Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.
Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere.
Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer-and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope-and finds love-is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.
Kinsella is an auto-buy author for me and this isn’t the first time I’ve read this book. It’s a highly amusing and lighthearted story.
The main character, Samantha, is a workaholic lawyer who finds her life in a complete mess after a disastrous day at work. She runs away to the Costwolds and finds herself at a job interview for a housekeeping role which she ends up accepting.
Samantha is relatable because she isn’t perfect. She has cringeworthy moments, but is really hardworking and tries her hardest at everything she does.
One of the things I liked the most about this book is the fact Kinsella emphasises that having a career that looks good and pays well isn’t the most important thing in the world, especially if it compromises someone’s happiness.
Even during scenes where the character may be struggling or dealing with something stressful, Kinsella always manages to add a bit of humour to the plot. I particularly liked the scenes where her employers try to help Samantha get some qualifications, not realising that she went to one of the best universities in the world.
Nate is also a character I love and it’s really nice to see his relationship with the main character blossom throughout. The author really makes her characters come to life with her writing style and as a reader I couldn’t help but root for Samantha and Nate’s relationship. One of my favourite scenes includes the one where Nate’s mother starts teaching Samantha how to iron, cook and clean.
The reveal near the end was hilarious but also really heartwarming. I think there are plenty of twists in the plot to keep the reader entertained. It’s one of those books that can easily be read in a single sitting because it’s so addictive.
Have you read any similar books to this one? I would love some recommendations.
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