Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

3.5 Star

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected "until death do us part" to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all. 




Kathryn - 3.5 Star

Let me start this review by saying that I love Sophie Kinsella's lighthearted novels. I always enjoy settling into her usually slightly kooky main ladies and their predicaments. 

Surprise Me definitely held some of the same charms and I was intrigued by the initial premise that Sylvie and Dan are thrown off kilter by their prospective longevity and a possibly additional 60 plus years married to each other.  It held a lot of promise for laughs and misunderstandings.  I felt though that through their internalised panic that we lost some of their connection.  They somehow disconnected for too long into the novel for reasons that had little to do with their marriage and more to do with Sylvie's father.  I can see why Dan had been secretive, he wasn't given much choice over the years and was trying to protect his wife but I found that whole notion made less of their marriage.
I wish their own family unit had been given more time rather than the one with her parents.  It seemed to have a disconnect with the initial premise.

I enjoyed the novel regardless as Sylvie was entertaining and a fully developed character who made me laugh and empathise with.  Surprise Me was certainly entertaining and the intrigue surrounding her father kept me engaged, I just didn't feel it followed through from the onset.


Thank you to Random House for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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