The Undomestic Goddess – A Review
Samantha Sweeting is one of the best lawyers in Carter Spink and possibly could become of the partners on this prestigious law firm. But when she makes a very huge, elementary mistake, she runs away and ends up in the English countryside, dehydrated and suffering with a headache.
You think her life would end up miserably with some gruesome kidnapping but instead, she is welcomed into the Geiger’s abode thinking she’s applying as a housekeeper. Not knowing on how to cook, clean, iron or use the washing machine, Nathaniel the gardener offers her help through lessons from his own mother. She not only learns how to cook with her senses and manage the household chores but she is allowed a freedom she never had back in the city.
This book has confirmed my love for Sophie Kinsella. She pulled me into a world I wish I had.
Back here in the Philippines, you couldn’t see much parks or gardens that would bring you a feel of the countryside. I myself is a city girl and would always be but somewhere inside me, I would really love to spend my days in a simple house with open windows, letting the fresh air and flowery scent in.
As Sam sees beyond Cotswolds, I feel like I too was seeing what she was supposed to be seeing. More than that, Kinsella made me realize that I really want to bake and cook. I wanted to be taught by Iris. I want to go to Italy and enroll myself in a culinary class. I want to be in the vicinity of the kitchen with pans and pots, flour and baking tins, ovens and granite tops.
I don’t know what is in this book but when Samantha found out about the 5o million mistake, the setup, when she was now part, not just in, of Nathaniels world, and when everything is revealed toppling the perfectly arranged life of Sam, I felt like I too was falling down along with her. In short, this book pulls you. Or rather, it pulled me.
The Undomestic Goddess did not fail me. I could ignore the slight stubbornness of Samantha and how fickle minded she is. There is so much beauty and simple joys described you too would feel elated.
Samantha, then lawyer, now housekeeper, is completely changed and is ready to give up what is in the past. The impact cooking, the countryside and it’s simple no-hurry lifestyle and most of all Nathaniel made on Sam’s life is so huge and profound it affected me.
I just don’t want to learn how to bake and cook. I want to excel in the kitchen.
I cannot miss pointing out that Kinsella placed fears on me too. I plan to take law and become a good lawyer but reading on how this deprives you of relaxing and contemplating your life and not the paper in front of you.. I got scared. Every six minutes in Carter Spink is recorded and costs 5o euros. You leave the office on 11 pm. You miss your birthdays. You get twitchy and tense. You check your BlackBerry every 30 seconds.
But I won’t hold back on law. Who knows Kinsella is lying?
Just the same, you shouldn’t hold back on this book as I assure you I am not lying. Cross my heart and hope to die. ♥
Rating: 4 out of 5!