While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I am a huge Downton Abbey fan & that was the draw for me reading this one. Unfortunately, I didn't think this was very good. Downton was barely a backdrop & basically seemed like any popular show could have been plugged in for the very same story (While We Were Watching The Walking Dead or While We Were Watching Scandal). The characters were stock & flimsy, doing nothing unexpected & ending up exactly where you would predict. Aside from the descriptions of the posh building, I never felt these characters existed in any sort of lush surroundings approximate to my beloved Downton. I skimmed the last third of the book out of sheer need to finish because it was, by that point, clear that it was irrevocably boring & a trite ending was coming. There's nothing wrong with a light read but I wouldn't even recommend this one for a weekender. It simply had no charm to speak of, that I found & offered nothing new as a twist to an old trope (women at various stages in life, forging friendships). This reader was disappointed at this middling (at best) story.
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