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The Undomestic Goddess

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  174,246 ratings  ·  5,743 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 July 19th 2005 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2005)
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Zoë (readbyzoe)
Sophie Kinsella strikes again! Although most of her books deal with both the professional world and relationships, she has managed to make every story unique and immensely entertaining. Although I didn't enjoy this novel quite as much as I've Got Your Number, it still immediately sucked me in and wouldn't let me stop reading until I finished. I think if I hadn't read this right after IGYN (my favorite book by her), I would have given it a full 5/5 stars, but blame Sophie Kinsella for making her ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Sita rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
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 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.
True rating: 3.5 stars

So lately, every book I pick up feels too heavy and serious and I just want a light-hearted laugh. So Haley recommended I read this book, which is exactly what I need. Although I had a few problems with this book, I enjoyed it immensely.

The undomestic Goddess follows a 29 year old Lawyer named Samantha, who from the age of 12 was so focused on her career and going to the next level, she forgot how to live. Samantha is a workaholic, a perfectionist, so used to never making m
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
1.5 stars - Spoilers

The worst Kinsella book I've read so far, it wasn't totally awful but it was pretty bad. The story was even more far-fetched and the main character even more daft than the other Kinsella heroines combined. The heroine (Samantha) was meant to be an Oxbridge educated lawyer with years of experience in the best law firm in the country, yet somehow she read more like a grade A idiot. I don't know why authors bother giving their main characters high IQ's and super smart careers wh
Shannon (leaninglights)
Actual rating 4.75

What a great read. I really loved this one! No love triangles or weird romances - Nathaniel is a new book boyfriend. Loved the message in this book as well.
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.

Sara Williams
Know what I hate? Snobs.
Know what I hate even more? Book snobs. The ones with Anna Karenina under their arms on the streets and a quote by Oscar Wilde on their yearbook who know Shakespeare's sonnets by heart. Not that there's anything wrong with any of those, but there is when a snob firmly believes there's nothing to look for in literature nowadays. Or when a snob believes a genre is deemed more worthy than the other.

I decided to start my review this way because there are the people who do not
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
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Now I see what all the fuss is about over Sophie Kinsella. Her books are unpredictable, frothy fun with great themes and hilarious moments thrown in the mix. I really enjoyed this one, and I can't wait to read more books by this lovely author.
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.
Norah Sumner

This was so fun!I really loved this book,it was funny yet serious,it was positive yet kind of sad because of what Sam had to go through.The characters are really good-Sam is so charming and Nat...uh.


The supporting characters are so funny,I love Sam's best friend,haha.Love how she (view spoiler).The story is very interesting and captivating.I just couldn't wait to find out what will Sam decide and how will everyone rea
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
Nikinnia Smith garcia
This book gave me the feels. I loved it. It was romantic as well as witty. It reminded me of a romantic comedy movie. Sophie Kinsella is definitely becoming one of my favorite authors.
I could not imagine going from being a lawyer to a housekeeper. Samantha did not know how to even make her own meals, sew a button, or even that vacuum cleaners have bags. She compensated for this by being a fast learner, and learning to make 5 star meals in a weekend.
I loved the relationship between Samantha and
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."
Super awesome lawyer Samantha who does absolutely nothing except work 24x7 has a meltdown of epic proportions after she realizes she made a mistake at work. While I can understand the meltdown, and I can understand that she goes around in a daze after it... I just can't understand what would posses her to accept a job as a housekeeper.

The book does touch several problems with our modern society: since Samantha works all the time she never learned to cook, her house is a mess and she has no mean
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
 Eden Creed
Sweet, funny, cute, a little sexy... I'm still betting on Can You Keep a Secret? as my favorite Kinsella novel so far, but this one was a lot of fun to get through.
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
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
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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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