Sophie Kinsella is one author who I will always click pre-order for. Without fail. I got swept up in her Shopaholic series as a teenager and fell in love with her easy, laid-back, immersive writing style and with how relatable her characters truly are. So when Surprise Me was available to pre-order, I hastily added it to my basket then waited impatiently for it to arrive on my doorstep on delivery day. And then I proceeded to read it in less than twenty-four hours.
I sometimes find it very hard to switch off when I’m reading, and background noise can easily distract me. But every now and again I get so lost in a book that I glance up and realise an hour has passed without me realising. Normally it takes something fairly hard-hitting and deep for this to occur but so far Sophie Kinsella is the only light literature author I’ve found who has the same effect.
I think as a newlywed, this book spoke to me for sure plus I could relate to the main character Sylvie in many ways. The whole novel has a light, chick-lit tone to it while clinging to a number of current issues that strike many married (and formerly married) couples. I was into it from the first chapter, grinning and sending my other half subtle glances and making comparisons to our own life. This book manages to make you laugh, tear-up, cringe, and generally nod along whilst reading some of the funnier and more emotive moments. The whole novel is crammed full of wit and light-hearted fun, and I honestly enjoyed every single word. Although I would expect nothing less from a book by Sophie K.
If you’re a fan of the Shopaholic series or of any other books by Sophie Kinsella or similar authors, I encourage you to head down to your local bookshop (or click the link below) to pick up a copy and enjoy some truly fabulous escapism. This book got five stars from me on GoodReads and I’ll happily pick it up again one day.