Clearly, the plot is an absolutely implausible one but provides many hilarious moments as Samantha tries to tackle laundry and whip up a cordon bleu dinner.
I love Kinsella’s writing style which feels like having a conversation with a good friend over a glass of wine. She always uses first person narrative, alongside simple, short sentences and plain language so we can really get inside the head of her characters.
This is a sweet and charming story with some laugh-out-loud moments and wonderful descriptions of the English countryside.
Twenty-nine-year-old Samantha Sweeney is a top lawyer in London and a self-confessed workaholic. As she clambers her way to the top of the corporate ladder, all she cares about is making partner at work.
She knows her personal life is a mess – but she’s determined nothing will stop her getting that promotion.
Until one day at work, there’s an almighty cock-up. Samantha, the ultimate perfectionist has – unthinkably – made a giant mistake and all of a sudden her future looks bleak.
Completely rattled, she walks out the office, jumps on a train and ends up at a country mansion – where she is mistaken as the new house keeper. Befuddled, Samantha accepts the job – and of course, disaster ensues.
With her future at law-firm, Carter Spink looking ropey, Samantha decides to give the new gig a whirl. And this is where the fun for the reader really begins – from cooking disasters, to conquering out mountains of ironing, Samantha must keep her wits about her to prevent her new employers finding out the truth about her past.
Slowly, Samantha begins to enjoy her new, simpler, life. And that’s exactly when everything starts to get complicated all over again.
We are initially introduced to Samantha as a neurotic, stressed-out lawyer. I instantly warmed to her character as she tries to relax in a spa but sneaks her blackberry into the massage room, much to the chagrin of her therapist.
Samantha is an amazing lawyer – bright, ambitious and sharp as a tack. However, when it comes to her home life, she has no idea how her washing machine works or how to boil an egg.
Samantha is a plucky and gutsy heroine who will make you cry with laughter as she blunders through life as a housekeeper.
I always enjoy Kinsella’s love-interests but the dishy Nathaniel is a particular treat. Nathaniel is the Geigers gardener and the first to notice something is amiss with Samantha’s housekeeping skills.
I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s a particularly heart-warming and touching finale for this novel that will have you sighing happily into your cuppa.
The Undomestic Goddess is a lovely, easy summer read about slowing down in life and how the little things can often end up being the most important ones.
The characters – as always, in Kinsella’s books are fabulous. I adored getting to know the Geigers – Samantha’s flashy but kind-hearted nouveau-riche employers.
A word of warning – this book may make you want to ditch your job and do something wacky! (I did actually ditch my corporate job and move to the English countryside – obviously, do think carefully before making any rash life decisions off the back of reading a chick lit novel!)
Now, the plot line – much like those in the Shopaholic series – is a bit of a mental stretch. Let’s face it, no self-respecting city lawyer would actually wind up cleaning toilets as a means of escaping her problems. However, if you don’t take yourself too seriously, you’ll have a jolly good time with this book.
A humorous and fun read containing nice messages about the importance of finding balance in life.
“If I’ve learned one lesson from all that’s happened to me, it’s that there is no such thing as the biggest mistake of your existence. There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.”
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