The Undomestic Goddess: Sophie Kinsella’s comic delight


 

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 d

irections 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?[

When we went to Ooty, i picked up a Readers Digest with 4 books condensed in one. While Jeffrey Archer, Michael Connely and Lee Child did nothing wrong, my festive spirit latched on to the cover. And i started.

I have to add, this was a frothy and a light book to read especially when on holiday. This was the first Sophie Kinsella book I’d read. Until I read those books I’d never realised she had authored the ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’.

Sam has all the traits of being a workaholic lawyer. No personal life and nobody to celebrate her birthday with, she is witty and very respected in her firm. In fact, she is vying for Partner in her firm. She realises she’s made a mistake that cost her law firm $ 50 million and she goes into meltdown. What follows are Sam’s experiences when she tangents in a totally opposite direction.

Sam’s a workaholic and like many of us today, can’t manage to sew a button or even iron her clothes, let alone cook. I could really relate to that because of my mother’s failed attempts to get me to try cooking. Sam’s quick brain sees her get employed to a rich family in the never-heard-of town.

Enter Nathaniel, a dark, tall and handsome gardener who has dreams of opening his own nursery. Sparks fly instantly between Nathaniel and Sam as he realises she is not what she seems. Sam enlists the help of Nat’s mom to learn the nuances of cooking and does a fair job cooking delicacies and learning housekeeping.

Her world is set upside down when a partner from her firm is caught for fraud and the spotlight falls on her. Newspapers run headlines comparing a lawyer’s profession to Sam cleaning loos.

Sam is confronted with the most difficult decision of her life: Should she go back to the life which rejected her in moments or stay in the country amongst people she had come to love??

The Good: Sam is a strong character and very well placed. Her frustration is something anyone working under a deadline can understand and sympathise. The other characters are also lovable and you can make out the warmth of the country life vis-a-vis the grim city life. Sam’s attempts to learn how to cook and her triumphs tug your heart. Also the questions, “now what?” and “where am I going in life?” are somethings everyone has faced.

The Bad: The shallow romance between Nat and Sam. The story could have been more fleshed out. The end, when Sam is under Media glare to choose her lawyer life over her country life, is chaotic. Also, Sam’s name gets cleared when a fraud in her firm gets revealed. For a character so strongly associated with her city roots, it was criminal to not talk about how the fraud was perpetrated.

The Ugly: Well, I haven’t got any Ugly on this book yet!!! It is a GOOD read so pick it up already.

My Rating: 2.5/5

This is a TOTAL CHICK FLICK!!! And not to mention it doesn’t go overboard on the girlish stuff. It lightly froths over our inability to be a domestic goddess in this busy world without being chauvinist.

I’d recommend you to pick it up and read it when you need a break!!

(A note about Spaz, the Rating Worm: The more green circles you see on the Worm are the Ratings the book has garnered!! Instead of Stars, I give them Spaz ratings)

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