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?
©2005 Sophie Kinsella; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
I absolutely adore Sophie Kinsella and this one of hers was a riot! The story was not at all believable, but oh so much fun and really different. It was purely silly and zany, and it made me so uncomfortable all at the same time. I thought the narrator was a teeny bit "off" on some of the male character's voices, but I got used to it.
I enjoyed the book, loved the characters, and was sorry to see it end. I thought the beginning moved a bit slow, but after an hour, I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for her next book. Thanks
This book is a hoot! The plot is far-fetched, and yet I can see so much of myself in Samantha Sweeting. Sophie Kinsella came into my life when I truly needed to laugh. Once again, she has perfectly met my need. I highly recommend any of Kinsella's books for those of you needing a break from the serious, real world.
I have no patience with Kinsella's shopping books, but this saga reassured me that I do have a sense of humor, especially with a well-painted heroine, tight story and intriguing tale. It's a perfect vacation listen when the sun is too bright to read or you're on the couch with the flu. AND it has a happy ending -- which sometimes I yearn for!
This a very funny, well written book. After just a few paragraphs you can start to visualize the characters and scenes. Perfect for a good laugh with some love and sad twists.
I found myself so caught up in the main character. I felt her fears and her frustrations as well has her joys. I have been telling my friends about this book, and I highly recommend it!
Maybe I've set myself up for disappointment, but I compare all her books to the Shopaholic and they come up a bit short. I was going to give this book a three but it's actually a 3.5 so I went to a 4.
Anyway, a very busy girl with no pretensions, or maybe she is just in shock, leaves a high profile, high stress career behind after making a 'mistake' and becomes a 'domestic'. Her new employers do not seem notice that she isn't very good at her job (they're overjoyed that she speaks english),and she does not mind catering to a boss who treats her with, by turns, pity condescension and kindness. She learns a life lesson. She changes her life and starts anew with a new man. believable - no, light entertainment - yes.
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