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Jonathan Garrett lost everything. He and his two best friends, Caleb and Aryl, operated one of the top brokerages in New York City when the unthinkable happened; the stock market crash of ‘29. And now, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, these men must start over. But starting over has never been more difficult. The jobs become fewer and danger lurks around every Jonathan Garrett lost everything. He and his two best friends, Caleb and Aryl, operated one of the top brokerages in New York City when the unthinkable happened; the stock market crash of ‘29. And now, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, these men must start over. But starting over has never been more difficult. The jobs become fewer and danger lurks around every corner. And then when a business rival threatens their existence, despair looms overhead as the men struggle to find a way out. Meanwhile, their wives, Ava, Arianna, and Claire, slowly adapt to life in a shabby apartment as they learn to deal with their poverty stricken status. Each begins to cope as they find ways to live more modestly. Emotional and financial ruin nips at their heels pushing the couples to the end of their ropes. Until finally, with a lucky twist of fate, they escape city life and begin anew in their hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts. But just as they start to relax and settle into their new lives, tragedy strikes again… This book is the first in The 1929 Series by author M.L. Gardner and promises to be a must read for historical fiction fans everywhere.


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Jonathan Garrett lost everything. He and his two best friends, Caleb and Aryl, operated one of the top brokerages in New York City when the unthinkable happened; the stock market crash of ‘29. And now, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, these men must start over. But starting over has never been more difficult. The jobs become fewer and danger lurks around every Jonathan Garrett lost everything. He and his two best friends, Caleb and Aryl, operated one of the top brokerages in New York City when the unthinkable happened; the stock market crash of ‘29. And now, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, these men must start over. But starting over has never been more difficult. The jobs become fewer and danger lurks around every corner. And then when a business rival threatens their existence, despair looms overhead as the men struggle to find a way out. Meanwhile, their wives, Ava, Arianna, and Claire, slowly adapt to life in a shabby apartment as they learn to deal with their poverty stricken status. Each begins to cope as they find ways to live more modestly. Emotional and financial ruin nips at their heels pushing the couples to the end of their ropes. Until finally, with a lucky twist of fate, they escape city life and begin anew in their hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts. But just as they start to relax and settle into their new lives, tragedy strikes again… This book is the first in The 1929 Series by author M.L. Gardner and promises to be a must read for historical fiction fans everywhere.

30 review for 1929 Jonathan's Cross

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Wow, it was bad. I'm amazed at the glowing reviews here and wonder what other books fall into "historical fiction" for some of these reviewers. First off, the book is written at a grade school reading level that happens to have adult sexual content. It's not so much about the 1929 crash as it is about the soap operatic lives of three couples. The plot contrivances are so unbelievable. The characters are underdeveloped and I have to agree with a reviewer who said that it was kind of hard to tell Wow, it was bad. I'm amazed at the glowing reviews here and wonder what other books fall into "historical fiction" for some of these reviewers. First off, the book is written at a grade school reading level that happens to have adult sexual content. It's not so much about the 1929 crash as it is about the soap operatic lives of three couples. The plot contrivances are so unbelievable. The characters are underdeveloped and I have to agree with a reviewer who said that it was kind of hard to tell who was who since they were all so similar. The villain is cookie cutter, with no clear motive as to why he is going out of his way to make the protagonist's life miserable. What was the villain doing before the crash when his rival had a seemingly perfect life? Also, the anachronisms that the author used were lost in space and time. Gardner describes a girl on the beach as having a "Pixie cut." That particular hairstyle didn't come into style until the 1950s! This is one example of many that would jarringly displace the reader from the time period. Did the author not have an editor? After the beginning of the book it was a struggle to continue to the end. I felt obligated to finish this book after using (wasting) my Amazon Prime free monthly book loan on it. Please don't waste your time, I am sure there are much better period novels about the 1929 crash.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    After reading all of the positive reviews of this book I was looking forward to reading it. It starts out OK. I have to admit I only got 100 pages into it before I gave out (out of 400+ pages). I was OK with the fact that there was very little depth to the characters and in some ways it was rather predictable & pollyanna-ish. But there were anachronisms that got in my way. The premise of the book is that it is a story being written in 1970. Early on the term "a perfect storm" is used. This expre After reading all of the positive reviews of this book I was looking forward to reading it. It starts out OK. I have to admit I only got 100 pages into it before I gave out (out of 400+ pages). I was OK with the fact that there was very little depth to the characters and in some ways it was rather predictable & pollyanna-ish. But there were anachronisms that got in my way. The premise of the book is that it is a story being written in 1970. Early on the term "a perfect storm" is used. This expression did not come into use until much later, not to mention that it is a very overused expression. (I know this is a pretty picky point & I was willing to let it pass.) Secondly, after they move into the tenements one couple gets up in the morning and they both take showers. Showers in tenements in 1929? Showers only became common in the US in the 1950's at the earliest. Thirdly, the apartments are supposed to have wood burning fireplaces??? Tenements had wood or coal burning stoves. Finally,the premise that all three men could find work practically overnight isn't very believable. So, unfortunately I am giving up after 100 pages.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JudiAnne

