It’s well known that I love Sophie Kinsella. All of her Shopaholic books are great as well as her stand-alone novels. I wasn’t planning to re-read TheIt’s well known that I love Sophie Kinsella. All of her Shopaholic books are great as well as her stand-alone novels. I wasn’t planning to re-read The Undomestic Goddess but I read the first page and found it so funny I decided to carry on reading.
It tells the story of Samantha Sweeting, a lawyer about to make partner at her firm, Carter Spink. One day, whilst tidying up her desk she realises she’s made a huge, career-altering mistake and panics. She leaves the office, finds herself in Paddington Station, takes a train and finds herself in the middle of nowhere. She stops at a house to ask for some water and is mistaken for an interviewee for a housekeeping position. She takes the job but there’s only one problem – Samantha is no Domestic Goddess…
This is the second time I’ve read The Undomestic Goddess and I found it just as funny the second time around as I did the first. That’s the one thing you can count on with Sophie’s novels – they’re going to be amusing.
It’s told in the first person so we get to know all of Samantha’s thoughts and at the beginning of the novel you can feel how fast-paced her life is and you find yourself reading quicker. The first-person view also allows you to see how Samantha’s life changes and slows down when she meets the Geigers.
I liked Samantha and I loved that she was so dedicated to her job, she had no idea how to work a toaster or the washing machine. It shows that just because someone has an IQ of 158 it doesn’t mean they can work simple appliances! Reading about Samantha’s struggles during the first few days of her job was hilarious and I could see all of the situations she got herself into. I also like how salvation came and Nathaniel’s mother showed Samantha that she could bake a cake and iron clothes. And that, when she puts her mind to it, Samantha could do whatever she liked.
I thought Nathaniel was well written and loved how amusing he found Samantha. I thought they got on well together. I found the Geigers amusing – all the demands they ask of Samantha and how impressed they were that she was English. They were completely bonkers but I loved them anyway! As I mentioned, Nathaniel’s mother, Iris, helped Samantha with her cooking skills and domestic skills. I loved the scenes between Samantha and Iris, they were sweet.
One of my favourite parts of the story – and of any story – was when Samantha pulled herself together over her error that cost her her job. I love when any heroine of any story goes out to find out the truth and realises, actually, there might be more to it than meets the eye. I loved how Samantha defended herself and tried to explain herself and, in the end, was given a chance to exonerate herself.
The Undomestic Goddess is definitely a favourite of mine. The story wasn’t really about Samantha’s job but the chance in Samantha as the novel wore on and I felt Sophie Kinsella wrote that brilliantly and realistically. Sophie is undoubtedly one of the best chick lit writers out there, because I have yet to read one of her novels I haven’t enjoyed!
When I read Cold Feet At Christmas by Debbie Johnson a few weeks ago, I really enjoyed it (and you can read my review next week). I loved the fact theWhen I read Cold Feet At Christmas by Debbie Johnson a few weeks ago, I really enjoyed it (and you can read my review next week). I loved the fact the main character was called Leah, I loved the Chicago setting, it was lovely. So when Debbie asked me if I wanted to review her crime novel that was releasing a few weeks prior to Cold Feet At Christmas, I said yes please! I very rarely get to read crime novels and I'm very much stuck in my ways with the crime novels I do read (Tess Gerritsen ones, basically) but I do want to branch out in my crime reading and find new authors, and Fear No Evil sounded very intriguing.
I must confess right off the bat that I wasn't aware Fear No Evil was a novel about ghosts. So I was somewhat surprised to start reading and see that Jayne's newest case involves a girl falling out of a window. Trouble is, her parents are convinced that she was actually pushed. By a ghost. Yes, you read that right. But as Jayne delves deeper in to the mystery that is Hart House, irregularities start to occur - someone else died there, a member of the notorious Casey family no less, and Jayne is determined to solve the case; is it really ghosts involved, or is it indeed something altogether more terrifying - an actual human. She ropes in "Father" Dan (who's no longer a priest), he brings along a couple friends, and Jayne ropes in her best mate Tish and they're all determined to crack the case once and for all.
Now, I can take or leave ghosts. I am a firm non-believer, but if it's a Chick Lit novel where a ghost comes to haunt our main character, I think it's kind of cute. But ghosts chucking girls out of windows and down flights of stairs? That's all a bit too much for me; that stretches my beliefs a bit too far. I could have done without that part of the plot - I don't believe in ghosts or exorcisms or anything of that nature. What I did like however, was the rest of the novel. Ghosts aside, this is actually a cracking crime novel, with lots of unexplored threads to unravel and lots of secrets and bits of plot to smush together to reveal the bigger picture. I enjoyed discovering what happened to Geneva Casey, and I liked that Jayne was the type of person who wouldn't just settle for a ghost did it.
The setting for Fear No Evil was a surprising one - Liverpool, of all places. Whenever I hear about Liverpool it's always about hubcaps being nicked (it's a joke that now escapes me) and while Fear No Evil didn't exactly paint the best picture of Liverpool (crime families running things, run down estates, drug-dealers everywhere etc) there were times when I felt Jayne's passion for her city shine through, and I liked that she was proud to live there. It's a bit like Newcastle - doesn't have the best rep, but for those that live there (or come from there) it's home. I really enjoyed Fear No Evil. Jayne is one of those heroines you just LOVE - her one liners, her snappy retorts... She's a girl after my own heart. Even "Father" Dan sounded decidedly gorgeous, and all that was really missing from the novel was a bit of romance! But, I suspect this is the first novel in a series (YAY!) and we'll be back with more adventures from Lennon & McCartney soon enough (yes, really).This review was originally posted on Girls Love To Read...more
True Love (and Other Lies) tells the story of Claire, a travel writer for Sassy Seniors. She’s single and doesn’t believe in The One or Happy Ever AftTrue Love (and Other Lies) tells the story of Claire, a travel writer for Sassy Seniors. She’s single and doesn’t believe in The One or Happy Ever After.
However, on a flight to London, she meets Jack, an attractive ex-pat and they spend the three days she has in London together.
It’s all going well, until it turns out Jack was seeing someone close to Claire… someone very close to Claire.
I first read True Love (and Other Lies) a year or so ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Seeing a fellow blogger review it I decided to re-read it and review it myself.
I found it a bit slow-going second time around so it’s probably a book you can only read once unlike some where you can read them again and again without questioning what the main characters of the book do.
However the book is still really enjoyable. At first the meeting of Claire & Jack seems fanciful and not something that would happen in real life. However all is revealed through-out the book – which is one of the reasons I loved the book. The fact that someone would go out of their way to do what they did made the book for me. Of course, what I’m saying sounds ridiculous but I can’t mention what happens otherwise it spoils the magic of the book. Let me just say it’s incredibly romantic and makes you say, “I wish that would happen to me!”
Second time around I found Claire a bit annoying. Going on and on and on and on and on about how fat you are compared to your best friend gets really annoying after a while. If, as Claire said, she was happy with her body she would not be comparing herself to Maddy or keep mentioning the fact she was Amazonian sized. However I enjoyed reading about her struggles in the office to have her column printed the way she wanted it to – sarcasm and all.
I liked Jack even when everything was revealed. Depending on your views the big reveal could make or break the book for you. I found it romantic and thus, it made the book for me. I thought he and Claire clicked and worked well together.
I liked Maddy but there were also huge dislikeable points about her. I thought she was a bit of a cow to Claire but I could also understand why she was so spiteful.
Overall it was an enjoyable novel, and a quick read at that. I love Little Black Dress books and this is one of my favourites. It’s the ultimate in romance novel and is well worth a read.