Book Review: Chasing Dreams At Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

I am a huge fan of the author and this series, although I took a break from it for a while before getting back into it.

‘Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow’ mostly follows Lauren, Josh’s aunt who had been instrumental in Samantha and Josh hook-up in the first plan. It takes us back in time to her teenage years, failed marriages and how she has navigated life thus far. As the future seems bleak due to the recent loss of her long time career, the ghosts she has been carrying around with her all these years resurface and begin to haunt her. This is a story about heart break, loss, rejection, forgiveness, healing and new beginnings.

Unlike the other books in this series, this was more of a slow-burn which didn’t quite light up as much. I have always lived Lauren’s character and I liked the fact that the author didn’t make her love interest predictable as most readers may have expected but I feel that the story dragged for too long and when the big revelation dropped, it lost it’s impact for me. Overall, It was an okay read and I was glad as usual with the happy ending on all fronts. I look forward to reading more books on my TBR by the author soon.

Rating: 3 Stars

Published: June 28th 2022


Genre: Contemporary Fiction

The Author:

Jessica Redland

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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