Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella


Release date: February 13, 2018

Publisher: The Dial Press

Genre: Women’s Fiction


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 projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly 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. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.


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 happy enough, but they find they can always improve on that happiness, right? Enter project surprise me and in true Kinsella style hilarity ensues.

I found parts of this to be predictable but sometimes there’s comfort in predictability. I may be annoyed if I can spot a twist in a thriller but in a lighter, easy read, I’m not bothered and I surely wasn’t here. I suppose that’s because I was lost in the story and just having such a good time reading this, but whatever the reasoning was I adored every page.

Surprise Me in three words: Witty, charming and amusing.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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