‘The Undomestic Goddess’ – Sophie Kinsella
Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.
Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up, in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer; and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope – and finds love – is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.
But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does – will she want it back?
Fans of Sophie Kinsella will not be disappointed with ‘The Undometstic Goddess’. An easy read, this comical story had me laughing out loud along the way finishing with a satisfying happy and romantic ending for all. I would recommend this as one you pack in your suitcase: not only is it set in the summer but the satisfying ending is perfect for reading by the pool.
Samantha Sweeting is a workaholic and in the opening chapters readers witness how obsessed she is with her career and aspirations of becoming a partner in the successful law firm she works in. Her inability to switch off during a reluctant pamper session had me cracking up and I found Kinsella’s descriptions familiar from my own observations of typical city workers. The narrow-mindedness towards life meant that Samantha just couldn’t recognise she was giving up so much for a goal that would not be the reward she really wanted.
So when she begins as a housekeeper in a small village in the country where nobody recognises her, I found myself waiting for the penny to drop with her employers. But the Geigers aren’t quite clued up and Samantha manages to blag her way into becoming their housekeeper, even though she has no idea how to cook, clean or do anything domesticated.
The Geigers are such comical characters and Samantha’s observations really make you chuckle. For example, when Eddie is reading through a suspect contract, Samantha is desperate to tell him he is making a mistake but at the same time she fears showing she is more than just a housekeeper. The lengths she goes to are entertaining but at the same time I found myself wishing she would reveal her identity and get the recognition she deserves.
As Samantha adjusts to her new life (which allows time off from work – quite a novelty for her!), she finds herself becoming attracted to the Giegers gardner, Nathaniel. This romance is charming and sweet and you know that this is where Samantha should be. But when she discovers he has a hatred of lawyers, you are left wondering what will happen when he learns the truth about Samantha?
This is a great read and entertaining every step of the way. One you can easily dip in and out of, I found myself liking Samantha more and more, and found I could relate to her in so many ways! If you have read other Kinsella books then don’t pass this one over. If not, then I definitely urge you to give this a go – I’m sure all of us have been flummoxed by domestic chores at some stage!