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30 review for The Surprise Party

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liz Jeffrey

    This story is about a surprise party held by two daughters for their parents' fortieth wedding anniversary. The story begins on the day of the party and gradually introduces us to the family members who are a colourful lot with many lies and secrets between them. The ending is indeed a surprise and not what you would expect. I enjoyed this book and would be keen to read other stories by this author.

  2. 4 out of 5

    d m palmer

    Good surprise ending about 40 years of marriage that wasn’t

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kel

    This was an ok read, nothing spectacular and quite a lot of it was predictable but enjoyable all the same

  4. 5 out of 5

    Frances Andrews

    Great book Funny , party u will never forget Loved every word of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Catherinehaine Haines

    A good summer read about family's secrets. Set around a surprise 40th wedding celebration that reveals some surprises.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monica M

    I hate secrets. It's so disrespectful to the people who know nothing but affected by it. This is a story about two sisters who planning on surprise 40th wedding anniversary party for their parents, Jack and Rose *soo Titanic..* Instead of a traditional surprise party for the parents, it was the sisters, Suzie and Liz who got surprise of a lifetime, and not a good one. Their parents are the most selfish and irresponsible characters i have ever read so far. They are hiding a very life changing facts I hate secrets. It's so disrespectful to the people who know nothing but affected by it. This is a story about two sisters who planning on surprise 40th wedding anniversary party for their parents, Jack and Rose *soo Titanic..* Instead of a traditional surprise party for the parents, it was the sisters, Suzie and Liz who got surprise of a lifetime, and not a good one. Their parents are the most selfish and irresponsible characters i have ever read so far. They are hiding a very life changing facts from their own children for almost THIRTY years and somehow between their lame apology excuse, everything goes smoothly just in one night. (view spoiler)[No i dont care that they have divorce since they love each other. And no i don't care that jack remarried. I freaking care because of the twins. (hide spoiler)] What kind of parents who methodically 'forget' to (view spoiler)[tell their children about their half sisters and ripped their opportunities to bond with them?? (hide spoiler)] Are you freaking kidding me?? But Rose&Jack keeps defends their action by repeatedly saying they were so young and it was long time ago. Yeah they were young, like in 20 years ago! There are many-many chance to tell their children in those years. Jack obviously (view spoiler)[not very fatherly. (hide spoiler)] Yes i know Tony's request, but (view spoiler)[as a father he couldn't just give up. He wasn't even try to up to date with news about his other children years after that. And when they actually met at this party, there are no tearful reunion or a reaction on his side. Cold man. After a few years and the wounds slowly heal, they could try contacting and reunite their children. Not hiding it! At least Janet tell Helen and Nina from the start. So although they never met Suzie and Liz, they know they have sisters. (hide spoiler)] They parents basically lying for almost the sisters' whole life and one of Suzie, the-do-gooder-daughter's reaction is just nicely asking,"But we’re your family, your children. Why didn’t you tell us about.." Hmm..maybe that's why i don't favour her. The only one who react normally is Liz, the somehow bitchy-bossy daughter (but i like the most since she is the only one who seems normal in the head.), who's in complete shock, angry and seething with the secrets, although by the end she cease *which is still too fast*. The secrets are a form of betrayal from the parents to their children and a secret that big is not something that could forgiven in one night time frame. I'm so baffled with other characters to letting this go so easily, apart from Liz. This is the quotes from last pages (which means by the end Rose still doesn't really see the error of her ways): ‘You really should have said something, Rose, you really should have.’ Rose sighed testily. ‘Hindsight’s all very well, Janet, but it’s not helping me now, is it?' still think about HERSELF only, not the effect on her children.. and other one ‘Foolish? ’ hissed Liz. ‘How can you say that? Foolish? You make it sound trivial.’ yeah basically everyone except her think this is small matter. Crazy. ‘It wasn’t like that at all. Don’t tell me you’ve never done something foolish or something you’ve regretted, Liz? There are no fucking regret AT ALL! Instead a clean sorry, she keep deflect and pointing back to others to justify her and Jack reason. and this.. Liz sighed. ‘And so what we’re saying is that if we hadn’t had this party and if we hadn’t tried to recreate your wedding reception, we’d never have known about any of this?’ Rose reddened. ‘I don’t know. I suppose we would have had to tell you eventually.’ *meaning they probably never will* Liz stared at her. ‘Eventually?’ Fucking selfish. (the writing is not bad but Rose & Jack pissing me off, so one star.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Originally posted on http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/ When I first spotted the cover for Sue Welfare's The Surprise Party, and the blurb, I couldn't wait to get started. I adore stories surrounding families and the issues within, hidden just beneath surface, so I purchased this for my Kindle and really looked forward to getting stuck in. This is the first book that I've read by Sue. She is a completely new author, and since The Surprise Party was published back in 2011, it comforts me to know Originally posted on http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/ When I first spotted the cover for Sue Welfare's The Surprise Party, and the blurb, I couldn't wait to get started. I adore stories surrounding families and the issues within, hidden just beneath surface, so I purchased this for my Kindle and really looked forward to getting stuck in. This is the first book that I've read by Sue. She is a completely new author, and since The Surprise Party was published back in 2011, it comforts me to know that I have a couple more of Sue's books to read when I fancy it! There are quite a few others out there so when I next have chance, I think I'm going to go and have a snoopy, because I thoroughly enjoyed The Surprise Party. What I loved most about The Surprise Party was that, somehow, Sue managed to revolve the entirety of her novel around just one day, the day of the surprise party for the 40th anniversary of Rose and Jack. What I mean by this is that from the first page to the last, the surprise party stretches right the way between the pages, lasting right the way through, from the morning full of preparation to the evening full of madness! What surprised me was that, despite the entire novel being based around the anniversary party, not once did I find myself becoming disinterested. The party may have been the main focus of this novel, but breaking off from that were smaller branches, these being the separate issues of each member of the family. Gah, it was brilliantly thought-out and put together, well-plotted and very entertaining. What made The Surprise Party truly come to life were Sue's fabulous characters. There was a tradition in the family where two girls were born to each woman. Rose and Fleur (mother and aunty), Suzie and Liz (sister's), Hannah and Megan (Suzie's daughters). Each generation of woman had bred two daughters and I found this so endearing, and loved that Sue had included it. The differences between the women were made very clear to me as soon as I began reading, from the youngest generation of women, right up to Rose and Fleur. Scenes between the sisters reminded me of me and my own and I felt so comforted by the bickering and the squabbles, as ridiculous as it sounds. Sue really achieved such an excellent job when it came to the family-like tone of the story. I loved being wrapped up in this world, with the excitement of the party and, later on, the unveiling of some pretty tricky secrets. Not only does the reader spend time with the older generations of the family as Sue switches between the characters' narratives, but we also get to see the world from Hannah's eyes too, who is in the throes of teenage-life, including booze, boyfriends and bad-influences. It was such a gorgeous mixture of ages and views, and made the novel all that more enjoyable. Amongst the differences in the family fold, each member had something in common, and that was that they were hiding secrets from each other. As the novel progressed, these slowly began to seep out into the party atmosphere, and what was supposed to be a happy, joyous occasion soon turned into something else entirely, although the excitement on my part was still palpable. As a reader, I was watching the fall-out eagerly, wanting to see what would happen next. Each family member reacted to the revealing of these secrets in their own unique ways and this only made the family feel so much more real to me. Between the pages of The Surprise Party by Sue Welfare lay an intriguing tale, one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Becca's Books is awarding The Surprise Party by Sue Welfare with FOUR GORGEOUS CUPCAKES! If you're looking for a fun, heart-warming but excitable read, then The Surprise Party is most definitely for you!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joanne D'Arcy

