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The Undomestic Goddess: A Novel Hardcover – July 19, 2005
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Samantha Sweeting, the 29-year-old heroine of Kinsella's latest confection (after Shopaholic Sister), is on the verge of partnership at the prestigious London law firm Carter Spink—the Holy Grail of her entire workaholic life. But when she finds she has made a terrible, costly mistake just before the partnership decision, she's terrified of being fired. In a fog, she stumbles out of the building and onto the nearest train, which drops her in the countryside, where she wanders to a stately home. The nouveau riche lady of the house mistakes her for the new housekeeper—and Samantha is too astonished to correct her. Numb and unable to face returning to London, Samantha tries to master the finer points of laundry, cooking and cleaning. She discovers that the slow life, her pompous but good-hearted employers and the attentions of the handsome gardener, Nathaniel, suit her just fine. But her past is hard to escape, and when she discovers a terrible secret about her firm—and when the media learns that the former legal star is scrubbing toilets for a living—her life becomes more complicated than ever. If readers can swallow the implausible scenario, then Kinsella's genuine charm and sweet wit may continue to win her fans. (July)
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Fans of Kinsella's popular Shopaholic series will find the author in fine form here in her second stand-alone tale, following Can You Keep a Secret? (2004). Samantha Sweeting, an ambitious lawyer on the fast track to becoming a partner at her prestigious law firm, is horrified to discover an overlooked memo on her desk that ends up costing a client 50 million pounds. In a daze, Samantha hops a train and finds herself in the country. She walks up to the first house she sees and knocks on the door, intending to inquire about the nearest hotel, but Trish Geiger mistakes her for the new housekeeper. Still in shock, Samantha decides to go along with Trish and her husband, Eddie's, mistake, despite the fact that she has no domestic skills. Happily, she is aided by the handsome gardener, Nathaniel. He helps her forget about her London law firm, until she makes a startling discovery. Another charming winner from the delightful Kinsella. Kristine Huntley
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The main character is a young, very ambitious attorney working 24/7, hoping to make partner any time now. So why should the challenge of being a housekeeper throw her into a tizzy? Well, in reality it probably wouldn't. But....this is fiction. In my opinion, this book was hilarious. Who but a high powered lawyer would think to try making hard boiled eggs in a microwave?!
Samantha Sweeting, high power attorney find herself cleaning houses despite the fact that she isn't domestic... and she's surprisingly happy about her new life. Although by about page 30 you know exactly how this book is going to end, I enjoyed reading it very much. Ms. Kinsella weaves an amusing tale with likeable characters. There were a few parts where you might have to suspend your disbelief, but it is a fun, light fiction book full of laughs so this didn't bother me. I liked the fact that although it's chick-lit and it's described as a romance, there is just enough romance to add to the story without being overbearing, sickly sweet or off topic. Well done, Ms. Kinsella!
Our Heroine, Samantha, is a high-powered attorney married to her work and has NO time for anything or anyone else. When she makes a serious mistake, she panics and ends up in someone's house who she doesn't even know, and is railroaded into working as a maid even though she doesn't have Clue One about Thing A when it comes to running a house. She learns to cook and clean and falls in love with a gorgeous gardener. She's offered her old job back but does she want it? It may seem like fluffy, enjoyable entertainment, but it gives the message that life is short, and basically, in most cases, your job is just what you do to eat and it's easy to screw up your priorities and miss out on the little things that beautify life and make it more delightful and rewarding
I had never read Sophie Kinsella's work before, this is my first book and I like the way she wrote it.
I felt she took the time to build up all the characters in her story, give them something to work with and not just be a name.
The story made me imagine all that Samantha was going thru...made me laugh at parts and feel for her in others. It's one of those books you just can imagine being turn into a movie or TV special someday.....