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While We Were watching Downton Abbey
by Wendy Wax

When the concierge of their luxury apartment building suggests Sunday evening group watchings of the first two seasons of Downton Abbey as a way to prepare for the third, Samantha, Brooke, and Claire reluctantly join the group as a way of passing time. Little did they know that their time together would change their lives.

Despite the promise of the book's name, this is your standard chick novel, and has essentially nothing to do with the addictive British soap. We are presented with the wealthy man's wife and her tottering marriage, the discarded first wife confronted with her ex and his much younger trophy moving into the same building, and the less affluent empty nester who has abandoned the suburbs to live in the city and pursue her writing full time. There are ups and downs in each of their lives, and one major crisis involving just about every character in the novel. Needless to say, it all works out in the end.

There’s nothing wrong with this book; it’s just sort of meh. The characters are stock, the situations are ordinary, and the outcomes are predictable. It was an enjoyable read, but ultimately forgettable.

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