Surely not, you think. Downton Abbey is set in England and is about Earls and Ladies and Countesses. Atlanta is “across the pond” and has no royalty.
Downton is a majestic castle. Atlanta is full of high-rise buildings.
In Downton, they speak with a beautiful English accent. In Atlanta, there are sweet Southern drawls.
But there is a connection. A really good connection, actually.
When English-born concierge Edward decides to hold weekly Downton Abbey viewing parties, he, knowing that she needed an outlet, insists that Samantha Davis show her support. Samantha, who is on the Homeowner’s Association Board of Directors,
Samantha, who is on the Homeowner’s Association Board of Directors, feels compelled to attend.
Claire Walker, whose daughter is away at college is struggling to write her next novel. No matter what she tries, the words just won’t come to her.
Brooke MacKenzie cannot stand up to her overbearing ex-husband. Even where her daughter is concerned, he always holds her down.
The three women have nothing in common except that they all live at The Alexander, a beautiful conversion in downtown Atlanta. With Edward’s help and the Downton Abbey parties, the 3 become acquainted. And then they become each other’s support.
In a very endearing way, these 3 quickly make a place in their own worlds and in the hearts of the reader. This is a wonderful story, of how the power of friendship can be a transformative power in the lives of those involved.
This is not really the type of book that I normally would choose. However, after I listened to and read The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, I was in love with the reading style and voice of Orlagh Cassidy, one of the narrators of that book. Because of her narration, I chose this book and I am so very thankful that I did!
The audible version of this novel (performed by Orlagh Cassidy) is beautifully narrated and acted and you will truly feel that you are living in The Alexander with these 3 strong, loving, and protective women.
And you will feel better for having read it.