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The Vintage Village Bake Off by Judy Leigh #Review

  Here we are with another amusing romcom by Judy Leigh . The Vintage Village Bake Off was published by Boldwood Books on December 4th. Now in his seventies, Robert Parkin is stunned to find himself the unlikely sex symbol of the village gardening club. Living in happy solitude with his cat Isaac Mewton in the Devon village of Millbrook, entertained by his mischievous chickens and goats, Robert has never figured out the rules of romance. But as the local ladies vie for his company, it soon becomes clear that Robert's Victoria Sponge cake is the lure, and as his baking prowess grows, so does his confidence. Cheesecakes, meringues, puddings, Robert can do it all, but his real masterpieces are his scones - ginger, rosemary, coconut, fruit, his recipes are inspired and soon come to the attention of the local media. Which county does the best cream tea - Devon or Cornwall? It's time for an age-old debate to be settled with a competition. Robert's sisters Bunty and Ha

Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow #Review


We are returning to Hedgehog Hollow,  Whitsborough Bay and its environs for Jessica Redland's Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow. It was published by Boldwood Books on September 6th and is the final novel in her Hedgehog Hollow series. 

 It's the countdown to Christmas at Hedgehog Hollow Wildlife Rescue Centre, and everyone is gearing up for a festive season to remember...

It should be the most wonderful time of the year for Samantha and Josh as they prepare for the arrival of their first baby. But life at Hedgehog Hollow rarely goes to plan and the pair are faced with adversaries, old and new, and unexpected challenges to overcome.

Fizz's job at the heart of the rescue centre is a dream come true but her personal life is more like a nightmare. With her love life a disaster and her past about to dramatically catch up with her, she needs the love and support of her Hedgehog Hollow family more than ever.

As the snow falls over Hedgehog Hollow, will Samantha and Fizz find the Christmas miracle they need to overcome their heartache and find happiness?

My Thoughts

 This is a worthy end to the Hedgehog Hollow series. Although I am sure we will hear of some of the characters again, in future Whitsborough Bay stories, this novel has the task of bringing together any loose ends and giving an indication of the future lives and relationships of the people we have followed. The rescue centre has broadened out in its scope and seems on a solid financial footing. There is quite a web of relationships now and many people have found that Hedgehog Hollow offered them a fresh start.

    I enjoyed the festive touches which appeared throughout the story. They added to the feeling of belonging and family. Key moments in lives occur in the story, both birth and death. Samantha is at the centre of them and you realise how strong her partnership with Josh is and how their lives are intertwined with others. You see the best of people but also the worst through instances of animal cruelty. Overall there is a feeling of hope and kindness, however. I have loved the series and can absolutely recommend it. each story adding to the overall picture.

In short: A resounding close to a wonderful series

About the Author

Jessica Redland writes emotional but uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast where she lives with her husband, daughter and sprocker spaniel. Her Hedgehog Hollow series, set in a hedgehog rescue centre, takes readers into the beautiful rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

You can read my reviews of some of the Hedgehog Hollow series here: Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow  |  New Arrivals at Hedgehog Hollow   | Finding Secrets At Hedgehog Hollow  |  A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow

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Book links: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Jessica Redland, Boldwood Books and Rachel of  Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  
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  1. Thanks so much for taking part in the blog tour for Christmas Miracles at Hedgehog Hollow. Delighted you loved the series conclusion. Thanks for your support


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