For a while now, I have ventured back into reading chick lit. I must have been in the mood for some lighthearted, funny and motivating stories so I naturally gravitated back to chick lit. One of my favorite authors in this genre is Sophie Kinsella, I’m sure most chick lit lovers are familiar with her. She’s the genius behind the Confessions of a Shopaholic – Shopaholic Series
I picked out one of her stand alone novels – The Undomestic Goddess.The title was enough to grab my attention, the story line was quite interesting too..
Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership.She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day… she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge, it’ll wreck her career.
She walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she is mistaken for the interviewee housekeeper and finds herself being offered the job. They have no idea they’ve hired a Cambridge-educated lawyer with an IQ of 158 – Samantha has no idea how to work the oven.
Disaster ensues. It’s chaos as Samantha battles with the washing machine…the ironing board…and attempts to cook a cordon bleu dinner.But gradually, she falls in love with her new life in a wholly unexpected way.
Will her employers ever discover the truth? Will Samantha’s old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?
My thoughts? This was a charming, funny book and Sophie Kinsella didn’t disappoint. There were really funny moments and I find her employer Trish particularly hilarious. I wasn’t particularly drawn to the main character and I found myself more intrigued by the secondary characters like Nathaniel, Trish etc. I thought some situations were a bit too unrealistic ie. Samantha actually being mistaken for a housekeeper and getting a job at that! Her wealthy employers actually don’t bother to thoroughly check her credentials? But then again, I decided to take things in stride, after all this is fiction and Kinsella’s books often have some unrealistic plots to it.
Once you get past this bit of unrealistic plot, you’ll find yourself enjoying it and having a good laugh at Samantha’s efforts to be like Martha Stewart.
This was an quick, endearing, light-hearted read. And I did enjoy reading through Samantha’s journey to finding herself and what truly makes her happy.