#BlogTour! #Review – The Difference Between You & Me by Celia Hayes @Aria_Fiction

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It’s Monday again, how did we get here so quickly?! Seeing as it IS Monday though, it can only mean one thing on TWG, any guesses? TWG is kicking off the week by kicking off a blog tour for Aria Fiction and Celia Hayes! It seems to be a standard Monday thing eh! On  the picture above, you can see all the names of the fabulous bloggers involved in Celia Haye’s blog tour so make sure you check in with them daily!
So, seeing as it’s me today, I will be sharing my review of ‘The Difference Between You and Me’, by Celia Hayes, published by Aria Fiction on the 1st March 2017. Enjoy!

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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…

What does TWG think?

Have you ever come across the type of person who cares more for their manicured nails than clean dishes (just an example)? Or a person who likes to have the best a man can get (AND SOME),  nor would they settle for anything less than the best, without a fight? Well, when you read this book you’ll come across ALL of the above.
Trudy Watts has a life that even poor Cinderella would envy (and even she has the shoes!), so I am sure you can guess her reaction when she got transferred to a remote Scottish town, to work.

Drama.Drama.Drama.Drama.

& that is even BEFORE she finds out that she can’t upload her pouting selfies to Instagram du to no Wi-Fi! Her over reactions were absolutely hilarious and whilst her amateur dramatics performance came across as more ‘oh no she didn’t!’ instead of ‘oh yes she did!’, the way Trudy went about things was brilliant. Comedy gold. All is not lost for Ms.Watts as she comes across Ethan, a pub landlord. A man who likes to reel his lady friends by teasing them. Oh wait, no, sorry, border line insulting them was what I should have said! Trudy and Ethan’s relationship was like watching a game of ping-pong; one would throw an insult or tease (ping!) and then straight away, the other will return those insults and take them up a notch (pong!). Quite entertaining to be honest! I couldn’t work out if the two of them would realise their chemistry was boiling over like a pan of pasta, though. It was refreshing to read about two people with the fine line banter, I found it more realistic than a female fluttering her eyelashes at a man one day, and then being married the next (or something like that anyway).

For me, Trudy and Ethan were really the only two memorable characters in the book. The residents of Turrif were pleasant enough don’t get me wrong, I just felt that we didn’t spend enough time getting to know them. I would have liked that. I have seen a few of the reviews for Celia Hayes’ novel online already and it seems to be falling under the ‘marmite’ type of book. Some may find Trudy over bearing and Ethan arrogant, or, if you’re anything like me, you’ll find the pair of them over the top in such an entertaining and comical way.

If you’re after a storyline with a bit of a difference, then, between you and me, I recommend this book, ‘The Difference Between You and Me’. It’s different, it’s memorable, it’s vibrant and you’ll probably have many ‘what the….’ moments, or shake your head in disbelief at Trudy’s antics; BUT, it really is the remedy for a stressful day.

Thank you Aria Fiction.

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A London Affair by Jan Ellis

A London Affair by Jan Ellis.
Published: 12th April 2016 by Endeavour Press.
Available to buy on Amazon UK and Amazon US in Kindle format.

‘Turning her back on university, Kate hopes to find an exciting opportunity that will take her away from wellies and wet sheep in the English countryside to the glitz and glamour of London.
However, after a year selling chutney on a chilly market stall, the prospects for a glittering career in the capital are looking increasingly unlikely.
All that changes when Ned, the intriguing buyer from a smart London deli, brings a welcome chance to follow her dream, and Kate finally embarks on a new chapter, leaving behind rural life and ex-boyfriend, Steve, in exchange for six months in the hectic café scene.
In Chelsea, Kate finds a bunch of ready-made friends in her flat-mates and grows close to Clare, Imogen, Freddy and the glamorous Russian heiress, Valentina. Imogen’s many comical attempts to find Kate a boyfriend backfire for Kate, but result in a twist in Immy and Freddy’s relationship.
Friendships deepen and secrets are revealed when Kate accepts an invitation to spend Christmas at the coast with Ned.
Back from the holidays, the flat-mates receive news that changes everything and forces Kate to make some big decisions: stay in London, return home or follow her heart to Cornwall?’

Do you remember what it’s like to have a choice about your life looming over your head? Remember making the big decision to begin your adult life as you choose, regardless of the hurdles, or begin your life the way that someone else wants you to? To be honest though, how many teens/twenty-something actually knew what they wanted to do when they grew up? A plan? I did, but life threw me curveballs. Just like Kate actually. She makes the decision to start her new found freedom the way that she wants, and not what her parents wanted her to do. Risky move? Probably, considering Kate has no idea what she is letting herself in for. She could find herself landing on her feet, or she could find herself regretting every single choice that she makes. Hopefully her new friends she finds herself bonding with, are good influences on her….

A London Affair was only the second novella (short story) that I have read, and it’s the first book of Jan’s that I have read as well! Huge thank you to Jan for giving me the opportunity to read her book! The first half of the book, I found myself realising that I was incredibly nosy as I wanted the characters and their pasts to be delved into a bit more, HOWEVER, as it is a novella, and you’re not going to find out what they had for breakfast in 1994, my nosiness doesn’t make the book bad at all. It just makes me realise that I am infact…..incredibly nosy and curious! By the second half of the book, I didn’t want it to end. I loved following Kate’s life in the story, finding out what choices she made and how her life turned out in the end. Several times whilst reading the book, I found myself feeling rather sorry for a couple of the characters because of the cards that they were dealt! Are people really that ignorant as to who’s around them? A London Affair is very romantic in multiple parts, there is always something that will make you go ‘awwwww!’. Well, if you’re a slush puppy like me that is. You never know! The story was also such a light and refreshing read, full of good intentions, bad choices and a girl trying to live her dream. What’s not to enjoy?