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Publisher's Summary

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

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Light and fun!

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.

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I was actually surprised!

If you could sum up While We Were Watching Downton Abbey in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable, laughter, light

What other book might you compare While We Were Watching Downton Abbey to and why?

Can't think of any off the top of my head.

Which scene was your favorite?

Anytime the gals and guys were watching Downton Abbey, then eating the great food.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Whenever the "butler" would see to the needs of others. Nice touch

Any additional comments?

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!!

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Love Wendy Wax Books!!!!

Would you listen to While We Were Watching Downton Abbey again? Why?

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!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I over all the characters.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are too many to list because I enjoyed every part of the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A must see!

Any additional comments?

I have yet to read a Wendy Wax book I don't like. This one is entertaining, relaxing and a great getaway!!

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Felt Like the Author was Phoning It In

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they were bored and liked chick-lit a lot. Plot and characters both ran thin.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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.<br/><br/>The most interesting aspect was probably Brooke's story; unfortunately, I don't feel like she really got a proper ending.

Which character – as performed by Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.<br/><br/>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.

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  • Lorna
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 11-05-13

Enjoyably relaxing.....

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..

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What a great listen!

What made the experience of listening to While We Were Watching Downton Abbey the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Edward. Edward reminded me of Carson from Downton Abbey and I enjoyed the similarities between the two.

What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

Each character had a distinct "voice" that was evident through the entire story.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Gremmie
  • Monticello, GA, United States
  • 10-16-13

Just silly

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

For the right person this might be a great book. It just wasn't for me.

Has While We Were Watching Downton Abbey turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too british

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Lots of Atlanta detail

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