I’m hooked on the show–loved it so much last year that I even mentioned it in The Good Woman of my Brennan Sisters series (Kit introduced Meg to the show)–and now the talented Wendy Wax has a gorgeous new novel out this week, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, the story of four friends and a shared passion that could change their lives.
Wendy is such a love. She took such great care of me when I was in Atlanta in February, during my birthday weekend. She had me in as a guest in her home, hauled me to book events, joined me in book club discussions, joined me as a special guest author at my reader tea in Roswell, threw me a lovely birthday dinner at her home, and then sent me off to Raleigh with a slice of birthday cake! I felt spoiled and loved and I want to show her some love back, by sharing with you more about her new book.
The book’s back cover blurb:
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 each other…
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.
Doesn’t it sound fantastic? I think so and have just slipped my copy of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey into my suitcase for our trip to Hawaii tomorrow morning and can’t wait to dive in!
In honor of Wendy’s new release, I’m celebrating Wendy by giving away 10 copies of her novel, Ocean Beach. That’s right! 10 copies. Plus other fun goodies. For a chance to win one of these special prizes, tell me if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, and what you love about the show!
Contest runs through Sunday night and we’ll announce the 10 winners Monday morning so be sure to check back and see if you won!