This is the fourth book in the “Hedgehog Hollow” series by the author and I loved reading books 1 to 3 so I really had high hopes for this one or at least for it to follow in the trend of the other three.
In this book, the author focuses mostly on Phoebe who used to work for our darling Samantha but due to her ties with the infamous “Grimes” family, she had to leave her job. We get to understand why Phoebe is the way she is and follow her story as she finds a way to break free from emotional and physical abuse. The story also takes us through the motions of the long awaited wedding for Josh and Samantha which was long overdue.
One of the great things about reading a series is how the characters become so familiar to you that you begin to feel like you know them in real life. Reading this book felt like that and Phoebe’s story was so heart wrenching that it took me more time than usual to finish this book. Unfortunately, this has turned out to be my least favorite book in the series yet mostly because I found it a bit too long and I felt like the author moved away too much from the core of the story which previously was centered more around Samantha. However, I must admit that it was still a page turner and I am still very much interested in reading the next book in the series (Yes! Another book is on the way).
I would recommend books by this author any day, therefore I recommend this book.
Rating: 3 Stars
Published: January 6th 2022
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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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