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The Undomestic Goddess

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  161,952 ratings  ·  5,453 reviews
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
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Published April 25th 2006 by Dial Press Trade Paperback (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sita Sargeant
Oct 01, 2011 Sita Sargeant rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People into Chick-Lit
Recommended to Sita by: My Mum found it for me...

This was the first Sophie Kinsella book I ever read and it will remain my favourite. My mum actually picked this up for me, because she liked the blurb on the back. She would never read this sort of book; she is into China Meavile, Dan Simmons and Stephen King. Not the sort of stuff I read... At first, I was hesitant, but I started reading this in the car on the way home and it was addictive. I just could not stop; this book is romantic, moving with just the right amount of funny (it had a f
Meg ♥

This story is about a 20-something, workaholic lawyer named Samantha. Sam leaves her job after making a huge mistake that costs her firm millions of dollars. She has put her whole life into this job, trying to become partner, and now it's over. She has a major meltdown, and ends up miles from home in the middle of nowhere working as a maid to a family that doesn't know anything about her true identity. She also doesn't know anything at all about being a maid as you can probably guess by the titl
Jun 16, 2012 Dija rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone searching for the prefect summer read. :)
Recommended to Dija by: Meg ♥
After reading several books by Kinsella, the only major complaint I have is that the endings are extremely unsatisfying. She builds up the character development and story so, so well, only to have it all end just shy of the perfect HEA. The first thought I usually have after finishing her books is, "Wait, what? That's it?"

More than in Kinsella's other novels, this factor is impossible to ignore in The Undomestic Goddess. Samantha comes a long way from being a lawyer-zombie to a content housekee
As you’d expect, the story is a sitcom come to life: a work-obsessed attorney loses her job in a dramatic way and then plunges alone into the countryside à la Jane Eyre, only to wind up being taken in as a housekeeper by some nouveau riche couple. The twist is. . . get ready. . . she doesn’t know how to cook! Or run a washing machine! You can imagine the hilarity. In fact, you have to imagine the hilarity, because there isn’t much written for you. That’s not to say the book isn’t entertaining. I ...more
I look along the endless line, squinting in the sunshine. I’m twenty-nine years old. I
can go anywhere. Do anything. Be anyone I like.
“There’s no rush,” I say at last, and reach up to kiss him again.

Excellent, funny, cute, sweet, romantic, fun...another great Kinsella book!
Mimsey Thompson
I read Kinsella's "Confessions of a Shopaholic" last year and enjoyed it very much. Since then, I haven't found the time to read her sequels, but recently, I picked up "The Undomestic Goddess" from the library and started reading. Much to my surprise, I found her main characters to be quite similar; they're both smart women with flighty thoughts who are put into extraordinary circumstances and come out better than anyone could have imagined. Akin to Bridget Jones and all her wobbly bits.
As ente
This book is one of my favorites. It's simply hilarious. Smart, witty, and romantic.
The switch from sharp lawyer to house maid is genius.
In the plot there's also a hidden agenda that our heroine has to uncover and that keeps the reader on edge.
This is Kinsella at her best.

Funny Quote
"My eye flicks to the figure quoted in bold under Weekly Salary. It’s slightly less than I charged per hour as a lawyer."
I must confess... Sophie Kinsella replaced Sarah Dessen and Cecelia Ahern in my top authors. I love how she writes. I haven't tried the shopaholic series but I've read her three books following that series which are, Remember Me?, Can You Keep a Secret? and The Undomestic Goddess. All her characters are witty. They are also serious parts but with the way she writes and the way her characters think are very light. There's also a mixture of romance in her books which gives her all the more reason ...more
I don't know, I guess I'm not much of a Sophie Kinsella fan. I've read a couple of her "Shopaholic" books as well as this one, and they just annoy me. Her characters are twits. Even in this one, where the main character is an intelligent, well-educated, about-to-become-partner Lawyer . . . she's still a twit. I highly doubt I will subject myself to any further twittery and shall skip her books in the future.
I was looking for some fluff, something with a sense of humor. This wasn't it. The book blurb makes it sound like fun. The cutesy-cover makes it look like fun. The tone of the writing make it sound like fun. I found no fun.

