The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Samantha Sweeting is always at work… Well, at least it feels that way. Working at one of the highest-considered firms in London, Samantha is on her game. Yes, her desk is a mess, but she is 100% on her game. However, when she starts cleaning off her desk, she notices a memo on her desk that could completely derail her career. Without realizing it, she shuts down and gets on the train–finding herself in the middle of nowhere.
She goes to the nearest home, ostensibly to make a call and get a drink of water and is mistaken for an interviewee for their open housekeeper position. She accepts it at night, thinking she’ll be able to square it away in the morning. She calls a trusted partner and is told to stay away for a little bit.
Soon, she hears the worst–she’s fired. Her name is slandered. And she’s now responsible for a house. She cooks, cleans, and does all the laundry. However, Samantha really has no idea how to do ANY of these things. She begins to start doubting herself, as she sends out for catered sandwiches and replaces expensive sweaters and bedding out of her own pocket, before she gets a friend in gardener Nathanial. Soon his mom is teaching her all of the tricks to running a house. And soon, she’s on her game at the house. But when her employers let her know a powerful legal mind from London will be staying with them, Samantha realizes time has run out on her ruse. What will she do in order to survive?
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again–reading Sophie Kinsella is like meeting a friend for tea or dinner… It’s something I look forward to and love. Sure, it’s awful that Samantha left her position and pretended she wasn’t the person she was. But she got so much more in touch with herself and things that matter in life by doing that.
I really enjoyed this book, and hope that I can read more new (to me!) Sophie Kinsella books soon.