    Rose and Fleur are sisters - opposites apart. Literally in terms of location as Fleur is on the other side of the world in Australia having achieved, money and status but no man. Fleur is across for her sisters surprise Ruby Wedding Anniversary Party and is doing her best to distract Rose, but she is being everything which is not in her character. Rose stayed at home when her sister made her life choice, she married Jack and had two children, and is about to celebrate her Ruby Wedding Anniversary Rose and Fleur are sisters - opposites apart. Literally in terms of location as Fleur is on the other side of the world in Australia having achieved, money and status but no man. Fleur is across for her sisters surprise Ruby Wedding Anniversary Party and is doing her best to distract Rose, but she is being everything which is not in her character. Rose stayed at home when her sister made her life choice, she married Jack and had two children, and is about to celebrate her Ruby Wedding Anniversary, but seems somewhat reluctant do so? Her and Jack do not want a fuss but their children, two sisters Suzie and Liz have other ideas. Liz is precious, she has everything she wants, a glittering national tv career, people pampering her without her having to life a finger and men at her beck and call. Everyone knows her and she wants everyone to fawn over her. But not her sister. Suzie, is everything Liz is not, down to earth, comfortable in her own skin, her clothes, her marriage, her two children; two sisters and her home. Her little hobby is turning into something more and locally Suzie is known for her gardening prowess and organisational skills. That is why this party is going to be perfect and everyone is helping even her daughters, Hannah and Megan. Hannah has other ideas, and thinks such a party is boring, but when her 'new' friend Sadie pitches up with a couple of boys, things start to look up and the drink starts to go down. Hannah escapes one family party and ends up on a rather different journey to a party where family does not exist. Megan is oh so wise for someone oh so young. She can see everything and whilst she knows what her sister is up to, she does not tell tales but subtly is able to bring everyone together and helps Hannah see that family is quite important. That was the point of the party - family. When Rose and Jack turn up to be surprised it is their daughters who get the biggest surprise when they find out the reason behind their parents always avoiding celebratory anniversary parties. The whole night is turned on its head; lies, secrets and skeletons tumble onto the dance floor as the truth is learnt.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carol W

