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      30.09.2013 20:42
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      brilliant book

      I have just read this book and I loved it. I couldn't stop reading it and now I miss it!! I want to read more about Samantha! If you're looking for a book to read that is light hearted and funny yet has some depth to it too then check this out! It's brilliant!

      Sophie Kinsella

      Sophie Kinsella has written many books, some of her work is under her other name of Madeline Wickham. You may know her best for her Shop-a-holic series which was made into a film. Her style of writing is very chick-lit but has lots of humour and storylines that are a little less predictable than the usual chick lit books. She is one of my favourite authors.


      Story

      The undomestic goddess is all about someone who has no clue how to even turn on her own oven yet suddenly finds herself accepting a job as a housekeeper. The main character is called Samantha and she is a lawyer in a top London firm. Her dreams have always been to become a partner with the firm and this is all she has ever focussed on. Her life is very, very hectic, she spends endless hours working and hasn't had a weekend off in years let alone a holiday. She is forever working but doesn't know any different so doesn't mind. On the day that she is due to find out if she is partner or not it suddenly becomes apparent that she has made a terrible mistake on one of her client's accounts and this mistake has cost them millions. In a daze, Samantha runs away. She gets on a train, ends up in a random village and gets taken in by a rather eccentric couple who mistake her for their new housekeeper. Too weary and dazed to explain who she really is Samantha finds herself accepting the job. She then has to try to learn how to cook, how to clean and things! She has help from the gardener Nathanial who she soon falls in love with and they begin to have a relationship. Meanwhile though she is constantly thinking about the mistake she made and wishing she could change things but at the same time she is appreciating having weekends away from working, nights off and actually being cared about by somebody. She does look into what her mistake was, she cannot help herself logging on to the computer and having a look at the Internet and then she realises that perhaps things are not quite so clear about her mistake. She then tries to set things straight.


      Readability

      This story is very easy to read. It is one which you can lie back on a beach or take to bed with you and lose yourself in without needing to look up long words or get your head around a complicated story. With saying this, it isn't just a flimsy love story either, there are various technical details to do with the law and things but these are not hard to get your head around and aren't constantly throughout the book. I would find that once I read one chapter I found it hard to not carry on and read the next, it was written in a way which made me really want to know what happened next and so often I would read this far longer than I intended to!


      Opinion of the book

      What I found made this book so enjoyable was the characters. They were really brilliantly created! They were really funny! They were quite eccentric at times and sometimes predictable in what they said/did but this made it exciting to read as it meant when something happened I would think oh no! What will they think to that! And so forth! I thought they were really funny and I liked the relationships between them, it was quite touching at times. Sometimes chick lit books are predictable but this wasn't really and it wasn't full of stories we've all read before, it was a little different and this made me enjoy it even more. I seriously could not put this book down, it was written in a way which flowed brilliantly, I didn't once get confused as to where we were or what was being spoken about so it was the kind of book that wasn't a struggle to get my head around which is what I like. When I read a book I like something easy to understand. The descriptions in this book were not over the top, they were just right and the flow of it was quite fast which made it enjoyable too, there was no time to get bored.

      I really enjoyed reading this. I didn't guess the ending and I liked how there were several themes throughout the book about how she felt about her career, how she changed a bit, her relationships and so on. It made a very enjoyable read. If you have enjoyed Sophie Kinsella books before then you will love this and if you haven't then this is a good one to read to introduce you to her style.

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        29.06.2013 11:30
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        From Lawyer To House Keeper?

        I always thought that I never really enjoyed reading girlie books. Having said that, while on holiday last year, I was browsing the hotel library and I came across the whole collection of Sophie Kinsella books which I decided to read. One of these books was 'The Domestic Goddess'.

        About Sophie Kinsella
        Sophie Kinsella's real name is Madeline Wickham and she was born on 12th December 1969. She has written a series of books which are based around a shopaholic. These books include: The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Abroad, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic and Sister and lastly Shopaholic and Baby.

