Monday, 7 August 2017

Seven Days with You by Hugo Driscoll

Genre: YA Romance

Sean Johnson’s life as a small-town farmhand has been nothing but predictable, but when he meets Sophia Hillingdon at the local animal sanctuary, she gets him out of an eighteen-year rut, away from the mundane existence on the farm, and a grieving, drunken father.

Sophia is the first person who understands him and makes him believe that he might get out of their small town, who tells him, he has the potential to be whoever he wants to be and do whatever he wants to do.

But as their relationship unfolds, it is the most devastating of news that will change both of them forever.


I hadn’t been anywhere, but my mind had been everywhere. That’s how I felt that summer. Or more precisely, that’s how Sophia had made me feel by the time summer neared its conclusion. The months of July and August had followed identical patterns to June in that we rarely spent a day apart. We rode with Violet across the Suffolk countryside, sometimes for miles on end, often stopping by at local pubs. Then it would be Saturday. That was the best day of all for there was no work on Sunday, which meant dancing with Tom and Jessica until our bodies could no longer stand. We drank, we laughed, and most nights after, we made love as we tip-toed up the stairs of my father’s house. I was obsessed with everything about her. Yes, Sophia Hillingdon, the girl I’d known for barely a few months was the girl I now wanted to spend the rest of my life with. And though we often drove each other crazy, we soon laughed and made up as if nothing happened. It often puzzled me as to why Sophia found our fights so amusing seconds after we were hot from the exertion of spouting obscenities at each other. Red-faced, she’d often say, “You drive me mad Sean. But, you know something? That’s just how I like it.”

“Why?” I’d ask.

“Us,” she would say. “I love how angry you make me because…. Well, I’m obsessed with you… even our arguments sound oddly beautiful.”

Author Bio:

Hugo Driscoll is a 25-year- old British journalist and content writer for an online publication in London.

When he's not working, you can usually find him writing in the basements of cafes or lamenting the unfair treatment of millennials in overcrowded London bars.

You can also find Hugo on Twitter, Facebook, and his personal blog, which he updates regularly.

Seven Days with You is his first novel.

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Background to the story

The idea for Seven Days with You came at a difficult period in my life. I had graduated with no full-time job. My long-term girlfriend had dumped me and all in all, I felt lost in the now all-too-common abyss of millennial adulthood.

Yet all was not lost. I had caught the writing bug during my final year at University after writing religiously for the student newspaper. I loved it, and started toying with the idea of fiction shortly after graduating.

To my surprise, I completed my first novel four months later, which was, in no other words; irrecoverably bad. But it proved I could sit down and finish a story, so when I had a dream about someone I knew and loved, it gave me the idea for a novel I would later entitle Seven Days with You.
The dream happened to coincide when I was interning for The Independent newspaper. I should have been happy to be there having been unemployed for the past 3 months, but I wasn’t. I hated it, and I found myself pretending to be a journalist when I was actually typing away ideas for the novel!
Anyway, upon finishing the internship, which was little more than a bitter reminder that interns were coffee servants and little else, I wrote the book in seven weeks, but, as anyone who’s ever written a book will tell you, that’s when the going got tough.

My Baby, as I have called it over the years, hasn’t had it easy. She’s been rejected countless times and edited more times than I can remember, but like anything in life, you need to persevere, and now the book is finally being handed over to readers it feels fantastic and I hope they like it as I’ve enjoyed writing it.


  1. Congrats on the tour, hope it is fun for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks a lot, Becky! I hope you enjoy the book :)

  3. What was your favorite book growing up? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  4. Thanks for sharing your review! Congrats on the tour, and thanks for the chance to win.

  5. May the book Gods bring you all the joys of being an author.

  6. What was your favorite childhood book?