The Undomestic Goddess
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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¨Cand 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¨Cand finds love¨Cis 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?

Customer Reviews:

  • LOVE IT
    Althought this book was somewhat praedcitable. It was a good book. I love Sophie's books. I would love to see this one in a theater one day. I could just imagine what it should be like the. Sophie's writting style is that way. She makes to where you could imagine (with ease) the world she has created. Even after two years of not touching the book I still have the images in my head....more info
  • A Fun, Easy Book to Read...
    This book is about a woman who abandoned her entire life, to re-create herself and find new happiness. The book follows the main character while she pretends to know how to be maid...even though she has no idea how to cook or clean. A romance blossoms, and the writing surrounding it is very descriptive, which makes you want to breeze through the book. This is a great way to dive into Kinsella's writing. This book will have you laughing out loud, and blushing at the same time. Good read!...more info
  • Fantastic author scores again.
    I absolutely adore Sophie Kinsella and began reading her books just a few months ago. This book is simply fun and enjoyable to read. She creates female characters who are smart and determined- no weak minded women here!
    I will continue to read this author over and over again. ...more info
  • Another great read from Sophie Kinsella
    I LOVED this book. I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella's writing and this exceeded my expectations. Fast pace, light hearted and funny make this book a true delight. Thank you! I highly recommend!!!...more info
  • Light fun summer beach read!
    The UnDomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella (Hardback Edition)
    Review by K. Haney
    If this is your first encounter with Sophie Kinsella's joyous writing, you will not be disappointed and will be eager to read more of her work. For those fans of the Shopaholic series, this book will be another addition to your collection of fabulous, fun reads in the Kinsella style! However, be warned that Samantha Sweeting is not Becky Bloomwood. Although Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series is great fun and addictive reading, with Samantha Sweeting, Kinsella brings more depth to the main character.
    Sweeting is a lawyer nearing her 30's and on her way to becoming a partner in a prestigious law firm. However, her work is her life spurred on by an over achieving mother and what Samantha has thought is the life she really wants. When she discovers a crash-and-burn mistake she made at her Carter Spink Law Firm, and that it will cost the firm dearly, she flees London with no thoughts in mind as to where she is going or what she will do.
    This is what brings Samantha Sweeting to a tiny suburb of London and to the home of Trish and Eddie Geiger. The Geigers mistake Samantha for a housekeeping job applicant they had been expecting. In her frantic need to get away from the problems in London, Samantha goes along with the mistaken identity and takes the job thinking it will at least give her a place to stay for a few days to think things through. She fails to consider the fact that a housekeeper is expected to cook and clean, something that is low on Samantha's list of qualifications. Cooking to her means "order in", and cleaning is something that miraculously has happened when she gets home from the firm and the help has taken care of things. With the reader's imagination allowing for a few impractical and unreal situations, Samantha is able to fool the Geigers with her quick thinking and chicanery.
    Things go fine for a bit until Samantha encounters a wise and dreamy gardener who is not so blind to what she is doing. With "creative" genius, Samantha keeps things going in the house for a while but the gorgeous and clever gardener becomes a problem as she finds herself attracted to him. The hilarious situations, quirky almost believable characters, and a Samantha that you care about, is what Kinsella creates in The Undomestic Goddess and what makes for an enjoyable, funny, and light read that will entertain you and keep you turning the pages to find out what happens to Samantha....more info
  • Very much enjoyed
    I liked this book very much, but will not give it 5 stars because in my opinion it pales to Kinsellas wonderful Shopaholic books and the glorious Becky Bloomwood. I did think that this story was fun and cute and just what I was looking to read, once again Sophie Kinsella does not disappoint. I love her work....more info
  • Perfect Beach Read
    I'm fussy, but love funny books. Sophie is spot on with this laugh out loud book. People at the beach must have thought I was insane, but it was very funny! Loved it! Nothing life changing, just sweet entertainment. Well done Sophie!...more info
  • Slightly disappointed
    This is my least favorite of all of Sophie Kinsella's books. It is VERY predictable, and as other reviewers have noted, leaves a lot of loose ends, like what happened to the Geigers? The author made it sound like there was something going on with them earlier, but that just dissolves.

