This is my first book by the author and all I had going into this story were the reviews I had read.
Samantha has always put others first all her life. Despite her kindness and selflessness, her relationships both romantically and otherwise don’t seem to work out well. On the day her beautiful cousin and best friend gets married to James, Samantha’s Ex-boyfriend and love, her life takes a different turn as she meets the grumpy old widower at Hedgehog Hollow. This is a multithemed story about toxic family relationships, self esteem, forgiveness, love, kindness, courage and hope.
I really loved this one. It was sooooo good. There was drama, there were things to laugh about, there were tears and there were a whole lot of lessons to take away from here. Although at some point, Samantha’s character tried to frustrate me, I still couldn’t help but love her and her sweet heart. The story brought to the fore how toxic relationships especially the ones we have with family members (especially parent-child relationships) can adversely affect who we become. It also reminded me to choose kindness over anger or revenge no matter how much it hurts because in the end, it always wins. The story was so relatable and well written that I wanted more even at the end and luckily, it is actually not the end because there is a sequel which I hope to jump into soonest.
I highly recommend.
Rating: 5 Stars
Published: July 2nd 2020 by Boldwood Books
I was born in Teesside but now live in Scarborough on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast. My home inspired the creation of the fictional seaside town of Whitsborough Bay where I set many of my books although the Hedgehog Hollow series takes readers to a gorgeous new countryside setting in the Yorkshire Wolds.
I live with my husband, our teenage daughter and sprocker spaniel, Ella. I’m a self-confessed stationery addict with a ridiculously large collection of notepads who loves chocolate (although it doesn’t love me), hedgehogs, 80s music, collectible teddy bears and lighthouses.
Other than a career detour into retail to set up and run my own teddy bear shop (the inspiration for novel Bear With Me), I’ve always worked in HR, specialising in resourcing, coaching and L&D. Writing always had to take a back seat to the day job until June 2020 when I left the world of HR to become a full-time author. I’m so very grateful to anyone who has bought or borrowed my books in whatever format, helping me fulfil a long-held dream of writing full-time. I still can’t believe I get to spend every day chatting to my fictional friends and making stuff up.
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