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.”


Guest Post 
10 Things People Don’t Know About Me

1.    I’m a massive fan of The Weeknd
I like to think I have an eclectic taste in music, and as well as enjoying bands like the Rolling Stones and the Kings of Leon; I’m also privy to a bit of T-Swift. But when the Weeknd’s three mixtapes came out in 2011 I was hooked. He’s a great writer with an impressive oeuvre and an even greater work ethic so when I saw him play in London; I’m not ashamed to admit I went a bit crazy….

2.    All my jeans are skinny fit
Aren’t skinny jeans amazing? You may get accused of looking like the fifth member of One Direction, but they’re one fashion item I just can’t seem to get enough of.

3.    I once snapped my arm in half after attempting to ride a bicycle up a flight of stairs
True story. When I was 5, I had an unwavering self-belief in my ability to overcome anything- even if meant going up a flight of steep stairs while riding a bicycle. Inevitably, I soon discovered that not even childhood could stop you from falling flat on your face and snapping your arm. The good news? I got a cool green cast that briefly made me the coolest kid in school.

4.    I don’t like mayonnaise

It’s plain nasty and is the chief destroyer of every semi-decent sandwich sold. Period.

5.    I suck at getting up early

Artists have a reputation for being terrible morning people, and that generalisation certainly applies to me. In fact, I struggle to get out of bed before 12 PM….

6.    Heartbreak is my main source of inspiration

In the words of Henry Miller: The best way to get over a woman is to turn her into literature.

7.    My favourite book is The Catcher in the Rye

Aren’t we all Holden Caulfield at one point or other in our lives?

8.    I once throw up after scuba diving off the coast of Thailand

You learn you’re good or bad at something after trying it. And having been hauled from the depths of the ocean before vomiting on the floor of the rocky boat as the midday sun destroyed my pale skin, I discovered I was unquestionably bad at scuba diving.

9.    I lost my friends on my first night holidaying in Dubrovnik, Croatia and had to sleep rough

It turns out it wasn’t too bad. I roamed the town by myself and ended up going for an early breakfast with an American traveller after a brief sleep on a seaside bench.

10.    I write a lot of top 10 lists at work
If you want a definite guide to the top 10 cat cafes in South-east Asia; I’m your man.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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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