        The Plot
        The Undomestic Goddess is written through the eyes of Samantha Sweeting who is 29 years old. She lives alone and works 17 hour days at the law firm Carter Spink where she eventually hopes to become a partner. To reach her goal, Samantha finds herself working every hour god sends and even going into work on her days off to help cope with her ever increasing workload. Samantha basically has no life, she is always stressed, always tired and never gets the time to even meet up with her friends.
        Eventually Samantha reaches her goal and she becomes a partner in the law firm. Samantha is over the moon but soon comes back to reality with a bump when she realises that she has forgotten to pay attention to an extremely important document - Samantha's mistake costs the law firm 50 million dollars.
        Realising her mistake, Samantha runs out of the office and promptly jumps on the first train she first train she finds. Her head, an absolute mess, she can't even think straight. Eventually the train stops and she finds herself in the middle of nowhere. Samantha disembarks the train and her head starting to clear, begins to walk and look for someone to ask for directions.
        Samantha arrives at a large house and rings the doorbell. The moment the owner answers, she seems over familiar with Samantha but because he head is in such a jumble, she goes along with everything the woman is saying. Before long, it soon becomes clear that the owners of the house think Samantha is their new housekeeper.
        From here, Samantha tells a whole load of lies to try and keep up the pretence of being their new housekeeper; including telling them that she is a trained chef. The rest of the story follows Samantha from being a high flying lawyer in the City to a housekeeper in the countryside. But how long can Samantha lie her way into her new life, and what other events has she yet to overcome?

        My Opinion
        Once again, I surprised myself by actually really enjoying a girly book. As with most girly books, The Undomestic Goddess is really easy to follow. I also found this book really funny as some of the situations Samantha gets herself into, I found myself being able to relate to. Although Samantha is the main character in this book, there are also a few other characters to keep you entertained, such as her new employers, Eddie and Trish who seem to have lots of money and not much brain. I found these two characters particularly amusing with some of the lines they come out with throughout the book.
        I think the book moves at a nice steady pace with lots of little twists that always keep you guessing as to whether Samantha is going to be caught out trying to blag her way into a new career path.

        Summary
        I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Sophie Kinsella or any girly books for that matter. Although this book won't teach you anything new, I really enjoyed escaping into Samantha's world and following her on her exciting but also nerve-wracking journey.

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          30.12.2011 08:25

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          Another book from 1 of my favourite authors - Sophie Kinsella. This book isn't part of the Shopaholic series but this is my favourite one out of the non shopaholic books.

          The book is about a woman called Samantha Sweeting. Samantha works for a top Law firm in London called Carter and Spink. She works long hours and she gives so much to her work. Looking at Samantha's life from the outside you can see that she is pretty successful in work, but she is run ragged all the time, doesn't know how to rest or relax, and there isn't enough time to do mundane chores - even shopping as the fridge is usually empty!

          However 1 day that Samantha goes to work as normal, but something bad happens and Samantha doesn't have a job anymore (don't want to go into it much to spoil the story!) Samantha isn't thinking straight after what has happened and she jumps on a Train and heads away from London. She gets off the train a little later outside of London and although she doesn't know anyone where she has ended up she ends up knocking at a strangers front door just to ask for a Headache tablet since she now has a splitting sore head.

          The Geiger's - who are the resident of the house welcome Samantha in and then starts telling her about what is needing done in the house and what bits need polished etc. Samantha is confused. Why are they going on about the work in the house? As it turns out the Geiger's are expecting someone to come to their house to be a Housekeeper and they think Samantha is the housekeeper. Samantha is tired and still has the sore head due to her stressful situation so she plays along with the guise that she is the Housekeeper mainly to have somewhere to stay for the night and to sleep the Headache off. But when the next day comes and Trish Geiger is expecting Samantha to sort her house out what will Samantha say? After all Samantha doesn't exactly have a concept of cooking and cleaning. She lives on takeaways and someone else doing her housework for her.

          However was it right for Samantha to lose her previous job? Surely she is wanting back to London and to her old life ... or is she?

          This book is entertaining. Is in readable and I found myself being able to connect with Samantha. You see the woman behind all the working front, and I kept wondering what would happen next. I think that through the book Samantha learns some valuable lessons which she has probably forgot with her being tied up with work all the time.

          A really good book - as usual from Sophie Kinsella.

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          19.10.2011 21:21
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          really good light read for relaxing

          My mum got my this book one Christmas. It isn't really the kind of thing i'd usually buy to read myself and so left it on the shelf for a while.

          I decided to get it out one night for easy reading after a hard days studing to relax me before I went to bed. Six hours later I was still reading it! I was completely glued and it really made me laugh out loud. I was living with my mum at the time and at about 2am she came to see what on earth I was doing still up the night before an early start at uni!

          Its about a girl who is a lawyer and how she gets into a pickle and so runs away. As I was training to be a lawyer at the time I could really relate to it! It is so well written and easy to read that it is a good way to relax.

          I'm really pleased that my mum chose it for me as I would never have gone for such a girly book. It was the first book by Sophie Kinsella that I read and is still my favourite, i'm working my way through the rest now.

          I leant it to my friend who was also training to be a lawyer but she didn't seem as impressed as me.

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            22.07.2011 17:58

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            A hilarious story to make you chuckle!

            I recently picked up this book in a charity shop - it looked colourful and it caught my eye. I didn't bother reading the back, I just dove straight in!

            This is the story of a stressed out woman who never takes a break - she can't cook or clean or do anything slightly domestic. She makes a mistake at work and runs away... accidentally is mistaken for a new housekeeper and gives it a go.

            I can honestly say I laughed out loud several times during this book! It is something which everyone can relate to, and it is absolutely hilarious. It's down to earth and you find yourself warming to Samantha (the main character).

            If you need a bit of a pick me up (or generally just enjoy a good chuckle) I would 100% pick up this story and give it a read in your back garden whilst catching a sun tan!

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            30.08.2010 21:53
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            Light hearted with good charecters

            I know that Sophie Kinsella is known for her Shopoholic series but I am not a fan of these books. I do like her style of writing so I decided to read her other books to see if they were better.


            The heroine Samantha Sweeting is a 29 year old lawyer whose only ambition in life is to become a partner at the first class firm Carter Spink. She works 24 hours a day 7 days a week to ensure that her dream comes true. Though she is a intelligent lawyer she is also a untidy lawyer which leads her to make a mistake. This mistake leads her to a country house miles away from London where she is mistaken for a housekeeper. Samantha takes the job offered in order to stay the night but this turns into more nights. She decides to stay for longer than planned as a way of easing the mistake that she has made, hoping time will heal all. She doesn't know a thing about the domestic duties she will need to carry out let alone cook. She has never cooked anything herself and she can't sew a button, so how will she cope?


            I really liked the Samantha as a character because she was intelligent, smart and a realistic representation. I also think that I could relate to her which I really couldn't with Rebecca in the shopaholic series. Kinsella does however add unrealistic parts where she learns to cook gourmet food within weeks but it didn't really bother me much. The character is also a lot more likeable than Rebecca in the shopaholic series.


            The other characters are likeable and down to earth. I thought the characters where explored in depth and I knew just enough about them creating a three dimensional story. The story also has lots of humorous events that keep the book moving along.


            At first I was apprehensive and didn't know what to expect. I thought that the book was really funny and all the characters where great. This is a nice, light hearted chick flick.

            I knocked a star off because the ending was pretty poor and I was rather confused as the ending seemed to change pretty fast.

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            10.07.2010 10:14
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            Great book, one of the best ive read!

            The undomestic goddess is the second book by Sophie Kinsella I have read, and it is definitely one of the best books I have read so far. I have read twenties girls which I thought was brilliant but this one is even better.

