Reviews for Surprise me : a novel

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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


Publishers Weekly
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Kinsella's heartfelt latest, after My Not So Perfect Life, concerns the secrets that are unearthed after daddy's girl Sylvie Winter and her husband, Dan, agree to continually surprise one another in an effort to make the most of their lives. Thirty-two-year-old Sylvie idolizes her dead father Marcus Lowe, a larger-than-life charmer whose charisma hijacked even Dan and Sylvie's wedding video. Despite their simpatico relationship, Sylvie suspects that Dan envies her father and resents her family's wealth. The couple agree to give each other treats, and they tend to go comically wrong (a boudoir shoot, a reunion with the wrong person), until a visit to a garden that Dan helped design appears to awaken his interest in Mary, an old girlfriend Sylvie never knew about. Sylvie notices Dan's sudden spaciness and irritability as well as his surreptitious conversations with others; she also uncovers a secret phone that throws her marriage into question. At the same time, she attempts to deal with trouble at the quirky museum where she works; her boss's nephew Robert Kendrick is threatening to turn the place into condos if they can't monetize their business successfully, and soon. Sylvie matures along with her narrative: what at first seems like a light novel book about familiar woes turns into a deeper story about trust, family, and perception. (Feb.) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Sylvie and Dan have been married for ten years. They can finish each other's sentences and anticipate their spouse's moves and responses with ease. At their annual checkup, their doctor notes that they are in impeccable health, leading them to conclude that they could be married for another 68 years. Determined to keep things fresh and feisty, Sylvie enacts Project Surprise Me. But what starts off as flirty and fun takes a downward turn as a shocking scandal is revealed, creating a chasm in their marriage. In her signature fashion, Kinsella brings a cast of quirky, funny characters to this new work (after My Not So Perfect Life). From overlapping surprise lunch dates to botched boudoir photos, Kinsella keeps the laughs coming. However, this tale takes on a more serious tone as the truth behind the scandal is revealed. 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. VERDICT Perfect for Kinsella fans and those looking for a work with more depth than the average chick-lit novel. [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]-Erin Holt, Williamson Cty. P.L., Franklin, TN Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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