Surprise Me

Surprise Me

A Novel

Large Print - 2018 | Large print edition.
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A #1 New York Times Bestselling AuthorAfter ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a happy marriage. Then someone mentions they could have another sixty-eight years together, and panic sets in. With a colorful cast of characters, Kinsella's witty and emotionally charged novel delves into the heart of a marriage, and how those we love and know best can surprise us the most.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432848743
Branch Call Number: Large Print FIC Kinse
Characteristics: 535 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Married couple Sylvie and Dan try to keep their relationship fresh by 'surprising' each other with secrets from their past - but can they handle the truth?

Kinsella's trademark hilarity is here yet it is tempered by a more serious story regarding marital secrets.

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Jul 16, 2019

I am being nice and generous by saying that this was my least favorite Sophie Kinsella read when I should be saying that I hated it, hated it so much that I might not read another book from Kinsella ever. This was waste of my time. I don't know if I have grown or her writing has changed but it doesn't feel like KInsella's writing. Yes, Kinsella's books are sometimes a hit and sometimes a miss but this was beyond anything in a bad way.

Jul 14, 2019

When Dan and Sylvie have everything in life. They are happily married, like their jobs, have twin daughters, and a home. After being told by a doctor that they are in excellent shape and will live long and happy lives, they realize that they will be married over 60 years. Now they are trying to figure out how they will live with each other so long. Dan and Sylvie try surprises and that did not turn out so well. As they learn to live, the surprises of life that really do come up, and how they cope, made the story.

Jan 31, 2019

Very easy to read but quite predictable. I found the main character quite frustrating but I have to admit I did find myself chuckling a few times.

Dec 02, 2018

I have never read Sophie Kinsella’s books but I did enjoy this one. Although the heroin and her husband decide to « Surprise «  each other to ensure a long and happy marriage, the author offers the reader a surprise of her own through an interesting plot twist. The book offers very funny passages but it delves into a serious and far-reaching family secret. A quick read.

Jun 27, 2018

Interested in reading a book where you can see the changes in a character? Try this novel where the main female character changes dramatically from a silly youngish married 32 year old with 2 five year old twins who still holds her dad on a pedestal to a still married 32 year old who now has taken charge of her life, accomplishes personal and professional goals, and lives with her family's past in a realistic way. Try to get through the first 150 pages which are quite silly with funny bits as the husband and wife wonder how to bring surprises into their marriage in order to keep them in love which they expect to be for the next 68 years - a shock to them about their "to death do us part" marriage vows. The book gradually becomes more serious, more realistic in its plot as a family secret unfolds and all must deal with its truth. The title of this book is very apt as surprises abound - some good, funny, others sad and tragic. Not to worry - all ends well. I am happy I didn't return this book after reading the first 150 pages. The next 250 pages flew by.

allywaddell Jun 11, 2018

Loved this book!

Apr 15, 2018

This is my first book by this author - who I thought wrote funny novels. Strange premise - why would two people who are supposed to be in love be so afraid to find out that they should be together for 68 more years? Parts were funny but then it too a quick change to very dark and depressing story. Did not really figure out why the story took this change. Don't know it I will take a chance on another of her books - there are way too many out there to read.

Apr 13, 2018

I thought the concept of the book sounded a tad silly. It was hard to get into at first, but I'm glad I stuck with it. It ended up being quite enjoyable, and hard to put down.

Apr 05, 2018

Definitely not my favourite by Ms. Kinsella. Not a great plot and I felt no connection to the characters.

Apr 04, 2018

Couldn’t get into it. Horrible premise. It’s too bad because I love her Shopaholic series

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