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Cozy Corner: The Undomestic Goddess

Cozy Corner: The Undomestic GoddessThe Undomestic Goddess

By Sophie Kinsella

Source Library

Published by Dial Press Trade Paperback
on April 25, 2006


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?

I will start off by saying that I LOVE this book. I recently reread it as part of m COVID romantic-comedy quarantine reading, and it was just as fun as when I first read it many years ago.

Samantha Sweeting works as a lawyer and is up for partner. She works upwards of 80 hours a week, and is from a family of other workaholics, While she waits to discover whether she has successfully obtained partnership, she discovers a missed contract in a stack of papers on her desk that results in the loss of millions of dollars for her client. In her shock after discovering the mistake, she boards a train to the country and is mistaken for a housekeeper when she approaches a house to ask for a glass of water. Samantha decides to hide out in the country, pretending to be a housekeeper while she learns about life outside of a hectic law firm.

It may just be that I’ve been wishing that life would slow down a bit, and have been dreaming of moving outside of the city, but this book hit the right spot for me right now. I love Samantha’s journey to discovering life outside of her career, and her attempts to clean and cook are hilarious disasters (though I would probably go through the exact same thing if I was in her shoes).

I wish this book had been developed into a series — I just found this to be such a perfect mix of a book. Great characters, great setting, great storyline. It’s the kind of book that I never want to put down when I’m reading it, and then get sad when it is over. I am sure I will be rereading it soon.


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