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Wax breaks from her Ten Beach Road series to indulge her obsession with the popular British television show Downton Abbey in her latest novel. When Edward, concierge of a posh Atlanta building, decides to host a weekly Downtown Abbey viewing party, it brings together an unlikely trio of residents. Behind her poised facade, Samantha harbors the belief that her husband married her out of pity, and she lets her younger siblings take advantage of her. Empty-nester Claire has taken a year off from her day job to write her next novel, but crippling writer’s block has her dodging her editor’s calls. Frumpy single-mom Brooke must face her ex-husband and his glossy new girlfriend, who have moved into the building. Wax’s trendy premise makes for a surprisingly poignant and enjoyable story about friendship. Readers need not be fans of the show to enjoy this tale, but they may relate more to the characters’ infatuation if they are. --Aleksandra Walker

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Praise for While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

“Quite a clever, fun little novel.”—
USA Today

“Wax's delightful tale explores how life imitates art when four very different people bond over the period drama.”—
BookBub

“A tribute to the transformative power of female friendship, and reading Wendy Wax is like discovering a witty, wise, and wonderful new friend.”—Claire Cook, bestselling author of
Must Love Dogs and Time Flies

“Wax’s trendy premise makes for a surprisingly poignant and enjoyable story about friendship.”—
Booklist
 
“In the style of...Karen Joy Fowler’s
The Jane Austen Book Club...the book engrosses its reader in the drama of these women’s love lives and emotional struggles.”—Deseret News

“A grand, well-paced contemporary read definitely deserving to be on the bestseller list!!! Great writing!”—
Crystal Book Reviews
 
“Wendy Wax’s fresh approach to an entertaining storyline hooks us with the idea that other things
could happen 'while we were watching Downton Abbey'....Honesty in any relationship is vital, and Wax shows this truth in downtown Atlanta alongside the engrossing story of Downton Abbey.”—Bookreporter.com
 
“This warm and charming novel about struggling to redefine yourself will be your perfect escape.”—Lisa Steinke,
She Knows
 
“Pulled me in...I highly recommend it.”—Night Owl Reviews
 
“Again, Wax has knocked it out of the park.”—
Great Thoughts

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley; 1st edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0425263312
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0425263310
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.11 x 0.92 x 7.98 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 707 ratings

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USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax is heralded for her contemporary women's fiction exploring friendship, loyalty, self-discovery and the seemingly insurmountable challenges life sometimes presents.

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Wendy grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico. Appropriately enough, Wendy attended Sunshine Elementary School where recess and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every school year was the annual fish broil. Not surprisingly, some of her favorite Florida beaches were destined to become settings for her bestselling fiction, including her "Ten Beach Road" novels, TEN BEACH ROAD, OCEAN BEACH, THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT, SUNSHINE BEACH, ONE GOOD THING, and BEST BEACH EVER.

Wendy's writing has been highly praised. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says she "writes with breezy wit and keen insight into family relations." Her books have been featured in national publications such as USA Today, Ladies Home Journal and Woman's World, and at online book sites such as On a Clear Day I Can Read Forever, Luxury Reading, Book Reporter, Night Owl Reviews and Fresh Fiction.

Wendy loves to hear from her readers! You can reach her at wendy@authorwendywax.com.

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Gilbster
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look for fans of Downton Abbey and Women's Fiction!
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ElaineG
3.0 out of 5 stars Shandy aside, a really good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whilst we were watching Do w Anton Abbey - Wendy Wax
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Adele
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book about friendship
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, well recommended.
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