While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
by Wendy Wax
published by Berkley Books
When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings ofDownton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and—even more unexpectedly—with each other…
Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money—for herself and for her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.
Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old world charm of The Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.
And then there’s Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex-husband. She’s just starting to realize that it’s time to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be.
For Samantha, Claire, Brooke—and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings—it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life’s hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey. (from Goodreads)
I originally wanted to read this book because I am completely in love with Downton Abbey. The movie centers around three very different women who lie in the same building in downtown Atlanta. They find themselves attending a weekly screening of the first two seasons of the wildly popular BBC series Downton Abbey, arranged by the concierge of the building, Edward. Claire, Brooke, and Samantha slowly become friends, each week bringing them closer together.
I really enjoyed this book. While it can be labels chick lit to some degree, it is clearly written in a more mature voice than many out there. Wendy wax is a wonderful writer who really brings her character-good and bad-to life. I would love to see a sequel- especially more about Edward!
rating-4 out of 5