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1929: Book One (The 1929 Series) [Kindle Edition]

M.L. Gardner , The Thatchery , Curiouser Editing
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Book Description

As Black Tuesday triggers financial despondency, three young couples in New York City must trade their lives of luxury for poverty, tragedy, and setbacks.

When Jonathan Garrett’s brokerage firm collapses on the day of the Stock Market Crash, he unites with his closest friends (and former business partners), Aryl and Caleb, to relocate, track down a low-paying job, and cultivate a new life.

As the three men toil in their laborious jobs, their wives, Ava, Arianna, and Claire, slowly adapt to life in a shabby, rundown apartment, learning to sew, cook, and clean. With the help of their former, outspoken, Irish maid, Maura, and a new, equally Irish friend, Shannon, the wives become even closer than before.

The couples’ rocky path leads to more turmoil, however, when a business rival, Victor Drayton, creates one disaster after another. From petty tricks to outright violence, Victor’s nefarious mind will stop at nothing to beat down Jonathan’s last glimmer of hope.

Despite everything, Jonathan and his friends are fixated on surviving.

Emotional and financial destruction nip at their heels, until finally, with a lucky twist of fate, they escape city life and begin anew in their hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts.

A story set in the past, 1929 is full of romance, drama, and humor. Vivid, expertly crafted characters make this novel more than memorable—1929 is unforgettable.

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    About the Author

    M.L. Gardner is an American author currently living in Northern Utah after spending a decade in the Pacific Northwest. Having grown up a Navy brat, she's lived everywhere and considers no one place home. She collects cats and dreams of opening a no kill shelter in her backyard where she can be surrounded by her feline friends all the time, despite their love of sitting on her keyboard. She is married with three kids and four cats.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1199 KB
    • Print Length: 443 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005C1N24I
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    M. L. Gardner is the bestselling author of the 1929 series. Gardner is frugal to a fault, preserving the old ways of living by canning, cooking from scratch, and woodworking. Nostalgic stories from her grandmother's life during the Great Depression inspired Gardner to write the 1929 series--as well as her own research into the Roarin' Twenties. She has authored eight books, two novellas, and one book of short stories. Gardner is married with three kids and three cats. She resides in northern Utah.

    Reading The 1929 Series in order:

    1929: Book One

    Elizabeth's Heart: Book Two

    1930: Book Three

    Drifter: Book Four

    Purgatory Cove: Book Five

    1931: Book Six

    Other works:

    Purling Road: A 1929 Serial

    Short Stories from 1929

    A Homespun Christmas

    Simply, Mine

    Sayan Knights

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but enjoyable... 9 April 2013
    By Kim A
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    On the whole, I have to say I enjoyed this tale of people surviving the Great Depression, despite the odds. The characters were, on the whole well developed, but the on-going relationship between the ex-servant and the families stretched a point a little too far and was a tiny bit far-fetched. I also thought that the 'Victor' sub-plot didn't really have a ring of truth about it - he was thinly 'drawn' and the scenes involving him were, in my opinion, not the best written. At times, I was reminded somewhat of the novels of Jeffrey Archer - the dialogue in places was a little clunky and laboured. Having said that, 1929 is a good Sunday afternoon read, and I enjoyed reading it enough to look forward to reading the subsequent volumes when published.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 1929 Book one Jonathan's Cross 9 Nov. 2013
    By kkivora
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    Absolutely amazing book, the story draws you in and keeps you in the mist of everything until the very end. There's joy, laughter and tears. This is the very first ML Gardener book that I have read and it won't be my last. The book is written beautifully, you fall in love with the characters you are supposed to and get feeling of dislike for those mean ones. I would definitely recommend this book and I look forward to my next M L Gardener.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous story-telling 8 Nov. 2014
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    If you enjoy fantastic story- telling, with characters you really care about, this is the book for you. I just couldn't stop reading as I wanted to know what happened next. The author takes you through the entire range of human emotions without descending into Mills and Boon territory. I agree with a previous reviewer that perhaps the only character which didn't feel rounded was Victor but I haven't enjoyed a book as much as this for ages. I immediately downloaded the set of books 1-6 which is an absolute bargain. I have started book two which is surprising in content, equally riveting and has deepened my respect for this author. Can't wait to read on.
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    This story follows three couples who go from a life of glitz and glamour as partners in a stock firm to losing everything in the slump of the great depression. This tale is of survival, hardship and friendship.
    As this is a period that isn’t covered to often in historical fiction (that I know of) the origins of the story felt very fresh and original and I think the writer had a great format that drew readers in quickly to the characters small triumph’s in what was otherwise a difficult time.
    The main characters were well cast and I think the reader certainly felt part of their emotional journey. The sub-plot with Victor the villain of the story wasn’t quite as strong as the main characters plight but that is only a small part of the story, so did not distract on the overall strength of the novel. My favourite being Aryl who I felt was consistently strong and likeable throughout the story. He is cast as a dreamer and really had me routing for him!
    I also loved the variety of settings in this novel ranging from the New York highlife, to the poorest quarters of New York by the docks, the farms and countryside of the characters up-bringing and the Paris of their wealthy travels. All are explained emotively through the characters.
    Overall I am looking forward to continuing the 1929 saga. I found this novel an excellent additional to the historical fiction genre and I look forward to reading more from this skilled writer!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars an interesting start to a series 6 Jun. 2015
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    I was unsure of this one when I first picked it up but I'm really glad I persevered with it!

    From the beginning of the story we are living through the initial shock wave of the Wall Street crash and the subsequent fallout which couldn't fail to hit every household in however small a way. We follow the lives of three young couples and how they fared when they lose everything, through every nuance of struggle and every single triumph each of them makes in the struggle to maintain themselves in any kind of life. Their friendship is tested beyond the norm as they each strive to improve everything and gain a foothold on the ladder out of abject poverty. We struggle with each of them, we cry with each faltering step on the road out of the depths of Hell that is the underbelly of the poorest quarters of New York City. As the road is travelled and they seek ways to maintain themselves they each learn how superficial they were and how far they have each moved forward as we enter and pass into the year that follows - 1930.

    From an historical point of view the story is a unique look at a terrible time in the history of New York City and how far afield the dreadful repercussions of the crash actually spread. It gives an insight into how resourceful people could be when faced with complete destitution and how, with hard work and not a little luck, the way forward was there to be had if brave enough to follow it
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 8 Dec. 2012
    By N. Port
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    Nicely written , good detail of the period (one or 2 arguable mistakes ) , liked the characters & wanted to know more about them . Recommended
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! 13 Nov. 2014
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    Saying that I absolutely loved and enjoyed this book is somewhat of an understatement! It's one of the best, if not THE best, books I've read this year (and I read a lot).

    I was drawn into the story of Jonathan and his friends right from the first page. The characters were well drawn, and I felt that they were very real and relatable. I found that I could get alongside and understand each character and couple as they went through the ups and downs of their lives. There was so much in there - joys and struggles, laughter and tears, highs and lows. ML Gardner's description, particularly of some very intense scenes, made me feel that I was right there witnessing what was going on. The strength of the bond of friendship between the characters is enviable. Oh, and I totally fell in love with Aryl, like I haven't fallen in love with a fictional man for a long time.

    I've bought the boxed set and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Thank you Ms Gardner!
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    2.0 out of 5 stars didn't grab
    sorry, not my sort of thing; Didn't grab me - but probably great for others
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    Really enjoyed this read, the characters brought the depression into perspective. If reading the trilogy, must read in order.
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