While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
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While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

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FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OFTEN BEACH ROADANDOCEAN BEACH,A NEW NOVEL OF FOUR FRIENDS—AND A SHARED PASSION THAT COULD CHANGE THEIR LIVES.
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,...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Berkley Trade
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Rebecca Huston
This turned out to be a dud of a novel and I was bored silly by it. Three women who are living in an upscale apartment building in Atlanta Georgia are drawn together by weekly screenings of the first two seasons of Downton Abbey, arranged by the building's concierge Edward. While they all have problems of some sort or another, I just could not get into this one, and I was glad to see it end. Not even a die-hard fan of Downton Abbey would find this one at all interesting. Just barely three stars...more
Julianne
First, let me just say how happy I was to finally read a book about people who become friends by bonding over a tv show. Usually I don’t go for chick lit, but given that the television show in question was Downton Abbey, I had to at least give it a shot, right? I was really glad, though, that the book didn’t rely too heavily on the show or try to make the book characters thinly-veiled copies of the characters on the show. Instead, the three focal women are all rich and interesting characters on...more
Linda
Smart marketing to cash in on Downton Abbey mania, strike while the iron is hot. I'm not sure how popular the story will be once the show loses some of its popularity. Still,chick lit always has a place on a bookshelf or e-reader.

Wendy Wax shows us once again that a beautiful facade doesn't tell the whole story. That's true of the Alexander, one of Atlanta's most desirable addresses and the people living in the 1913 building including the concierge Edward and his tenants Samantha, Claire and Bro...more
Laurel-Rain
In the historic Alexander, a lovely downtown Atlanta apartment building, an assortment of residents fill its rooms, from the gorgeous and wealthy Jonathan and Samantha Davis in the penthouse to the writer/single mom Claire in her studio apartment. And the glue that holds them all together is Edward Parker, the concierge, whose impeccable charm and manners lend an Old World level of comfort to them all.

So when Edward invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey,...more
Joanne Guidoccio
Three women and a concierge. All residents of the Alexander, a luxury high-rise in downtown Atlanta. Each with their own story and set of problems.

Indebted to her husband for his generosity and financial support, Samantha Davis lives a life of routine and self-imposed expectations. Each morning, she wakes up and renews “her vow to make Jonathan Davis happy, his life smooth, and his confidence in his choice of her unshaken.” In addition to the beauty maintenance and hours of volunteer work, Saman...more
Betty
What can I say about “While We Were Watching Downton Abbey”? It was one of those strange like/dislike reads… let me explain, the parts that I liked, I really, really liked; and the parts that I disliked, well, I wished I didn’t have to read at all because it was driving me crazy to read it at all. Even the parts that I did like had a few bits that drove me crazy here and there, because you just wanted to shake these women and wake them up! I’m all about the fictional character. I’m all about sus...more
Elizabeth Eiler
If you think this book is going to be anything like watching Downton Abbey, THINK AGAIN. Life is short, so I quit reading after 141 pages (of 376). This seems like a book hastily written to capitalize on the interest in Downton Abbey -- so hastily written, it apparently wasn't even edited.

The reader wades through long, clunky sentences of painstaking detail, such as, "Dutifully rallied, she threw off the covers and put on the workout clothes she left folded on the chaise longue near her side of...more
Staci

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey was completely and utterly.....delightful!! I found myself really liking Sam, Claire, Brooke, and most especially Edward. What is so funny about this book is that I suggested to my friend a few months ago that a group of us go to her house on Sundays to watch Season 3 of Downton Abbey together, which is exactly what we will be doing! There were so may parallels between the women's stories and our own and how we tend to forget all of our worries when we're tal...more
Helen
I loved this book - chick lit for the over 40s!!! With subtle ties to the much loved TV show, this has a story that can stand alone with a trio of characters that will take you on their journey of development!
Jaxmarie
Loved this book! Somewhat "predictable" but very very enjoyable!!
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A refreshing tale of three women that are so different from one another, but come together for a great friendship.

Opening Sentence: As a child Samantha Jackson Davis loved fairy tales as much as the next girl.

The Review:

I was drawn to Wendy Wax’s While We Were Watching Downton Abbey mostly because of the infamous TV show. For those of you who don’t know, Downton Abbey is a period drama about life in the early 1900s, between the life of thos...more
Michelle
Posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

I was drawn to Wendy Wax’s While We Were Watching Downton Abbey mostly because of the infamous TV show. For those of you who don’t know, Downton Abbey is a period drama about life in the early 1900s, between the life of those upstairs (the wealthy) and downstairs (the help). I am a huge fan of the show, so when I read that the premise was about three women coming together for weekly screenings of the show, I had to read it. Wax is marvelous writer, bringing me the liv...more
Viviane Crystal
A motley group live in the Alexander Building, watched over by the gentleman Edward, who sees to the needs of the building and arranges for a weekly showing of Downton Abbey, the British serial show that millions around the world have been avidly following and immensely enjoying. This is where Samantha, Claire, Brooke and other minor characters live and where they bond through their Sunday evening gatherings!