            The story is about a girl named Samantha, who is a very talented lawyer, who works all hours to become a partner in one of the best law firms in the country. However after one little mistake it all goes wrong and she ends up getting on a train and finds herself lost in a little village. She knocks on the door to a house and they think she has come for an interview as a housekeeper. She goes along with it as they offer her a job and a place to stay, and the story is all about how she tries to keep the job of a housekeeper, even though she hasn't got a clue how to even use a washing machine! The story makes Samantha really thing about what is important in life and there is a great twist at the end.

            The story is so funny, and is told by the main character Samantha. This book has no confusing storylines that are hard to follow, it is such an easy to read book, great for the beach. I read it in 2 days and I even persuaded my boyfriend to read it, and surprisingly he loved it too!

            The characters are all really likeable and easy to relate to. This book is really addictive and I couldn't put it down as I wanted to know what happened! I highly recommend this book to anyone who just enjoys a nice easy read for the beach or sat out in the garden which is easy to follow and easy to get in to!

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              08.06.2010 07:42
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              A great read for women , one you will not be able to put down

              Sophie Kinsella

              The undomestic Goddess

              About the book

              Samantha works for a fantastic and top law company Carter and Spink in London , And works hard , she has done all her life , and has wanted nothing more than to become a partner , She works , eats and lives her work not evening having the time for a social life , Unless you count the so called birthday meal she has at maxims , with two phones, one phone is occupied by her mother the other being a mobile occupied by her brother!!

              What happens .....

              After a terrible mistake, something Samantha is normally unlikely to do she makes at work she freaks out jumps on a train and ends up in the middle of nowhere, on the outskirts of London , not knowing where she is and harbouring the worlds worst headache she stumbles across a house, wanting to gain her whereabouts and a glass of water and possibly an asprin she walks up the big drive knocks on the door and waits, She is the greeted by Trish the owner a character she describes in a great way that you visualize a WAG,, Samantha then enters the house saying she has a headache , Trish invites her in and gives her a glass of water and a pill, something that is loved in the " Geiger" house hold.

              After a relaxing drink of iced water Trish starts to show Samantha round her house pointing out various pieces that need special polishing and seeing too, Samantha has no Idea as to way Trish has a fascination with house work, until Mr Geiger enters and after showing her the staff quarters it becomes apparent that the Geigers are interviewing her for the house keeper position, Samantha is agog, but does not come clean and admit that she is in hiding and asks to stay the night, The Geigers agree , and Samantha falls asleep, when she awakes it all comes clear to her that she is on the run from her mistake, all 50 million of them.

              So she decides that she can play the maid till she can work out her problem but how is she going to pull off the act of being a cook maid and house keeper and how will the Gardner discover her lie, And why does she feel the need to curtsey? The questions are ,,,, how will Samantha get her life back on track , what will she make of her friends family and so called co workers, What will Samantha do to gain control of her life?
              My opinion on the book.

              Samantha Sweeting is a far cry from Becky Bloomwood whom I do like in the shopaholic stories, Samantha is brainy and holds a very high I.Q, and you cant help but hope she gets what she wants she is a character you want to support so much so the book turns in to a page turner , the kind you don't want to put down , Well i couldn't , I felt sorry for Samantha in a lot of ways it seemed nothing ever went her way.
              Sophie Kinsella for me seemed to bring this character to life for me.

              I felt at times I could step in to her shoes , admittedly you could do that with Becky Bloomwood in some areas but not as much as you can in this book, Samantha for me is a character i would love see come to life on the big screen, she would make for better viewing in my eyes than Becky Bloomwood.

              I am aware that it is wrong to compare both characters but it is hard when there have been so many shopaholic books, I guess it is only natural to do so when a writer writes about one character for a while.

              But this book is fantastic I laughed cringed and adored Samantha I also liked the bit of romance thrown in to the mix, though the humour was the thing that kept me hooked.
              This book is a great read and one I hope will run for a bit too like the shopaholic series I would love to know more about Samantha , It is one book that I wish i had read ages ago, The unrealistic bits are funny as you cant help but wonder what possessed someone with a high I.Q. to get herself in to, and there are so many good characters and lots of funny situations that she manages to get in to that you have to keep reading to see how she resolves them or avoids them.

              This is one book I would recommend to anyone that loves lots of humour, and I'd say do buy it as the character as i stated before is so unlike the other character Sophie has created, It would make a fantastic summer beach read lots of laughter to be had while lazing in the sun is what every girl dreams of, (well I do ) and this is one book you will get it all from , love laughter and lunatics, A fantastic book for anyone.

              Printed by The Dial Press
              This is a Paperback Book
              this book has 400 pages
              Was Published in April 2006
              Available on Amazon for £5.18
              But can be purchased for as little as 15p from associates of amazon.

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                04.06.2010 16:11
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                Samantha does not have time for herself but fate has other plans

                Having read a review here on dooyoo about "The Undomestic Goddess" I was very thrilled when I finally got my hand on the book. I was gripped to seat, glued to the book until the very end. As any other of the Sophie Kinsella's book you find yourself with a feminine character that makes you smile, laugh and cry.
                Plot:
                Samantha Sweeting is a working girl. She is a lawyer and pretty much dedicated to her work. She has no social life, she has no time for herself. Her only aim is to become a partner at Carter Spinks law firm. However, a little, make that humongous mistake, sends her flying out of London to the country side.

                There she finds herself intertwined in a web of lies, getting employed by some "nouveaux riches" as a housekeeper. All would be fine, except, she doesn't know any of the basics, that is, she does not know how to cook, how to clean, how to wash, in fact she doesn't know the basics of the perfect domestic goddess. In the middle of all this mess, enters Nathaniel, the handsome hunky gardener, who clearly sees in her game.
                How will she sort this? Will she sort her professional trouble? Will she finally learn to let go of the tension inside of her and learn how to enjoy life? And what will happen with Nathaniel?

                So many questions answered only by turning the pages of this enjoyable book.

                Samantha Sweeting is the kind of girl, you want to shake until she understands what is best for her. She does not have a life and though I agree that work can take most of our lives, it's not an excuse. The earlier Samantha is an unapproachable workaholic, so different of Becca Bloomwood from "Confessions of a Shopaholic". Sophie Kinsella makes a drastic change from the shopping addicted and light headed Becca to the work oriented not so much in fashion Samantha. Yet she is strangely likeable; her thoughts and actions are hilarious and I would definitely recommend the first few pages.
                How Samantha changes from workaholic to somehow a carefree woman is what this novel is all about. I believe that Sophie Kinsella wanted us, readers, to really get the idea that life is not only about working, there are some things that are more important, like yourself.

                Nathaniel is the perfect hero, saving Samantha from her road to self destruction.
                He brings the romance but also the peace to a somehow turmoiled Samantha. He is the one, who brings her back on earth and I must say the interaction between them is sweet. Other characters include Samantha's bourgeois employers who are crazy, according to me, but nonetheless, possess a humility that is far from how I imagine some rich people to be, lol.

                In all I would say that this is a book you can read at home when you have a little free time, at the beach when on holidays and even at work, lol. Truly funny and simple with no long sentences.

                Thanks for reading

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                  Another great book by Sophie Kinsella

                  I love Sophie Kinsella books but The Undomestic Goddess has to be my favourite.

                  After reading the Shopaholic series I had to then read more of Kinsella's Books. This is the only one I can read over and over. I think this is because most people can relate to her and one day everyone wants to fall in love with Prince Charming.

                  Such a hilarious book I found myself laughing out loud on various occasions. This book was so easy to read and is one of the most enjoyable. Unlike the Shopaholic series that I found very repetitive.

                  It is great to know that someone who seems perfect, with a perfect job cant actually do everything.

                  I certainly would recommend this great book to anyone. Great chic lit to be taken on holiday.

