June 2, 2009

The Undomestic Goddess: Time to slow down!

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Reviewing a chiklit novel isn't exactly necessary because its sole purpose is to entertain you and keep you rolling with laughter. But I'm making an exception with this one...

I particularly love Sophie Kinsella's sense of humour ever since I read Confessions of a Shopaholic. I haven't read any of its sequels because I felt they would never match up to the excitement of the first one. So I picked up The Undomestic Goddess to get more of that genuine humour and particularly because the theme of this book itself is so hilarious.

Samantha Sweeting is a top notch lawyer in London. She's so busy that she literally has to remind herself to take a breath. She's addicted to her Blackberry and nothing can tear her away from work at law firm where she's spent five long years harbouring her dream of becoming a partner.

A disastrous event more or less ends her career as a lawyer and Samantha finds herself in the countryside at a mansion, being mistaken for a housekeeper. Samantha knows absolutely nothing about cooking, cleaning or ironing and her endeavours at fooling her already foolish employers is entertaining to the core.

Needless to say, there's a man too and this time it's a Mills&Boon type of dark, handsome, rugged hero who also happens to be the gardener.

But if you think the book's just about rolling in the grass and baking bread, think again. There is a real plot to the book as Samantha attempts to salvage her career at one point and faces some scandalizing truths.

The Undomestic Goddess is also about slowing down. In Samantha, working women will see bits of themselves trying to do too much without sparing a thought to their real dreams. With Samantha, it goes to the extreme but the lesson to be learnt is that it's good to take a break once in a while.