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 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.

Surprise Me Details

TitleSurprise Me
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherDial Press
ISBN-139780399592881
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Fiction

Surprise Me Review

  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy reading Sophie Kinsella books and was delighted to receive an advanced copy of Surprise Me. I really enjoyed this book about marriage, trust and family. I liked the characters especially Sylvie and her twin daughters. There were quite a few laugh out loud moments. A feel good book that will make you smile. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Surprise Me is a standalone novel written by the fabulous Sophie Kinsella. 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 please rest assured that all these pieces fit together flawlessly later on. It does take a while but the end result is a lovely message about Surprise Me is a standalone novel written by the fabulous Sophie Kinsella. 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 please rest assured 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. Surprise Me 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 Surprise Me. I always end up laughing and broadening my way of thinking when reading this author. Thank you Sophie Kinsella for surprising me! with the depth and substance you added to this story. Check it out!My favorite quote:"Love is finding one person infinitely fascinating."Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Surprise Me. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.Source: NetGalleyAuthor: Sophie KinsellaPublisher: Random House Publishing Group/The Dial PressPub Date: February 13, 2018
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    4 Surprised stars <3It is true that I love Sophie Kinsella's books, I have read almost all of them.Even though It was a long time since I read a book by her,you can't imagine how excited I was to start this one.I was hooked from the beginning and I couldn't put it down Surprise me.This is a story about a Sylvie and Dan who are married and have twin girls.Their marriage is really great until the moment they visit a doctor who tell them that they are healthy and they will have many years ahead 4 Surprised stars <3It is true that I love Sophie Kinsella's books, I have read almost all of them.Even though It was a long time since I read a book by her,you can't imagine how excited I was to start this one.I was hooked from the beginning and I couldn't put it down Surprise me.This is a story about a Sylvie and Dan who are married and have twin girls.Their marriage is really great until the moment they visit a doctor who tell them that they are healthy and they will have many years ahead of them.This makes them panic and start having thoughts about their future.I find the concept of this one brilliant.Surprise Me has a deeper meaning and it touched me in so many ways.It was sweet,funny and emotional.It make me wonder about so many things.If you are looking for something different then you should definitely read this one.    
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  • Sharon Metcalf
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsWas I surprised about how much I enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's new novel Surprise Me?     Not at all.     I expected it to be an entertaining read and it absolutely was.      When it comes to  Sophie Kinsella, the only surprise for me is that I haven't joined the millions of readers who love the Shopaholic series.   I can't seem to get into them and yet when it comes to her stand alone titles I'm an avid fan.    Love. Them.    So, when this title showed up I couldn't wait to start it.   And 3.5 starsWas I surprised about how much I enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's new novel Surprise Me?     Not at all.     I expected it to be an entertaining read and it absolutely was.      When it comes to  Sophie Kinsella, the only surprise for me is that I haven't joined the millions of readers who love the Shopaholic series.   I can't seem to get into them and yet when it comes to her stand alone titles I'm an avid fan.    Love. Them.    So, when this title showed up I couldn't wait to start it.   And once I started I couldn't stop till I'd finished.    Sylvie and Dan have been together 10 years, have twin daughters and a fabulously healthy, loving relationship.   They're in sync and know each other inside out.  So when their Dr tells them they can each expect to live until 100 it should be music to their ears, but it puts a whole new spin on "till death do us part" and somehow freaks them both out.     In an effort to spice up their lives and to ensure they continue to enjoy each other's company they agree to implement project Surprise Me.   The story focused on their plans to regularly surprise each other and was at times so funny I literally laughed out loud.  (I'm sure I caught a few odd looks from other passengers on my bus).     There were a few twists - many of which  I had seen coming if I'm honest but this didn't detract from my enjoyment in any way - there were some anxious moments, some sexy bits and Ms Kinsella filled her pages with a cast of interesting and lovable side characters.     