Publication date: January 1st 2005
Publisher: The Dial Press
Genres: Adult, Chich Lit, Romance
Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.
Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.
But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?.
I wanted to read this book because I have heard so many good things about Sophie Kinsella. I was definitely not disappointed, I enjoyed it so much. It was a quick read, full of humor and romance, and it was just what I need to get out of the weird mood I was in when it came to reading.
The first thing I noticed and liked about this book was the main character Samantha, I know a lot of people find her very rude and narrow-minded, and I totally understand, but regardless of that, because I stress out easily and I suffer from anxiety, I felt like I could relate to her, and as crazy as her actions and decisions may seem I felt like I could understand why she made them.
The truth is I was a little hesitant about the premise of this book, because in my head it just didn’t make sense that a lawyer would leave her job to be a housekeeper, but thanks to the way the story was written and the way Samantha was portrait, I felt like it was crazy but it made sense. Even when Samantha took a step backwards from all her development near the end of the book, I understood the impulse to do so and I thought the important thing was how that was resolved.
I really enjoyed Kinsella’s writing and the sense of humor in this book, I even found myself laughing out loud at some parts. Nonetheless, I felt like there was an issue that was left unresolved, because at the beginning of the book it looked like Samantha’s family was going to be a big part of the book and then the situation was not really addressed. Also, I had a little issue because I felt like there was a point in the book where the lawyer/housekeeper debate wasn’t handle really well, I felt like feminist were portrait as angry women, at the same time conservative women were portrait as fools, and I felt like that could have been handle better. On the other hand, I saw how by portraying it that way there was a message about the media and society. The truth is I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.
I felt like even if this is my first Sophie Kinsella’s book, I can already tell that she knows how to write romance, because I really loved the romantic relationship in this book, I felt like it developed naturally, and I really liked Nathaniel as a character. At the end that was my second favorite thing about this book, my favorite was the humor. I would definitely recommend this book and I will be reading other Kinsella’s books in the near future.
My Rating: 4.5
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