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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Surprise Me: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: The Dial Press
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Release Date: February 13, 2018

I've read so many Sophie Kinsella books over the years. They never fail to make me laugh. I ended up feeling a little let down with Surprise Me. It was okay, but I didn't laugh as much as usual. I found myself feeling sorry for the main character.

When Sylvie and Dan's are told they can expect more than 60 more years together, both are taken by surprise. Sure they're happy now, but can truly stay happy when you're with the same person day in and day out for decade after decade?

To make sure their marriage stays fresh, they decide to start surprising each other on a regular basis. What Sylvie finds hidden in Dan's locked desk drawer is definitely surprising. It's a secret that could just shatter their marriage.

I liked Sylvie. I liked Dan. I really liked Sylvie's quirky, single friend. What never worked for me was watching what was a really happy marriage start crumbling to secrets. I felt sorry for them. When the big twist is revealed, I really started to dislike many people around Sylvie. It made it hard to finish the novel. That said, I did like seeing Sylvie kick into high gear.

My bottom line is that Surprise Me was good but never great. It didn't have the same humor I've come to expect from a Kinsella novel. Her other books have had laugh-out-loud moments. This one didn't. I liked it, but I never loved it or felt it was a book for my keeper shelf.

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