Ok, want to talk cute romance? This is a cute romance. I enjoyed every second of it and even found myself laughing out loud quite a few times. Thank you so much Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I give this read 4 stars, enjoyable, fun, and relatable, Surprise Me is a must read!
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.
I found this to be an incredibly refreshing romance. It wasn’t chalk full of drama or weird situations it was just a relatable issue that all couples after a certain point face and fun lovable characters that had to work through it. The main character, Sylvie, in particular was hilarious to me. The way her mind worked would make me chuckle because as she would think things I would say to myself “wow, I totally think the same way.” She did however get annoying at times, but there was a lot of character growth and it was nice to see her change by the end of the book.
I enjoyed the twist at the end and that this didn’t become some sort of cliche romance. I don’t want to give much away, but like I said it was nice just to see a normal relationship go through its ups and downs. The one real negative to me was this book felt longer at times than it needed to be. It just seemed some parts could have been shortened and not dragged out but overall it was a fairly quick read.
This is my first Sophie Kinsella book and I can say for certain this won’t be my last. Sophie’s writing is well done and she will be one of my go to for leisurely romance reads from now on. I highly recommend this book so be sure to pick it up if you’re looking for a light, quick romance!