The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella – Book Review

What will happen when a workaholic, city lawyer suddenly becomes a countryside housekeeper?? Yet another wonderful and witty rom-com by author, Sophie Kinsella. Just a spoiler, I am a huge fan of Kinsella’s work and I just love all her books.

I listened to the audio book from audible, which is narrated by Phoebe James.

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Synopsis

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.

But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?

My Review

As I mentioned earlier, I love Sophie Kinsella’s books. All this time I read her physical books, but this is the first time I listened to an audio book of her work. It was amazing! The narrator, Phoebe James was brilliant.

We meet our protagonist of the story, Samantha Sweeting, a workaholic, lawyer and city girl. She has nothing in mind but to deal with her work life. She is a brilliant and leading lawyer, who is more focused on building her career. She never makes mistakes. But one fine day, her life changes completely because of one mistake that happens. Her starts to change, when she runs away from the problem, into the countryside, where her new life begins. She learns that life has more meaning to it, rather than working round the clock. I totally admire the character of Samantha, for being strong and courageous.

Her new job as a housekeeper, opens her eyes to a new world and a new life, filled with meaningful living and meaningful relationships. I felt that the book carries a deeper meaning about life. Her personality grows and she learns to appreciate little things in life. Finally, she takes the best decision for her life, even though I wanted Samantha to still be a lawyer.

The audio book was wonderful to listen to. Had so much fun.

 

My Rating

152-1529188_intuit-proadvisor-transparent-background-five-stars (5/5 Stars) Tremendous, I like it very much

 

Do not forget to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below. Until the next post stay home, stay safe!!

XOXOX

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Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster – Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

I just finished reading the first book for 2020. So now it is the time for the review.

Thanking the author, for sending a free copy of the eBook, in exchange for an honest review.

Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster

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Synopsis

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.

My Review

Esme, a fifteen year old girl, whose mother has disappeared 7 years back. Her father is now married again, but Esme does not like Penelope, her new stepmom. Esme constantly keeps on searching for her mother, when one day suddenly she is carried away into the sea, to another world, which is called Aeolia.

The author uses descriptive language to speak about this new world. While reading the book, it reminded me a lot about Harry Potter, Narnia and Percy Jackson series. The world is filled with dragons, hidden magic, different creatures etc. I really enjoyed reading all the adventures of Esme in Aeolia. The setting and the characters were created carefully and the authors writing style makes the story move smoothly.

The only question I had while reading was that, will Esme be able to find her mother. It was super exciting. I was completely into it, and was waiting till I reach the end. It is an exceptional Young Adult Book. Had so much fun reading and reviewing the book. Looking forward to reading the sequel!

My Rating

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That is all for today folks. Leave your thoughts and ideas about the review in the comments below.

Until next post,

XOXOX

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Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew by Milly Johnson

Hello Booklovers!!!

Magnificent Mrs. Mayhew by Milly Johnson

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Synopsis

Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie ‘the trophy’ plays her part in front of the cameras.

But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there.  Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone.

But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won’t be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie?

My Review

I was listening to the audio book, well it was a hit. I could not stop listening to it, and had several sleepless nights to reach to the end of the story. It was that amazing.

I enjoyed the story from the very beginning until the end. The way the story was narrated in the audio book, was the main reason that I really  wanted to listen to it. This is what I felt about the story. I thought I should discuss a bit about the two main characters in the story.

Sophie Mayhew

  1. I found her as a rather wonderful and fascinating character.
  2. She always enjoyed being herself, but she was forced by her husband to become someone completely different.
  3. She was used by her husband as “Sophie the Trophy”, which was sad.
  4. She is a loving and warm character, that concerns about the happiness of the others.
  5. Her drive to achieve her passions are wonderful and finally she becomes the person, she really wanted to be.
  6. Her courage to stand up for herself really blows up the mind of the reader.

John Mayhew

  1. Not the type of a husband that anyone woman would ever wish for.
  2. I felt that he is a selfish jerk. (but I really felt it :))
  3. He is completely focused on his political life, and would do anything to protect his alliances and political position.
  4. He has no plans to have his own family life and keeps on cheating to Sophie.
  5. Felt so bad for the way he controlled the life of Sophie, and the way he swore on the name of their dead baby son.
  6. He finally accepts the defeat (way to go, girl power!!!)
  7. I really hated him, when he was trying to send Sophie to a Asylum.

Story

It was such a warm and cozy story, that took my heart. I felt that story speaks volumes about women who are struggling to have a happy marriage life. I enjoyed the setting of the story. It was very easy to visualize the mental images when listening to the audio book. Everything was perfectly described. In love with the plot and Sophie. It was like reading about a good friend. Well written and such an enjoyable read!!! Great work from the author.

My Rating

152-1529188_intuit-proadvisor-transparent-background-five-stars  Tremendous, I like it very much

That is all for today, and I hope you enjoyed. Do leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments.

Until next post,

XOXOX

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