Dew review published in April, but re-posting to join the blog tour for the celebration of the fourth season of Downton Abbey and the Mass Market Release of the book!
While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
Author: Wendy Wax
Jove Mass Market; December 31,
When the concierge of the Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment
building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings
of Downton 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 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.
Read an excerpt HERE:
I enjoyed about this book is that the characters are generally quite
likable. Often when you read a novel there is on character you like,
others you "understand" but you feel no bond toward and a few you just
could care less about. I would love to sit down and join in with these
ladies - and Edward - when they have their pizza and wine nights.
The ladies involved in the story all have some issues, but it hasn't left them acidic and bitter towards life - they're still open to new experiences and friends.
live in fairly posh apartment building (though some live on the very
edge of their ability to be there) complete with a concierge service run
by the lovely and intelligent Edward.
This story has a
simple theme surrounding each woman's issues that they're dealing
with. While trying to solve their own personal problems, at the same
time they are finding out that friendship is integral to well-being and
provides a strong support system to help deal with life.
apartment building begins having a Sunday evening Downton Abbey
screening where all the ladies show up, eat, drink and bond. If you
enjoy watching that show, you'll appreciate the little tidbits thrown
out from the series - Seasons 1 and 2 only - nothing given away!
are also a few fun behind the scenes publishing tidbits included, and I
enjoyed how several of Wendy's friend's names appear in the storyline.
is a nicely told story of friends - making them and then sticking with
them. Watch how many Shandies you drink when you're with them though!