Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Having dropped off the chick lit bandwagon some years ago, I still pick one up once in a while, and Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series has always (well, almost always) been a fun distraction from life and the daily grind. The Undomestic Goddess aka Samantha Sweeting follows in the footsteps of Kinsella's other 20-30something heroines. She is sweet, and we basically like her, even though she has major flaws. Samantha is a lawyer with a big fan, until an unbelievable mistake has her running blindly from the office, very much disgraced, being called a liability and fallen from her pedestal. Next she finds herself in the English countryside, where she takes a job as a housekeeper with a rich and nice middleaged couple, even though she doesn't know a saucepan from a vacuumcleaner. Here she meets the handsome gardener Nathaniel, his mother, the people at the local pub etc, and she finds out, that the cosy and slow moving life suits her much better than the workaholic life she led - and left - in London. But the question is, whether it is once a lawyer always a lawyer for Samantha, or if she will be able to settle for peace and quiet? The book is well written with lots of fun and charming situations, but I'd say that Kinsella has milked the chick lit cow enough now, and her heroines, charming and cute as they are, need to grow up.

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