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Publisher's Summary

Number-one best-selling author Sophie Kinsella's emotionally charged new stand-alone novel about marriage and family and how those we love and know best can sometimes surprise us the most.

After being together for 10 years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and 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 questions some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

With a colorful, eccentric cast of characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella crafts a humorous yet thoughtful portrait of a marriage and shines a light on the danger of not looking past the many layers of the ones you love to discover how infinitely fascinating - and surprising - they truly are.

©2018 Sophie Kinsella (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Fiona Hardingham's rich British intonation complements the story of Sylvie and Dan.... She's equally skilled at the high-pitched voices of the couple's precocious daughters and deftly captures Sylvie's tech-fearing boss, who says the word 'selfie' as if it were foreign. The distraction in Dan's voice is evident and helps to build tension as the story reaches its climax." (AudioFile)  

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A different kind of Sophie Kinsella

This is different from Sophie Kinsella’s other books but in a good way! I love her other books but this one had a much deeper story and slightly older characters. It made you think...which I just love!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Sophie Kinsella never disappoints!

While some of Sophie Kinsella's books are more treasured than others, they are all - in my opinion - wonderful. The qualification, of course, is that the listener or reader must enjoy light, funny and fluffy stories. If you do, this is the book for you! There are parts that are laugh-out-loud . . . balanced by real, down-to-earth situations.

The only thing that got me to put the book aside was that I didn't want to finish it too quickly. I am so sad when one of her books is "over" because I know I'll have to wait a couple of years for another.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Ehhh....I just plowed through it to get to the end. I loved her last book, My Not So Perfect Life, laughed out loud; great fun. This book is slightly depressing....I suppose she thought some of the "Surprise Me" mishaps were supposed to be funny...I found them depressing. As things went along I wanted to scream at the main character "JUST ASK HIM! CHALLENGE HIM!". So after that I figured out the main plot points (not specifics just overall how things would go). Again, not my favorite and I don't think I would recommend it unfortunately.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Camel Club

Have you listened to any of Fiona Hardingham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

NA

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

See above

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completely underwhelmed

sort of heartbroken - this is a rare miss for Sophie Kinsella - the characters were thoroughly unlikeable (especially Sylvie) and I was not really keen on finishing the book. only my deep love for most of her other books kept me going. The narrator was good and did a great job with the voices - the way she made those two spoiled rotten little girls sound kept making me think of Veruca Salt - it set my teeth on edge! I like that Sylvie grew up in the end and I like the idea of poking your life 'with a stick' but too little too late to redeem the book.

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Exactly what I needed!

Exactly what I needed and didn’t even know it! Fully developed characters that are quirky and relatable. Charming backdrop of London. Anyone who has been married or even in a relationship will enjoy this story. The narrator was wonderful.

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Easy to jump into

I pretty much love all Sophie Kinsellas books. I normally do get frustrated with the main character by the end, just want to yell just communicate! But the main character was definitely more even and steady. Always an easy listen and this was no different.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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good book

this author usually cracks me up. this bok is funny as well but has a more. serious storyline than her other books. the initial premise is hilarious. worth the read.

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I'm surprised alright

This is the first time Kinsella disappoints me. Sure not all of her work is 5 star fun but this one really flopped for me. The main character is annoying and I could see the big plot twist coming a mile away.

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A huge fun of Kinsella but ...

A little disappointed. Very weak story line and very predictable. I expected a little more from Kinsella

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  • H. Olds
  • Phoenix area, Arizona
  • 03-20-18

Boring

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to a Sophie Kinsella book, but I’ve loved them in the past. This one just didn’t grab my interest. After giving it a good sporting chance, I’m returning it. I found it very dry and uninteresting. The storyline was petty and actually pretty annoying. The main characters were upset that they would have a long marriage? I couldn’t related.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful