Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl was the first book I read on my first Kindle and since then I’ve really enjoyed escaping into her stories – I couldn’t wait to read her new standalone novel, Surprise Me. I wasn’t disappointed …
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1148 KB
Print Length: 335 pages
Publisher: Transworld Digital (8 Feb. 2018)
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…
Available to purchase in Kindle, paperback, hardcover and audio formats.
It’s through Project Surprise Me that Sylvie realises she doesn’t know Dan as well as she thought she did and the unpredictability of what was once predictable totally throws her. I have to be honest, I didn’t know if her suspicions were correct or not, they were very plausible and I was swayed by the evidence in front of us! The surprises – oh how I chuckled when Robert caught her internet browsing at work and Toby coming home early to find Sylvie in Tilda’s house. Sooo funny! (I think setting up surprises with partners, friends and family could be a LOT of fun – as well as the disasters).
Sylvie comes from a privileged background but she didn’t come across as a ‘princess’ to me. Naive and protected by her family and then Dan maybe but not expecting everything to fall into her lap. From the beginning I knew there was much more depth to Sylvie, if only she would stop being what everyone expected her to be (especially in her job at Willoughby House!). I understood the judgments and comparisons she made even though I knew they had to be wrong … nothing is that good.
As Sylvie’s life changes on an outer level (Willoughby House in financial trouble, Dan not available, her mum acting strange) we see a change on an inner level too. I had guessed something was going to rear its head and when it comes, I was with Sylvie in that room and my heart broke alongside hers. This had such an impact on me! So much positivity as a result of the crisis though – Sylvie finds her strength, becomes who she really is and of course it has a positive impact on her relationship.
Surprise Me is a story with a great pace and entertaining storyline. I thought it had a powerful message of empowerment. Claim your history, it’s a part of who you are and gives you control over your life. A recommended read from me.
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