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!
Funny in places, silly in others. Like Laurie's writing style, would definitely read her other books! My absolute favourite part of the book was the cFunny in places, silly in others. Like Laurie's writing style, would definitely read her other books! My absolute favourite part of the book was the chapter about Laurie's Nana when she gets call waiting and caller ID. I dare you not to cry laughing when you read it....more
Really funny in places, particularly the beginning of the novel where Ellen talks about writing a book. Other parts made me laugh, too, but other partReally funny in places, particularly the beginning of the novel where Ellen talks about writing a book. Other parts made me laugh, too, but other parts were a bit dull. Very enjoyable nevertheless though!...more
Gemma Townley is an author I’ve been wanting to read for ages. She’s the sister of Sophie Kinsella so I wanted to see how her writing style compared tGemma Townley is an author I’ve been wanting to read for ages. She’s the sister of Sophie Kinsella so I wanted to see how her writing style compared to that of her sister. Her first few novels only came out in the USA, but more recently her Jessica Wild trilogy has been released in the UK so she does seem to be getting herself a market over here. Whether there’ll be any more UK releases from Gemma remains to be seen. With my brand new Kindle at hand, I decided to purchase When In Rome, which is one of Gemma’s earlier books and I was looking forward to reading it. Although there were points of the book that made me want to scream, overall I would definitely read another of Gemma’s novels.
When In Rome, it seems, is based on the movie Roman Holiday. Not that I’ve seen the movie, but with the many, many (!) references to how the trip to Rome is Georgie’s very own Roman Holiday, I presume she’s tried to re-create the movie of the same name. However, the novel is actually only set in Rome for about 20 pages making the synopsis just a bit mis-leading. I expected the bulk of the novel to take place in Rome, but it doesn’t. Instead most of the novel takes place in London, more particularly where Georgie works and in her flat. It did take me a bit to get into the book. It just seemed very sedate to start, as Georgie found herself wondering whether boyfriend David was the one for her or whether she should give ex Mike a second chance. I saw through Mike almost immediately, meaning that I spent the majority of the novel waiting for Georgie to catch up (which she doesn’t until the end of the novel).
But what ruined the novel for me was Georgie herself. I have never met a more annoying heroine ever. She is so arrogant, thinking Mike is back just for her, and thinking it’s OK to play two men the way she does. She’s shameful. After Mike invites her to Rome, she continually say’s that it’s “no big deal” and after she and David argue she speaks about “keeping her options open”. She really got on the wrong side of me. I’ve never met a more conceited female character. And her naivety and stupidity knows no bounds. Nobody, nobody, is as dense as Georgie. And I was continually shaking my head at how willing she was to do Mike’s bidding without knowing what she was really doing. I just can’t believe somebody would be that stupid. I figured it out no problem, and it made me so sad that Townley made her heroine such a total moron. I found Mike to be very one-dimensional (he was paper thin and I read him like a book). However I did have a bit of a soft spot for David, Georgie’s boyfriend, despite the fact he sometimes treated Georgie like a moron (whether she was one or not!)
Despite all my negative feelings toward Georgie, I did whizz through the novel, and despite how predictable it was (oh so predictable) it wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read. In fact, I did for the most part enjoy it. Sure I’d have liked a bit less of the predictable. In fact, if I didn’t already know for sure I haven’t read the book I would assume that I had because it was so so easy to guess what Mike was up to and what David was hiding. But it was a quick, easy and taxless read and I will definitely be reading Gemma’s other novels. I just hope their titles and covers refer to the book a little bit more. For what it’s worth, the descriptions of Rome were beautiful, there just wasn’t enough for me as the book only spends a matter of pages there. I must admit, I do feel bad writing this review, as I did want to love the book but it just didn’t spark for me. It had promise and it was amusing at some points but a few aspects ruined the book just a little bit....more
After my non-starter earlier today, I was desperate to read something fairly quick so I could start something brand new tomorrow. Speak is a book I'veAfter my non-starter earlier today, I was desperate to read something fairly quick so I could start something brand new tomorrow. Speak is a book I've heard a lot about, but personally I just didn't feel it. All the right emotions were there, and it definitely sent out a powerful message, but bar that, I just wasn't feeling it. The way in which the book is written is a big part of that, because although it was well-written, it was very distant, very vague. It is definitely, however, a book worth your time!...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.