Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by JoveFrom Goodreads
(first published April 2nd 2013)
"Samantha’s marriage has been complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal. Claire, an empty nester and struggling author, is wondering if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than not having any dreams at all. And after countless battles with her faithless ex-husband, Brooke is coming to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be.
But when Edward, the concierge of their historic Atlanta apartment building, invites them for weekly screenings of an addictive television show, the four of them embark on a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through life’s hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey."
Every Wendy Wax book I've read, I've enjoyed immensely and this one was no different. Loved it, loved it, loved it! I was engaged in the story from the get go and emotionally invested in the characters. Wendy makes each and every character in the story come alive, so much so that I wanted to hug, give a stern talking to or slap each character. Yes, Wendy is that good at making the reader feel what the characters are feeling.
If you like your fictional women to be strong, caring women who support and understand each other, this is a story for you. The sense of place is so well done and of course, I just loved the Downton Abbey scenes. An enjoyable story of relationships, friendships and contemporary themes, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey is not to be missed.
Wendy Wax is the author of numerous wonderful novels. She can be found on her webpage, and Goodreads.
Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Penguin in exchange for my honest opinion.