I read this a while ago and have been sitting on the review for some time. I had a lot of fun with the author’s original Whistborough series and binge-read them. The first book in the Hedgehog hollow, however, was not my thing. This second book is an improvement on the previous one in many ways.
The story is set around a hedgehog rescue that was set up in the first instalment. This book should not be read out of order, since it picks up immediately after it left off in the first. Hedgehog Hollow is officially open for business, and our leading lady is recovering from the after-effects of things that happened the last visit. Majority of the content focusses on the actual day-to-day of a hedgehog rescue. It was quite enlightening, to say the least. The inter-personal relationships continue to be a little unbelievable(to me). It is a testament to the writing that I still enjoyed the book. Each character is individually one that you might have met and liked before (the good guys) in other books of this genre. I just am unable to buy their interactions. I do not go into the people’s details in the review because that is what the reading experience would be for.
Luckily the most significant sticking point, the mother-daughter vicious feud had only a few episodes, and an explanation or two were given for the history of it all. Overall, it ends on a pretty dramatic note laying the groundwork for the next book.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.