Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite chick lit authors and her latest book does not disappoint. I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob.
Dan and Sylvie have been together for 10 years. They have two daughters, twins, and both have jobs that they enjoy and are good at. A visit to the doctor for insurance purposes leaves them reeling, because the doctor tells them that they are both in such excellent health that they should expect to live well into their 90’s, if not longer. The thought of being married for at least 60 more years makes them panic a little. What are they going to do with all that time? Are they really going to be happy and content with each other for that long? In an effort to spice things up and keep their relationship fresh they decide to come up with surprises for each other, with some hilarious, disastrous, sweet, and touching results. Told from Sylvie’s point of view some of the experiences truly are surprises. But when Sylvie finds out a surprise that makes her doubt her husband and then her father, her world is rocked and spun completely around…which may not be a bad thing.
I love how this explored relationships – husband and wife, father and daughter especially. Through their surprises Dan and Sylvie discover things about each other that they didn’t know before, proof that there is always more to learn about a person and that a lifetime isn’t too long to spend finding out as much as you can about one person.
This is an adult book featuring a married couple with a healthy sex life. Nothing is described in detail (it’s not exactly a romance and definitely not erotica) but Sylvie talks about having sex several times. There’s also a hilarious boudoir photo shoot that talks quite frankly about Sylvie’s physique. I would not recommend this book for teenagers.
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