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The Undomestic Goddess 
by Sophie Kinsella
400 pages
Published: July 19, 2005
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 3 1/2 stars

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–and 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–and finds love–is 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?


The Undomestic Goddess is a fast and cute read, but it has the tendency to be annoying.

Samantha works at a huge law firm. She puts in tons of hours with the hopes of being made a partner, but poor Sam makes a mistake and, literally, has a meltdown and runs away. The going was good up until here, when she knocks on a strangers door and is mistaken as a housekeeper. I cannot get past how much this annoyed me. Sam is getting a tour of the place and the next thing you know she making up all these qualifications about being Cordon Bleu trained, how she is a whiz at laundry, really it’s all just so very unbelievable. Even more is that her employers don’t ask for papers and don’t call to make sure she’s not a crook.

Get past that, and the story is actually endearing. Sam gradually becomes a person who is not so grating and can actually do the simple things like turn on a stove or read directions (she’s a top layer, but can’t even read instruction manuals!). And hunky gardener Nathaniel is just too hard to resist! Even her employers, while being stubborn, lazy, and eccentric, are loveable.

There were times when I wanted to scream in frustration and the stupidity of some of the characters is overwhelming, but overall I enjoyed reading about Samantha and her adventure of becoming a happy person.