Monday, September 13, 2010
The undomestic goddess is the first book by Sophie Kinsella that I am reading. I have heard her name mentioned a lot, especially in connection with her Shopaholic series and I felt the need to read one of her works.
The undomestic goddess is about a high-flying Cambridge educated lawyer, Samantha, who works at a prestigious law firm called Carter Spink. She is aiming for the position of a partner (or something like that. Legal terms confuse me.), so she works hard day and night, has no weekends or holidays. Her days are filled with important contracts, client meetings and all........until one day it all breaks down.
Samantha has missed a 50-million pound contract (or coverage maybe?), due to her messy desk. She did not see the note lying on her desk. This shatters her career opportunities and her life. She unknowingly (in a daze) gets on a train and ends up in a countryside where she takes up the job of a housekeeper for a young and kind couple. The job is better than her previous as she gets holidays and all. She also meets an oxford-educated gardner and falls in love with him.
But her past life is catching up on her. She is fired from the job and her blunder becomes an internet joke. You can read the rest yourself.
Now my thoughts: The book was pretty much like any other chick-lit book. It has sense, humour and love. But it was very well written. I am glad I decided to give Sophie Kinsella a try. Though some parts like getting on the train and taking on the job of a housekeeper in a trance seem unrealistic, the rest of the book was okay. Samantha's character is not very strong, because she is too indecisive and confused. I found Trish (Samantha's employer) quite intersting.
Overall a good book, probably much better than many books out there. If you have free time, you might want to try it.
Cons-Some parts seem unrealistic
Weak female lead character