read_warbler (read_warbler) wrote,

The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella

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Well then, this one took me by surprise. I'm not a chick lit kind of a person to tell the truth, but I'm rapidly learning that there's chick lit and there's 'Chick Lit'. Daughter number two recommended the author to me after we saw an article about chick lit authors in the new Waterstones magazine. Kinsella herself tells people she writes 'contemporary romantic comedies' apparently and I can see why. Think of chick lit and you immediately think of something badly written and only appealing to twenty-somethings. Well, I do anyway. The Undomestic Goddess is neither of those things. To tell the truth I couldn't put the thing down which, taking into account how busy I've been the last few days, was rather inconvenient really. *g*

So, what is the book about? Well, It's about Samantha Sweeting who is a high flying lawyer with the biggest and best firm of solicitors in London. It's her dream to be a partner and to this end she's spent seven years working all the hours God sends and basically having no life. This dream of hers is about to happen when she makes a mistake - a bad one. In deep shock she walks out, gets on a train, and ends up in The Cotswolds. Here she's mistaken for an applicant for the role of housekeeper to Eddie and Trish (she would have to be played by Lorraine Chase in a movie, surely?) who are, well... kind of nouveau riche I suppose. They have no clue that Samantha is a high flying lawyer and that she can't boil an egg let alone run a household. What happens when Samantha takes on this role, forms a relationship with the gardener, Nathaniel, and finds her life at last makes for a very entertaining read. I was dying to to see what happened when the past eventually caught up with her and that, in my book (no pun intended), made it a page turner. Truthfully, I absolutely loved it as, not only is it a fun read, it also raises many serious questions about the role of women in modern society.

I gather Kinsella has written a series about a shopaholic and that those are quite good too. I need to check those out obviously, find out which is the first... me being the sort who hates reading books out of order... and get reading.

Current read: Morality For Beautiful Girls - Alexander McCall Smith.
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