Wheeling from the fact that her husband, Harry, did not get tenure at the university and a failed IUD resulting in pregnancy in her 40’s, Bells feels like she is spiraling. When Harry finds a job at a university in a town called Pigkill, Bells did not think life could get worse until she meets the mother pack. You know those moms who run the PTA, the bake sales and everything else social in a small town. Bells has been hiding from these types of women/moms her entire life. Instead of trying to make friends, she becomes the County Dutchess whose blog posts get more scandalous by the day. The more comments Bells gets on her posts, the more she seeks out town gossip without actual proof of happenings. One of her readers is onto her, and they will do anything to reveal the duchesses true identity. When they do, Bell’s life and the life of her family will come crumbling down.
This was such a fun read! Bell’s character was refreshing, raw and real. I think her and I would have the same feelings on almost everything from the hemp aprons to the overly competitive parents. This story did make me want to run out and try kombucha and bake more…just not at all hours of the night/morning.
I love that she had a friend like Suki who rooted for her and was brave enough to tell Bells that enough is enough as each blog post got more scandalous. You knew people were going to discover Bell’s true identity, you just didn’t know how or how it would affect her and her family.
I felt like this story had a “you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover” type of ending, and I loved it! You’ll have to grab this one yourself to see what I’m talking about.
Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours, Author Lea Geller, Amazon Publishing and Lake Union Publishing for my #copy. This one comes out April 6, 2021!
Book Rating: 4/5
Wine Pairing: Espiral Vinho Verde slightly chilled
A freshly funny and heartfelt novel about one woman’s secret life, the stories she tells, and the thrill and notoriety of being noticed.
On the same day Bells Walker learns that her IUD has failed, her husband, Harry, is denied tenure at his Manhattan university. So Bells, Harry, their two adolescent children, and her baby bump move to New York’s Hudson Valley, where Harry has landed a job at Dutchess College in the town of Pigkill.
When the farm-to-table utopia Bells envisioned is anything but, she turns to the blogosphere. Under the pen name the County Dutchess, she anonymously dishes about life in Pigkill, detailing the activities of hypercompetitive parents and kombucha-drinking hipsters. Suddenly, Bells has a place to say all the things she’s been secretly thinking about being a wife and mother. As Bells turns the focus of her blog on her new neighbors, her readership continues to grow, but her scandalous posts hit closer to home: she puts Harry’s new job in jeopardy, derails her children’s lives, and risks the one real friendship she’s built.
When Bells uncovers scandals right under her nose, the Dutchess goes viral, and soon everyone is asking, Who is the County Dutchess? Now Bells has to ask herself if it’s worth losing the people closest to her to finally feel noticed by everyone else.