In honor of the recent release of Sophie’s new novel “I’ve Got Your Number” I’d like to review an oldie-but-a-goodie. We all know and love her “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series, but her 2005 novel “The Undomestic Goddess” is less-known. And you should know about it.
Samantha Sweeting is the classic power woman of our day, a beautiful attorney who can’t even find the time to use the spa present she got for last year’s birthday. She swears she’s not stressed, really. Just busy.
But her career is about to take a dramatic shift. We all dream of jumping ship for a new career and a new life, but nothing could prepare Samantha for what’s about to happen.
After making a rookie mistake for her firm her partnership is in jeopardy. She flees the office and has a couple of soothing drinks. In a daze, she visits a house to ask for aspirin and directions; instead, she’s inadvertently interviewing for a job as housekeeper. Her competitive side surges – she’s never failed an interview in her life and she isn’t about to start now.
Hilarity ensues as Samantha –who previously didn’t know what a vacuum bag was–quickly learns how to fake her way through housekeeping.
In the end, the true take-away is to slow down and let life happen around you. Samantha had everything down to a science, maximizing time for each billable hour. She could have sex in just six minutes. But becoming a housekeeper shows her the slower side of life.
Pair this funny, heart-warming book with a wine that always feels cozy and reminds me to slow a beat: Bearboat Chardonnay. The bears on the label clearly know how to relax, sit back, and enjoy the scenery. With a crisp, aromatic smell of apples and notes of buttery heaven, this white instantly quiets the mind and relaxes the body. The Chardonnay grapes are hand-picked, an old tradition matching the need to deliberately take in our surroundings and choose only the best for ourselves.