I listened to 75 minutes of the 6.5 hour CD version of the book; during that time I didn't find a character that I was remotely interested in, nor did I ever crack a smile (even an inward one). Seriously, if you're supposed to be clever, funny, or even mildly witty, don't you
3.5 Stars :0)

Not a laugh-out-loud type of funny novel for me, but this was surprisingly alot of fun...

There were a couple plot points that were a bit out there for me but it didn't really bother me too much. Once the story started going and I got to know these characters more, I fell in love. A couple times I would look up from the novel and be surprised I was still sitting in the living-room and not at the Geiger's Inn. The pages fly by really fast but the story never suffers for it.

I'm being generous with my stars. I would really give this book more like 2 1/2 stars. I find the storyline hard to believe. I don't see a "high powered" lawyer taking a housekeeping job.

One minute the character is a powerful well known lawyer, in the best law firm in the country, used to having control over others and the next she is curtseying to her new employers, cooking, cleaning and being dismissed after being given her new chores.

It was too much to believe. Even though the author tried
Samantha Sweeting is a stressed out workaholic attorney at the prestigious law firm of Carter Spink, she is desperately trying to become the firm’s youngest partner. In the blink of the eye it all changes .

Samantha’s work is normally flawless, but one costly mistake spells career suicide. In utter shock Samantha flees her office, wandering the streets until she ends up on a train that leaves her in the middle of nowhere.

Not really sure where she is Samantha spots a house, intending to ask for di
Amanda L
This is my first book by Sophie Kinsella and made me read more and more of her books. The plot was interesting and some sort of funny. The characters were good, but could have been better.
I think "Undomestic Goddess" is my favorite of all Sophie Kinsella's books I've read so far. Although totally predictable, this book was a pleasure to read.

The main reason I enjoyed this book so much is probably because I can totally relate to Samantha. She is a lawyer and workaholic. She thinks that she will be happy after reaching the next step on the career ladder and all her hard work and sacrifices will pay off. Only while working so hard towards her goal, she fails to enjoy her life. A se
Samantha nasıl bir karakterdi öyle? Kronik bir işkolikken bir hatadan dolayı işini kaybediyor ve hayatı bir anda değişiyor. Yemek yapmasını, çamaşır yıkamasını, temizlik yapmasını bilmeyen kız bir evde üst düzey bir hizmetçiymiş gibi işe giriyor. Sonuç mu: Komedi. Durumu çaktırmamak için yaptığı şeyler, iç konuşmaları kahkaha attıracak cinsten. Biri vardı ki çok komiğime gitmişti hatta:

"..."Selam," diyorum aynadaki yansımama, saçımı havalı havalı arkaya itiyorum. "Selam Nathaniel. Selam Nat."
Penelope Przekop
From my recent guest blog post, Chick Lit vs. Wit Lit: The Road to Literary Revolution:

Last week I had the opportunity to take a 12-hour road trip across Texas with my 66-year-old mother. She talked a lot about the way things used to be when she was growing up in the 1950s. She enjoyed going on about how everyone was so much more polite, well-groomed, and decent. I was surprised to hear that my grandmother required my mom and her siblings to make their beds when they stayed in hotels.


Ana T.
This was my first book by Kinsella. I had heard lots about her due to the Shopaholic books but I had never been tempted to buy them so when this one was offered as a bookring I thought it was my chance to try a new author.

I did enjoy it, it's the perfect book to spend a few hours with because it's light and funny. Samatha Sweeting is a very stressed young lawyer at the beginning of our story. She is trying to make partner at the famous law firm Carter Spink and she works nights, weekends... all
Colette Murphy
Was this book fantastically well written? No.

Was the plot unique and surprising for Sophie Kinsella-penned chick lit? No.

Do I wholeheartedly believe this book is worth picking up? YES!

