The Undomestic Goddess
by Sophie Kinsella
Paperback, 374 pages
Published on: July 19th 2005
Publisher: Black Swan
She walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she is mistaken for the interviewee housekeeper and finds herself being offered the job. They have no idea they've hired a Cambridge-educated lawyer with an IQ of 158 - Samantha has no idea how to work the oven.
Disaster ensues. It's chaos as Samantha battles with the washing machine...the ironing board...and attempts to cook a cordon bleu dinner. But gradually, she falls in love with her new life in a wholly unexpected way.
Will her employers ever discover the truth? Will Samantha's old life ever catch up with her? And if it does...will she want it back?
From the author of much talked about 'Shopaholic Series', The Undomestic Goddess is no lesser in quality. This was the first Sophie Kinsella book I read and I absolutely loved it. With this book, Kinsella made me her diehard fan.
Samantha is very professional and loves being a lawyer until she makes a costly mistake in the business. Terrified, she gets on a random train and while asking for the address at a big beautiful house, she's mistaken as the housekeeper and the owners hire her as one. Here is where the plot really starts. Samantha doesn't know anything about housekeeping, cleaning, cooking. She doesn't even know how to use a microwave oven! The story shows her survival as a housekeeper sans any knowledge of housekeeping at all.
And of course, she finds love. Love in an unexpected way with an unexpected person. Nathaniel's character is marvellously depicted in the book. He also causes several twists in the plot which is the beauty of the story. The twists make your mind get boggled. Kinsella has put them at the right and unpredictable places.
This story of Samantha Sweeting, a lawyer at a prestigious law firm in London- Carter Spink (I loved the name) will keep you leafing through the pages in fascination and laughter. The book has a wonderful start. The moment Kinsella mentions Sweeting say that she didn't know how to sew a button, I knew I was going to love it. I was not proven wrong at any point of the story.
Kinsella has always been brilliant in threading a great story line and making the reader not want to put down the book even for a second. Also, did I mention that it is loaded with humor.
This is not just another Chick Lit. No! This is much more than that. It is different in terms of writing style, exceptionally great sense of humour, wit, and love. One great thing about Sophie Kinsella is that she doesn't make just love stories. Her books have little doses of love and romance, which are important for the big picture, but are not the main premise of the novel. Most of her books have different plots from their contemporaries. They stand at the top. And you have a magnificent and entirely different story in each one.
Would I recommend this book to you? Of course, I would! If you like Chick Lit and Women's fiction, love humour and want a story different from the rest of the books in the genre, this is the book for you.