I picked up this Sophie Kinsella novel at one of those mall book sale fundraisers.
You know the ones: donated books weigh down several folding tables, often so many books that just the spines are visible for browsing. The cash register is presided over by two or more elderly women or men, and proceeds go to the charity advertised on the paper signs that are hang off the edge of the table by two pieces of tape.
I chose this particular book mostly because of its bright yellow jacket and blue lettering in a fun font. Then, reading the summary, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try.
Samantha Sweeting is young, high-powered lawyer who has spent years building her reputation and career. Then, on the brink of an important promotion, she makes an irreparable mistake. Dazed, she finds herself out of the city and accidentally applying for a job as a housekeeper – although she has absolutely no cooking or cleaning skills. She works hard to learn, though, and surprises herself in more ways than one as she also learns how to relax and have fun.
This was a light, fun read. If I wasn’t working I suspect it would have taken me just a day (maybe two) to get through. The story was enjoyable, the characters lively, and Samantha’s worldview very entertaining:
“I can’t bring myself to meet his eye. I feel I could be losing my grip on sanity here. I”m standing in a kitchen in the middle of nowhere. In a blue nylon uniform. Masquerading as a housekeeper who can magically make sandwiches out of thin air.”
Despite accepting a job with a long list of duties she cannot perform, Samantha is resourceful. She trained as a lawyer, after all. Kinsella gives a great picture of a woman with grit, who finds herself in a ridiculous situation and still doesn’t give up.
Books like this make me want to write.