Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership.She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin.
Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge, it'll wreck her career. She walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere.
Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she is mistaken for the interviewee housekeeper and finds herself being offered the job.
They have no idea they've hired a Cambridge-educated lawyer with an IQ of 158 - Samantha has no idea how to work the oven.
Disaster ensues. It's chaos as Samantha battles with the washing machine...the ironing board...and attempts to cook a cordon bleu dinner.But gradually, she falls in love with her new life in a wholly unexpected way.
Will her employers ever discover the truth? Will Samantha's old life ever catch up with her? And if it does...will she want it back?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/01/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552772747
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Review by stacyinthecity
This was a really fun book! I've always like Sophie Kinsella books and seem to devour them quite rapidly once I start! It is a fun, lighthearded take on what is actually a topic near and dear to my heart - the high pressures of modern life. That and feminist topics such as working women and domestic women were also subtly addressed, though without any answers.While I can't really say that I was surprized by the ending (and guessed the turn of events that would bring about that ending early on in the book), there were a suffencient number of twists in the last pages to keep me happy and I wasn't entirely sure how it would end up.I also found myself laughing, giggling, and smiling throughout the book as Samantha had various misadventures. At one point, I nearly missed my subway stop, I was so engrossed!I enjoyed this book a lot and would recommend it to anyone who loves chicklit, has trouble with cooking and housework and needs to laugh about it, or is worried their life my be too stressful. While this book doesn't have all the answers, it definately is fun and will take your mind off the troubles for a little while!
Review by phillyexpat
ve never read any of the Shopaholic books, but as far as chick lit goes, this was pretty amusing. There's a great scene where our fair heroine attends her birthday dinner and her mother and brother join her unconventionally (that's all I'll share, lest I ruin the fun). I'd actually rank it pretty high in the genre, predictable or no. Again, it would be a cute movie.
Review by emhromp2
A typical Kinsella novel, very hilarious and completely predictable and unrealistic. But you know this when you buy the book. What? You even buy the book because of this. Kinsella is just so funny. This is not her best book though.
Review by CaroTheLibrarian
Top lawyer Samantha runs away from her job after making a dreadful mistake. Finding herself in the countryside she accidentally ends up accepting a job as a housekeeper. Only problem is, she has no idea how to cook anything, or clean, or... There are disasters and various crises that follow, a handsome gardener to fall in love with, and the chance to make a different life for herself. All highly unrealistic, but pleasant escapist fun nonetheless.
Review by gogglemiss
Ah, deep joy, what a lovely well written, hysterical, feel-good story. First part of the book, I could not help giggling at Samantha's predicaments as she tries to get to grips with domestiticy. By the end of the book, I was rooting for her to go after her one true love.Brilliant!
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