Ah, another novel from chick lit favorite Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series. In this book, we meet Samantha Sweeting, a high-powered attorney who has just made a fatal career mistake that could threaten her job.
Samantha experiences a total meltdown. She abandons her office and jumps on the first train out of London, finding herself in the middle of nowhere. Completely stunned, Samantha wanders into a large mansion and takes a job as a housekeeper. Samantha’s domestic skills are severely lacking, but she manages to iron, clean, and sew as she put her life back together.
The book itself starts off on a high note with an interesting, intelligent character. The narrative is full of the trademark wit and humor that we all love from Kinsella. But soon, the storyline becomes predictable and coincidental for Samantha. Many readers found the novel too far-fetched and unrealistic.
Other readers complained that Samantha is too similar to the leading character in Confessions of a Shopaholic, making it a pretty comparable read. But some readers found Samantha to be a very real character that they could relate to.
As it turns out, this novel is a draw. Either you love it or hate it, but it may be worth the read if you are a diehard Kinsella chick lit fan.