Published April 17th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
Format read: Finished copy, via publisher
Morton, is of course, famous for his detailed books about notable public figures, ranging from Princess Diana to Tom Cruise. He brings that same level of scrutiny over to Meghan, presenting a solidly thorough account of her pre-Harry life, a scrutiny of her pre-fame Hollywood career, and how she's evolved into the woman who now garners global attention and acclaim.
Though Meghan's early years don't feature anything especially out of the ordinary, Morton does a solid job of using those details for building a case on how Meghan's day-to-day hard work and perseverance have led to a fairytale ending. Morton's skill lies in dissecting how Meghan spent many of her earlier years struggling to become something and stand on her own two feet, which makes the seemingly charmed life she lives now, feel all the more rewarding.
There are many facets of Meghan's journey worth appreciating, but readers will likely appreciate the details about Meghan's constant struggles to recover after failed pilots, and her anonymous blog lamenting her acting struggles. It's a reminder a Hollywood career requires tough skin and a willingness to keep at it, and Morton does a nice job of drawing readers to the unsaid conclusions that this is what has prepared Meghan for a life as a royal.
Morton is also more than fair in explaining Meghan's struggles with friends and family - there's a nod to the fact Meghan and her first husband parted on less than amiable terms, and friends have criticized Meghan for her ambitions. But Morton phrases these criticisms in a way that will encourage readers to view Meghan as a person, and also likely encourage them to weigh success, relationships and personality, especially when you're in the global spotlight.
Of special note: I normally like to swing by Goodreads to check out reviews for the books I'm reviewing on the blog, and it looks like Meghan... has some mediocre reviews. It's worth pointing out - the majority of those reviews seem to be from people who don't like Meghan the person, verses any commentary on the quality of the book itself.
So don't necessarily let negative reviews influence you - it's worth picking up the book and reading it for yourself. Make it a pre-royal wedding read.