Couple of months ago, my virtual book club members voted for The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella as our group read. (Can You Keep A Secret? fame).
The story in a nutshell -
"Samantha Sweeting works as a successful lawyer for one of the London's top law firms. She dedicates her entire life to Carter Spink and one day, circumstances change and she is forced to flee to the country side and join as domestic help for a wealthy couple - only to find and realise what life and true love is all about."
The story line is very much similar to countless summer reads written by many many others. But Sophie's witty and humorous writing is what makes this book a fun, easy read.
...and then there are some flaws as well - like for instance it is hard to believe that somebody who couldn’t boil an egg before, learns how to cook gourmet restaurant quality meals, bakes fresh bread in a matter of only a few weeks. and a special mention about its climax. Its seems straight out of Karan Johar's movie where the heroine realizes her true love for the hero and runs behind him, except that here she dressed as a lawyer rather than a jewelry-clad bride.
I say, don't take the story too seriously (just like KJo's movies), enjoy the journey of the protagonist and it will turn out to be an entertaining read. This will definitely appeal to those who are lovers of chick-lit books.
My Rating - 3 out 5 stars
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Book 3 - The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith