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1929: Book One (The 1929 Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 12, 2015
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After reading 1929 Jonathan's Cross - Book One, do not be dismayed in Elizabeth's Heart - Book Two, when you meet Simon, whose only connection to the characters of 1929 is prophetic visions about them. And Elizabeth might only seem important to Simon but she is much more than that. She is vital to one man who finds himself in danger in 1929.
Moving on to 1930 Aryl's Divide - Book Three, you will again laugh and cry with our beloved characters as they grind through another year of the Depression and fight for hope and survival.
Drifter - Book Four will take you away from Rockport but introduces you to an important character, Detective Sloan. Drifter documents Aryl's missing year, while giving you a unique look at the life of a missing person's detective.
Purgatory Cove - Book Five will take you into Elizabeth's mind, at the exact moment where she fractures into a third personality. It also explains exactly how closely Simon and Elizabeth are connected to the main cast.
And 1931 Caleb's Err - Book Six brings all the cast together for resolution and closure, ending the saga. For now.
I do hope you'll journey with me through the adventures of 1929. Thank you for reading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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.
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Black Tuesday did not instantly plunge millionaires into homelessness and hunger, but this book would have you believe brokers went home that same day with all their property, down to the last silver candlestick, under bank lien. People were not doing swan dives out of high-rise buildings in droves, contrary to popular myth. Was this researched at all? No one was tossing the phrase “affordable housing” around for at least another sixty years and “slumlord” was not coined until the 50’s. Other reviewers have noted similar contextual errors, such as showers and wood-burning stoves in tenement apartments. I didn't make it that far.
The cardboard characters were bad enough, but why did all the names have to start with A or C? That made them even more interchangeable, and infodump backstories are annoying.
The Roaring Twenties and Great Depression are intriguing eras, and I love good historical fiction. This isn’t it, though. This story is clearly a soap opera with “history” as stage setting. I only got as far as page 25 but the contrived, amateurish writing and poor research are evident. I’m glad I got it free. Abandoning. (I do like the cover, though.)
With scarcely more than the clothes on their backs they leave everything behind and secure apartments in shabby tenements of a ruthless landlord who already has ties to the Garretts. He's a villain right out of a melodrama. The story held my interest for maybe the first third of the book despite the ridiculous premise that three couples would stay together and work together rather than go their separate ways.
And though Gardener introduces conflict through adversity, Victor the landlord, and Elise, a French prostitute from Jonathan's past, it just isn't enough. The story drags on an on as we hop from one character's head to another (too many points of view) and we must trudge through mundane chapters with scarcely any plot advancement.
There's also a lot of telling rather than showing what happens which does nothing to make this more interesting. I kept reading, not because it was captivating, but I really did want to know how they got out of their situation. I don' t want to ruin the end for you, but if you want a page turner, this is not going to be it and I am definitely not going to read any further in this series. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
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M.L. Gardner wrote a great book.