Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella Review

Title: Surprise Me
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher:  The Dial Press
Format: eBook
Publication Date: February 13, 2018 
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Libby (Overdrive)
#1 bestselling author Sophie Kinsella’s emotionally charged new standalone novel about marriage and family, and how those we love and know best can sometimes surprise us the most.

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 Surprises, 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.

With a colorful, eccentric cast of characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella crafts a humorous, yet thoughtful portrait of a marriage and shines a light on the danger of not looking past the many layers of the ones you love to discover how infinitely fascinating–and surprising–they truly are.

I love Sophie Kinsella novels, but am actually not a fan of her Shopaholic series. Maybe that’s why I connected with this book so much. This isn’t so much a “falling-in-love” story as it is a “how-to-stay-married-and-in-love” story. I really really loved this book. It was so many things like knowing your husband so well you know what he is going to say or want next, and still coming to the realization that you don’t know every crevice of their soul. Sylvie and Dan are adorable, infuriating, and endearing.

The whole concept of surprising each other was giggle worthy from the minute it was introduced. Let alone letting Sylvie’s best friend Tilda help along the way. This was full of laugh out loud moments, and the whole sweater incident will be forever ingrained in my mind. Sylvie is a bit whiny in the beginning and that did throw me off for a bit, until more of her younger years were discussed. What I truly loved was Sylvie’s ability to look at a situation head on, and decide to make a different choice.

This book also had a more serious element than is usually found in Kinsella’s novels, but that isn’t a bad thing. Arguably, I would say it was one of the things that drew me in, and put this book at the top of my Kinsella favorites list. This is still a funny, lighthearted book. It just happens to deal with the realizations that our family members are flawed, whether good or bad and it’s how we deal with them that says the most about us. I can’t recommend this book highly enough for hitting the mark. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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“Love is finding one person infinitely fascinating .” John seems lost in thought again— then comes to. “And so…not an achievement, my dear.” He gives me a mild, kind smile. “Rather, a privilege.”
― Sophie Kinsella, Surprise Me