The Undomestic Goddess
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Published: July 19, 2005
Genre: chick lit
Audiobook: 10 discs
Source: borrowed from the library
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Synopsis (from GoodReads): 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?
My Thoughts: Another Sophie Kinsella audiobook and another great story! Kinsella never disappoints, and this novel had me laughing outloud and wishing that this book never had to end. Following Samantha Sweeting, a high powered London lawyer who has just made a huge mistake and lost her job, Kinsella takes you on a hilarious journey through Samantha's new job as a housekeeper. Kinsella weaves a story that shows that life doesn't always turn out as you planned it, and that can be a good thing! She also shows how having an open mind to new things can lead you to unexpected places.
I loved all of the characters in this book, from the leading lady to her employers to her new love, Nathaniel. Kinsella crafts characters who are real, who are based in reality. And her ability to create a leading lady is uncanny. She creates these women who are flawed and imperfect. They aren't always looking for love (but they won't turn it down!), and who are confident in themselves. That's something that I greatly admire in a main character (I personally hate women who are looking for love and feel like a man will compelte who they are. So having that in a book is a sure turnoff for me.)
I've said it once, and I know I'll say it again: if you haven't read any of Sophie Kinsella's books, then go and get one immediately! If you enjoy reading something that will make you laugh and that you will find difficult to put down, then you will love her work.