Surprise Me

Dial. Feb. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9780399592881. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399592898. F
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.]
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