Really. That really was a romance. I should have known better but I guess I had my hopes too high for such a well written book. I guess everything that seems extraordinary was, in the end, ordinary.
Anyhow, seriously speaking, I started reading this book at a waiting room and I was totally hooked by it. I finished it in two days straight and, even though I didn't really like the ending, it was a highly enjoyable read. The frequent sarcasms and the well written disasters made me burst into laughter many times. The flow was good and so was settings. The character development was even more amazingly written and I could feel the character change from a stressed out lawyer to a person who had her first taste of life and freedom.
The story is about a stressed out lawyer who have been working day and night to achieve partnership in a famous law firm. Though when the time is right and she accomplishes her goal, she makes a big mistake and loses a worth of 50 million dollars in a missed case. Troubled and in shock, she runs out of office and blindly gets onto a train and ends up nowhere. Drunk and depressed, she stops in front of a mansion for directions and water but the owners of the household mistakes her as a housekeeper looking for a job. In her state, she gets hired by them as a housekeeper and keeps her lawyer identity to herself.
I understand that she had never had free time to herself and apparently didn't know anything about cooking and cleaning but really, I am totally against the ending. There could have been other many alternative endings too but in the end it just showed that it was better having fun in life and quitting on a job on which one has been working for day and night. Call me stupid, but all those years went to waste? The law degree was flushed and she continued working as a housekeeper? I thought life wasn't all fun?
The point is, as many of you already know, that a real successful life is when you not only have an aspiring career but you also have an aspiring home/family life. One of the quotes that I go by is:
"If you don't have time, you MAKE time,"
Which is not really rocket science. One of the things we learn at elementary school INCLUDES managing work with other activities. In the end, i really thought (or so wanted) of an ending like that but I was disappointed tremendously. It was like the author encourages one to live in a fairytale that would lose it's magic after a few years or so. One can live a perfectly happy life WITH a busy schedule. It depends on you.
Anyhow. It was an enjoyable read nevertheless and even though i think it would be far off better with the ending, I had fun reading it. Nothing is impossible. It's up to you to strive forward or not.
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