Sunday, April 21, 2013

which downton abbey character are you?

Let me put it this way, my mother, grandmother, and I all read While We Were Watching Downton Abbey at the same time so that we could talk about it after we were finished, like a book club of sorts. Proving that this is a book for every age; 20’s, 50’s, 70’s and everyone in between. We are obsessed with the show Downton Abbey, and have been watching all 3 season’s on DVD over and over again, impatiently waiting for season 4 to begin and air in the US. I absolutely adored how author Wendy Wax incorporated scenes from the actual show throughout the novel. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me give you the 411 on our main characters.

Set in present day Atlanta, Wax tells the story of Brooke, Samantha, Claire, and Edward as an omniscient (or all knowing) narrator. Brooke is a recently divorced mother of two little girls who feels incredibly bad about herself due to her plastic surgeon ex-husband who has made her feel like shit throughout their entire marriage. Samantha is a very wealthy southern socialite who married her current husband, John after her parents died leaving her to raise her younger brother and sister. Claire is a writer/single mother who moved to the area after her daughter went off to college in hopes to write her third romantic historical fiction novel. These three are brought together by (British) Edward, their apartment building concierge who, in hopes to bring the building together as a community of sorts, began screening Downton Abbey with themed English snacks and drinks every Sunday night.

The novel is just plain enjoyable as we watch the characters evolve and become stronger as individuals due to the support they now receive in these new friendships.

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