Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella | A Review

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella | A Review
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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.


Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

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.


  1. February 15, 2018 / 7:19 am

    I have been looking for good romance books to read one of my favorite authors is Colleen Hoover, I’ve been on the hunt for new one I will definitely check out this authors books !!

    -Mellie ( )

  2. February 15, 2018 / 9:13 am

    Lovely review and the book setting sounds so interesting! Most romance contemporaries that I read either stop just before the whole married life stuff hits, or start at a much later point. The newlywed perspective is just what I need, even though I’m already three years in. <3

  3. Amy French
    February 15, 2018 / 10:42 am

    This looks like a great book, I love her writing so I can’t wait to get stuck into it 😃

  4. February 15, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Sounds very intriguing! I must admit you have me wanting to run and get the book!

  5. Fuzzbuzz411
    February 15, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    Great content! I will definitely be checking this out in the near future!

  6. February 15, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    This sounds like a great book! It will have to be my next read for sure! Thanks for sharing.

  7. February 18, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    I’m just so on the fence about this book. I usually love Sophie Kinsella’s books, but the last one (My Not So Perfect Life) kinda disappointed me and now I’m just not sure… But I’m oh so curious 🙂

    • February 18, 2018 / 3:56 pm

      That one really disappointed me as well, but I feel like she really pulled it back with this one 🙂

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