Samantha Sweeting is a 29 year old London lawyer who is on the verge of partnership in a prestigious firm when a gigantic mistake derails her career. Samantha fleas the office in a panic and ends up hopping a train to the country. Half-drunk and suffering from a colossal headache, Samantha approaches a large home to ask for help. The nouveau riche woman who answers assumes Samantha is there to interview for the housekeeping position. Before Samantha knows it, she is hired. The problem is, she doesn’t know how to do even basic house work and the extent of her cooking ability is being able to put the kettle on for tea. Unable to face going back to London where she is the joke of the legal community, Samantha decides to make the best out of it and set her intelligence and ambition toward mastering the domestic arts.
What this book loses in predictability, it makes up for in humor and heart. My favorite books are those that can be entertaining while at the same time making a comment about a greater issue. So many people are married to their careers and don’t even realize that life is passing them by. This is not a book pitting career women against house wives; rather it is about finding a work/life balance in your life.
Overall, I give Undomestic Goddess…
Plot – 3 bookmarks
Character Development – 4 bookmarks (Kinsella takes stereotypical characters & infuses them with heart.)
Humor – 4 ½ bookmarks
Love Story – 3 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading)- Emily Blunt (Samantha), Tom Hardy (Nathaniel), Christine Barabski (Trish), Helen Mirren (Iris), Jude Law (Guy)