Surprise Me

Surprise Me

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...

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Title:Surprise Me
Author:Sophie Kinsella
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Surprise Me Reviews

  • Berit☀️✨

    is one of my absolute favorite authors.... i’ve read every book in the Shopaholic Series and absolutely adored Becky throughout.... what I love so much about her books are her fabulous female MC’s and Sylvie was no exception.... strong, relatable, fun, self-deprecating, and a little out of touch with reality.... i’ve read so many twisty thrillers as of late and this was just the perfect pallet cleanser!

    After Sylvie and Dan are told by their doctor

    is one of my absolute favorite authors.... i’ve read every book in the Shopaholic Series and absolutely adored Becky throughout.... what I love so much about her books are her fabulous female MC’s and Sylvie was no exception.... strong, relatable, fun, self-deprecating, and a little out of touch with reality.... i’ve read so many twisty thrillers as of late and this was just the perfect pallet cleanser!

    After Sylvie and Dan are told by their doctor that they will probably live to be 100.... they both start to panic, how can we keep our marriage fresh and fabulous for another 68 years? Sylvie and Dan decide to try to “surprise“ each other in order to keep their marriage on track.... soMe of Sylvie and her BFF Tilda‘s antics in trying to come up with “surprises“ left me laughing so hard I had tears coming down my face(I think my kids thought I had gone mad).....

    Along with fabulous female main characters and tear inducing laughter....Miss Kinsella always has wonderful female relationships and almost too good to be true men in her books....Tilda was a truly fabulous BFF and Dan really had the patience of a saint....

    The only “surprising“ part of this book is it had a bit of a more serious tone to it in parts... Sylvie, relationship with her mother, and her deceased father took on a very serious tone.... and admittedly I found it a little disturbing that Silvie still called her parents mommy and daddy.... in the end I thought this part of the book was done well and tied all the other pieces in the book together....

    Absolutely recommend for a fun, fluffy, laugh out loud read... with some depth....

    *** thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book ***

  • Theresa Alan

    This is a well-done novel that starts off with a light, chick-lit tone. Sometimes you just need a book that has a humorous take on life and love. After Dan and Sylvie, who have been together for ten years since they were twenty-two, are told by their doctor they can each live to be one hundred, they have mutual breakdowns thinking about how they will possibly fill that much time together. Already, they can finish each other’s sentences and they seem to be able to read each other’s minds.

    So, to k

    This is a well-done novel that starts off with a light, chick-lit tone. Sometimes you just need a book that has a humorous take on life and love. After Dan and Sylvie, who have been together for ten years since they were twenty-two, are told by their doctor they can each live to be one hundred, they have mutual breakdowns thinking about how they will possibly fill that much time together. Already, they can finish each other’s sentences and they seem to be able to read each other’s minds.

    So, to keep things fresh, they decide to make an effort to surprise each other. No easy feat when they are parents to rambunctious five-year-old twin girls and busy with careers of their own.

    For a time, this does seem like a frothy novel about keeping the spark alive in marriage before it becomes a deeper look at relationships between family, husbands and wives, work, and yourself. It’s when this novel goes deeper that I really enjoyed it.

    They start off by surprising each other with exotic lingerie and sex in unlikely locales, but ultimately they surprise each other discovering that there is infinitely more to learn about each other—and themselves.

    This book is touching and funny and fun. Thanks so much to NetGalley and Random House for the opportunity to review this novel. This RELEASES IN U.S. FEB. 13.

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  • Jennifer

    is a standalone novel written by the fabulous

    . As I began this book, I noticed a few separate plotlines that didn't seem to blend together very well at all and I had the initial feeling that Ms. Kinsella didn't quite know where she wanted to go with the overall story. I found it distracting and a bit confusing to be honest, but

    that all these pieces fit together flawlessly later on. It does take a while but the end result is a lovely message about

    is a standalone novel written by the fabulous

    . As I began this book, I noticed a few separate plotlines that didn't seem to blend together very well at all and I had the initial feeling that Ms. Kinsella didn't quite know where she wanted to go with the overall story. I found it distracting and a bit confusing to be honest, but

    that all these pieces fit together flawlessly later on. It does take a while but the end result is a lovely message about loyalty, appreciation, partnership [and the consequences of the annoying art of not communicating] within a marriage and embracing the future, challenges and all, instead of stunting your growth by living in the past.

    contains a bit of mysterious/emotional suspense, a few jaw-dropping revelations, family drama, both lighthearted and deep perspectives on marriage, and Kinsella's classic humor and shenanigans.

    Looking back on the experience as a whole, I very much enjoyed

    . I always end up laughing and broadening my way of thinking when reading this author. Thank you

    for

    with the depth and substance you added to this story. Check it out!