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                  The story of a girl who needs to slow down. To find herself. To fall in love. And to discover what an iron is for...Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge, it'll wreck her career. She walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she is mistaken for the interviewee housekeeper and finds herself being offered the job. They have no idea they've hired a Cambridge-educated lawyer with an IQ of 158 - Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. Disaster ensues. It's chaos as Samantha battles with the washing machine...the ironing board...and attempts to cook a cordon-bleu dinner. But gradually, she falls in love with her new life in a wholly unexpected way. Will her employers ever discover the truth? Will Samantha's old life ever catch up with her? And if it does...will she want it back?

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                    The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella

                    I think that this book is brilliant and could read it over and over, time and time again.
                    I absolutely love all of Sophie Kinsella's books but have got to admit that this has got to be my favourite. I can totally sympathise with Samantha as I am the original Undomestic Goddess (although I do try!)

                    29 Year Old Samantha Sweeting is a successful hot-shot lawyer working at Carter Spink in London, she is one of the brightest employees in her company. She has amazing capabilities, is a very hard worker and has a bright future ahead of her.
                    All this changes in an instant, the instant that she makes the biggest mistake of her professional career and loses her firm fifty millions of pounds!!!!!!!!
                    With a pounding headache she boards the first train out of there before anyone realises what she has done and ends up in a little village in Gloucestershire. Looking for someone who can give her a glass of water and an asprin she finds herself knocking at a door. Mrs Geiger the lady of the house answers and assumes that Samantha is there to apply for the vacant position of housekeeper!! Not in any mood to argue, Samantha agrees, unaware of what she is actually agreeing to and somehow manages to bluff her way through the interview and succeeds in getting the job! Samantha is a woman who doesn't have time for housework, a woman who had a cleaner, orders food in and sends her laundry away to be done! What will happen when the headache wears off and she realises that she is no housekeeper, ......................................

                    I find this book absolutely hilarious and cannot control my laughter throughout (which occasionally gets me some funny looks when I am in company!!).

                    My favourite part of the book is when Samantha says she will cook a five star meal for the household, as I'm sure you can guess with her record it does not go to plan!

                    In my opinion this book has a lot of different levels compared to Sophie Kinsellas others and this is what makes it more addictive, its fresh!

                    I would recommend this book to all, Sophie Kinsella fans as they know the laughs and brilliant read that they can expect and even to those who do not like her, as I have said this is fresh and worth a read.......and for those who have never read Sophie Kinsella............Where have you been???

                    My only regret with this book is that I wish it was longer, heres to hoping that there will be a sequel written!!!

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                      I love Sophie Kinsella. She writes the best books ever. All my favourite books are written by her , including the famous 'Shopaholic Series' , Can You Keep A Secret as well as a few others. Today , I have chosen Sophie Kinsella's book , The Undomestic Goddess to review.

                      The Undomestic Goddess is a number one bestselling book by Sophie Kinsella. The book was released in the United Kingdom on 2nd January 2006. The book has four hundred and sixteen pages. This book is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £4.88

                      Samantha , a lawyer from London is desperate to find herself. Apart from her job , she doesn't have much of a life ; no love life , nor social life. So what will happen when she walks out her office and accidentally walks into a new job as a housekeeper? Read The Undomestic Goddess to find out!

                      I absolutely loved this book! It's a perfect chick lit book which made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion! There was something so charming about this book that just makes reading it so much fun! I could not put it down , and read it in two sittings! I was so sad when I finished the book , I just wanted it to go on and on.

                      I liked the characters especially the main one , Samantha , and I found it especially funny when she think she's it because she has a top job , yet when it comes to cleaning , she has no idea at all! Makes you think that just because someone has a really intelligent job , doesn't mean that they DO know everything!

                      Despite having a few twist and turns as well as an interesting plot , it's suprising how easy and light this book is too read. It's really easy to follow , which makes it a fantastic piece of light reading to read whilst relaxing. This book is a perfect holiday read!

                      I like how the author wrote this book. Like her other books , she has such a fantastic way of connecting with the readers , that it allows the reader to get close to the main character as well as make them feel as though they're a part of the plot , and not just reading the book.

