Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Samantha Sweeting is a workaholic who is soon to be named partner at her law firm. When her one mistake costs her the job, she takes a bus, gets off on a random stop, and ends up at a couple's door. Through a miscommunication, Samantha ends up being hired as a housekeeper and cook....both jobs she's never done. To save face, Samantha tries to cook and clean for the couple, and it is one comedy after another as Samantha tries to pass herself as a gourmet cook. With the help of the good looking gardener Nathaniel's mother, Samantha learns how the value of a slower paced life.
When her old job opens up, will Samantha return to the hectic pace of her old life or remain a housekeeper?

Like most of Sophie Kinsella's novels, this one made me laugh and root for the heroine. Like most women today, Samantha works too hard. Her life is full of pressure and a constant need to prove herself. When she gets a forced break from that world by being fired, Samantha (and the reader) is reminded of how life should be enjoyed and savored. Great book!

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