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.