‘The Undomestic Goddess’, was the very first Sophie Kinsella novel I ever read. I have read all of her books, and to this day, it still remains my favourite.
In this story, we meet Samantha, who is a lawyer and a workaholic. Samantha makes a mistake at work, so diabolical, it could spell career suicide.
Our protagonist goes into fight or flight mode, choosing to flee. She runs away from her life and her responsibilities. She walks out of her London office, hops on a random train, and ends up in the middle of Whoop Whoop.
She spots a big beautiful house and knocks on the door, asking for directions. She is then mistaken for an applicant for the housekeeper’s job, and is offered the position. She thinks, why the hell not, it’s got to be better than going back and facing the music?
They do not know that she is a high flying lawyer who has no idea how to operate the washing machine, open the ironing board, or work the oven.
As you can imagine, lots of hilarity then ensues, as she fumbles and bluffs her way through with absolutely no clue what she is doing.
She can’t run and hide forever. Will her old life catch up with her? Following her stay as ‘The Housekeeper’, will she want her old life back?
I love this book, and recently read it again after many years. It is entertaining, funny and delivers a feel good happy ending. What more could you want?
I give it five stars. *****