Health has made the call of the duvet irresistible so luckily I had Sophie Kinsella’s new book Surprise Me keep me company. Thank you to the mobile library service for getting it to me so quick!
Title: Surprise Me
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Bantam Press
Release date: 8th Feb 2018
NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR Sophie Kinsella’s emotionally charged, witty new standalone novel about love and long-term relationship survival – and how those we think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most . . .
After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years… and panic sets in.
They quickly decide to create little surprises for each other, to keep their relationship fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me – anything from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to photo shoots – mishaps arise with disastrous and comical results.
Gradually, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all…
This book did surprise me but not in the way I hoped. I love Sophie Kinsella’s books for their humour, relatable characters and her ability to make absurd situations believable; some of her books especially Remember Me and Twenties Girl are on my go-to shelf when I need a lift and visit an old friend. This book, however, will not be.
It is an enjoyable read and I love that Sylvie is a married woman instead of singles looking for love. The premise is very relatable and the emotions as they are hit with realisation they are together for another 68 years hit home. Some of the surprises are pure Sophie Kinsella magic and made me chuckle but Sylvie annoyed me with the utter idolization of her dad and I found myself drifting off wanting to read something else that wasn’t about her. Dan, her husband is lovely though.
I am left wondering as I finished it, how much of my disappointment is just me as I know many fans love her Shopaholic series while I found Rebecca annoying to the point I could not read them, rather than the book. It feels more a personality clash and having too high expectations than anything so I would hate to put people off trying it.
Would I recommend?
It is an ok book and many will love it but I prefer her previous one A Not So Perfect Life and older standalone novels.
Please let me know your opinions below and I hope I am the only one with this personality clash.