The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella is my favorite guilty pleasure read. I never used to like chick flicks, but lately, I have enjoyed them. Kinsella writes some of the best "chick lit". It's a breezy read that's fun and entertaining. I have been reading through many classics and the Pulitzer Prize winners, which includes A LOT of heavy material and breaking it up with something fun and light is a welcome break.
In Undomestic Goddess, Samantha Sweeting is a very successful lawyer at a prestigious law firm. She is desperately hoping to make partner. Then one day she is able to break away form the office on her birthday, only to realize she has no life outside of the office and heads back for the evening. The next day she gets word that she has made partner and just needs to wait a few hours for the official announcement. Trying to distract herself, Samantha begins cleaning off her desk that is piled with papers. When she gets to the bottom, she finds something she must have forgotten to do, something that will cost millions. Frazzled and panicked, Samantha walks out of work, terrified to face the consequences. But Samantha can't go home. Her boss lives in her building. So she blindly walks onto a train. After some time, she gets off and wonders to a big house for some after, but she is mistaken for someone interviewing to be a maid and before she knows it, she gets the job! But what is she going to do! She doesn't even know how to boil water!
This was a cute tale of a woman who's whole life was career driven and she never thought about a private life. With the GIANT career move, Samantha gets a chance to see what she was missing in a big way. Samantha finds herself happier in the simple life.