CHARACTERS ç Surprise Me


  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • Surprise Me
  • Sophie Kinsella
  • English
  • 05 February 2019
  • 9780593074800

10 thoughts on “Surprise Me

  1. says:

    Love is finding one person infinitely fascinating And so not an achievement my dear Rather a privilegeHi long time Sophie KinsellaMadeleine 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  My Not So Perfect Life 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 youOne 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 DUH CHELSEA 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 uickly 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 itAlso 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  Although why people expect us to feel guilty about any genre we choose to read I'll never understand 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 hilariousMany thanks to the publisher for providing my copy


  2. says:

    Entertaining but not my favorite Sophie Kinsella I really like the premise of Surprise Me 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 Surprise Me didn’t uite have the magic of some of Kinsella’s other booksAfter 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 uestion whether or not she really knows DanWhile Sylvie and Dan’s marriage plays a central role Surprise Me is 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 Surprise Me 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 readI received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  3. says:

    45 laugh out loud stars 😂 🌟🌟🌟🌟5 Sophie Kinsella 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 cleanserAfter 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 faceI think my kids thought I had gone madAlong with fabulous female main characters and tear inducing laughterMiss Kinsella always has wonderful female relationships and almost too good to be true men in her booksTilda was a truly fabulous BFF and Dan really had the patience of a saintThe only “surprising“ part of this book is it had a bit of a 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 togetherAbsolutely 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


  4. says:

    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 mindsSo 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 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 US FEB 13For of my reviews please visit


  5. says:

    Well this is a surprising book Bad pun very much intendedI 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 acuainted with her humour and styleBecause 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 todaySo 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 objectspets but well Sylvie and Dan have a skewed understanding of what beautiful surprises areAnd 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 Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


  6. says:

    Listened to this which I always recommend with all of Sophie's booksI 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 itOverall it was a fun uick read much like all of Kinsella's other books and I did enjoy itSolo video review coming soon


  7. says:

    4 silly but surprisingly serious stars to Surprise Me ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 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 uite 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 years together they each have a different response They come together and decide to keep their marriage fresh with lots of fun and uirky surprises The second half of the book took a 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 Me will be published on February 13 2018 Thank you to Sophie Kinsella Dial Press and Netgalley for the complimentary copy


  8. says:

    4 Surprisingly Delightful StarsSOPHIE 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 outSURPRISE 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 twistSOPHIE 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 thoughTo 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 recommendPublished February 13 2018Thank you so much to my fellow Traveling Sisters for another wonderful reading experienceThank 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


  9. says:

    35This is what I call my cupcake diversion readI needed something light and humorous to entertain me and this one delivered I loved the whole concept of spicing up a marriage with some surprises Sylvie and Dan have adorable twin girls and are about to celebrate ten years together They have a joyful marriage but Dan has had some issues with Sylvie's fatherThey find out that they could potentially have 68 blissful years together They are both in excellent health and should expect long lives Waitthis produces some anxiety for the couple Can they really spend that many years and stay happy? This is when the surprise me plan is concocted and set in motionLots of laugh out loud moments with the surprise antics they come up with I enjoyed one in particular that gave me some hilarious visuals The second half of the book deals with some depth and brings out insecurities and second guessing that goes with itThis was an entertaining and enjoyable book about marriage and making the journey exciting and funI had a fun time reading this one with The Traveling Sisters Book Club group here on GoodreadsThanks to Random House Publishing Netgalley for my ARC to review


  10. says:

    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 uite 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 conseuences 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 mysteriousemotional 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 outMy favorite uote Love is finding one person infinitely fascinatingThank 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 ratingreviewingSource NetGalleyAuthor Sophie KinsellaPublisher Random House Publishing GroupThe Dial PressPub Date February 13 2018


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Sophie Kinsella ✓ 1 CHARACTERS

Surprise Me

Ther and panic sets in They never expected ‘until death do us part’ to mean seven decadesIn the name of marriage survival they uickly 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 Well this is a surprising book Bad pun very much intendedI 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 acuainted with her humour and styleBecause 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 todaySo 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 objectspets but well Sylvie and Dan have a skewed understanding of what beautiful surprises areAnd 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 Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’

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But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakeable bond When a scandal from the past is revealed that uestions some important untold truths they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after al 4 silly but surprisingly serious stars to Surprise Me ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 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 uite 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 years together they each have a different response They come together and decide to keep their marriage fresh with lots of fun and uirky surprises The second half of the book took a 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 Me will be published on February 13 2018 Thank you to Sophie Kinsella Dial Press and Netgalley for the complimentary copy

CHARACTERS 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 reveals they could live another 68 years toge Love is finding one person infinitely fascinating And so not an achievement my dear Rather a privilegeHi long time Sophie KinsellaMadeleine 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  My Not So Perfect Life 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 youOne 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 DUH CHELSEA 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 uickly 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 itAlso 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  Although why people expect us to feel guilty about any genre we choose to read I'll never understand 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 hilariousMany thanks to the publisher for providing my copy


About the Author: Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella has sold over million copies of her books in than countries and she has been translated into over languagesSophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic The book’s heroine Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty fin.