                      I would definetely recommend this book , whether you've already read some of Sophie Kinsella's other books , or just looking for a light and heartwarming holiday read ; this is perfect!

                      Thanks for reading!
                      January 23rd 2010
                      xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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                        An easy chic-lit book

                        I thoroughly enjoyed Can you Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella I couldn't recommend it enough. I then found another book by her, The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. I did enjoy this book I wouldn't say it is anywhere near as good as Can you Keep a secret but none the less I still found it was a good read.

                        The main character in this book is Samantha who is a workaholic who loses her job as a high-powered lawyer. She appears to have everything going for her, incredibly bright, has a photographic memory and the ability to calculate complex equations in her head. Her legal prowess is admired by all whom she works with, and she's a seriously hard worker who has earned the respect and admiration of the top lawyers in her firm. It seems the only thing Samantha isn't good at is cooking, cleaning, and finding a man. She has no time for these endeavours, as she works basically 24-7.

                        But then one day she makes a big mistake that costs the firm tons of millions of pounds. Samantha doesn't know what to do so she jumps on the first train that comes along which takes her away to a little English village. There she knocks on the door of the first home she sees, hoping they can give her some Asprin for the severe headache she's developed. But they think she's there to apply for a housekeeping position, Samantha winds up staying on as the couple's cook and cleaner.

                        She has no idea what she's doing, but she soon learns how rewarding preparing food and ironing can really be. She starts to spend her days off in the Pub meeting new friends which she never usually has the time to do.
                        She also falls in love with a great guy as there is always a love interest in Sophie's books!!

                        I thought this was a good book the only thing was I read it after Can you Keep A Secret which i found humourous and a really good read and this book didn't quite live up to it

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                          23.12.2009 15:07
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                          Another good write up from Kinsella

                          I have been hooked on the Sophie Kinsella books since I read the first Shopaholic book in her series, so when I spotted The Undomestic Goddess in the local charity shop I had to have it as I thought I would really enjoy reading it as I have done with her other books. Unlike the Shopaholic Series of books the Undomestic Goddess is a one of book; I actually think that Sophie Kinsella's one off books are a lot better than the Shopaholic Series as the characters aren't as predictable and the plot lines seem to have a bit more depth; thus making the book more enjoyable.

                          The Undomestic Goddess tells the story of 29 year old Samantha Sweeting whom is a lawyer for a top law firm called Carter Spink. Sam works all hours of the day and most of the time she doesn't return home till the early hours because she has been working hard on a particular case. Because of the long hours Sam works she has no time for a social life and doesn't do anything around the house, instead she hires in Cleaners and sends her laundry off to a launderette to get washed and ironed; she also doesn't cook for herself. Sam works so hard to impress her bosses that she eventually becomes a partner in Carter Spink. Becoming a partner means more work for Sam and the paper work is piling up on her desk which she just doesn't have the time to file away. Unfortunately in amongst this filing is one important reminder which she hasn't seen or dealt with which is one of the biggest mistakes Sam could make as it loses one of her biggest clients 50 million dollars. After making her mistake Sam rushes out of the office in a mad hurry and doesn't know where to go so she jumps on a train and ends up in a small village where she is offered the job of a house keeper with husband and wife duo the Geigers. Will Sam go back to her job at Carter Spink or will the top lawyer who doesn't know how to cook or clean a house stick it out as a housekeeper?

                          I found this book very easy to read, the character of Sam was very easy to warm to and throughout the book you go through different emotions with her, you yourself feel happy when she is and when things aren't working out for her you feel it for her and hope it all works out ok in the end for Sam. I found the character of Sam very similar to that of Rebecca Bloomwood in the Shopaholic series of books as she has the same sort of structure - good job, nice house, a few flaws and obsessions etc. But unlike Rebecca Bloomwood whom likes shopping every minute of the day Sam Sweeting likes to work every minute of the day. I think Sophie Kinsella made a good move by making the characters of Becky and Sam quite similar because you can warm to them and also relate to them better because they both have the same sort of personality and are both slightly gullible and daft in their own weird ways.

