Wendy Wax’s fresh approach to an entertaining story line hooks us with the idea that other things could happen “while we were watching “Downton Abbey.”’ It is hard to imagine that other lives, besides the upstairs and downstairs people of the “grand estate against the backdrop of the English countryside,” would catch our attention. But they do. They are the residents of the Alexander, a “beautifully renovated Beaux Arts and Renaissance Revival-styled apartment building” in downtown Atlanta. We keep track of the known, the Crawleys and their lives, while following new characters and experiences.
Edward Parker, the concierge of the Alexander, is a transplanted butler from London. His affection for the series, as well as his British uncle’s recommendation, encourages him to offer Sunday night entertainment at the Alexander: seasons one and two of “Downton Abbey.”
"Honesty in any relationship is vital, and Wax shows this truth in downtown Atlanta alongside the engrossing story of “Downton Abbey.”"
Three women will become friends and change each others’ lives during these showings. Brooke MacKenzie, a divorced mother of two, has been in a holding pattern since her husband traded her for a new Barbie. There are missteps, tears and longings for her old life, but she surprises herself by finding success in helping a recently widowed dad plan a very cool “princess wars” birthday party for his daughter. His admiration for her ability to create a guest list by the obvious routes (call the babysitter and the little girl across the street, get the class directory from school) is revealed when he looks at her “as if she’d invented the wheel or discovered fire.” We hope we know where this encounter is heading, and there is sweetness and believability in this relationship.
Claire Wilson’s daughter is a freshman at Northwestern, and Claire has given herself a year to write a third novel, a sequel to her Scottish romances set in the 1700s. She, too, longs for the energy and focus of the past when she was a single mom. This regret does not mix w