Author: Leah Geller
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: April 6, 2021
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Pages: 312 pages
Average Rating: 4.14
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.
Geller’s writing is effortless and easy, pulling the reader inside this relatable world, totally allowing us to watch from the sideline as Bells attempts to gain the acceptance into this little upstate community any way she can. It is hilariously funny, boldly smart, and just completely gratifying. Highly recommend this read, an easy 5 star rating.@readinggirlreviews
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Discussion Questions from the first half of the buddy read:
1. How would you feel if you found yourself in Bell’s situation?
2. Have you been part of a competitive group like this group of moms?
3. What do you think about what Bell is doing as the Duchess?
4. What are your thoughts on the detached kitchen?
Discussion for second half of the buddy read:
- Bells saw all the warning signs and Suki and Virginia told her to stop the blog but she kept going, why? And do you understand her reasons?
2. Did you feel sorry for Bells when she had a breakdown at the grocery store or did she get what she deserved? Were you surprised that Cynthia came to her rescue?
3. What were your thoughts on the two moms coming together to advise Bell?
4. How do you think the future for Bell looks in Dutchess County
5. What are you rating this book and why?
Highlights & Reviews:
A favorite quote from the book from @vlanigan.f.off.im.reading
At the end of the day people like reading about the mean girls who grew up and became mom’s behaving badly.Leah Geller from The Truth and Other Hidden Things
I love a dark, funny suburban story and this was a firstname.lastname@example.org
Her blog had a great Lady Whistledown (from Bridgerton) feel to it and I thought that was a lot of fun.@KimReadsandReads
Bridgerton meets gossip girl….
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