I borrowed While We Were Watching Downton Abbey because it was available on audio on Overdrive when I randomly searched the available books one day. I almost never borrow books without placing a hold or at least picking them off of my TBR list. But this book caught my eye because of the Downton Abbey reference, and I enjoyed it.
Edward, the concierge of a high rise condo building, organizes a weekly Sunday night viewing of the first two seasons of Downton Abbey in preparation for the start of season 3. Three women from the building meet there and become good friends despite their different places in life. The friendship aspects of this book reminded me of what I loved about Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (one of my all-time favorite books).
Claire, a published novelist, is taking the year to write full time, only she cannot seem to find her characters or story. Her daughter is newly away at college, and Claire doesn’t know what to do with all of her spare time.
Brooke is the mother of two young girls who’s recently divorced from her plastic surgeon husband. She’s juggling the girls and having to deal with run-ins with her ex-husband and his new “Barbie” wife.
Samantha appears perfect with her 25-year marriage and penthouse condo. She’s constantly having to rescue her errant siblings and is so focused on making her husband, Jonathan, happy that she’s not sure if she even loves him. And he’s not so sure either.
This book was cute. I loved the friendships and the Downton Abbey references (although you definitely don’t have to have watched it to read this book), but there was something missing. Maybe it was just too slow for my taste.
Another complaint: so many characters were referred to by both their first and last names throughout the book. It was kind of weird and unnecessary to keep using both names.
Rating: 3 Stars