Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday Mo[u]rning

Downton Abbey Cast (Photo:

How will I spend the next few months of Sunday nights after watching the final episode of Downton Abbey Season 3?   I've grown accustomed to the weekly mix of humorous, tense, happy, sad, and unexpected moments that have come to characterize the series.  After last night's final scene, I'm left to ponder the future of the Crawleys and the others in their orbit. 

Thus today, the wait for Season 4 begins.  As far as I can tell, the schedule hasn't been announced yet, and I'm reluctant to search extensively online for the information lest I discover spoilers.  To limit that possibility, I've resigned myself to signing up for a DVD availability email alert from

In the meantime, how will I keep feelings of mourning and series withdrawal at bay?  I'll start by finishing Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide.  The English manor house in the story is very much like Downton Abbey, but the plot and characters are quite different. 

Other suggested reads for whiling away the hours are stand-alone novel Engagement at Beaufort Hall by Jane Feather and first-in-a-series Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown.

                       Engagement at Beaufort Hall     Summerset Abbey     Summerset Abbey: A Bloom in Winter

The second book in Brown's series, A Bloom in Winter, will be available on March 5th, and can be preordered now.   

If you are a Downton Abbey fan, how will you handle the wait for Season 4?


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  1. I just watched the last episode and I am devastated that we will have to wait so long until Episode 4. Thanks for the book recommendations to tie me over!

  2. Thanks for stopping by -- I've been following your blog for a while now and hope you'll connect with my blog via GFC.

    More to the point -- I literally just found out about a novel being written by Wendy Wax to be called While We Were Watching Downton Abbey. It sounds really interesting! Click on this link to read more about it and an excerpt:

  3. Hi Catherine,
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on Monday Musings. I'm also a fan of the Downton Abbey series and feeling a bit lost now as well. I did read Summerset Abbey a while back and I'm anxiously awaiting for A Winter In Bloom. But, I'm sure to be seeking out anything that will fill the void until season 4!

    1. I appreciate your feedback, Kimberly, and your thoughts on the T.J. Brown books, which I haven't had the chance to read yet. There's another book coming out that you may be interested in.. .it's a novel being written by Wendy Wax called While We Were Watching Downton Abbey. It sounds really interesting! Click on this link to read more about it and an excerpt:

      My past few Monday columns have also had book recommendations for Downton Abbey fans...they are available in the archive.

  4. Novelist has a list of Downton Abbey readalikes.

  5. Yes, the Novelist list is a good one. Over the last few Mondays, I've shared book suggestions from librarian Lisa Schimmer from her Reading Downton Abbey blog, which appears on the Novelist website.

    Thanks for stopping by!