute of this book.. Can’t wait to hear New Beginnings at Hedgehog Hollow..

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  • Jacqui
  • 08-02-21

Rather predictable

Reasonable story. Entertaining but one of the worst narrators I have listened to in over 600 books

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  • Orsum
  • 04-17-21

Nice little read enjoyed

Nice light story, with a few little twists.
Listened while going on beautiful walks through headset, so easy to walk for 2 to 3 hours

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-21

Entertaining listen

Perfectly adequate escapism. Nice story, good characters. Good descriptions. Not too keen on the narrator, but powered through it; why she felt the need to shout "CHAPTER" at the beginning of each one is a mystery....

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  • doverwhite
  • 04-04-21

Not my cup of tea

I did not relate to the heroine, I found her quite annoying, which may also be to do with the narration. The story was so obvious and juvenile - I’m sure 14 year olds would love it, not for me.

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  • Lou Lou
  • 02-16-21

A really wonderful story

Absolutely loved this, even though it made me cry at times! :-) We are honoured to share our garden with Hedgehogs every year, and have done for the past 20+ years.
It's wonderful that accurate information about them and what can be done to help them has been woven into such a fantastic story.
Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series, and will then be impatiently awaiting the release of the forthcoming third installment too!

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  • Loui
  • 03-10-21

highly recommended!

not my usual choice of book but I'm glad I tried it. it had me laughing and crying but thoroughly enjoyed everything minute.
Samantha's battle for acceptance from her mother was dealt with very sensitively and the journey to find herself and her place in the world. the characters where all brilliantly explored and the narrator did an excellent job with voices and delivery

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-19-21

Irritating....

I liked the previous book I read by this author ... light, easy going, a little predictable but still enjoyable.

However most of the characters in this book were quite annoying and unbelievable .... main character was wet and father’s inability to act made him as bad as the mother and other family members. Really cheesy story line and the narrator did not help .... I winced every time she announced another chapter.

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  • 03-05-21

Just... ugh

Way too much angst. Sam is completely spineless and enables her families bad behaviour (borderline emotional abuse) dreadfully. I wouldn't have so much of an issue if the author dealt with the theme responsibly. Chloe and Sam's mother are narcissistic and abusive in their treatment of Sam, but it all just gets swept under the carpet by Sam. The message seems to be that Sam is better person for allowing her family to continue to treat her like dirt, rather than Sam is a victim in desperate need of a relational detox. Instead of a light read, all this angst turns this book into an exercise in frustration.

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  • Kathryn mcgrath
  • 05-27-22

Protagonist was painful

Horrible voice or narrator which drove me to Distraction.
I could not finish listening to story as the mother/daughter relationship infuriated me. The daughter needed to stand up to her mother.
Feeling frustrated.

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  • Kylie
  • 09-11-21

Good but.....

If Sam had a back bone and didn't allow herself to be treated so terribly by soooo sooooo sooooooooooo many people this book could have been really good. I'm sick to death of authors always making their female characters such terrible door mats.
And what the hell was the deal with her mum!?!?!

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  • Linda D.
  • 05-29-22

Precious

How lovely to be reminded of what we can give and do for people who have the capacity to care for our little animals worldwide they are blessed and lovely gift to read the story

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  • P
  • 05-14-22

There is beauty between the megadrama

There were some lovely things in this story, even had tears in my eyes at one stage, but I think there was an overload of drama in the end. Sometimes less is more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-22

A delightful story

A really lovely uplifting story makes you think abs remind you of the act of kindness love the character Sammy

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  • Mira M.
  • 05-10-22

Gentle story but

At the beginning the unsecurity of the main character unnerved me. As she grew out of it, the book regained momentum and got very pleasant. If only the voice would not be so shrill sometimes.

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  • janet glyde
  • 03-13-22

pure joy!

such a lovely story. easy to listen and hard to turn it off. I fully recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-22

Truly magical story

Such a beautiful story - so funny at times, sad at others. Can’t wait to read the rest in this series

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  • Kate
  • 01-30-22

Surprisingly good

I had low expectations on this, thinking it just the usual chick-lit, but I really enjoyed both the story and the performance.