The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

3 Stars

Sometimes you don’t need a goal in life, you don’t need to know the big picture. You just need to know what you’re going to do next.

Warning: This review contains a lot of spoilers.

Basically, the story goes like this: Samantha is a lawyer, a very good one at that, working in Carter Spink (one of the best legal firms in the city). She never makes mistakes, and she’s a certified workaholic. But on the day that she was to become a partner, her lifelong goal, she made a mistake that cost a client fifty million pounds. Distraught by the fact that she made an astonishing error and that she will most probably lose her job, she runs away and rides on a train to wherever. She lands herself in a village somewhere in Cotswolds and was mistaken as a housekeeper applicant.

Seeing this as a good place for escape from her debacles at home, she takes the job and here’s where her disastrous yet fun adventure starts as an Undomestic Goddess. Her skills and knowledge in the legal world are inversely proportionate to her talent in household work. But she was determined and naturally smart so she learned fastbut together with this was her growing fondness of the place, a new found love and the appreciation for the simple but happy lifestyle, a total opposite from the one she previously had. But due to an unexpected turnout of events, she was able to redeem herself in the legal world by proving her innocence and was even offered full equity partnership at the firm. Now it’s up to Samantha whether to return and finally fulfill her ambition or to stay in Cotswolds as a housekeeper and live a simple but satisfying life.

Okay, here’s the deal: Honestly, I liked this better than some of the Shopaholic books, maybe because the heroine was more likable. The story was very good. I mean, nothing extravagant or anything but it was a good light-read. I was really able to empathize with Samantha when she was about to make her choice. I tried to put myself in her shoes and it wasn’t an easy decision. Of course, as the reader you would know that she’ll choose her new life. This is chick lit, what can you expect? But if this happened in real-life, I think majority of the girls who’re put on the same situation would choose ambition. Hard times call for practical choices. But that’s just me.

A mistake isn’t a mistake unless it can’t be put right.

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