                          There are some minor flaws in the book, but these by no means ruin the story for anyone as it is meant to be a laid back easy to read book which isn't supposed to draw you in. One of the minor flaws is the fact that Sam makes a joke in one part of the book and is really embarrassed when people don't get it. After I read this paragraph I was thinking that if she was a successful lawyer who was used to dealing with huge clients all the time she shouldn't get embarrassed by small incidents like this; so I think that a little more thought on Kinsella's part should have gone in here; but apart from this I couldn't think of anything else which ruined the plot.

                          Another thing about the book which I really liked was the fact that the story didn't cover a huge amount of time, the chapters seemed to flow over the space of 6-9 months from start to finish. There weren't any chapters which skipped forward a few months or years like some books do and i think this was the thing which made the book more enjoyable to read as you weren't left wondering what happened in the few months which has skipped as you would do with some other books. I actually found this book rather addictive to read and couldn't put it down for one minute, even although it was a basic chic lit book with a basic plot you are drawn into the plot and want to read more and more to see what is going to happen to Sam next and how things are going to work out for her.

                          In all a very enjoyable book to read which has a lot of funny parts in it which will no doubt have you laughing out loud. I think that Sophie Kinsella's one off book's are sometimes a lot better than her Shopaholic series as the plot's seem to be more in depth and some parts of the book aren't as predictable. There are still some parts which are predictable in this book which has the reader knowing what is going to happen before the main character in the book does but I still enjoyed the book despite this.

                          If you have read any of the other Sophie Kinsella books you will like this one as well as it has the same sort of formula - You have the likeable characters with one or two dislikeable ones thrown in for good measure, the love/hate relationships, simple yet enjoyable storyline, good looking successful boyfriend/husband, middle class main character who lives a classy lifestyle and likes the finer things in life (like Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic Series of Kinsella Books) in all this was a very enjoyable book to read and if you haven't read any of the Kinsella books before I highly recommend this one.


                          Thanks for reading
                          :-) Lisa

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                          26.10.2009 08:58

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                          A work obssessed lawyer has her world turned upside down by a 'mistake' or is it..

                          I got given this book whilst on maternity leave, and it was the perfect way to relax I honestly couldn't put it down!
                          Whilst it was a fairly predictable storyline, the way it is written makes you keep reading as you can really empathise with the characters, there is a fantastic scene in the green house which certainly sent tingles down my spine!! You follow the journey of Becky transformed from a high powered workaholic city lawyer unable to even boil an egg, who makes a mistake and fleas only to become a glorious domestic goddess who would make even Nigella nervous! After running from her London life, she is employed as a housekeeper by a well meaning but slightly crazy couple whom she manages to convince that she is an experienced housekeeper (with hilarious results!) she falls in love, perhaps predictably with the gardener (hence the spine tingling greenhouse scene!) and ends up having to decided whether or not to return to her London life, leaving her new found hapiness behind...
                          Personally I think the ending was a little disappointing, but then the story is left open enough for a sequel, which could be superb, as you get to the end of the book and want to know what Becky is doing now! Whether or not you liked the Shopaholic books, this is definetly worth a read, there is bit of romance, with an intriguing dramatic plot underpinning the whole saga! Although the RRP is £7.99 amazon is currently selling it for £4.63, definetly worth reading!

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                        The story of a girl who needs to slow down. To find herself. To fall in love. And to discover what an iron is for...Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge, it'll wreck her career. She walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she is mistaken for the interviewee housekeeper and finds herself being offered the job. They have no idea they've hired a Cambridge-educated lawyer with an IQ of 158 - Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. Disaster ensues. It's chaos as Samantha battles with the washing machine...the ironing board...and attempts to cook a cordon bleu dinner. But gradually, she falls in love with her new life in a wholly unexpected way. Will her employers ever discover the truth? Will Samantha's old life ever catch up with her? And if it does...will she want it back?