Surprise Me

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 16 Apr 2018

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This is one of the best books I've ever read! This was not your typical cheesy romance novel. There was so much more depth to these characters and such strong, meaningful, powerful messages about love, life, relationships and feminism. The story was an addictive page turner and the writing was just so brilliantly clever. This book may be a work of fiction, but it is one of the most realistic representations of love I have ever seen. And there's a bit of a plot twist that just really adds the already well written novel. Kinsella is extremely clever, witty, and talented. All of which is easily seen in her work. I just can't stop gushing! Truly an amazing read!!!
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Sylvie and Dan are that couple. They finish each other's’ sentences. Parenting is a breeze with their perfectly adorable yet not overly intrusive twin daughters. All the gears and widgets of their marriage are in place and running smoothly.

At a routine checkup, they learn that with today’s technology, they have approximately 65 remaining years together. Instead of basking in the warmth and security of long-term love, they freak out. Suddenly, they’re not sure if their up-to-now perfect marriage can make it quite that long.

Can the flame burn hot and bright for 65 long years?

“Surprise me,” Sylvie says. They try to outdo each other in a series of increasingly outlandish and...

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Sophie Kinsella has done it again! This book catches the reader from the Prologue.  Sylvie is from a well off family and has the seemingly perfect life.  On her ten year anniversary, her doctor tells her and her husband, Dan, of ten years that they are going to live long healthy lives.  He informs them that they have sixty eight years of marriage ahead of them.  This hits Sylvie and Dan hard and they decide to keep the marriage alive with surprises.  These surprises were both good and bad and the book plays out with a huge twist at the end. A must read.
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Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for providing a copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

Sylvie and Dan have been together for ten years, married for seven of them. They've got twin girls, a nice life, and they know each other so well that they can predict what the other is thinking or about to say. They're comfortable in their relationship, safe. When they receive physicals their health is good and their doctor reveals they could expect to live for another seventy years. This gives each of them pause as the reality of how many years together they may have starts to set in.

Fans of Sophie Kinsella are going to enjoy this one. Sylvie is a new character but is like...

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I'll give it a 3+ stars, this was unnecessarily and dramatic, but Kinsella still has a very funny way of telling stories. Thanks to it, I had a good time from beginning to end.

The things is that this book is actually about a young couple together for ten years when they realize they still have more than sixty until death finally takes them apart. Even though Kinsella is as funny as she can be, it still didn't make me want to strangle the two main characters the entire read. How can that be The Conflict? I wonder if even in a parody that would work, but we're talking about a serious book, as humorous as it can be, it's still a down-to-earth story.

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I usually like Sophie Kinsella books, but I have to say this one was not a favorite. I felt like I was reading two different books - one about a couple trying to add Surprise to their marriage (so the title works) and one about a secret between another couple. The two just did not mesh. The Surprise Me part got lost along the way. And WHAT COUPLE goes into marriage not thinking FOREVER?? and one minute they're crazy in love and in a split second hes brooding and mean and terrible to her?!! It just doesn't work. Sorry. Granted though - it got 3 stars because I was dying to know why the hell the switch flipped and Dan became psycho. I couldn't put it down cause I wanted to know...

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Sophie Kinsella is a hit or miss kind of writer for me, but Surprise Me was definitely in the hit category. Although some of her books have been duds (like Twenties Girl and the majority of the Shopaholic series), I found that Surprise Me was full of cutesy moments and heartfelt character development.

When Sylvia and her husband Dan find out that they're expected to live to at least a hundred years of age, both of them are shocked to find out that this means that life will also include 68 more years of wedded bliss. When 68 years starts to feel a bit daunting, they decide to mix things up by trying to surprise one another. This is where the silliness of the book comes in, and I...

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Surprise Me by Sophia Kinsella falls flat compared to her other works. The premise of the book is interesting but the characters are not ones that you can get invested in. They use the typical tropes of fiction and it really adds nothing to the story. Overall I would not recommend this book but would sell it in the store for fans of her other books.
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Dan and Sylvie are THAT couple, with a great marriage, beautiful twin girls, and successful jobs. Forever doesn't seem long enough for such a perfect couple .... until a doctor tells them that forever might be 68 more years. Dan and Sylvie each begin to wonder about the monotony of spending decades more with a partner who has become so predictable that the two of them often talk in shorthand, completing each other's sentences. But when Sylvie decides to spice up their marriage with project "Surprise Me," she gets more than she bargained for. What if she doesn't know her husband as well as she thought?

