Review: Surprise Me

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.

I was so excited when I found out that I won this book because I absolutely love Sophie Kinsella’s books. They are always so hilarious and so much fun. This book was no exception.

In the beginning it did start off a bit slow. It took a while for the story and the surprises to actually start, but once they did, they really took off. Many of the surprises were so hilarious, I found myself laughing out loud to myself. The scenarios were classic Sophie Kinsella.

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I loved the cast of characters that surrounded Sylvie, especially her boss, Mrs. Kendrick. She was so eccentric. I also loved her friend Tilda and their friendship. Robert was another character I liked. I would have loved to seen even more him.

Of course, I loved how British this was. I’m American, but I love reading books by British authors and books that take place there. This book, like all of Kinsella’s books, had that quaint British charm. I especially loved where Sylvie worked. Willoughby House sounds like a dream.

The conclusion was really sweet. I liked seeing the evolution of both Sylvie and her marriage to Dan.

This is totally random, but when I was reading this, my mind kept drifting to something I learned in a philosophy class about Simone de Beauvoir’s idea of idolatrous love. I definitely saw some of that at play in this novel. Since I majored in philosophy, I liked that.

Overall, this is a perfect little Valentine’s Day read, especially if you are married.

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