Here's the thing. This book isn't going to be for everyone. It's not. But as I've said, sometimes you pick a book -- and sometimes a book picks you. I'm at a very tumultuous point in my career. I'm not sure where I'm headed and/or why I'm heading certain ways. I felt like Samantha Sweeting (the protagonist) was bas
Loved this book, it was cute and quirky! It was about a young woman who was living a very stressful life as an lawyer and never knew about what life was like outside her work. She then is up for partnership at her law firm and finds that she has made a terrible mistake so she runs off and ends up at someone's house who mistakes her as a housekeeper..... It's a funny book like I said and really shows you that life isn't always about what you do for a living, it's about how you experience your lif ...more
Давам й напълно заслужено 4*. Защо ли? Прочетете надолу... :)
Може би това ще е най-искреното мое ревю. Защо я обикнах ли? Защо обичам Саманта ли? Просто! Тя даде шанс на своето сърце, тя направи това, което искаше, а не това, което се искаше от нея. Нека да има повече хора като нея. Нека ние се вглеждаме повече в себе си. Нека обръщаме внимание на това, което ни радва, на което, което ни озарява. Няма място за стреса и забързаността, колкото и пари да ни дават. Нека правим това, което искаме. Н
I didn't use to write reviews back when I read this story so I'll skim-read it some day so I can write a full review. But it's a really nice book.
I really liked the idea, and Kinsella's style perfectly expresses every emotion the main character feels, but why 4 stars? Here you go:

1- I'm tired of the dumb female character that's always there in any Sophie Kinsella novel. The character can be shopaholic or workaholic or even alcoholic but ALWAYS lacks SENSE!

2- The last 50 pages. Housekeeper. Lawyer. Housekeeper. Lawyer. Housekeeper. Agggh.
I'm not exaggerating; that's exactly how it happened! Samantha seemed more like an adolescent not sur
So I am slowly shifting my fiction focus from literary/issues-oriented to "Women's Fiction." Why? Well, I want to get published. But, also, as I age, I am realizing that "Women's Fiction" (which used to be called Chick Lit, when we were chicks, and has also been called "Hen Lit") deals with universal issues that people want to read about: romance, career, self-concept. However, I have to get over a prejudice against Women's Fiction/Chick Lit that is some kind of carryover from my English Major d ...more
Neide Parafitas
Samantha é uma advogada extremamente bem-sucedida que trabalha na mais importante sociedade de advogados de Londres. Vive para o trabalho e está prestes a tornar-se sócia nessa importante sociedade, o que é simplesmente tudo com que Samantha sonhou na vida!!

Mas um dia comete um erro... de tal proporção que acaba por ser despedida!

Sentindo-se completamente perdida, Samantha apanha um comboio e segue sem rumo. Quando se apercebe de que não sabe, pura e simplesmente, onde está, decide pedir indicaç
This one is a big favorite of mine! It's chick-lit at its best, filled with romance, funny heroine, tiny mystery and tons of character development!

Samantha Sweeting is the perfect heroine for this novel. She’s extremely smart and ambitious and completely stressed out by working to become a partner at a high-fly law firm. Her family is all the same and in the beginning of the book she’s stranded on her birthday by her family who’re all working late. She’s a shell of a person and one day she makes
Funny, poignant, and entertaining. Very enjoyable and a great read. Makes you wonder if your own life is running at top speed and if you should consider slowing down. It made me examine the way i live my own life and i realized i should take some time to relax and just enjoy things. This book has a great plot with a wonderful lead character who is extremely relatable. I am not a fan of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series but that may be because i read her other work first. I started with The ...more
Oct 09, 2007 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chick lit fans/Anyone who's read and liked anything by Kinsella
Shelves: chicklit, romance, funny
I actually listened to this audiobook on my way down to Texas this past weekend. Usually when I listen to an audiobook, I need to stop after a few CDs and take a break, then start again in a little while. But this one had me listening almost the whole trip.

Samantha is a lawyer at one of the big name firms in London. In fact, she's on the verge of making partner, a result of working 7 days a week for seven years and working long shifts to prove her worth. But when she finds a memo on her desk an
Wait, that's it? Where's the rest of it?!?

It can't just end there. Ms Kinsella, what are you doing to me? You can't just end it there! What happens next? Where do they go? What will Samantha do now? Is there a part two?....Why isn't there a part two?

Five hours later:

Now that I've had time to calm down, I just have one thing to say. Bravo, Ms Kinsella. Bravo!


I shouldn't like this as much as I do. It's chick-lit for one. It's unrealistic,
Excellent book by Sophie Kinsella - long audio but totally worth it for it's hilarious story; relatable leading heroine; sensitive, successful and smart guy's guy; outrageous employers who are obsessed with celebrity magazines and throwing parties for their friends; and the contemptable corporate company who wreaks havoc and causes nothing but anxiety in Samantha Sweeting's life. The Undomestic Goddess takes readers and listeners through a brave and bold adventure that is this transitional perio ...more
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Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her ...more
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