The Undomestic Goddess

5 12 2008

The Undomestic Goddess Book CoverAuthor: Sophie Kinsella
Pages: 416
Published: 2005
ISBN: 9780552772747

Would you consider yourself stressed?

No. I’m not stressed

I’m…busy. Plenty of people are busy. It’s the way the world is. I have a high powered job, my career is important to me and I enjoy it”

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella introduces a new and lively heroine to her wonderful acclaimed “Shopaholic” series in the form of the titicular “goddess” of Samantha Sweeting: a twenty-nine-year old lawyer heading for the big time at the most highly acclaimed law firm Carter Spink in London. Sam loves her job and she wants nothing more than to be a partner, but certain things fall short in Sam’s life. Sam has a non-existent social life, is stressed beyond belief, and her high powered mother and brother cant even make it to her birthday celebration. All of this seems worth it, though, when she finds out that she has achieved her biggest goal – she has become a partner at Carter Spink. Unfortunately, the joy is short-lived. Sam finds some papers buried on her desk that she apparently forgot to file: and that little mistake has cost one of their clients fifty million pounds.

In a panic, Samantha rushes out the office, catches the first train to somewhere and ends up in a small town in London. Lost and scared, she ends up at the door of Trish and Eddie Geiger, who mistake her for a housekeeper sent by a temp agency to apply for a job. Wanting somewhere to crash, she ends up convincing the Geiger’s she is a gourmet chef and a qualified housekeeper. Knowing her job is over at Carter Spink she decides to stick it out, and fortunately the Geigers are impressed by her qualifications and hire her on the spot. One problem: Sam doesn’t know how to cook or even clean! The Geigers may be easy to fool but the hot gardener isn’t so gullible…

Kinsella portrays this lovable character as smart, gutsy and easy to root for. It’s easy to see why the gardener ends up falling for her, and their chemistry works beautifully throughout the book. Secondary characters also shine with life. Kinsella rarely makes the mistake of creating a character that falls into the “good guy/bad guy” mold and most of the supporting characters are realistic and multi-dimensional.

Although this book has the odds in its favour it take a lot of belief from the reader, for example it’s a little difficult to buy that a high-powered lawyer would blunder her way into a job as a housekeeper and even harder to believe that a woman who couldn’t boil an egg learns how to cook gourmet meals in only a few weeks. However, if you don’t take the story too seriously, you won’t mind these unrealistic bits and instead focus on the great characters and funny situations.

But with this cute and funny read it’s fantastic to gasp and laugh at the blunders Samantha makes from bleaching her hair to running the colours of the washing. It’s a light and easy read for those lazy days at home. I give it 6 out of 10

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7 12 2008
Vicky

Heya

Love your reviews, if ever you are stuck on what authors to review next and if you like chic lit, have a go at this book. The List ((I’m a Virgo that’s what i do)

you can buy it from Amazon and this link. http://www.eloquentbooks.com/thelist.html

enjoy x

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