This was a delightful "read". The story of a stressed-out lawyer, stripped of her job and accidentally ending up in the unlikely position of a housekeeper for a nouveau riche couple at a country estate, was very entertaining. I was sorry when it ended. The narrator was superb. It was a great yarn for all who fantasize about a simpler life.
If you like Kinsella, you'll like this one. It's on par for me with 'Can You Keep a Secret,' which is one of my favorite 'chick lit' books. Loved it.
Rosalyn Landor did her usual terrific job narrating this humorous little story. Sophie Kinsella reminds me a bit of Angela Thirkell who researched her stories to within an inch of their lives: see "Coronation Summer" for instance where historical persons, manners and incidents are woven seamlessly into her tale. In this story, Ms. Kinsella obviously spent some quality time studying commercial cooking, international finance to say nothing of corporate law. I bet also, she looked into some really excellent scams and spent a bit of time with some professional housekeepers. Few professors could have made the subject understandable much less as engrossing and enjoyable as Ms. Kinsella has. I particularly identified with the heroine because of some personal adventures in various commercial kitchens and motels in my past lives. Samantha, poor girl, a whiz kid corporate lawyer when faced with making coffee, toast and eggs Benedict is totally flummoxed. I giggled at her sallies into the laundry room (yes, yes stuff turned pink), baking catastrophes, bed making disasters....the situation is glorious. Don't you know that we love it when the know-it-all gets her comeuppance!
When the 24/7 lawyer drops out leaving weekends and evenings suddenly free, can romance be far behind? In "Northanger Abbey", Jane Austen quoted a celebrated author's (Samuel Richardson) straight forward romancing rule: "it must be very improper that a young lady should dream of a gentleman before the gentleman is first known to have dreamt of her." Samantha Sweeting our heroine, of course in true Catherine Morland fashion, fails to follows Austen's very sensible advice much to the benefit of the story. Kinsella seems to imply just being a woman is a pretty good deal and being a woman who has attracted the love of a decent man is really a great deal.
I enjoyed listening to this book ... by the time it was all over. But that feeling, of OMG! I have to find an excuse to vacuum so I can listen to my new Sophie Kinsella book, didn't come quickly.
The story will be a familiar one for Kinsella fans, Samantha the heroine must deal with a fast-paced job where she runs with sharks, a life-changing event happens to bump our Samantha off the fast-track, and she finds herself in a very unlikely spot, where wonder of wonders she finds that the not-so highly paced track has its appeal as well. By the time the second conflict of will she go back or not go back now that the choice is entirely hers rolls round -- you are just a couple of chapters away from the end of the book.
In the end, I loved Samantha -- and even more I recognized her. Rosalyn Landor is a fantastic narrator. But this book just took too much time to get bubbling for me. Still a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and can't wait to read her next book.
No spoilers from me. I enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, 4 me.I'm running out this typeAudible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery.
This is another of Kinsella's funny, lighthearted books. While it does TOUCH on the question of women in the workplace it is not preachy toward one opinion or the other. Clever, fun and a top shot read.
I enjoyed Samantha's interaction with her new boss, Trish. She is an over the top, nouveau rich, 'society' wife. I was gritting my teeth with Samantha as she was given silly tasks but giggling at the same time!
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?
Great job-gave each character their own distinctive voice. Did admiral impressions of the male characters as well as the females.
Nathaniel because he sounds like a hunk!
A lot of fun...my last Kinsella was from the Shopaholic series; of which I don't particularly care for. This is my favorite after I've Got Your Number and Can You Keep A Secret? However I still need to listen to Remember Me - which looks really good!
This was a very enjoyable and entertaining tale that I found to be much better than I even expected. The central character had a sterling established career path that was suddenly and unexpectedly changed, much to her initial chagrin. The way that she dealt with her situation and solved her many challenges made a fun read!
It surpriss me that the readers can learn some profound spiritual truth in this funny book.
I haven't listened to any of Rosalyn Landor's other books, but I would definitely listen to another one now! I have only listened to one other audio book and this one was far better. She was very good at feminine voices as well as masculine.
I laughed in so many places I can't even tell you how many times it was!
I really liked this book, however it is written in my least favorite way. Not sure what tense it is, but it's like "I go to the pantry and hear Mrs. Geiger..." You don't get any of Nathaniel's perspective, which always makes it harder for me to feel the connection between the characters. I would definitely recommend this to all of my friends! I was entertained and laughing constantly!
I truly enjoyed this, as I do all of Sophie Kinsella's novels. I never want the stories to end, because I love listening to them, and they're the perfect easy lighthearted fun "read."