I kept picturing this as an excellent rom-com  but regardless of whether it ever hits the big screen I'm sure it'll be a hit.   This was such a feel good, easy read and I am grateful to the author,  publishers The Dial Press and Edelweiss for the opportunity of reading this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 25%The only thing that came as a surprise was this DNF.Honestly, I only read as much as I did because of my love of Kinsella. You know those stories that start off fairly mediocre and you just keep thinking (in this case, HOPING) that it’ll get better? It started off mildly intriguing: life is perfect for this couple, they have two beautiful children, good jobs, a happy life, and they even complete one another’s sentences. *groan* The two go to the doctor to get physicals at which point th DNF @ 25%The only thing that came as a surprise was this DNF.Honestly, I only read as much as I did because of my love of Kinsella. You know those stories that start off fairly mediocre and you just keep thinking (in this case, HOPING) that it’ll get better? It started off mildly intriguing: life is perfect for this couple, they have two beautiful children, good jobs, a happy life, and they even complete one another’s sentences. *groan* The two go to the doctor to get physicals at which point the doctor informs them they are perfectly healthy and they should plan on living long, long lives. Then he says: “You should have sixty-eight more wonderful years of marriage!” And then everything goes wrong. Because of course, they didn’t even consider the fact that they’d live that long, never thought about long-term being that long when it came to being married.“We’ve got so much time.”“But what are we going to do with it, Sylvie? How are we going to fill the endless, soulless years of mindless drone work? Where’s the joy in our lives?” He looks around the kitchen with a questing gaze, as though it might be in a jar labeled joy, next to turmeric.Even though everything is perfectly fine and they have happy lives, now they have to deal with the concept that they’re going to have to be with one another for SO LONG. Come on. Hello, till death do us part? This is why everyone fucking gets divorced these days. Nobody stops to consider what it actually means, what you’re committing to, argh. I just found the whole concept stupid. And I’m sure they get over it and get back to being perfectly happy with their kids and white picket fence but I didn’t really care if they worked it out or not. Plus? There was this weird obsession with her dead father and lines like this: ‘Here in the privacy of my own mind, where no one else can hear, I can say it: To the outside world, Dan isn’t in the same league as my father. He doesn’t have the gloss, the money, the stature, the charitable achievements.’ Not just comparing your father to your husband, who in your mind is lacking in comparison, but comparing your dead father to your husband… nope. I’m done.I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Sylvie and Dan seem to have a great marriage, but at a doctor's appointment they learn that statistically they'll be married 68 more years. This book is how they deal with that prospect, and it has some interesting things to say about relationships, family, loss, and longevity. That all sounds pretty serious, but it was actually quite funny, and both the main characters and the side characters were enjoyable.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve always been a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s novels, so I was excited to get my hands on her latest novel, Surprise Me. And I definitely was surprised by what was inside!Surprise Me has a different feel from Sophie’s other novels. Yes, it has a lot of light and funny moments, but then it takes an interesting turn that I wasn’t expecting at all. There’s an element of mystery that goes along with it. I enjoyed reading about Sylvie, as I felt I could relate to her a lot. Her job even reminds me of m I’ve always been a fan of Sophie Kinsella’s novels, so I was excited to get my hands on her latest novel, Surprise Me. And I definitely was surprised by what was inside!Surprise Me has a different feel from Sophie’s other novels. Yes, it has a lot of light and funny moments, but then it takes an interesting turn that I wasn’t expecting at all. There’s an element of mystery that goes along with it. I enjoyed reading about Sylvie, as I felt I could relate to her a lot. Her job even reminds me of my own in some ways. She was a sympathetic character whom I found myself caring about a lot. The only thing I wish she hadn’t done was refer to her parents as “Mummy” and “Daddy.” It sounded so child-like for a 32 year-old. I don’t want to say too much more as to not give any of the premise away. It’s an easy book to pick up, but difficult to put down, especially once you get into the thick of it. It has Sophie’s trademark charm, with some of her Madeleine Wickham side slipping through. It’s a thoughtful book about how well we know the ones we love most.Dream movie cast:Sylvie: Teresa PalmerDan: Richard MaddenRobert: Dan StevensTilda: Toni ColletteMary: Charlotte Le BonSylvie's mom: Judy DavisToby: Daniel Portman
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  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    DNF Mini review to come.
