Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Undomestic Goddess (Sophie Kinsella)

Another nice chick lit book. This is from the author of the Shopaholic series. Here, our lead character is a high powered attorney in London who is living a hectic, stress-packed life and makes a mistake that costs a client 50 million pounds. In the resulting panic she flees the city, ends up somewhere in the English Countryside and accidentally accepts a job as housekeeper, despite the fact that she doesn't know how to cook or clean.

Just like me :-) Well except for the 50 million pound loss. So far.

Anyway, a large portion of the book is devoted to her living in the country, taking lessons on cooking and cleaning and falling in love with the gardener. For a time, she forgets about her job at the top lawfirm in the city but one day the niece of her employer's come to visit, bringing a brochure of Carter-Spinks along with her. This inspires Samantha to google herself, and much to her dismay, she discovers she is the laughingstock of the legal world, even causing the phrase "pulling a Samantha" to be coined.

But did she really pull a Samantha? More research reveals a sketchy family connection between the lawyer who supposedly was defending her at the lawfirm and one of the businesses that might have profited from Samantha's mistake. At some point she realizes maybe she didn't make the mistake, and uncovers serious misdoings by her former mentor.

In the end she clears her name, declines a partnership offer, accepts a partnership offer, declines it again and accepts it again. This is the part of the book where I got put off. I get that it's confusing and she's flighty, but it seemed like the author really went overboard at the end, perhaps because she didn't know how to wrap it up and didn't want to end with the cliche' getting married and having a baby.

I also wish she would have explored Samantha's relationship with her crazy, career-obsessed mother a bit more. The Geiger's (Samantha's employers) are extremely well-written and LOL funny.

Overall, a good read.

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