The Truth and Other Hidden Things by Lea Geller

 Release Date - April 6, 2021


Some women will truly get Bells Walker and others may not be there yet. I got her and felt every ounce of frustration, pain, hurt, and joy she felt. For that reason, this book was amazing and it had me laughing and crying.

In The Truth and Other Hidden Things, Bells Walker is in for a shock when she learns the joke's on her when her almost foolproof IUD has resulted in a close to mid-life pregnancy. She's about to turn 43 and pregnancy at this age is not on her to-do list. Pair that news with her husband's announcement that he's denied tenure again.

Not only is Bells pregnant, but her teens are about to be uprooted as they're all moving to Pigkill, New York, where Harry is able to land a job at Duchess College. Life in Pigkill is nothing like life in New York City. In a town where hipsters flock, a 40-something mom-to-be doesn't fit in. Kombucha, pickled vegetables, and CBD coffee are not her thing and probably never will be.

As she lost her newspaper job in the move, Bells decides to try her hand at something new. She takes all of her experiences in this new town and turns them into a humorous column that reveals all the dirt of Hudson Valley life under the guise of the mysterious "Dutchess." Revealing the secrets of her new community can't be bad when it's making so many online readers love her, right?

Ask any mom about some of the other "moms" in their community and you will get all the dirt. Is a public column the best place to reveal it? Maybe not, but I certainly got where Bells was coming from. There have been times I'd love to reveal the truth about some of the classroom "moms" of classmates my own now-adult kids exposed me to. Suffice it to say for a small country town that prides itself on being neighborly, it's not always the case.

I loved this book and ended up staying up too late to try to finish it. That didn't work, so I got up early, grabbed my coffee (Brio, of course, because the pandemic has led to my passion for #BrioCoffeeWorksRocks coffees and nothing else will do!), and read until I'd finished the final sentence. I loved it and am sure may other readers will too.

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