    Families - who'd have them? The funny read takes place on the day of The Surprise Party and follows the preparations for the party and the entangled lives of many of the guests are revealed. The party is not the only Surprise! It quickly becomes apparent that this family has many secrets and coming together for a family 'do' is not going to be smooth running. As with any family there are relatives coming from far and wide, all with their own colourful character, charm and ways. All the ingredien Families - who'd have them? The funny read takes place on the day of The Surprise Party and follows the preparations for the party and the entangled lives of many of the guests are revealed. The party is not the only Surprise! It quickly becomes apparent that this family has many secrets and coming together for a family 'do' is not going to be smooth running. As with any family there are relatives coming from far and wide, all with their own colourful character, charm and ways. All the ingredients for a get together of people who would usually avoid each other. I could identify with this scenario of expecting a family gathering to just run itself without a hitch. Don't think that has ever been achieved. For all the preparation and manouvering to ensure the event goes to plan, Suzie and Liz, sisters, who tolerate each other to host this party, just cannot achieve the impossible as the surprises just keep coming, right to the very end. I really enjoyed being a guest at this Surprise Party which had enough action to keep Suzie and Liz in the gossip coloumns for a month or two. Great story, great characters, and would suit Chick-lit, romance, and over 40's chick-lit fans. 5 out of 5 for me! Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy of this book for review. I did not receive any payment for my honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    What a fabulous book, really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. This is the first Sue Welfare book i have read and it will not be the last. The book stats of with sister's Suzie and Lizzie planning a surprise party for there parents 40th wedding anniversary. But families being families things don't go according to plan. A number of events happen and the party goes ahead with a few hitches. There is a big family secret that Jack and Rose haven't told there daughters, and when they Suzie and Liz What a fabulous book, really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. This is the first Sue Welfare book i have read and it will not be the last. The book stats of with sister's Suzie and Lizzie planning a surprise party for there parents 40th wedding anniversary. But families being families things don't go according to plan. A number of events happen and the party goes ahead with a few hitches. There is a big family secret that Jack and Rose haven't told there daughters, and when they Suzie and Lizzie find out put it this way they are both not very happy with the parents and wonder what else they have been keeping from them. All in all it was a fab book and i am very much looking forward to reading her next book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Philip Whiteland

    What starts out as a standard 'surprise party' story (the sort that crops up in every soap, sooner or later) becomes progressively more than that as various surprises are revealed along the way and relationships are consequently tested to breaking point. I particularly liked the viewpoint from the troubled teenager, which I thought was sympathetic and understanding whilst still leaving you to tear your hair out at the inappropriate choices made. Not quite standard Sue Welfare, fare, but none the What starts out as a standard 'surprise party' story (the sort that crops up in every soap, sooner or later) becomes progressively more than that as various surprises are revealed along the way and relationships are consequently tested to breaking point. I particularly liked the viewpoint from the troubled teenager, which I thought was sympathetic and understanding whilst still leaving you to tear your hair out at the inappropriate choices made. Not quite standard Sue Welfare, fare, but none the worse for that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    This is all set on the day of the obviously long anticipated 40th celebration of Rose and Jack's anniversary... but things, of course, do not go as expected. The story covers each part of the family, the parents, the original wedding party, the sisters and the grandaughters. It is a fun read with the realisation that families can often be their worst enemies, but then will more than likely come out the other side all the stronger!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen's World

    Really loved this feel warm and cosy book with lovely characters that you would love your family to be like. Then you had surprises through it that kept you reading with some big ones at the end. You knew everything would turn out right in the end but it still kept you gripped and reading. 4 stars of happiness, great read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is about an Idyllic family or so it seems at first, but then you realise that they are all a family keeping secrets that come out once this surprise party is organised and about to take place, a wonderful tale of the joys of family and how boring our lives would be without them!! A perfect read, really enjoyed it!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    this book is about 2 daughters who arrange a surprise 40th wedding anniversary party for their parents.. there are the usual family disagreements. You get to know the whole family and it really is a good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Talli Roland

    A fun read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Corinne Flavell

    love this book so far

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Definitely a must read - best book i've read this year

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Wainwright

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Really enjoyed this light hearted read. A feel good read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I really liked this book! There were lots of surprises indeed that come about because of the party, and I really did 2nd guess some of them, and found I was very very wrong!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Great read, good quality chick lit .

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    very good didnt expect the ending

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I enjoyed this book very much.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kath

    A warm and quite humorous book about how a family's secrets are all spilled at a celebratory event. No real surprises and some of the plot is rather improbable but it is soothing to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Very quick read. Set in England. Entertaining and light.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Luyten

  28. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tina

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ann Cooper

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