Seven Days With You Review
Seven Days with You by Hugo Driscoll
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 10th 2017
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 was given a copy of this book for an honest review
Caution: Possible spoilers; although I do my best to avoid any.
Hugo Driscoll is new to me, but after reading Seven Days With You, I consider him an Author with great promise. This was another difficult review. The first third of the book, I was fretting about the need to post a three star review. This book needs an intensive edit, but I'm under the impression that was done after I received my copy. The other reason is that the first third of the story is fluff. Nothing out of the norm really happens. We like books with tension, and all relationships have that, but in the beginning, it's lacking. Then somewhere between the first third to halfway point, the pace picks up, and tension makes a slow rise that remains consistent throughout the rest of the story.
So what changed my mind on the review itself? There were two reasons. The first is above. Once the tension starts, the Author maintains and increases it beautifully. The second and main reason was Hugo Driscoll's ability to slam the emotion onto the page in a way I haven't seen often. Granted, the storyline requires it, but a lot of authors still drop the ball in this area. Hugo Driscoll made me weep, and I rarely cry from reading a book.
The characters are realistic and interesting.
Our Heroine, Sophia, is an intelligent bookworm from a well to do family. She loves animals and even though she's from a wealthy family, realizes that a person's value is not based on their bank account. She's strong willed, and handles herself with confidence.
Sean is our main character. He's a farmboy who lost his Mother when he was a small child. He takes his work on the farm seriously, but has low self-esteem. Of course, our heroine wouldn't be much of a heroine if she didn't change all that. He learns a lot, and becomes a strong young man, his work ethic catapulting him forward.
I won't venture into the storyline, but will say that I believe this book is worth reading. There's a little bit of sex, but it's not inappropriate or over the top, and no violence. This is an intense storyline however, which is something to keep in mind.