    NetGalley

    Sophie Kinsella

    Random House Publishing Group/The Dial Press

    February 13, 2018

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    4 Surprisingly Delightful Stars!

    SOPHIE KINSELLA has always been one of my favourite go-to authors, so I was pretty excited when I was approved to read her latest novel, SURPRISE ME.  I have enjoyed all of her books and to me they are such a treat to read inbetween reading so many thrillers.  I like to be able to just relax and enjoy the humour within the storyline. SURPRISE ME definitely surprised me and I kind of liked the idea of Project Surprise Me too except for one of the surprises that Dan

    4 Surprisingly Delightful Stars!

    SOPHIE KINSELLA has always been one of my favourite go-to authors, so I was pretty excited when I was approved to read her latest novel, SURPRISE ME.  I have enjoyed all of her books and to me they are such a treat to read inbetween reading so many thrillers.  I like to be able to just relax and enjoy the humour within the storyline. SURPRISE ME definitely surprised me and I kind of liked the idea of Project Surprise Me too except for one of the surprises that Dan gave to Sylvie in the book which had me totally creeped right out!

    SURPRISE ME by SOPHIE KINSELLA is a charming, warm, humorous and a feel-good story that even had a touch of mystery to the storyline and a surprising twist.

    SOPHIE KINSELLA delivers an engaging, lighthearted and entertaining read here with well-developed and likeable characters.  The storyline even had an element of seriousness to it with some thought-provoking issues that took me a little by surprise as I wasn’t expecting that at all. I loved it though!

    To sum it all up it was an engaging, fun, moving, fast-paced, and an enjoyable read that surprised me, made me laugh and had an ending that made me smile! Would recommend!

    Published: February 13, 2018

    Thank you so much to my fellow Traveling Sisters for another wonderful reading experience!

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, Random House, and Sophie Kinsella for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

    All of Brenda’s and my reviews can be found on our Sister Blog:

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Sometimes I think I subsisted on Sophie Kinsella books in my 20s. I looked forward to a Becky Shopaholic book like Christmas. It’s hard for me to believe I used to be quite the shopper then. I also have fond memories of reading Kinsella books at the beach or on vacation. I read The Undomestic Goddess while cruising past Sardinia! Her books are perfect for vacations because they are easy to pick up and put down, and well, they are j

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Sometimes I think I subsisted on Sophie Kinsella books in my 20s. I looked forward to a Becky Shopaholic book like Christmas. It’s hard for me to believe I used to be quite the shopper then. I also have fond memories of reading Kinsella books at the beach or on vacation. I read The Undomestic Goddess while cruising past Sardinia! Her books are perfect for vacations because they are easy to pick up and put down, and well, they are just plain engaging, fun, and easy reading. So when I saw Surprise Me was coming out, I was onboard, even though I’m not on a vacation currently and haven’t taken one in years!

    Sylvie and Dan have a happy marriage, and when they find out from their doctor that they are healthy and are likely to live close to 70 more years together, they each have a different response! They come together and decide to keep their marriage fresh with lots of fun and quirky surprises. The second half of the book took a more serious tone for Dan and Sylvie, but I enjoyed the way it wrapped up.

    Overall, Surprise Me had the same fun SK humor, with a little, new “grown-up” flavor.

    This was a Traveling Sister read, and it was a joy to share in reading this with them. Please see Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog for Traveling Sister reviews:

    Thank you to Sophie Kinsella, Dial Press, and Netgalley, for the complimentary copy.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Hi, long time Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickam fan here. I've been reading her books for close to a decade now; they are just the right amounts of tender cheese (and that's a good thing so don't knock it) to insert between my gritty crime novels and psychological thrillers. I know many readers hate on the light and fluffy crowd, but I say why can't we read something simply for all the fe

    Hi, long time Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickam fan here. I've been reading her books for close to a decade now; they are just the right amounts of tender cheese (and that's a good thing so don't knock it) to insert between my gritty crime novels and psychological thrillers. I know many readers hate on the light and fluffy crowd, but I say why can't we read something simply for all the feels? There's no shame in my game and I'll heartily embrace a  pleasure read when I feel like it. While I was a bit wary going into this one after last year's 

    , I should have known from the blurb alone that this was going to be the book for me. Sophie, you came through and for that, we thank you!

    One of the first things I noticed was how eerily similar my own marriage is to that of our main characters' *insert Sylvie and Dan*. No, Mr. Humphrey and I don't finish each other's every waking thought, but we are of roughly the same age and we have also been married for 7 years (8 next month!) and have a "dating" anniversary of almost 10 years. How's THAT for creepy? (It's creepy because those are the exact statistics of our couple in the book; obviously you wouldn't know this yet

    ) Maybe this set up made it possible for me to get lost in the book, but at 450+ pages (which is neither a light nor fluffy count last I checked) I was expecting a struggle. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough, and I found myself giggling and gasping right along with Sylvie. I didn't even care that the story wasn't wholly realistic or plausible; I had to know what would happen dang it!

