Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella (audio book)

From the back of the audio case: 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 an 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?

Read by: Rosalyn Landor

My thoughts: Never have I laughed as much during a book as I did while listening to The Undomestic Goddess. I have read all of Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series (which I loved) and have recently started reading some of her other novels. Are they all as funny as this one?

Samantha Sweeting is a workaholic who is soon to be named partner at her law firm. When it appears she has made an epic mistake at work, she finds herself running away from her old life. She takes a bus, gets off on a random stop, and ends up at Trish and Eddie Geiger's house. Through one miscommunication after another, Samantha ends up being hired as a housekeeper. She fails to consider the fact that a housekeeper is expected to cook and clean, something that is low on Samantha's list of qualifications. Cooking to her means "ordering in", and cleaning is something that miraculously has happened when she gets home from the firm and the help has taken care of things. It is one comedy after another as she tries to pass herself off as a gourmet cook. With the help of the good looking gardener Nathaniel's mother, Samantha learns the value of a slower paced life.
Samantha ends up on an unexpected journey where she learns some valuable life lessons and realizes her priorities are slowly changing. It is a fun, laugh-out-loud ride that at times, I could totally relate to. I am not much of a cook myself and when I do attempt to make a more sophisticated meal, I find myself at a loss as to what the terms mean. Luckily for me, I married a man who loves to cook - and what a great cook he is!

Have you read The Undomestic Goddess yet? Have you read any of Sophie Kinsella's other non-Shopaholic books? Which one(s) would you recommend? 

(I borrowed this audio book from the library.)

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  1. I just finished this one too and LOVED it! I love listening to Kinsella's books ... my favorite one of hers in Twenties Girl. You should definitely check it out!

    1. I did read Twenties Girl - that was my first non-Shopaholic book that I read by Sophie Kinsella. I loved that one, too!

  2. I haven't heard Rosalyn Landor do funny, how'd she do with it?

  3. I haven't read (or listened to) and of Sophie Kinsella's books. Sounds like I'm missing out...

  4. Great review! I read it... but now I'm kind of wishing I had listened to it instead. There's nothing like listening to a silly chick lit book that has you in giggles. Gotta love Kinsella!

    I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it! :)

    1. I'm sure there were some people driving next to me that thought I was crazy when I was hysterically laughing with no one in the car with me!


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