Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Publisher: Dell (Oct 30 2007), Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages, ISBN-10: 9780440242383, ISBN-13: 978-0440242383
What if the worst thing that happened to you turned out to be the best thing? Samantha, a high stressed lawyer, on the eve of becoming a partner in the most prestigious firm in England, discovers she has made a mistake that will cost her client 50 million pounds. She freaks out and runs away, stumbling onto an estate where she is mistakenly assumed to be the new nanny. Samantha doesn’t know anything about being a domestic helper, she can’t cook nor clean. In fact, in the past her solution to changing the vacuum cleaner bag is to buy a new vacuum. This is her story of transformation and growth, a time when she learns there is a different way to live.
Madeleine Wickham is the author of The Undomestic Goddess written under the pen name of Sophie Kinsella. She has written 10 books under this name, 6 of these books are Shopaholic books and the other 4 are stand alone novels centering around various characters. All of her novels are considered Chick-lit. Most of her books can also fall under the comedy genre as they are usually funny and amusing, although this book does not qualify as a comedy since it is more serious. The story is told in the first person narrative with Samantha’s voice and thoughts as we follow her through her life.
I really enjoyed this story, although the premise is somewhat silly and kinda of unrealistic, it was still very interesting and well written. I liked Samantha’s transformation and I was rooting for her throughout her trials. I enjoyed how the story progressed, showing Samantha’s reaction to her error, then her growth as she comes to terms with her new situation. The love story was endearing. The ending was sweet and touching.
I recommend this book. This is a stand alone book. If you enjoy reading Chick-lit then don’t pass up on The Undomestic Goddess.
My Favourite Quote from the book: ” You only get one chance at life.”
Questions to ponder:
Did anyone else think this was an unrealistic premise?
Who was your favourite character?