Downton Abbey

Book Blogger Hop & FF Friday

book blogger hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012.

Luckily, Billy from The Coffee-Addicted Writer has relaunched the Book Blogger Hop. Each week the hop will start on Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Q: Are you a book blogger purist?  Do you only have book related posts or  do you review/post on anything/everything that catches your eye?

A: Until recently I have been a book purist. However, last Monday, I started to post about Downton Abbey. I will keep that up until the end of the season and then I will resume my book activities. Oh, and I also blogged about our Walt Disney Trip from last summer.

8474595901_873f4993f4

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Q: Put together your blogger resolution list for all of us to see!

A: How about just blog more. So often life just gets in the way. I, also, want to blog about books that are on my to be read list. I accept way to many review requests.

 

Downton Abbey Season 4 Episode 1

downton abbey

** Spoiler Alert**

The following post is all about my thoughts about the first episode of the fourth season. If you have not seen it yet, read at your own risk.

I am so excited that Downton Abbey is back for its fourth season. I have made every attempt to ignore all posts, articles or other internet whatnot from England concerning Downton. That is quite the accomplishment for me since I ALWAYS try to find spoilers for movies and books. But not this time! I want to experience it with complete anticipation. And I’m so glad I did. Sunday night’s premier was two hours of wonderful! Oh how I missed Downton!

Downton opens six months about the death of Matthew. Mary is living in utter despair. Tom wants her to take her place managing the estate while her father, Lord Grantham, wants her to remain in mourning so he can take control. I thought Lord Grantham’s behavior was so condescending, but typical, towards Mary. He just refuses to accept the new modern age. Also, Mary’s initial acceptance of her father’s treatment was completely out of character for her. I’m so glad that Mary was able to climb out of her despair and come back to the living.

Mary’s climb, I believe, was due to Mr. Carson. He has always been a strong father figure to her. He truly wants best for her. Their first conversation about her becoming more involved with estate went very badly. The self-absorbed Mary of old appeared and tried to put Carson in his place. However, she went to him to apologize and received comfort when she most desperately needed it. It was a very touching scene.

Now on to the departure of O’Brien… I did know about that departure beforehand; however, bringing Edna back was a surprise! I guess Thomas has someone new to conspire with against the Bates. Poor Anna!

Edith is on an interesting road. I don’t like her new beau, Michael Gregson. I find him rather weak and I don’t think he is very good for Edith. The becoming a German citizen in order to divorce his wife is a horrible idea. I can just see him caught up in the Nazi party in 15 years. Edith has so much potential and she keeps falling for men that are weak and not very bright.

Well, those are my initials thoughts on the first episode of Downton Abbey. It was a wonderful beginning to season 4 and I can’t wait for next week!

 

Book Blogger Hop (12) & FF Friday

book blogger hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012.

Luckily, Billy from The Coffee-Addicted Writer has relaunched the Book Blogger Hop. Each week the hop will start on Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Q: What was the last book you read that made you laugh out loud?

A: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax. Some parts of the book were really funny!

 

 

 

8474595901_873f4993f4

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Q: Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song and the book?

A: Holy crap! This is a really hard question! Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of historical and Austenesque fiction. Modern music wouldn’t really fit with those genres. However, one just came to mind: Enter Sandman by Metallica and the Matt Archer Series by Kendra Highley. I’m a huge fan of Kendra and her Matt Archer series. Enter Sandman fits right into those books.

 

Review: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

Published by Berkely Trade

Published on April 2, 2013

384 Pages

Fiction

Synopsis:

When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different  people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and even more unexpectedly, with each other…

Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of Atlanta money – for herself and for her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.

Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the world charm of The Alexander, and, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.

And then there’s Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex-husband. She’s just starting to realize that it’s time to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be.

For Samantha, Claire, Brooke – and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings – it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life’s hardest moments – all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey.

This first thing that grabbed me about this book was the title. It had Downton Abbey in it and I’m a DA junkie. I was so sad when Season 3 ended and I have to wait until next January for Season 4. However, low and behold here is novel set in present day about watching and bonding over Downton Abbey. I just had to read it. And guess what? I LOVED IT!!!!

Wendy Wax has written some wonderful characters in Samantha, Clair, Brooke and Edward. Each has their own story and problems. I never felt that any character’s issue overshadowed the rest. All plotlines were so well-balanced and I thoroughly enjoyed reading each page. I really enjoyed how each plotline developed to its conclusion. Ms. Wax was able to give each character his/her own happy ending.

The blooming friendship between Samantha, Claire and Brooke was at the heart of the book. I liked how three very different women were able to bond and help each other through some very difficult times. I thought Ms. Wax portrayed female friendship in a very positive light. No cattiness, just genuine friendship.

Edward is a wonderful character. He is the glue that keeps everyone together. He gives Samantha, Clair and Brooke strength that they never knew they had. The ladies rely on him for so many different things and they will don’t realize it. He is the epitome of the English gentleman, even though he could be considered “in service.”