    Also, this is the first male love interest out of all of Kinsella's books that I couldn't stand! I was surprised. I couldn't even picture what he looked like in my head, and actually didn't want them to end up together.

    It was also lacking in humor. I'd recommend it if you're a big fan of Kinsella's, but if not, don't bother picking it up. ...more info
  • Great fun read!
    I absolutely loved this book! It's my favorite book of Sophie Kinsella's besides the Shopaholic series. Samantha is funny and so lost when it comes to domestic duties that I was laughing out loud while I was reading. Her love interest was ofcourse perfect and I happened to like that some of the scenes (especially the ending) in the book played out like a movie. ...more info
  • Very boring and unrealistic
    Very slow, very boring and extremely unrealistic. i can understand the advantage of city life vs. country life but a high powered lawyer to house keeping......... i cannot imagine that however hard i tried... i bought this book as the summary said humor and romance..in the whole book i might have chuckled twice... i would not recommend this book to any body and in fact i'm not going to buy any book by this author in future. There were too many loose and in the book...more info
  • A fun read
    This was my first read of a SK book, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. In fact, contrary to some of the other reviewers, I liked this one better than the Shopoholic books I have since listened to. (Audio book lover, here!) The main character--SS-- at least uses her mind,speaks up, and is clever-- whereas RB generally hides her problems and repeats her transgressions repeatedly and tediously. ...more info
  • Absolutely A Fun Read!!
    I absolutely love this book!! I read it twice! I wish there were a series for this character. I saw the title to this book and thought it would be a fun read. I was right! No disappointments!!

    She also writes under the name Madeleine Wickham....more info
  • A good summer read
    Samantha Sweeting is a Type-A, workaholic lawyer for the most prestigious law firm in London, Carter Spink. For seven years, she has put in long hours, worked through the night and basically gave up her life for the firm. Samantha thinks it has been worth it because she's about to become a partner.

    On the morning her partnership is to be announced, she discovers a memo that was buried on her desk. The deadline was weeks ago and she is frantic. Samantha never misses a deadline nor does she make a mistake. In just a matter of minutes, the life that she knows is over. Feeling out of control for the first time, Samantha escapes her office and finds herself on a train to the country. She has no idea where she's headed; all she knows is that anywhere has to be better than facing the other partners at her law firm.

    She stops at the first house she comes to, only to rest and ask for a drink of water, when she is mistaken for an applicant for the housekeeper position. Soon Samantha finds herself working as a housekeeper. Only problem is Samantha doesn't know anything about cooking, vacuuming, chores, etc. Little does Samantha know, this will put her on the path she's been striving for.

