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Surprise me
2018
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A witty and emotionally charged novel that delves into the heart of a marriage, and how those we love and think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most

"A delightful take on the mixed blessings of marital longevity."-- People

After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other's sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it's casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.

They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me--from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots--mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage--its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

Praise for Surprise Me

"Genuinely funny." --The New York Times Book Review

"Unexpected and wholly satisfying." -- USA Today

"In her signature fashion, Sophie Kinsella brings a cast of quirky, funny characters to this new work. [She] keeps the laughs coming. . . . Readers will follow the story with bated breath as the couple struggle to make their marriage right after everything they thought they knew about each other proves wrong." -- Library Journal

"Heartfelt . . . What at first seems like a light novel about familiar woes turns into a deeper story about trust, family, and perception." -- Publishers Weekly

"Winsome and zesty, Kinsella's latest delivers all the hallmarks her many fans have come to expect." -- Booklist

"Pure fun . . . a hilariously moving look at marriage and the power of mixing things up." -- Kirkus Reviews
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Booklist Review
Kinsella (My (Not So) Perfect Life, 2017) offers up another charming rom com. Sylvie and Dan Winter, a young couple, suddenly realize that they have signed up for almost seven decades of wedded bliss when their physician tells them that people's life expectancy has increased to 100 years. Though they're happily married and doting parents to five-year-old twin girls, this statistic throws both Sylvie and Dan into a spin. They decide the answer to the long haul is to keep their marriage fresh by coming up with surprises for each other. Of course, nothing goes as planned, with Sylvie meddling with Dan's first surprise for her and Dan hating Sylvie's initial offering. But then Sylvie starts to suspect Dan is keeping things from her: he has a secret cell phone, he's gotten back in touch with a former flame, and he's discussing large sums of money with her mother. All of this leads Sylvie to fear that the biggest surprise of all might be that her marriage is actually in trouble. Winsome and zesty, Kinsella's latest delivers all the hallmarks her many fans have come to expect. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Lots of bubbly promotion will alert Kinsella's many fans to her next delightful romantic comedy of errors.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2017 Booklist
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