  • Marla
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a big fan of Sophie Kinsella so whenever she has a new book out I have to get my hands on it and fast. Surprise Me did not disappoint. This time we have Sylvie and Dan who find out they are so healthy they should live for another 68 years. This freaks them out and they decide to surprise each other to keep their marriage fresh. Some of the surprises go all wrong and some are laugh out loud. There are other things happening like Sophie's workplace struggling financially and Dan getting reconn I'm a big fan of Sophie Kinsella so whenever she has a new book out I have to get my hands on it and fast. Surprise Me did not disappoint. This time we have Sylvie and Dan who find out they are so healthy they should live for another 68 years. This freaks them out and they decide to surprise each other to keep their marriage fresh. Some of the surprises go all wrong and some are laugh out loud. There are other things happening like Sophie's workplace struggling financially and Dan getting reconnected with old friends including a former girlfriend. Secrets are kept that lead to misunderstandings. Sophie does a great job of weaving several different stories eventually into one. Definitely pick this one up and be prepared to be entertained and be prepared to look at your own relationship. Thank you to NetGalley for letting me read an advanced copy.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Surprise Me is Chick Lit/Women's Fiction. This a standalone book set in the UK.Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors. I can always count on her books to make me feel good and smile. So I was super excited to read Surprise Me.The narrator is 32 year old Sylvie. She comes from a wealthy family. Her job involves raising funds for a tiny niche museum in London. Her husband's name is Dan and they have young twin girls named Anna and Tessa. I found it a bit unusual that the book started with t Surprise Me is Chick Lit/Women's Fiction. This a standalone book set in the UK.Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors. I can always count on her books to make me feel good and smile. So I was super excited to read Surprise Me.The narrator is 32 year old Sylvie. She comes from a wealthy family. Her job involves raising funds for a tiny niche museum in London. Her husband's name is Dan and they have young twin girls named Anna and Tessa. I found it a bit unusual that the book started with the heroine already married. Usually there is a single girl looking for love, which I sort of prefer.The story starts out with a very interesting semi-revelation in the prologue. Sylvie finds out something shocking about her husband. But we do not find out what it is. Then chapter one goes back 5 weeks.I am not normally a fan of this. But I think that it did work in this case. The prologue got me very interested in the story. Although I definitely preferred the book once we caught up in time (to that prologue).I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story. Dan and Sylvie have been together for 10 years. They find out that they are most likely to live another 68 years. This terrifies them. And it leads them to do some funny stuff. They get into trouble and it is sort of funny.The author is known for writing very quirky heroines. They aren't dumb exactly. But there are always misunderstandings. And they always do silly things that could drive some people nuts. Sylvie definitely reminded me of the author's usual silly and crazy characters.I really liked the twins. And I loved Sylvie's friendship with her neighbor Tilda. Unfortunately for much of the book I did not care for Dan. And her Mummy was a crazy character.I struggled a bit with the first half of the book. I liked it, but it was just okay. It was sort of funny, but the misunderstandings were not fantastic. It sort of got on my nerves that Sylvie hated confrontations especially re: her job and marriage.At 70% the book got much more interesting. And I would say that the last part was 5 stars. Everything came together with the story. And while it was still funny, the author decided to deal with some more serious topics too. But it was all done in such a fun and funny way.This is when we got back to the beginning of the story. And from this point on I loved the book. The book actually impressed me. It was surprising and very relevant considering real world events.And the book had such a funny ending that tied everything together. By the end of the book I was smiling. It made me happy.Thanks to edelweiss and The Dial Press for allowing me to read this book.
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