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Book Review: Surprise Me By Sophie Kinsella

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Surprise Me

Cover art copyright of Random House Publishing Group

I had intended for my next post to be about book promotion services that I offer through Kait’s Bookshelf, such as a Social Media Blast. My thought was that with Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, authors might want to take advantage of those services to promote their books. But, life had other plans. Just after my last blog post, our family lost someone very special to us. My father-in-law received a stage four cancer diagnosis in January. He lived this last year of his life like he always did – enjoying life. He spent a lot of time with family doing the things he loved. On Thursday, November 16, 2017, he passed away peacefully surrounded by family.

In the days following his passing, I tried to write a new post and keep reading. But I found myself unable to concentrate. Before I knew it, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday had all passed me by. After a few days of sadness and grief, once the “dust settled” so to speak, I found myself able to once again take comfort in reading. Reading has always been an escape for me. It was nice to pick up a new book by one of my favorite authors and disappear into a new, wacky world for a little while. I still plan to blog about book promotion services as they can still be used for the upcoming Christmas holiday and anytime of the year. But, for today, I’d like to focus on a new book review.

Last December, I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life. I was thrilled as I am a big fan of her writing! So you can imagine my joy when I was offered an advance copy of her upcoming release, Surprise Me, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I couldn’t believe my eyes and probably read the email at least three times to make sure I was reading it correctly. I immediately jumped at the chance to read her latest book.

When I think of Sophie Kinsella’s books, I smile because she always creates such believable characters and places them in such wacky situations. Her books are comedies that make me laugh out loud. I love the way her main characters learn about themselves and about life and love in “I Love Lucy” quality comedy scenes that keep me laughing and turning the pages.

In her upcoming book, Surprise Me, Kinsella introduces us to Sylvie and Dan, who have a great marriage, beautiful twin girls, and enjoy their careers. But when a physical exam reveals that they are in great shape, so great that they can expect to spend the next sixty-eight years together, they panic. Sure, they’re in love. And they believe the whole “til death do us part” bit. But…what if death doesn’t come for another sixty-eight years? That’s another sixty-eight years together. Just the two of them. All the time. Another sixty-eight years of marriage. Should sound great, right? Well, sort of…

As Kinsella characters are wont to do, Sylvie gets an idea in her head that really seems brilliant. At first, that is. Sylvie decides that she and Dan can truly enjoy the next sixty-eight years together by mixing things up, by surprising each other to break up the everydayness of the many, many days they have ahead of them. But when exotic animals, strange garden sculptures, and exes come into play, Sylvie finds herself in a mess that she must find her way out of in order to save her marriage and her sanity.

I really enjoyed this book. There was a good mystery involved in it, which is something else I enjoy about Kinsella’s writing. She is good at weaving twists and laughs together to form an entertaining and intriguing read that keeps me turning the pages. I also really enjoyed the focus on relationships in this book. It’s not just the husband/wife relationship that gets attention in this story. But parent/ child is also touched on quite a bit as well as employer/ employee, neighbors, and friendships. All in all, I consider this a classic Kinsella read – humorous and heartfelt! It was just what I needed to help pick me up and get me through what has been a very difficult couple of weeks. So, thank you, Ms. Kinsella and Random House for the pick-me-up!

Surprise Me releases on February 13, 2018! Pre-order your copy here!

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Author: kaitsbookshelf

After several years of being a cubicle commander, I realized that cubicle life is not for me. I went back to school and received my Bachelor of Arts in Writing so I could pursue a career in the field I am most passionate about. I love everything about books and created this blog to have a creative place to share my passion for books with others. I am a freelance writer, editor, book reviewer, and blogger. I am a member of the EFA and SCBWI. Thanks for visiting my website!

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