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The Undomestic Goddess

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  211,028 Ratings  ·  6,811 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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Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-seller
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
Megs ♥

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
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone searching for the prefect summer read. :)
Recommended to Dija by: Megs ♥
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
Cait • A Page with a View
I keep reading Sophie Kinsella books because they're such a light, fast read and everything's so upbeat. But I'm also starting to get annoyed at how the main characters LIE SO MUCH. Most of their problems would be gone if they could just tell the truth. And the guys are always like "oh that's totally fine nbd" when everything comes out in the end.

Samantha loses £50 million in her job as a lawyer, so she flees to the countryside and accidentally gets a job as a housekeeper. She somehow is unable
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: normal
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!
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
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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."
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
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.
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Muse-ic ♬
This was the first Sophie Kinsella book I was really into! The last few weren't bad, but the protagonists drove me nuts they were so annoying!
Samantha had me pulling my hair out in the beginning, but I grew to like her pretty quickly! At first I was so frustrated about the whole lie-about-everything situation, but then it became hilarious!

I love the Geigers :D a stupid bunch but they're awesome and I love them!
Nathaniel and his mom are amazing people!

Towards the end, I honestly had several diff
Mar 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“My life has changed, and I'm changing with it.”

Samantha Sweeting is a workaholic. She is one hell of an attorney. She works all the time. She never makes mistakes. She came from the family of attorneys and all of them are terrific except her brother who died from nervous breakdown.

⌂When was the last time she had a break ??
▬Since before grade 7.
⌂What is her 'one true wish' ??
▬To become partner at Carter Spink( Law firm).
⌂How does she manages her tasks ?
▬In six minutes.

11:00–11:06 drafted con
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Unlike Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series, Undomestic Goddess features a much less ditzy woman front and centre in this very light yet original book. Although a bit dated- written in 2006- with its Blackberry devices for texting, computers for email and cell phones for calls only, the story is filled with the typical Kinsella contentious creatures as well as those truly most admirable who either trip up our heroine Arden or offer her safe haven.

I needed a flight of fancy after reading a number
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon-17
Δεν έτυχε να διαβάσω άλλο βιβλίο της συγγραφέως και νομίζω ότι έκανα την καλύτερη αρχή. Η Σαμάνθα ειναι επιτυχημένη δικηγόρος σε γνωστή δικηγορική εταιρεία και ένα βήμα πριν την ανακύρηξή της σε συνέταιρο, βρίσκεται εξαιτίας ενός λάθους, σε μια έπαυλη να απασχολείται ως οικιακή βοηθός.
Η ιστορία ειναι ξεκαρδιστική, ιδιαιτέρως όταν εκείνη προσπαθεί να κάνει εργασίες και να ετοιμάσει γκουρμέ γεύματα, που δεν έχει ιδέα πως γίνονται. Το χιούμορ της Sophie Kinsella, σε κάνει να γυρνάς τις σελίδες συνε
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
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, cute-funny
Το “Νοικοκυρά για κλάματα” πραγματικά θεωρώ ότι είναι μια από τις καλύτερες ιστορίες της Κινσέλα. Ακολουθεί τη συνηθισμένη γραμμή που έχουμε συνηθίσει, από τη συγγραφέα, δηλαδή είναι άλλη μία πανάλαφρη ρομαντική κωμωδία, αυτή τη φορά όμως βασισμένη στο μοτίβο της παρεξήγησης. Η ηρωίδα είναι συμπαθητική, και παρότι σταδιακά τα κάνει "σαλάτα" μπορούμε να συμπάσχουμε μαζί της, διότι η Κινσέλα τη δικαιολογεί επεξηγώντας μας με υπέροχο τρόπο πως οι καταστάσεις και οι πιέσεις που δέχτηκε την έφτασαν σ ...more
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, chick-lit
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
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. This book is my comfort book. The plot is easy and humorous. Very chick lit.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Lila
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
"The Undomestic Goddess" was really funny. I really though this was cute and the only reason I didn't give it five stars is that I wish we had seen more of Samantha pushing back against her family and her so called profession up front. The ending kind of faltered a bit to me, but all in all really enjoyed this book.

Samantha Sweeting is on par to make partner at a law firm. Though she doesn't have time to cook, clean, or have a relationship, she's finally ready to get the brass ring. However, a m
Sonya Serial Reader
So Ok it has its moments, and even funny ones. And yes, as you can expect, it is an easy read (too easy may be)..But I didn't like it as much as I was expecting. I am no expert in Kinsella's books, but if this one is really her best, I'd rather stay out of them.
The plot? one workoholic attorney loses her job and finds herself working as a domestic help, of course she doesn't know much of anything and of course that leads to funny situations. I actually liked the first part, finds the -boss- exc
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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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