I have been following Duchess Goldblatt on Twitter for a long time and I have always enjoyed Her Grace’s stories about life in Crooked Path. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to receive the news that my “wish” for an ARC had been granted.

I thought that this memoir would be a delightful romp through life in Crooked Path.

Reader, I was most mistaken.

What I received instead was the story behind the creation of the Duchess Goldblatt Twitter account, and the very real pain behind one woman’s life changing suddenly, followed by the necessity to navigate through unfamiliar surroundings.  

With all the acrimony, it would be understandable to channel that into something negative; while Duchess Goldblatt might be blunt, Her Grace is not cruel. She is a positive force who brings joy to everyone around her.

On that note, it has come to my attention that Duchess Goldblatt might not be a real duchess. There is some ambiguity afoot, but I think I will err on the side of caution and continue to address her as befitting her rank.

This book was sweet and poignant, and even though it wasn’t about Duchess Goldblatt’s misadventures in Crooked Path, I finished the book with a better sense of Her Grace’s identity. My favorite parts of the book would have to be the author’s interactions with Lyle Lovett, who is one of the few people who knows Duchess Goldblatt’s identity.

I would absolutely recommend Becoming Duchess Goldblatt. You don’t have to follow Her Grace on Twitter to appreciate the story of one woman putting her life back together, but if you aren’t already following her, I assure you that you’ll want to by the end of this book—even if you don’t have a Twitter account.

I received a copy of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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