Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sophie Kinsella/THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS


Samantha is about to become partner at a top law firm when a huge mistake costs her her career. In a daze, she flees to the countryside. When she stops at a house for directions, she doesn't realize the owners think she's interviewing for the position of housekeeper. Once it dawns on her that she's accepted a job as cook and cleaner, she decides this might be just the respite that she needs.

The premise is a little hard to swallow, but it's a lot of fun. Samantha goes from the stress of securing loans to the stress of learning how to cook, clean, and locate the ironing board. Her employers are hilarious--demanding yet clueless, even trying to help Samantha tap her potential for getting a higher education. A love connection with the gardener adds even more tension and prompts some nice character development.

The ending was more satisfying than most I've read in this genre, encompassing more than just "she gets what she really wanted all along," even if it was a bit drawn out. Fun and satisfying read.

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