Published by Random House Publishing Group on July 19th 2005
Genres: Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary
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?
OHHHH, boyfriend went to Bangkok and brought home this, and the first thing I said was “I think I’ve read this book before…” I’m pretty sure I read it in my teens, but since it’s not recorded on Goodreads, I shall pretend like this is my first time reading. HEHE.
SO, WOW. I’ve always loved Sophie Kinsella’s books (except for the Shopaholic series, I’m scared to start that damn long series), and I’m pretty sure this book is now one of my favorite Sophie Kinsella books. The Undomestic Goddess is a book that would make you laugh and think back about all the things you’ve done in your life.
Samantha Sweeting connected to me immediately. She was a high-powered lawyer, and at the top of her game, so I loved that the author did not hold back snarkiness and arrogance in Samantha, because that’s what makes her, well, HER. She was arrogant, thinking it was all about the money. The time wasted. She did not cook, she did not iron, she did not do anything that doesn’t have to do with her job. Basically, Samantha Sweeting was a workaholic. She counted the time by the amount of money she makes. And Samantha Sweeting is good at her job. THE BEST. She never makes mistakes, EVER.
Until she actually did.
I remembered my heart pounding in sympathy and fear for Samantha. When she ran, I screamed, “QUICK, GET OUT OF THERE.” When she paced, I paced. When she fretted, I bit my lip in worry. I got completely immersed in the emotions of this book that I read it in one sitting. I didn’t stop to eat, or sleep, or talk to anyone. I just kept on reading and finished this book in under 3 hours. The fun started when Samantha took on the job of a housekeeper, which is pretty ironic considering SHE DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO DO ANYTHING. I honestly think I would make a better housekeeper than Samantha. From there on, there was no more perfect lil lawyer. There was just the clumsy, panicky housekeeper, and I actually liked her character in that way HAHAH.
All in all, this book was PURRRRFECT. The romance was to-die for ACTUALLY. But Sophie Kinsella being Sophie Kinsella, well, THAT ENDING. GAH.