The Undomestic Goddess
I have a very diverse taste in reading. I go from The Hunger Games to Angels and Demons to chick lit like The Undomestic Goddess. sometimes I just want something light and airy and comical. This is a hilarious story from the same author who brought us Confessions of a Shopaholic. I found this book on a clearance rack and bought it because the name was intriguing. (This was before the Shopaholic days).
Samantha Sweeting is a lawyer in a high-powered firm in London working her way to being the youngest partner in firm history. She’s a single professional woman on her way somewhere great. Somewhere she’s convinced she wants to go. She works 80-100 hrs a wk and has no time for anything but work. Samantha can’t do even the most basic household tasks, such as turning on her oven or changing the vacuum cleaner bags. So she has a housekeeper do those things for her. Samantha’s mother is also a high-powered attorney and has essentially laid out Samantha’s path in life with no room for error, dissention, or change.
Everything is going well, just the way she wants it to. She’s gotten a tip from her coworker, Guy, that she’s going to be named partner. And not a few minutes later, she finds a mistake that she’s made. A serious mistake with huge repercussions. In a state of stunned shock, she becomes an automaton and walks out the door of her law firm, mind swirling, not paying attention to where she is or where she’s going. Until she ends up on a train in a small country town. Samantha ends up with a case of mistaken identity and accepts a job (while slightly medicated) as, of all things, a housekeeper for a couple in a mansion.
Her attempts to pull of her masquerade are comical. It’s a sweet, funny, touching story about finding your way to where you really want to be in life, on your own terms, and no one else’s.