Fans of Sophie Kinsella will love this new novel, and may be...

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This is the second book I've read by Sophie Kinsella. I liked the first, My Not So Perfect Life, so much that I decided to read her latest and was very happy to receive an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher Dial Press.

I would have preferred to have been more pulled in by the story but it was enough to keep me reading. I've found it can be quite difficult reading books by British authors, difficult in the way things are said. Here I need to give a thank you to the author/editors (?) who did their best to not use so much British slang and also to the Kindle dictionary for having so many of those slang words. It may not seem like much to the person who is writing but it can...

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Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.  I have read some from Sophie Kinsella, but not all of them.  This was a delight, and I was happy to receive and read it.  I think I'll be reading more of her previously published titles.  This was really cute, about marriage and family.  The characters were well done, and this was not only funny, but touching.  It also felt real.
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Compared to the first books this is a little bit boring, it drags and drags for a while and then, as a long time reader of Sophie Kinsella, I was waiting for the final clarification and of course there was and the regular happy ending, but in a way I was a little bit disappointed just because.

Paragonati con i suoi primi libri, questo non é il solito spumeggiante romanzo dove é facile scoppiare a ridere almeno una volta per ogni pagina, anzi mentre aspettavo la chiarificazione finale da dove sarebbe emerso il regolare e tipico finale felice, mi sono accorta che mi stavo annoiando. Quindi direi che questo libro mi ha un po' deluso, forse perché piú noioso o forse perché.
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This author never disappoints — she puts terrific characters in believable situations, and she lets them (and the reader) feel just the right amount of discomfort. When a young couple’s doctor tells them on their tenth anniversary that they’ll probably live long enough to be married 68 years, they panic: how will they keep it fresh? But their manic, hilarious (and expensive) attempts to surprise each other come dangerously close to breaking them up. A fun read.
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Sylvie and Dan are married with twins, but on visiting a doctor they find they are so healthy they have a possible 68 years together. Panic sets in and neither is sure how they should feel, on one had that great but on the other, that’s a long time. To keep their marriage alive and to stop it getting dull, Sylvie decides they should surprise each other.What happens is typical of most women and Sylvie can’t not know when Dan tries to surprise her and nothing goes to plan.
The book is funny, caring and heartfelt. It deals with emotions and family, it is powerful to make the reader think, but not to strong to feel you are being preached to. The characters are warm and friendly along with...

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Sophie Kinsella always creates such fun and believable characters and this book is no exception. I snorted I laughed so loud. I’m never disappointed with her books and I highly recommend this one.

Imagine getting your annual physical and learning that you and your husband are both so healthy that you are going to have 60+ more years of marriage together. That’s a lot of years. It can make one pause and think about how many more meals they will have together, how many more times they will have sex with the same person and hope that you continue to make one another happy and satisfied for all those decades. Forever is a long time.

Kinsella’s witty characters, Sylvie in particular can’t...

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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.

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"Surprise Me" by Sophie Kinsella

Unlike some other books by Sophie Kinsella, this book is a standalone.

I was attracted to this book firstly because of the author, and second the description. A young couple who comes to the sudden revelation that they have the rest of their life together (68 years with one person). It was fun to read what they went through to improve and renew their relationship.

The secondary story is an undertone of a historical scandal that comes forward again. This underling story kept the lives of the characters interesting.

It was a nice, light read but I wasn't 'wowed' by the story. Certainly give it a read!

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This is my second Sophie Kinsella book and I really enjoyed it. Her writing is fun and fresh while taking on an undertone of seriousness about some serious matters.
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Sophie Kinsella does not disappoint. This is a funny clever book. Fun reading and lots of good laughs.
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No other author provides an escape from reality for me quite like Sophie Kinsella, I’ve been a fan of hers for years and picking up one of her books is always a treat for me. Her books are pure, lighthearted, entertainment and are always fun, and though I didn’t like Sylvie as much as my beloved Becky Bloomwood I did enjoy her and lost myself in her story easily.

This definitely had Kinsella’s signature charm and wit, she has the ability to craft quirky, lovable heroines who are the every woman that any of us can relate to. Sylvie is a typical wife and mother living a typical life and her struggles in her marriage were all too familiar. Her and Dan have been together for ten years and are...

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