While We Were Watching Downton Abbey? It's been a long time since I stayed up reading until 4:00 a.m. Yes 4:00 a.m.! That's usually the time I wake up and can't get back to sleep for an hour or two. This is a fun end of the summer beach read and could author Wendy Wax possibly get any smarter? I mean really, she had me hooked with the title!
Edward, the super classy, British concierge at the historic Alexander apartments in Atlanta, decides to host a regular Sunday night viewing so more tenents can get to know each other. Each week the group watches an episode of the early 20th century British series' first two seasons.
"In keeping with the Downton Abbey theme, he'd dressed two of his staff as servants of the period and brought them up to serve food and drinks. James Hicks wore livery copied from Edward's grandfather's actual uniform, and smiled and bowed formally as he poured and offered wine behind the bar. Isabella Morales, an aspiring actress, was dressed as a ladies' maid and seemed to be having a "go" at a British accent as she passed out bags of popcorn and offered appetizer-sized mincemeat pies."
Brooke MacKenzie, Samantha Davis and Claire Walker are three very different women, who find themselves sitting together at the first viewing. The one thing they have in common, besides living in the Alexander, is they're all going through major changes and crisis in their lives. They soon become the kinds of friends that have your back when you seriously need it.
Brooke is the mother of two darling girls and is dealing with a pain-in-the-ass ex-husband who loves nothing more than putting Brooke down and flaunting his gorgeous new girlfriend. Samantha is having her own marital difficulties with her wonderful husband, after her brother once again causes the couple and her husband's law firm serious financial and legal problems. Claire is living an almost dream come true, with a year's time to do nothing but write her next novel. After years of single parenting when she wished for more time to write she now has it, but is facing a rapidly shrinking bank account, a looming deadline and has hit a stubbornly intense writing block.
This is a really fun read but be warned... you may be up half the night!