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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

U is for undomestic


A few years ago, my sister-in-law (hi, Heather!) was reading Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic while we were all enjoying a family vacation on the beach in Florida. She was constantly laughing out loud and when she finished it, she passed it on to me. I instantly became a fan of Kinsella's breezy chick-lit style. So for this week's A-Z Wednesday reading challenge, where we are now at U, I chose one of my Kinsella favourites, The Undomestic Goddess.

I have to be honest here. To enjoy this novel, you must suspend all rational thought. The plot is implausible, plain and simple. Simply sit back, grab the book, and prepare to enjoy a lighthearted, amusing story in the classic fish-out-of-water vein. Here's what Publishers Weekly had to say about The Undomestic Goddess:
Samantha Sweeting, the 29-year-old heroine of Kinsella's latest confection 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.
 
Chick-lit this is, but it's chick-lit at its finest. If you're looking for a great book to take on vacation or read while you're hiberating by the fireplace, you won't go wrong with The Undomestic Goddess. Or any of Kinsella's other novels, for that matter.

8 comments:

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Sounds like a great book to read on a weekend. I'll be adding this to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing and dropping by my place. Have a great evening!

Sherrie
Just Books

Kristen said...

I have this one sitting here to read as I really enjoy Kinsella, even when the plot turn out to require huge suspension of disbelief. ;-) Sometimes fluff just makes me happy.

CelticLady said...

I also have this one in my bookcase along with a few other Sophie Kinsella books. I really need to get to it... Thanks for stopping by.. Happy New Year!!

Yvonne said...

I have this one in my TBR. I love Kinsella's books.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I have this one, too! Didn't come across it, though, when I was looking for a "U" book!

Irene said...

I don't have any of her books, but you've talked me into it. thanks for stopping by.

Susan Williamson said...

I've really enjoyed all Sophie Kinsella's books. Thanks for reminding me what a pleasure good chick lit can be.

carolsnotebook said...

I love the title of this one. I haven't read anything by Kinsella, but it looks like I should.

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