The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella
I’d not read a Sophie Kinsella novel before The Undomestic Goddess, but I’ll definitely be reading more. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at a book before!
The Undomestic Goddess tells the story of Samantha Sweeting, a high-powered London lawyer. With an extremely well-paid job, she should want for nothing. However, she works very long hours, has no home life, no social life – nothing. But Samantha doesn’t seem to notice these things. She’s so focused on her goal of becoming partner in the law firm she works for, she thinks of nothing else. That is, until she makes a mistake which could cost her her career. She never makes mistakes.
Knocked for six, Samantha has to get away. She leaves the offices and wanders aimlessly, eventually ending up on a train which takes her to a tiny village in the Cotswolds. Disorientated, she relies on the kindness of strangers, and the next morning she wakes up in a sumptous bed, assigned to the job of housekeeper! Reeling, Samantha is incapable of forming the necessary sentences to get herself out of the mess. Meanwhile, she’s getting bad vibes on what is happening back at the office…
In an attempt to thank the Geigers for their hospitality, Samantha decides to work the morning and then own up to her true identity. But things don’t quite work out as she planned and soon she’s tasked with washing, ironing, cooking – the works. And poor Samantha has no idea how to do any of it! She is the antithesis of a domestic goddess now employed as a housekeeper. Cue much hilarity. Scenes in which Samantha battles with various household appliances had me in stitches to the extent I had to stop reading!
An excellent novel. It’s pacy, funny, and I was unable to put it down until I’d finished it. Superb!