Downton Abbey is mainly just the reason for the women to meet and bond. There is some discussion of the series but not much. I wished there was more. The funniest part of the book was when Edward had all the ladies take a Downton quiz to find out which character they were. I won’t give away any secrets but the results will surprise you.

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey is a wonderful book and I highly recommend reading it.

KinxsBookNookScore5

It’s Monday! What are you reading?!

Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! Hosted by Book Journey.

Last week, I read The Missing File which I haven’t reviewed yet. I really didn’t care for it. But I guess I really need to say why.

This week here’s what I’m reading:

Seduction: A Novel of Suspense by M.J. Rose

From the author of The Book of Lost Fragrances comes a haunting novel about a grieving woman who discovers the lost letters of novelist Victor Hugo, awakening a mystery that spans centuries.

In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with the likes of Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the Devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published. Or so it was believed.

Recovering from her own losses, mythologist Jac L’Etoile arrives on the Isle of Jersey—where Hugo conducted the séances—hoping to uncover a secret about the island’s Celtic roots. But the man who’s invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, has hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different—Hugo’s lost conversations with someone called the Shadow of the Sepulcher.

What follows is an intricately plotted and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart, by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists.

Next:

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and—even more unexpectedly—with each other…

Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money—for herself and for her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.

Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old world charm of The Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.

And then there’s Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex-husband. She’s just starting to realize that it’s time to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be.

For Samantha, Claire, Brooke—and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings—it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life’s hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey.




Waiting on Wednesday: Long Live the King

Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
My Waiting on Wednesday:

Long Live the King by Fay Weldon
To be released on May 7, 2013

From the award-winning writer of the original Upstairs Downstairs—the second novel in an irresistible trilogy about an Earl’s family and his servants at the turn of the twentieth century.
As 1901 comes to an end, there is much to be grateful for: The Dilberne fortune has been restored, and the grand Dilberne Court, with its one hundred rooms, has been saved. Lord Robert’s son, Arthur, is happily married to Chicago heiress, Minnie, who is pregnant and trying to come to terms with her new role as lady of the manor, and her charming but controlling mother-in-law, Lady Isobel. As Lord Robert and Lady Isobel get caught up in the preparations of the coronation of Edward VII, they debate the future of their recently orphaned niece, Adela. Isobel and Minnie want to take her in; Robert and Arthur do not. While they argue, Adela runs away and joins a travelling group of spiritualists and has a life-saving run-in with the king. With Long Live the King, Fay Weldon continues the magnificent trilogy that began with Habits of the House. As the award-winning writer for the pilot episode of the original Upstairs Downstairs, Weldon brings her deservedly famous wit and insight to this novel of love and desire, morals and manners.

Book Blogger Hop (5): Foreign Country



The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

 Luckily, Billy from Coffee Addicted Writer will relaunch the Book Blogger Hop. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Q: What is your favorite book set in a different country than the one you live in?
A: My favorite books are Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Deborah Harkness’ The Discovery of Witches; both take place in England. I would say I’m a HUGE anglophile. Plus, my favorite television show in Downtown Abbey. I’m all about England!




Waiting on Wednesday: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
My Waiting on Wednesday:

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax
To be released on April 2, 2013

Synopsis:

FROM THE AUTHOR OF TEN BEACH ROAD AND OCEAN BEACH, A NEW NOVEL OF FOUR FRIENDS—AND A SHARED PASSION THAT COULD CHANGE THEIR LIVES.

When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings ofDownton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and—even more unexpectedly—with each other…

Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money—for herself and for her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.

Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old world charm of The Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.

And then there’s Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex-husband. She’s just starting to realize that it’s time to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be.

For Samantha, Claire, Brooke—and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings—it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life’s hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey. 


Lately I have been totally obsessed with Downton Abbey and when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it!!

Barefoot Books

Join Barefoot!

Save 20%

Kendal’s Barefoot Books Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Email Format

Grab My Button

Kinx’s Book Nook

Connect With Me

Network Blogs

Bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin

Linky

Follow My Blog!

Click here to follow this blog and view my other followers...

Oklahoma Women Bloggers

Oklahoma Women Bloggers

Books, Babes, and Booze

September Selection

Categories

Currently Reading

Kendal's bookshelf: currently-reading


goodreads.com

TBR

Kendal's to-read book montage

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment
Where Are the Dinos?
Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Cold Blooded
Bristol House
My Notorious Life: A Novel
Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind
Long Live the King
To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Bad News for a Ghost
The Next Pendragon
Caroline Bingley
My Beloved World
Royal Mistress
My Dear Sophy
The Wild Girl
To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started
Hades: Lord of the Dead
The Man Who Loved Jane Austen


Kendal's favorite books »

Blogoversary Countdown!

Get your own free Blogoversary button!