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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2021 by Lea Geller. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Funny, smart, and heart-warming!

I’m a big fan of Lea Geller’s books—she has such a sharp way of seeing the ridiculous yet redeeming side of people. The narration really enhanced this book too—it kept the story light, humorous, and ultimately helped deliver on a message that certainly warmed my heart!

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Never be frayed of your age

Very enjoyable It probably happens to a lot of us when we go through all kind of things even worth is when we go through menopause keep the faith try to think of yourself and be happy happy happy thank you

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Enjoyable

I needed a fun read. This did the trick.
The narrator did a very good job.

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A must for every mom

If you have ever sent your kids to school with a lunch picked up from a gas station this book is for you! It was a great listen. Not deep, but totally real!

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Just okay

It's difficult for me to rate this book because I couldn't stand the main character. She struck me as whiny, self-centered, and less mature than her teenage kids. The storyline proceeded at a slow pace, and I did crank up the speed at about the half-way mark to finish it quicker.

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I really liked the performance but the story was so so. I didn’t love the main character and felt the story fell short. It’s fine and not a complete waste of time but I have definitely enjoyed other books more.

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Fun and funny

This book is light yet thoughtful - it’s a coming of age story - for a middle aged woman. The performance was very pleasant as well.

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Truly enjoyable

There is so much to enjoy about this story. The humor, the teenage angst, a mother who should be thinking about being a empty nester not starting a new family in her 40's plus feeling unappreciated by a husband that upends the family and moves them to a new town, takes it for granted that they will fit in and expect her and the children be happy with it. I have only skimmed the surface gave a little away but left so much for you to enjoy when you listen to Andi Arndt tell you Bells story.

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The main character though. .

Nothing about her that I can relate to, agree or sympathize with, nor find likable. Not only that but the all of the characters’ personalities change suddenly at the end, which is entirely implausible.