BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number. 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?
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) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Great!
Posted April 05, 2011 by Christine , BarriePredictable but very witty and entertaining. Books don't usually make me laugh, but Sophie Kinsella's books definitely do.
2 . ROFL
Posted October 15, 2010 by Adi , ArlingtonI read this because I was lonely with my husband out of town and I could not stop laughing at some parts. It was great!!!
3 . Great Read
Posted August 15, 2010 by Shann , TorontoI loved this book.....and hope there is a follow-up to it. I can totally relate to the main character.
4 . Great Fun
Posted December 31, 2009 by Suzatm , MediaWorking in a bookstore - this author's books were always being sold. I was never really interested since I read mostly mysteries. I decided to give her a try and I'm so glad I did. I laughed, chuckled and smiled thru this whole book - totally losing track of time. I look forward to reading her other books. Face it - in today's world you need all of the laughter you can get. This author totally and satisfyingly delivers!
5 . Hilarious!!
Posted August 10, 2009 by Marina30 , Toronto, ONI loved this novel!!, it made me laugh so much!!, very funny!, it keeps you on your toes from beginning to end.
The Dial Press
August 29, 2005
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Excerpt from The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Would you consider yourself stressed
No. I ' m not stressed.
I ' m . . . busy. Plenty of people are busy. I have a high-powered job, my career is important to me, and I enjoy it.
OK. So sometimes I do feel a bit tense. But I ' m a lawyer in the City, for God ' s sake. What do you expect
My handwriting is pressing so hard into the page, I ' ve torn the paper. Dammit. Never mind. Let ' s move on to the next question.
On average, how many hours do you spend in the office every day
Do you exercise regularly
I regularly go swimming
I occasionally go swim
I am intending to begin a regular regime of swimming. When I have time. Work ' s been busy lately, it ' s a blip.
Do you drink 8 glasses of water a day
I put down my pen and clear my throat. Across the room, Maya looks up from where she ' s rearranging all her little pots of wax and nail varnish. Maya is my spa beauty therapist for the day and is in her forties, I ' d say. Her long dark hair is in a plait with one white streak woven through it, and she has a tiny silver stud in her nose.
' Everything all right with the questionnaire ' she murmurs.
' I did mention that I ' m in a bit of a hurry, ' I say politely. ' Are all these questions absolutely necessary '
' At the Green Tree Center we like to have as much information as possible to assess your beauty and health needs, ' she replies in soothing yet implacable tones.
I glance at my watch. Nine forty-five.
I don ' t have time for this. I really do not have the time. But it ' s my birthday treat and I promised my best friend, Freya.
To be more accurate, it ' s last year ' s birthday treat. Freya gave me the gift voucher for an ' Ultimate De-stress Experience ' just over a year ago. She ' s my oldest school friend and is always on at me for working too hard. In the card that came with the voucher she wrote Make Some Time For Yourself, Samantha!!!
Which I did fully intend to do. But we had the Zincon Petrochemical Group restructuring and the Zeus Minerals merger . . . and somehow a year went by without my finding a spare moment. I ' m a lawyer with Carter Spink. I work in the corporate department on the finance side, and just at the moment, things are pretty hectic with some big deals on. It ' s a blip. It ' ll get better. I just have to get through the next couple of weeks.