Tuesday, June 18, 2013

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While We Were Watching Downtown Abbey by Wendy Wax is a novel about four people who live in the same building yet know very little about each other bond over weekly screenings of Downtown Abby in the historic Atlanta apartment building, The Alexander. Edward the concierge of The Alexander decides that there is a lack of community in the building so he decides to build one by screening the wildly popular Downtown Abbey. Three women in particular find themselves connecting with the program which helps them all cope with difficult situations in their life.

For Edward the screening will not only promote a sense of community in the building it will also bring a bit of home to Atlanta. Samantha Davis learns how to carefully evaluate her complicated marriage and eventually how to let her guard down and express her true feelings for her husband. Claire Walker deals with an abundance of time and lack of ideas as she struggles to make her novel deadline. And Brooke MacKenzie learns that she is holding onto a relationship with her ex-husband that is damaging to her self-esteem.

It is not only the Edward, Samantha, Claire and Brooke that become intensely aware of each other’s personal live it is also, we the reader that finds out intimate details about these four people who tried so hard to keep the public face smiling. While the book is a quick read, the relationships slowly build between the three women. As they learn about each other they grow together. It is quite lovely at times how the women support each other.

Overall, the book was a good read. It is a bit slow at times and for a book about women overcoming problems there is not really as much drama as there could be. I have only to real issues with this book: 1) the Hunter Jackson scandal (Samantha Davis’ brother) could have greatly benefited from a lot more drama and 2) the ending fizzled out which may have been because of the lack of real attention to the conflicts that were presented for all four of the characters.

Recommended for readers who enjoy women’s fiction, chick-lit , in particular people who enjoy novels about women who make new friends as adults.

Note: I received this book from the publisher to review. In no way did that affect the content of this review.

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