    When Samantha accidently learns information regarding the day she was to become partner, she has a choice to make: return to her old life or stay with the one she is just starting to make. ...more info
  • Arrived just as described.
    This was great. It was shipped quickly and came exactly the way it was described. Would recommend....more info
  • C
    Kinsella drops the ball on a novel that, in its last fifty pages, cannot sustain its own plot. With a promising premise and a quirky enough female protagonist, The Undomestic Goddess starts off as a vaguely amusing escapist adventure. Everything about the novel is average - the situations and humor are enough to keep a reader interested but unhappy at the conclusion. The sentiments are transparent and treacly, and the funny situations don't quite hit their mark. Kinsella's work is usually hilarious, but the book is soon lost to plot twists that become overwhelming, as they all occur in the final act. The awkward moments that are supposed to carry the novel are unnervingly contrived and absolutely unimaginable. A suspension of disbelief is unbelievably hard to procure. The romance is sweet and comfortingly moves along to its obvious finale. The entire text is a piece of cheap chocolate: soothing yet bland, fun while it lasts, but in the end, doesn't keep you satisfied. ...more info
  • Really enjoyed this one
    The Shopaholic series is fabulous, but in the Undomestic Goddess Kinsella takes a different turn on learning a life lesson in a fun, fluffy way.
    In this book Samantha is high powered lawyer living in the city who has been working her way toward a partnership in her law firm. When this seems in grasp, her life takes a turn. She runs off the the country and is mistaken for a housekeeper, and she does not tell anyone else otherwise. In this new life she makes for herself she realizes what really is important is spending time with friends and family and having time for yourself.
    This one will have you taking a step back and examining what you really want out of life.
    A funny and uplifting read, I could not recommend it more!
    ...more info
  • Great Read
    I have enjoyed all of the books in the Shopaholic series and this book is just as good, if not better. Speaking as someone who lives with an attorney in one of the biggest firms in the world, I think it's more "realistic" than most reviewers imagine. It's not classical literature, but I devoured it in two days and laughed out loud more times than I can count....more info
  • Good book but not awesome
    I really enjoyed this book once I was done reading it however I felt like it dragged a bit. This was not a book I finished it two or three days like most of Kinsella's books but still a good read. Once I got done with it I was happy I finished - as the ending was superb! ...more info
  • Not as good as the shopaholic books
    I didn't laugh out loud, like I have reading the Shopaholic books. I didn't like her as much. It was OK, but I wish that I had looked for it at the library, instead of buying it....more info
  • Not the best Kinsella book
    This book is about Samantha. She is a lawyer and a total workaholic. She has no private life, no weekends, and her family are all workaholics too. The day she gets promoted to be a partner for her law firm she realizes that she made a stupid mistake in one of her contracts that costs her firm 50 million pounds. She totally freaks out and runs away. Because of a stupid missunderstanding she ends up working as housekeeper for a new-money family. She has no idea what she is doing because she has never ever cooked before or has done any other housework. It is a complete disaster but the gardner, Nathaniel, is the only one that sees that she is a fake. He helps her out and she starts to loosen up and starts to realize that there are other things in live than work.

    The book was ok. It was very well written but it was also full of cliches. The story was pretty predictable and the ending a little too cheazy for my taste. It was totally ok if you want to read something lite ...more info
  • Not my favorite but it is still good :)
    Reading Sophie Kinsella book is always a pleasure. I've always love Sophie Kinsella's style of writing and her sense of humor. And so, I am quite pleased with The undomestic Goddess, despite its limitations as mentioned by other reviewers here and yes, I do agree with many of the reviewers her. I thought the protagonist of the book, Samantha, is not that far from the characters in her other hits like Shopaholic and Can You Keep a Secret. And I think, it is the familiarity of that lovable personality that somewhat draws me to the book. Although I was quite turned off by the idea that such intelligent character could be so clueless about houseworks, Kinsella balances that slightly out of this world features with some realisitic characteristics as well, thus making Samantha an endearing and sympathetic heroine. And as always, Kinsella is also not afraid to write some outrageous scenes as well. Although they are quite over the top, I have to say they are rather entertaining. Hey, it is after all a chick lit: it's light hearted, silly, funny in some parts and most importantly, it made you want to fall in love all over again. What more could you ask? :)...more info
  • A summer book, great for lazy days
    This is your typical chic lit. Great for a lazy summer day. As a lawyer working in banking and finance just like the main characther, I'm very impressed by Kinsella's background check and how she captures the work in lawfirms. This book will not change your life but it will make you laugh....more info
  • The Undomestic Goddess
    This was pretty much a basic, light, fun read. It was kind of typical, and I could pretty much guess the ending. Still, I enjoyed reading it. If this book weren't funny and didn't have Sophie Kinsella's unique writing style, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. But as it is, it was fairly enjoyable and entertaining. I would recommend it to anyone for a fun read, but not if you're looking for something serious and thought-provoking....more info
  • You'll enjoy every moment!
    Sophie Kinsella sends us yet another winner with The Undomestic Goddess! Samantha is so funny as she leaves her perfect life behind and becomes a MAID! I laughed so hard I was in tears in several places as she tried to do things! Definately a wonderful read!...more info
  • I hate reading & I loved this book!!
    A great light read. I normally hate reading, but I devoured this book! Maybe it's because I'm a lawyer at a big firm like the lead character in this book, so I found it particularly funny for that reason. I think anyone would enjoy it though!...more info
  • Become a Kinsella Fan!


