Let's just start off by saying that if you have never watched an episode of this unbelievably popular PBS show, then parts of this novel may confuse you a bit.
However, if you are a fan, then you are in for a real treat.
While we were Watching Downton Abbey is really a story about friendship set in an exclusive high rise in downtown Atlanta. There is Samantha, married 25 years to a the perfect husband and who grew up in the perfect household and now lives in the perfect penthouse. How perfect is that? Well, as it turns out, not perfect at all. Then there's Claire, a single mother who, after years of struggling, has finally saved enough money to be able to take off a year and write. Again, perfect surroundings, but can she do it? Finally, there is Brooke, a young mother whose husband has left her for another woman. Certainly nothing about that is perfect. How can she make it on her own?
Three different women with very different lives are pulled together after the concierge of their building, the very proper and very British Edward Parker, decides to run episodes of Downton Abbey in the building's club room on Sunday evenings. At first, the three are undecided for a variety of reasons, but eventually decide to give it a try. That's when things get interesting!
This is very much a novel of women becoming empowered through friendship and by taking some risks. A very enjoyable read.
Read-alike author: Haywood Smith