Samantha and her siblings were poor when she met her rich husband. She can’t cook and al...more
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
The Downton Abbey hook is what pulled me in to this tale of unlikely friendships. Set in Atlanta, Georgia at a very tony apartment complex, three women bond over watching the Downton Abbey series at a regular Sunday night viewing party replete with a pseudo-housemaid and butler. The tv parties are the brainchild of concierge Edward, a British charmer who is out to make a success of his small personal services company. The unlikely friends include: Samantha, wife to a rich lawyer who for various...more
Devon Hernandez
Pretty good! Very entertaining contemporary novel about 3 very different women brought together in friendship through the community screening of Downton Abbey in their apartment building by the concierge, who also gets a little slice of the plot. Most of the characters are fairly relatable except Samantha. I warmed to her more by the end of the story. Maybe because I'm a Yankee, I can't grasp "old Southern money" and marrying into, and living a life suppressing your feelings and desires because...more
Kristen
This one goes on my list for, "good airplane book". A fast read which does not require a big investment of brain or emotion. And, I can't imagine anyone enjoying it who isn't a woman over 40. It's three story lines about women who live in the same apartment complex. One is a recent empty nester who was a single mom and is a frustrated author - her whole life has changed and now she has writers block and is under pressure from her publisher. One is a recently divorced mother of two who is in the...more
Anissa
I am a huge Downton Abbey fan & that was the draw for me reading this one. Unfortunately, I didn't think this was very good. Downton was barely a backdrop & basically seemed like any popular show could have been plugged in for the very same story (While We Were Watching The Walking Dead or While We Were Watching Scandal). The characters were stock & flimsy, doing nothing unexpected & ending up exactly where you would predict. Aside from the descriptions of the posh building, I ne...more
January
I give this book a solid three stars.* It is true chick lit: very predictable and cheesy. I enjoyed the character development though ; yes in chick lit fashion there was a happy ending, but hey happy endings aren't bad; that's why this genre sells. My one con I would say is that I had a tougher time believing Samantha was really that dense. I understand she is meant to be like the Granthams allegorically, but man people who are rich rich (Lords/Lady style) can be mysteries sometimes. Overall wor...more
Katherine
I picked up this book simply because I love Downton Abbey, and was curious about the title. It took only a few pages to get me hooked on the three main characters. Samantha, married to a rich lawyer; Clair, a frustrated novelist; and Brooke, a divorcee.
The women meet each other in the club room of a high rise condominium where Edward, the concierge, has combined a weekly showing of Downton Abbey with treats from early 20th Century England. As the book unfolds, the women become good friends, shar...more
Kylie Purdie
This book came to me through a review by Sheila on Book Journey.
And can I just say thank you Shelia, for introducing me to the girls - they are a great bunch!
So Edward, the concierge of The Alexander apartment building decides to foster a little community spirit in the building by hosting a weekly screening of Seasons one and two of Downton Abbey in the lead up to season 3. As residents gather for their weekly "fix," friendships are formed, support is given and much wine is drunk! Sounds like my...more
Julie Valerie
Lovers of Downton Abbey will enjoy how author Wendy Wax weaves episodes into the narrative about three women (Samantha, Claire, and Brooke) and one man (Edward) and their lives in the Alexander, a prestigious condo complex in Atlanta, GA.

Samantha married for money and then struggles with family members who take advantage of her husband's wealth and success. Her brother, Hunter, emerges as the novel's villain. Claire has one year to write a novel and struggles with writer's block, feelings of ins...more
Nicole Long
I was very excited to win this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway! I love Downton Abbey. I love books about women coming together as friends. I love happy endings. This book was perfect for me. The author told the story very smoothly of three women meeting during critical times in their lives, and described the impact that these new found friends had on decisions they were making. It demonstrated how friendship can heal us during the most wretched times in our lives. I connected with each...more
Kerri
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...more
Sarahctodd
I call this literature for the hopeless romantic and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the weaving in of screenings of Downton and the powerful theme of friendship. Overall, an easy, fun read!
Kelley
This was a really fun read ... not too heavy, or emotionally taxing. Just a fun story about friendship and finding it in the most unlikely circumstances. Probably helps a little to be a Downton Abbey viewer, but not a deal breaker if you've never seen it.
Arlene
I saw this book at Books a Million and knew I had to purchase it, being a big Downton Abbey fan. The novel did not disappoint. I really enjoyed Ms Wax's story of three women who live in a luxury high rise in Midtown Atlanta who bond over viewing Downton Abbey in the Alexander Club Room. The writing is good, I loved the Atlanta setting and I think everyone will like Edward, the concierge at the Alexander Highrise. He is a Brit who owns a company called Private Butler. He is the heart of the Alexa...more
Angela Jones
I wanted to like this book and I kept reading it hoping it would get better but it just didn't. It was predictable and kind of cliche' in its storyline. The characters were one-dimensional and not well developed. The "Downton Abbey" angle seemed like a ploy to get DA viewers to read the book--and that's probably why I did as a matter of fact--but DA has very little to do with the plot at all. They could have been watching any television show. The show is merely a vehicle by which to gather the m...more
Michelle
Need to remind myself that I'm not really a fan of "chick lit" which this book clearly falls into. I was drawn in by the title, I will admit as I am a fan of Downton Abbey. The characters just were not well drawn and the plot was just so slow and predictable. Amazed I finished it - I think just kept hoping for more but it never materialized. Clearly this book was rushed as it covers everything up to the upcoming Season 4 of Downton Abbey. It showed and not in a good way. Have never read this aut...more
Elaine
This is a read that I really enjoyed. It is set in The Alexander, an apartment building in Atlanta and revolves around three women who live there, all from diverse backgrounds, who get to know each other when their Concierge arranges weekly screenings of Downton Abbey.

I have only ever seen Downton Abbey a few times but it is not necessary to have watched it to understand this book, although it does really make me want to sit down and watch every season now. I really enjoyed getting to know Brook...more
Penny McGill
This was a treat of a book in two ways. A friend passed the title on to me which is always worth 2-3 published book reviews AND I had such a nice time reading it. I've since passed it on to two other friends because it is interesting enough to grab you right away but not so dark that you feel like it will bring you down.

"Perfect reading for the summer", seems like the right thing to call it but lately I have friends who need "perfect reading for a person who is accompanying loved ones to medica...more
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