    If this is your first encounter with Sophie Kinsella's joyous writing, you will not be disappointed and will be eager to read more of her work. For those fans of the Shopaholic series, this book will be another addition to your collection of fabulous, fun reads in the Kinsella style! However, be warned that Samantha Sweeting is not Becky Bloomwood. Although Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series is great fun and addictive reading, with Samantha Sweeting, Kinsella brings more depth to the main character.

    Sweeting is a lawyer nearing her 30's and on her way to becoming a partner in a prestigious law firm. However, her work is her life spurred on by an over achieving mother and what Samantha has thought is the life she really wants. When she discovers a crash-and-burn mistake she made at her Carter Spink Law Firm, and that it will cost the firm dearly, she flees London with no thoughts in mind as to where she is going or what she will do.

    This is what brings Samantha Sweeting to a tiny suburb of London and to the home of Trish and Eddie Geiger. The Geigers mistake Samantha for a housekeeping job applicant they had been expecting. In her frantic need to get away from the problems in London, Samantha goes along with the mistaken identity and takes the job thinking it will at least give her a place to stay for a few days to think things through. She fails to consider the fact that a housekeeper is expected to cook and clean, something that is low on Samantha's list of qualifications. Cooking to her means "order in", and cleaning is something that miraculously has happened when she gets home from the firm and the help has taken care of things. With the reader's imagination allowing for a few impractical and unreal situations, Samantha is able to fool the Geigers with her quick thinking and chicanery.

    Things go fine for a bit until Samantha encounters a wise and dreamy gardener who is not so blind to what she is doing. With "creative" genius, Samantha keeps things going in the house for a while but the gorgeous and clever gardener becomes a problem as she finds herself attracted to him. The hilarious situations, quirky almost believable characters, and a Samantha that you care about, is what Kinsella creates in The Undomestic Goddess and what makes for an enjoyable, funny, and light read that will entertain you and keep you turning the pages to find out what happens to Samantha.

    ...more info
  • Audio 5cd abrid. Fun fluffy chick lit book
    Samantha is a high powered lawyer who is happily working her way up towards a partnership then everything goes wrong at work and she runs off to the country. She is mistaken for someone applying for a live-in housekeepers job. Samantha needs somewhere to stay and maybe she could hid here for a while. Housework she hates and is not good at.

    A funny, romantic, light story. A solicitor client of mine said she had already read it, loved it and loved all of the Sophie Kinsella series.
    So even solicitors appreciate this story.

    A light sunday afternoon read at the beach or infront of the log fire.
    ...more info
  • Light and fun - just uncomplicated enjoyment.
    I bought this book at an airport while having massive delays and aggravation. After reading it for 15 minutes I was laughing and enjoying my time despite travel issues. Sophie is funny and light - nothing heavy and political. I am reading her 4th book now - she's great - keep them coming!!!...more info
  • I love Sophie Kinsella....
    and all of her other books (Can You Keep a Secret and the entire Shopaholic series) so I figured this one would be just as good. It is good and I did like it, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed CYKAS and the Shopaholic series. I would really give this book 3.5 stars, but that's not possible and I don't think it was bad enough for 3 stars so I bumped it up to 4.

    I did not like the ending of the book whatsoever. It left me thinking - okay, what's next? What did they decide to do? I would love to have some sort of closure, but it didn't happen at all!

    However, it's still a good story and worth checking out! ...more info
  • Quick delivery!!!
    The vendor wasted no time sending out my book! I almost finished reading it when the four other books I ordered the same day from other vendors arrived. I will make sure to order from this vendor from now on. Clearly this bookstore has their act together. Well done!...more info