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The Undomestic Goddess Paperback – April 25, 2006
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Samantha Sweeting, the 29-year-old heroine of Kinsella's latest confection (after Shopaholic Sister), is on the verge of partnership at the prestigious London law firm Carter Spink—the Holy Grail of her entire workaholic life. But when she finds she has made a terrible, costly mistake just before the partnership decision, she's terrified of being fired. In a fog, she stumbles out of the building and onto the nearest train, which drops her in the countryside, where she wanders to a stately home. The nouveau riche lady of the house mistakes her for the new housekeeper—and Samantha is too astonished to correct her. Numb and unable to face returning to London, Samantha tries to master the finer points of laundry, cooking and cleaning. She discovers that the slow life, her pompous but good-hearted employers and the attentions of the handsome gardener, Nathaniel, suit her just fine. But her past is hard to escape, and when she discovers a terrible secret about her firm—and when the media learns that the former legal star is scrubbing toilets for a living—her life becomes more complicated than ever. If readers can swallow the implausible scenario, then Kinsella's genuine charm and sweet wit may continue to win her fans. (July)
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Fans of Kinsella's popular Shopaholic series will find the author in fine form here in her second stand-alone tale, following Can You Keep a Secret? (2004). Samantha Sweeting, an ambitious lawyer on the fast track to becoming a partner at her prestigious law firm, is horrified to discover an overlooked memo on her desk that ends up costing a client 50 million pounds. In a daze, Samantha hops a train and finds herself in the country. She walks up to the first house she sees and knocks on the door, intending to inquire about the nearest hotel, but Trish Geiger mistakes her for the new housekeeper. Still in shock, Samantha decides to go along with Trish and her husband, Eddie's, mistake, despite the fact that she has no domestic skills. Happily, she is aided by the handsome gardener, Nathaniel. He helps her forget about her London law firm, until she makes a startling discovery. Another charming winner from the delightful Kinsella. Kristine Huntley
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Samantha comes from a family of high achievers. She is relieved to find that her work meeting is going to let out at a reasonable time, allowing her to actually meet up with her mother and brother for her birthday dinner at a fancy restaurant, only to find once she is already seated that both her mother and brother are caught up at their own stressful jobs and can not make it. There is a second brother who can not make it because he has had a nervous breakdown.
Samantha spends a lot of time convincing herself that the stress in her job is 'just a blip.' She is up for partner. In fact, she is just about to hear whether she makes partner when something happens that causes her to get on the first train she sees, and knock on the first door she sees when she gets off the train.
Miscommunications and hilarity ensue.
Reasons I gave 4 stars:
The book is funny and interesting. The characters were likable. I've actually read it more than once :) As far as what I categorize as a 'beach book' goes, it was better written than many.
Reasons I did not give 5 stars:
There was a section toward the end where it felt like it just kept going on longer than it needed to.
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Her books are just too implausible to even be funny.Read more