WRITING STYLE: 5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5
There would hardly be a chick lit lover in this world who wouldn’t have heard of Sophie Kinsella.
“If I’ve learned one lesson from all that’s happened to me, it’s that there is no such thing as the biggest mistake of your existence. There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.”
I proudly count myself as a sincere fan of Sophie Kinsella and have absolutely come to love every book of hers that I have read so far. “The Undomestic Goddess” is the story of Samantha Sweeting, a London-based power hungry and very successful 29-year-old lawyer who is on the verge of becoming the youngest partner in her firm. Her achievements are extraordinary and her life can be summed up in a neat phrase – “always on the run”. But she loves her job and thrives under pressure until one day everything changes.
Samantha Sweeting has her whole world turned upside down because of a mistake. A mistake which has the power to destroy her career forever. In the mess that ensues, she finds herself hastily leaving her office and getting aboard the first train that she spots. Finally, she is in the middle of nowhere, and her judgment and senses are completely clouded by the whole situation. The next day when she wakes up, she is the housekeeper of a beautiful big mansion in rural England and has no clue how to go about her new job. (I have not mentioned any spoiler; all this is already mentioned in the blurb).
What follows is equal parts fun and amusement as Samantha struggles to make breakfast has no idea about how to work the oven or the washing machine. The story thereafter is a beautiful and perfect mix of romance and humor and some parts drama.
The plot of “The Undomestic Goddess” is well conceived and delivered. My only qualm with it was that maybe too much of what happens in the story was revealed in the blurb. The story is told in first person voice of Samantha Sweeting. There are no dull moments and a good pace is maintained throughout the book.
The character of Samantha Sweeting is absolutely adorable. She is someone who will appeal to all contemporary women – some will choose to agree with her while some may strongly detest her but I think all will agree that her character is quite relatable to contemporary working women. I also loved the character of Nathaniel. If I have to describe him in one word, it will be – Sexy. He is just irresistible. The character of Trish and Guy are again noteworthy bringing in the necessary drama.
The writing style of the author is great. Sophie Kinsella writes in her signature style and that is what makes this book such an outstanding read. The book is funny, romantic and at the same time also sends a subliminal message to its readers. To cut a long story short, I simply loved everything about the book.
The climax was to a large extent predictable but that does not make the book any less interesting. It does leave with you a tingling feeling that something more could have been done. It felt a bit flat as compared to the beautiful build up which proceeded it.
The entertainment quotient of the book is quite high. Anybody who decides to pick it will not be disappointed. I personally enjoyed every second of the time I spent in reading The Undomestic Goddess. Needless to state, the book is yet another 5 starrer from the Kinsella kitty.
Final Verdict – “The Undomestic Goddess” is a must read if you are a chick lit lover. Even if you are somebody who is into general fiction, you will not be disappointed.
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