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1929: Book One (The 1929 Series) by [Gardner, M.L.]
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From the Author

What would you do if you lost everything?
That's exactly what I asked myself the day I watched the stock market plunge 777 points on September 29th 2008. On that same day I began a manual on how to survive the coming Depression. Much to my surprise, it wanted to be a fiction novel. 1929 and a large cast of characters were born.

Welcome to The 1929 Experience. I'm truly glad to have you. Before you begin, I'd like to take a moment to let you know that 1929 is not just another historical fiction series. It's an addictive journey that sweeps you across genres. While you get to know and become close to the characters of 1929, understand that the world around them is more than it seems. But rest assured, all is connected and all will come together. 
After reading 1929: 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: 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: 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.

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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  • File Size: 1760 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
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  • Publication Date: January 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C1N24I
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When I agreed to review Jonathon's Cross, I didn't realize it was the first of a series. On the whole, I enjoyed the book but I found the ending to be very unsatisfactory. I am assuming that is because it is a series, so if you plan to read them all you might not mind the ending.

This is a story of friendship above all else. The bonds between three young couples (and various other characters like the maid) are tested during the stockmarket crash and the early days of the depression. The characters are well drawn and have depth while still maintaining specific and somewhat stereotypical personalities. There is the narcissistic self absorbed wife, the all around good guy who stays upbeat and gives his all, the salt of the earth Irish maid that speaks her mind, a villian who is always lurking hoping to cause harm and mayhem and many other colorful characters. Even though this won't be one of my all time favorite books, I find myself days after finishing it with some of them still lingering in my thoughts.

The book held my interest, I enjoyed the historical aspects and liked most of the characters. It was well written, but yet I don't feel compelled to read the next in the series.
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I felt as if I was reading a script for a soap opera. I stayed with the book, skimming, wanting to see what would happen and because I dislike giving up on a story. No surprises. Hummm, pretty sure I'm not going to purchase book two or three. And a book should have an ending not a "to be continued".
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I was expecting something much "bigger" than this. This was a soap opera, simply a story of 3 couples and how they managed after the Crash. There was no backdrop, no history, nothing to remind me of the times and the general state of things. In my opinion, a huge waste of a great title -- and a great book cover.
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"Jonathan's Cross" is the story of three couples (Jon and Ava, Aryl and Claire, Caleb and Arianna) who lose everything in the 1929 Wall Street Crash. Gardner's tale takes readers through their life in a tenement (renting from the "villain" of the story, a rather two-dimensional guy named Victor Drayton who was once in love with Ava), moving back to their home town and so on as they try to rebuild their fortunes. We also get to know their neighbors and their former servants -- all of whom are more than willing to help their former employers get through some challenging times.

The three male protagonists are interesting and well-drawn characters, each with his own personality quirks. I found myself unable to connect with any of the female protagonists, unfortunately; they all seemed to be fairly whiny. I also couldn't figure out why all of the couples went from "we're in no position to have kids" to "let's hurry up and start a family" within mere pages. The sudden rabid desire to procreate came out of nowhere, and eventually became like a contest to see who would have the first kid.

There were a couple of continuity issues (e.g., Victor makes a big point of raising the arson insurance on the tenement, and then nothing ever comes of that) and some minor homophone issues.

Overall, it was a good book with a great story to tell about how difficult things were during the Depression. I would have preferred some more development of the "villain" and the women in the tale, but that's a matter of personal preference and other readers may well see things differently.
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The author completely failed to create believable characters. Some character "traits" were mentioned in one random sentence, then never mentioned again in the entire book, making it very difficult to understand the character or get a full picture of their inner workings. Their motivations were poorly described, if described at all, and this made it very difficult to relate to the characters, let alone sympathize with them! The characters felt very whiny, weak, and trite. If the author had spent more time at the beginning of the book painting a more elaborate and descriptive picture of what their rich lives were like and then had written more thorough and horrifying descriptions of what the tenements were like, then maybe the characters would not have felt that way. As it is, their life in the tenements doesn't sound that bad, especially since the characters managed to bring so many of their fancy, rich items along with them, like the wooden radio.

The author didn't follow the elementary writing rule of "Show, don't tell!" Showing the audience instead of simply telling them that it's so makes the descriptions feel credible and authoritative. The author's descriptions felt neither credible nor authoritative; they felt much more bland, contrived, haphazard, and arbitrary. The descriptions were almost never elaborated upon or reinforced in subsequent scenes. In fact, there were several descriptions that felt almost contradictory to previous ones! This completely prevented the story from feeling put-together and polished.

There were also a lot of anachronisms, especially in the vocabulary used by the characters, but also in the ideas and a few times in the items used by the characters. This was a major obstacle in making the story feel authentic.
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