The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Length: 12 hours and 5 minutes
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
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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?
On the story...
While not my favorite Sophie Kinsella book, I enjoyed this one all the same. The reader has to suspend their disbelief a bit to imagine that a prominent and successful (and likely wealthy) lawyer would take a job as a housekeeper. I mean her mistake was HUGE but I'm not sure that being a housekeeper is the next logical step. There are fewer random plot twists that I've come to expect from Sophie Kinsella but endearing characters are present. Let's not forget all the trouble the characters often find themselves in. The romance is sweet though not my favorite. It's a solid funny read for one of those days. I'm not quite sure what I think about the ending. I really couldn't see why her decision had to be so extreme but I would love to hear thoughts on that. I'm a bit biased.
On the narrator...
I love Rosalyn Landor and she did a fantastic job here as well. I especially loved her voices for Samantha's snooty but lovable employers. Her accent is right-on as usual.
If you haven't read Sophie Kinsella or listened to one of her audios, I would probably start with a different one but definitely get to this one eventually. It was a fun read, but I couldn't help comparing it to some of the others I had read.
P.S. This audio was completed in 2012 and did not apply to any challenges.