Title: The Undomestic Goddess
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Contemporary fiction, women’s fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Rosalyn Landor
First line: Would you consider yourself stressed?
Goodreads blurb: Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.
Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope – and finds love – is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.
But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?
I love Sophie Kinsella’s books on audio, especially when I’m desperately in need of a laugh. Sure, you have to suspend your disbelief a bit to accept the predicament her heroines get themselves into, but that is something I have no problem doing when you have characters as lovable as Samantha Sweeting.
While I loved the main character, it is the supporting characters in The Undomestic Goddess that provide much of the humor. Samantha’s new employers, Trish and Eddie, are new money, and they’re not used to having “help.” Of course, if they were really landed gentry, Samantha would never have been able to sneak her way into their household. They could have been completely boorish, but Kinsella keeps them from becoming mere caricatures by revealing how human they are.
The romance with Nathaniel is a bit predictable, but still quite enjoyable. And it is Samantha’s relationship with Nathaniel’s mum, who teaches Samantha how to cook, that is my favorite.
Kinsella leaves the ending a bit open-ended, and this is one time that I wasn’t bothered by it. In fact, I like the fact that I can think about Samantha and Nathaniel and imagine what they’re doing right now.
Audio notes: Rosalyn Landor narrated Kinsella’s I’ve Got Your Number, and also reads the Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd. I love her – she is definitely one of my favorite British female narrators.