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    Not as fabulous as past books! I found it harder to associate with the characters and didn’t like them as much. The storyline wasn’t bad but I prefer the author’s normal lighter take on stories (and I felt this missed the spark of what makes Sophie Kinsella’s books magical).
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    A funny and insightful look into marriage.

    Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella is a funny and insightful look into marriage. Dan and Sylvie have been together for 10 years and know each other so well, they speak in short-hand and can finish each other’s thoughts. Everything is perfect. Or is it? After a visit to a doctor for a life insurance policy they find out they are so healthy they’ll be able to be together for another sixty-eight years. 68 YEARS! The thought of so much more time together seems daunting. If they know each other so well now after 1 decade, how will they keep each other engaged or interested for 7 more decades? Sylvie decides the answer is for them to surprise each other to keep things “fresh.” “Surprises have a bad habit of going wrong.” – Tilda Sylvie’s best friend, Tilda, is supportive, but thinks these surprises could end in unwanted and unexpected ways. As the surprises begin they are fun and flirty, but quickly raise questions about each other and their marriage. Dan is reintroduced to a past romance from college and Sylvie begins to question everything she thought she knew about herself, her job and even her father. Can their marriage withstand all of these surprises? Each surprise seems to raise more questions and causes Sylvie to question if she ever really knew Dan. Does he really know her? I really enjoyed Surprise Me and definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a fun and a little thought-provoking read about marriage. Four stars.
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    Warm, affecting, and extremely entertaining!

    Surprise Me is a lighthearted journey into the lives of married couple Sylvie and Dan who have it all, beautiful girls, successful careers, and a rock-solid marriage until the suggestion of another 68 years of marriage sends them into a tailspin that makes them question their goals, dreams, and each other. The writing is smooth and effortless. The characters are quirky, comical, genuine, and lovable. And the plot is an engaging, moving tale bursting with witty banter, embarrassing situations, awkward moments, hilarious hijinks, and sweet romance. Surprise Me is, ultimately, a story about marriage, secrets, commitment, family, introspection, and enduring love. It's classic Kinsella with well-crafted characters, humour, heart, a surprising twist and a delightful ending that will definitely make you smile.
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    A romance with a few surprises

    It has been a while since I have read one of Sophie Kinsella's books and I am delighted that I had the opportunity to read this advance copy provided by NetGalley. We first meet Dan and Sylvie Winter ten years after they first met at a friend's birthday party. Now married, they appear to be the perfect couple: married for seven years, they can complete each other's unfinished sentences, predict what the other will order from a restaurant menu, are the parents of twin girls, and both in good health. Oh, wait! It is the good health issue that creates a panic when the doctor tells them that they are both in excellent health and can expect to have another 68 years together. Dan and Sylvie decide that they need to spice up their life with a few surprises. What are those surprises? I am not going to say but will tell you that they add some very real flavor to the story. As a reader, I enjoyed riding the range of emotions that the author helps us feel. There are moments where I laughed and others where I wondered if this marriage was going to survive. The relationships that Dan and Sylvie have with other characters serve to enhance the story. I suggest that you pick up a copy of this book. I do not think you will be disappointed. As mentioned above, I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. However, the decision to review and all opinions are strictly my own.
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