I think it’s pretty safe to say that Downton Abbey isn’t just any BPD (British Period Drama). While the British are known for a specific genre of dramatic story telling, Downton Abbey moves beyond the borders of the genre. In five short seasons, it has become cultural touchstone, enthralling fans from all over the world.
Wendy Wax’s 2013 novel, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, bring together four very distinct characters who otherwise might not have met.
Samantha Davis lost her parents a young age. For the past twenty five years, she has been married to her husband, the son of an old and very wealthy Atlanta family. She married for security, for herself and younger siblings. Her marriage has become happy and solid, but a shattering family betrayal could spell the end it. Claire Walker’s only daughter has just started her freshman year of college. Divorced for years, Claire is a writer who seeks an empty nest apartment to complete her novel, which is not coming to fruition as quickly as she hoped. Brooke Mackenzie’s marriage has just ended in divorce. She has two little girls to raise and her plastic surgeon ex-husband has quickly found a replacement for her. She is learning that life is not a fairy tale.
They are brought together by Edward, the concierge of the Alexander, the building they call home. Edward’s family has been in service for generations. Ahead of the Series 3 premiere of Downton Abbey, Edward brings the residents of the Alexander together on Sunday nights to watch series 1 and 2.
I liked this book. It was a little slow at first. Ms. Wax spend a little too much time introducing the reader to the characters in the first few chapters. I would have liked the book a little better had she just jumped into the story and let the characters back story unfold within the story, instead of being told before hand. But other than that, I have no complaints.
I recommend this book.