From the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean 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 of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and - even more unexpectedly - with one another....
Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money - for herself and for 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.
©2013 Wendy Wax (P)2013 Penguin Audio
I use audio books to help me survive my 35 min drive to and from work each day. I had a little trouble separating all the characters in the beginning and would rewind for clarification. This book was so enjoyable that i found myself unable to turn it off once home. It's a sweet story about friendships and relationships....i was sad when it ended.
Enjoyable, laughter, light
Can't think of any off the top of my head.
Anytime the gals and guys were watching Downton Abbey, then eating the great food.
Whenever the "butler" would see to the needs of others. Nice touch
After listening to so many "heavy" books, I needed a light, happy, didn't have to know anything about Downton Abbey book. I truelly enjoyed it!! The narrator did a fantastic job and it was just an book that left you feeling good. Thanks, I needed that!!
The author captures the characters in the book and pulls you into their lives with ease and makes you want to root for happy endings for all
Yes! I love Wendy Wax books! Always exciting with a great story line with serious and laugh out moments. Wendy has become one of my most favorite authors!
I over all the characters.
There are too many to list because I enjoyed every part of the book.
A must see!
I have yet to read a Wendy Wax book I don't like. This one is entertaining, relaxing and a great getaway!!
Only if they were bored and liked chick-lit a lot. Plot and characters both ran thin.
John and Samantha's marriage and love story was the least interesting, simply because it made no sense. It's hard to get invested in a romance when the feelings behind their relationship aren't clear to you. The fact John seemed like an ass didn't really help (seriously, who freezes out their partner while they're in the middle of a depressive episode and tells them to suck it up or else?). "Prince Charming" my foot.
The most interesting aspect was probably Brooke's story; unfortunately, I don't feel like she really got a proper ending.
Eh, none of them really. I like Orlagh Cassidy a lot in general, but I have no idea why she was cast to do a book with Southern characters when she cannot do a Southern accent. When she tried, she ranged from channeling Texas to Mississippi to the Midwest...and basically anywhere but Atlanta or even Georgia. It got a little distracting. So yeah, unfortunately I can't say I had a favorite character performance from her.
It's a bit off-putting that the author chose to set the book in Atlanta, and then did nothing with it. She didn't use the city to provide any atmosphere or sense of place, but instead just randomly keep dishing out references to cliche/touristy locations. I never got the sense Wendy Wax had ever lived in, or even visited, Atlanta—only that she'd bought one travel book to pull dated references from. As a result the book completely lacked a sense of place and immersion was lessened.
For comparison, it's like if an author decided to set a book in New York, and just randomly peppered the story with references to bagels and Times Square, but nothing else. Weird and bad writing.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
As an avid Downton Abbey fan... I am avidly awaiting the new series in January, I really enjoyed this book. Its a story about three women living in a posh apartment building and each come from different backgrounds, with different circumstances and are brought together every Sunday evening in the rec room to watch the Downton Abbey series. On the surface they have a facade of normality, but each one is struggling with their own problems.
This was a "real" life story, making the characters so real with every day issues about family, finances, love and sadness...
I was sorry when it ended and it could end up with a sequel... let's watch this space..
A really good story, each character was fully developed and kept me wanting to hear more. I enjoyed the blending of the novel and the TV show.
Edward. Edward reminded me of Carson from Downton Abbey and I enjoyed the similarities between the two.
Each character had a distinct "voice" that was evident through the entire story.
I took a chance on this Wendy Wax novel because the title was intriguing and I'm glad I did. I was very impressed. This is my favorite Audible purchase to date and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel.
For the right person this might be a great book. It just wasn't for me.
Lots of Atlanta detail
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