Friday, June 24, 2016

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey Book Review

For recovering Downton Abbey addicts a book review: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax.
While We Were Watching Downton Abbey is a light and easy read designed for those of us who were addicted to the highly popular PBS mini-series Downton Abbey. I will readily admit that I am one of those addicts and that I enjoyed this lightweight book. I bonded with the characters and at moments laughed out loud.

While We Were Watching tells the story of a group of women discovering not just Downton Abbey but friendship, too. Written by Wendy Wax, it shares their modern day struggles and how they support each other through the ups and the downs that life has thrown at them.

Set in The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building that sounds absolutely lovely, this story features three main female characters:

Samantha Davis, a wealthy woman who married for money for herself and her younger siblings.

Claire Walker, a struggling author now also struggling to be happy on her own as an empty nester in a new environment.

Brooke MacKenzie, a woman married to an unfaithful husband and a decidedly un-nice husband.

Author Wendy Wax pictured George Clooney playing butler Edward. What do you think?
Author Wendy Wax pictured George Clooney
playing butler Edward. What do you think?
Picture available on Amazon.
All three are brought together inadvertently by the male concierge, Edward when he decides to host a Downton Abbey night once a week in the building's movie room. Of course, he does so brilliantly and you will wish you could watch the series with this cast of characters. You will want to join them for a glass of wine and you will want some of the Downton-style British-themed treats, too.

The story unfolds with both drama and humour. You will find yourself cheering the ladies on. The story will quickly draw you in and, unfortunately, be over far too soon.

If you are looking for something fun to read that harks back to Downton Abbey, you might want to pick up While We Were Watching Downton Abbey. It would of course make an excellent gift choice for someone who is enthralled with the series. You can order your copy of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey from Amazon by clicking right here.

Are you a Downton Abbey fan?

Happy Reading!


Books by Wendy Wax
Wendy Wax set aside other projects in order to write about Downton Abbey since she and the rest of the world were so keen on that series. Her other books include the Ten Beach Road four-book series shown here. You can check out all of Wax's books for yourself on Amazon by clicking right here.


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  1. I loved Downton Abbey! It really was a series you could sit and watch with anyone and not have to worry about being embarrassed by anything on the screen. It was a series my daughter and I shared. Even though we were rarely in the same house at the time, we watched separately and discussed the characters and plot as if it was all real. It is indeed the kind of show that will bond people together so I can definitely understand the premise of this book. It sounds like a great book! I smiled when you said "be over far too soon." That was also true for the Downton Abbey series. As for George Clooney being the butler, I guess I can't know for sure without reading the book, but I don't think I could actually see him in the role of a butler.

  2. I too loved Downton Abbey! I'm sorry to see it end, I looked forward to each episode. This sounds like a fun read.

  3. I loved Downtown Abbey, also! I think from your wonderful review that I will enjoy this book as well. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. I was late in finding Downton Abbey, so can't say that I'm truly bitten by the story, but the episodes I saw were enjoyable for sure. I think I know several women who would enjoy this book...thanks for your wonderful review.

  5. Perhaps it's because we can't always get PBS on our TV that I never got into the Downton Abbey craze. I love the book idea, though. It definitely sounds like a winner!

  6. Thanks, ladies. It was nice sharing discussions of this series with those who you watched with and those who you could not watch with but wish you could!


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