Read: December 2017
After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, 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 question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.
Thank you to Random House Publishing for sending me a digital copy of this book for review. As you all know, I adore Sophie Kinsella and always look forward to reading her new books. Naturally, once I got my ARC of this I had to dig in and I loved it immediately! It had a bit of a Shopaholic vibe to it, especially the earlier books, but still had that seriousness of her newest books. I loved Sylvie’s character and I also loved how this book wasn’t about finding love, even though it kind of is.
Being a married person, reading this book did make me realize that it is kind of scary to think of how long marriage is – though I don’t think I’m quite as worried as Dan and Sylvie were in this book. I loved how they searched for new ways to keep the magic of their marriage alive and through that search they discovered more about each other than they had expected.
This book didn’t quite have the feel of her last book, which I completely adored, but I still really enjoyed it. I did wonder where it was going to go and was surprised with how the book turned out – it definitely wasn’t what I had expected! As usual, though, this book had me laughing and it left me wanting to remind my husband of how much I love and appreciate him. So this book is really a love story, but more of a love story for people who might feel like “till death do us part” is a daunting amount of time.
This was definitely one of those stories that I gobbled up in no time and as usual I finished it wanting more books from Sophie Kinsella. I loved her acknowledgements at the end to her readers and it really cemented in me why she’s one of my favourite authors.