    Also, for a light and fluffy, this had a substantial ending. I wasn't expecting the story to take its unpredictable turn, and this really impressed me. I feel that most women's fiction novels containing this scenario have a handful of options on how to end the book, and this wasn't one of those standard filler conclusions. I guess what I'm trying to say is, this was a fluffy with some substance. This is the type of "guilty pleasure" book that you can read and drop the guilt. 

     I'm surprised at how connected I feel with the characters, as I'm still reminiscing about the story and feel a little blue about having to leave them behind and move on to something else. Recommended with gusto to those looking for a romantic read that's soft, moving, and hilarious.

  • Heather 'Bookables'

    Listened to this which I always recommend with all of Sophie's books!

    I really wanted to fall in love with this book but it fell a little short for me. The first half was annoying, honestly and I had a hard time connecting with the characters. The second half was much better and I really loved it.

    Overall it was a fun, quick read much like all of Kinsella's other books and I did enjoy it!

    Solo video review coming soon!

  • Meredith

    I really like the premise of

    --rather than the typical Kinsella premise of a single girl trying to get her life together and in doing so ultimately finds love, we have a married couple worried that their marriage has gone stale. While the premise was fun,

    didn’t quite have the magic of some of Kinsella’s other books.

    After 10 years of marriage, Sylvie and Dan learn that they could potentially be married for another 68 year

    I really like the premise of

    --rather than the typical Kinsella premise of a single girl trying to get her life together and in doing so ultimately finds love, we have a married couple worried that their marriage has gone stale. While the premise was fun,

    didn’t quite have the magic of some of Kinsella’s other books.

    After 10 years of marriage, Sylvie and Dan learn that they could potentially be married for another 68 years. Worried that they will grow bored with one another, Sylvie comes up with the not so brilliant idea that they need to add some surprises to their marriage and launches “Project Surprise Me.” Things don’t go as planned, and the surprises that Sylvie and Dan plan for one another go painfully wrong, causing Sylvie to question whether or not she really knows Dan.

    While Sylvie and Dan’s marriage plays a central role,

    is more about Sylvie’s relationship with her deceased father.

    Sylvie’s character wasn’t my favorite. In the first half of the book she is super whiny, which I just couldn’t move past. However her whiny tone lessens as the book progresses, which helped a lot.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Sophie Kinsella novels; they often serve as my break from reality.

    isn’t a bad read, it just didn’t have that special something I often find in Kinsella’s books. Still I would recommend for a light, fluffy and fun mindless read!

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lola

    Well this is a surprising book. (Bad) pun very much intended.

    I feel like if this is your first ever Sophie Kinsella read, you should pick another one of her stories. I would point you towards her Confessions of a Shopaholic series first so you become acquainted with her humour and style.

    Because this book is crazy even to fans of Sophie Kinsella, so I can’t begin to imagine what people who know nothing about this author will think. The concept isn’t, however, crazy at all. It’s actually smart.

    Sy

    Well this is a surprising book. (Bad) pun very much intended.

    I feel like if this is your first ever Sophie Kinsella read, you should pick another one of her stories. I would point you towards her Confessions of a Shopaholic series first so you become acquainted with her humour and style.

    Because this book is crazy even to fans of Sophie Kinsella, so I can’t begin to imagine what people who know nothing about this author will think. The concept isn’t, however, crazy at all. It’s actually smart.

    Sylvie and Dan, who have been together for ten years, learn that they will have another sixty-eight years together. This freaks them out because they worry they will bore each other to death and lose the magic that exists between them today.

    So they come up with a rich people’s solution: surprise each other every day to keep the magic alive. I say ‘‘rich people’s solution’’ since what happens is that they mostly just buy stuff for each other. Hey, they can afford it. Surprises don’t have to be about material new objects/pets, but well Sylvie and Dan have a skewed understanding of what beautiful surprises are.

    And yet, I did like the surprises. Sophie Kinsella didn’t exactly catch me unawares by writing this book. She always did like to try new things and explore different humorous situations. I adore the way she manages to shift tones from serious to light. Her books entertain but they also make you feel contemplative about the world around you and your own life.

    This is not her best work, I’ll admit. Certain chapters are way too silly and exaggerated, plus I never was able to connect to Dan, but Sylvie is a character I enjoyed reading about. She’s not so different from the author’s previous heroines, and again, I really do recommend it to those who are already familiar with Ms. Kinsella.

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