Saturday, 21 August 2010

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?

I loved this book! I'm always cautious of Sophie Kinsella because although I really enjoyed Remember Me? I couldn't stand the Shopaholic books. But this one is definitely my favourite of her novels. In a sense it was similar to Remember Me? in that the character had a major personality change as a result of a drastic event in her life - in this case, she made a huge mistake at work that cost her her job (which was basically her whole life) and had a bit of a mental breakdown. Samantha somehow finds herself accidentally working as a housekeeper and ends up enjoying her new occupation. I liked how this book didn't look down on those who enjoy housekeeping and homemaking in favour of high-powered business job. Feminism is about having the right to choose what you want to do with your life - and if that's being a homemaker or a housekeeper or a cleaner, then so be it! There's also a little romance, as in all chick-lit novels, and yet again the lesson is that you shouldn't try to hide anything from those you love as it could end badly. All in all, this was a cute and very funny book and definitely one I'd recommend to chick-lit fans. 9/10.

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