Book Review: The Difference Between You & Me

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Title: The Difference Between You & Me

Author: Celia Hayes

Published: March 1st 2017 by Aria

Source: Received from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

Format: .mobi


Can stepping out of your comfort zone lead you to ultimate happiness? A feisty rom-com, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Tracey Bloom.

Trudy Watts has everything she’s ever dreamed of: a job that she loves, a successful boyfriend and an ultra-modern apartment in one of the most fashionable parts of London. With a long-awaited promotion due to come her way and her wedding just around the corner, Trudy’s life is just perfect…

That is until catastrophe strikes and her life is turned upside down. She’s transferred to Turriff, a remote Scottish town to manage a small, struggling bank branch.

Her arrival is traumatic and she wishes she was anywhere but here… Until she sees him – Ethan, the charming pub landlord, who seems to enjoy nothing more than to tease her. And it’s right there, in that pub, that her life will suddenly change…

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My Review:


I loved it! I believe mostly because I could relate to the character but also because it made me laugh so many times! It just made me feel good. And it is just what I needed.

What would you do if one day you realize that what you thought was a perfect life, actually proves to be full of flaws? Well, for starters, you run! I mean, I would go someplace far, try to start all over, or at least put some distance for a while.  That’s what our main character does as well – even though she takes this decision in a not so clear state of mind. Regardless, she ends up in Turriff, a place somewhere far from civilization – in her opinion at least.

Let’s dispel this bloody stupid myth of love at first sight, all this tear-jerking romance you see in films, all this overwhelming passion. They’re feelings I just can’t conceive of, which are capable of reducing an individual who was previously perfectly self-sufficient into a human wreck suffering from all the most worrying psychiatric disorders, from obsessive-compulsive disorder to abandonment anxiety.

The story is so full of funny incidents and funny dialogue that it captured me from the very beginning. I loved the writing, as it seemed so natural and believable. It starts and it ends in the same funny manner – and trust me, it has the most original Acknowledgements (Yes, I do read the Acknowledgement at the end of every book, as it bring me a little closer to the author).

Happiness is an elusive concept that, if we wanted to, we might compare to a haute couture fashion show – exclusive, expensive and , if you’re lucky, lasting a full season. It’s a pervasive feeling that makes you perform weird , wiggly dances of celebration, in thrall to devastating mental imbalance. So, I wonder, am I really happy? Can I actually, in all honesty, say that I want to burst into I Feel Good using the TV remote as a microphone? No, I guess not.

I was mentioning in the beginning that I could very much relate to the character. I am as well a workaholic and I know what is like to put work before everything else. I sometimes struggle with the same issues as Trudy. But coming back to her, I liked the fact she knew she was as guilty as her ex-future-husband in the distance settled between them. She never blamed solely him, but she never imagined this outcome for her relationship. She is now looking for comfort where she knows she is really good: in the office. Still, when she ends up with a hot landlord, her planned six months may turn differently.

“And what can I bring you to drink?” she carries on relentlessly.

“Cyanide,” I hiss through clenched teeth.

“Hmm… I don’t know if we have it.”


The relationship between Trudy and Ethan is full of crazy. They argue, they cannot stand each other. He brings out a side in her she has never let out. It is very intense and at the same time really, really funny!

“You evil demon, what have you done to Trudy Watts? Trudy, can you hear me? Do you want me to call an exorcist?”

“Ethan, there’s no Internet!” I start to shout.

Honestly, I loved it and I would read it again. It made me feel good, it kept me from putting it down… what more could I have asked? A big thank you to Aria for providing me with a copy and my congratulations to the author for this great story!


About the Author


Celia Hayes works as a restorer and lives in Naples. Between one restoration and another, she loves to write. Her book, Don’t Marry Thomas Clark reached #1 in the Amazon Italian eBook chart.

Celia’s previous book, DON’T MARRY THOMAS CLARK is out now!




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Book Review: Stuck on You

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Title: Stuck on You

Author: Patricia Mar


A hilarious love story for anyone in search of a happy ending.

At last, it’s the day of the interview, and Sara absolutely must get the job. It’s two years since she graduated, and she’s had little success in her career or her personal life. Much to her dismay she is desperately late, teetering on her heels, soaking wet and out of breath by the time she arrives at the offices of Inside Look magazine.

Things are going from bad to worse and when the receptionist tells her the job has already been given to someone else, Sara tries to slip away without being noticed. But she finds herself stuck in the lift with none other than the dazzling model Daniel Gant. After being thrown together by chance, Sara can’t believe it when Daniel wants to see her again. Is her luck beginning to change?

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A copy of the book was provided to me by ARIA Fiction. My post is part of the book tour organized by them. I ‘d like to thank them and the author for allowing me to take part in it. 

My Review:

The book covers the relationship between Sara and Daniel, starting with how they meet, how they get to know each other, evolve as a couple and how they react when faced with different obstacles. Daniel is a very successful model and spends his life traveling from place to place and taking part in a lot of photo shoots in extraordinary places. On the other hand, Sara is struggling to find a job and prove to her family she can maintain her financial independence.

The story is told on the third person, but follows Sara’s life and emotions. We do not get to see Daniel’s point, though the author has done a great job in giving him the ability to express his feelings loud and clear. Also, the way the two characters meet is a memorable scene, full of funny actions. Sara is a lovely young woman, Daniel a public person with a hidden private life, but the way their dialogue flows, the way they act around each other is as natural as can be found outside of the covers.

… remember to smile at life. It’ll smile back at you.

Daniel has always been in the spotlight. Either the pictures from his latest photo shoot or images from the last social event he attended, he was always on the covers of magazines. Still, he keeps away from prying eyes the things he loves most, his true personality, his failures or disappointments in life. Surprised by how natural Sara acted around him, he decides to get to know her better. He is willing to open up all his private moments and share them with her. Will this be enough?

Sara is looking for a relationship close to perfection. She has tried to find her perfect guy, but until now, none of them reached her standards. Her bad luck in finding a job did not do well to her self-esteem either. So when she meets the perfect model Daniel, she does not have such high hopes, even if he promises to call her. Imagine her surprise when the guy not only calls, but does whatever is necessary to convince her to accept his diner invitation. I can say that most of the issues they have come from her insecurities. She believes she’s not good looking enough for him and that her low (or lack of) interest in the fashion industry will be the two things that will separate them. But she is not at all overreacting, she is not the whiny type of female character. I mean, I would feel the same if my boyfriend were super-hot model with his picture everywhere!

… everybody knows that at night your worries turn into demons and that you have to fight to defend yourself from them.

I liked the book very much. It is a clean love story that brings butterflies and gets you dreaming. The sweet and easy ways in which Sara and Daniel get to understand each other’s fears and emotions was very well put in words. I recommend it with all my heart.