A great summer read

‘The Undomestic Goddess’ – Sophie Kinsella

5-star-rating

The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella

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!

Lots of lolz!

‘Mini Shopaholic’ – Sophie Kinsella

5-star-rating

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Mini Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella

Like mother, like daughter…!

Shopaholic Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood)’s two-year-old is … spirited. She knows what she wants, whether it’s a grown-up Prada handbag or a toy pony (40% off, so a bargain, surely?) When yet another shopping trip turns to mayhem, Becky decides it’s time to give Minnie her own pocket money. Is it a bad sign when Minnie goes instantly overdrawn?

Minnie isn’t the only one in financial crisis. As the Bank of London collapses, people are having to Cut Back. Everyone needs cheering up, so what better way to do it than to throw a fabulous surprise party? A thrifty party, of course. Except economising and keeping a secret have never been Becky’s strong points …

Sophie Kinsella does not let down fans with this instalment to the ‘Shopaholic’ series. This is a great read in more ways than one, not just because it was great to read about Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood!) and her mishaps, but the comedy value throughout left me chuckling out loud whilst reading and telling my poor husband about what I had just read.

To be honest, before I started reading this book I was sceptical about how Kinsella could make this an original story, after all the ground she has covered in the previous Shopaholic books. But the charm and humour in this book wins you over as you read about Becky and her young, mischevious daughter, Minnie. And whilst it has been several years since I read the last Shopaholic, it does not feel that time has passed at all, with all the familiar faces back in the story: it was easy to pick up again where I left off.

The letters that Becky receives and the notes she writes still feature in this book and I think this is one of the things that I love about Kinsella as a writer. They give the book a bit of punchy humour and at the same time you are left wondering what Becky said in the original letter. This, I think, is a very clever technique that Kinsella uses and a subtle way to keep you hooked in the story. They add to the plot but at the same time provide a bit of quick humour, which is never a bad thing, in my opinion.

I don’t think I could ever get tired of reading about Becky Bloomwood and her Shopaholic adventures. Kinsella has once again pulled it off and the ending still managed to surprise me in places, even though I had guessed some of what was going to happen. I really fear that this is the end of the series but Kinsella does leave it open for another instalment. The question will be, how could she make it as entertaining to read? With ‘Mini Shopaholic’ Kinsella has ticked all of the boxes so if you have read the other books in the series, then you should definitely read this one as well – it would be criminal not to!