    (This a very good three book series, 1929, 1930 and 1931. I'm reviewing all three now that I've finished 1931...) Basically, this is the historical tale of the Wall Street stock market crash that caused the great depression. Mainly, it is the story of three young lifelong friends and their wives who go from riches to rags in a matter of hours and the struggles they have adapting to a new way of life. The only place they could afford is the tenement housing that was owned by Victor, the landlord w (This a very good three book series, 1929, 1930 and 1931. I'm reviewing all three now that I've finished 1931...) Basically, this is the historical tale of the Wall Street stock market crash that caused the great depression. Mainly, it is the story of three young lifelong friends and their wives who go from riches to rags in a matter of hours and the struggles they have adapting to a new way of life. The only place they could afford is the tenement housing that was owned by Victor, the landlord who is letting the apartments fall apart. He is also Aryl, Jon, and Caleb’s bitter enemy because of a feud in the past. Through the three books in the series Victor is also a force to be reckoned with. With mortification the men take loading dock jobs while the wives, Ava, Claire and Arianna have no idea how to do laundry, cook, or take care of their new “homes” because they had maids to take care of their previous mansions. The frustration is high as they try to become proper house-wives. The writing and story line is an incredible read as the author takes us through the three books,1929, 1930, and 1931. I loved the way the characters were so believable through their sorrows and joys, hard times and good times and their love and devotion for each other. They came alive on the pages and kept my interest to the very end of series. Although this is a historical novel it closely follows the real people that lived through this desperate time and I can imagine how they suffered through the longest, deepest and most widespread depression of the 20th century.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Hise

    Five very enthusiastic stars for Jonathan's Cross! I suppose this wonderful novel would be labeled historical fiction, yet it is somehow something more. I could not help but feel I was witnessing the birth of something different; something new and wonderful. I have been awestruck since finishing this book at M.L. Gardner's amazing prowess in story-telling and character development. If she does not quickly become one of the best-known authors of our time, I fear for the world of publishing. Five very enthusiastic stars for Jonathan's Cross! I suppose this wonderful novel would be labeled historical fiction, yet it is somehow something more. I could not help but feel I was witnessing the birth of something different; something new and wonderful. I have been awestruck since finishing this book at M.L. Gardner's amazing prowess in story-telling and character development. If she does not quickly become one of the best-known authors of our time, I fear for the world of publishing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤

    It was honestly one of the most heartbreaking books I have ever read. Not only does it start off with a hopeless situation, but there are events throughout the story that makes you wonder if the main characters will ever be able to recover from it. Despite this, the book was a great read, filled with characters that you could feel sorry for and yet cheer for when the going gets tough. There were times when I felt like I couldn't finish it for the sake of keeping myself sane, but I pushed through It was honestly one of the most heartbreaking books I have ever read. Not only does it start off with a hopeless situation, but there are events throughout the story that makes you wonder if the main characters will ever be able to recover from it. Despite this, the book was a great read, filled with characters that you could feel sorry for and yet cheer for when the going gets tough. There were times when I felt like I couldn't finish it for the sake of keeping myself sane, but I pushed through. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. If you would like a full review, it will be hidden in the spoiler. (view spoiler)[“Every day we all wake up and struggle to put one foot in front of the other with no promise that at the end of the day, life will be any better. But you get up anyway. You keep breathing and hold on to faith that somehow, someday things are going to change for the better. Probably when we least expect it” – Aryl Sullivan, p. 198 What do you do when everything you’ve worked so hard for in life gets ripped away from you in the blink of an eye? Do you give up and throw yourself off the proverbial roof, or do you claw your way from the bottom of the pit and get back on top? This is what the characters of Jonathan’s Cross had to figure out the hard way, and it was a journey that was worth reading. As we know, the book begins with the tragic Black Thursday event, the day that the Stock Market crashed back in 1929, causing thousands of people to lose everything that they had. It could be called one of the worst economic tragedies in the world, and in this book, our characters lost everything. The firm that they built from the ground up was wiped out, and they had to figure out how to survive with their wives, completely poor with no money to their name. The character development in this book is one that was very realistic, even to the point of frustration. There were times when I wished that the characters could just listen to reason, and try to work things out. Then again, I wasn’t in their position, and I think that if I were in their shoes facing the exact same things, I would have probably reacted the same way. I believe that this was one of the reasons why I loved the book so much. Even if it meant me having to go through their heartache by witnessing it through words, I could suffer through it if it meant reconciliation at the end. There were so many unexpected things that happened to this group. One minute, things seemed to be going better than before, everyone a little happier than before. Then, out of nowhere, a bomb goes off and it’s chaos all over again. It wasn’t anything completely out of this world, nothing that seemed to be forced, and those kinds of surprises are the ones that really tested the love that they had for each other. There were so many times where it seemed like things would end badly, but did it? You’ll have to read it to find out. If you have any curiosity towards the Great Depression, want to read a story about overcoming struggles, or just want to read about real couples dealing with unfortunate circumstances in their own way, this is the story for you. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    When and where so many lives and dreams ended, this story begins. On October 29, 1929, forever after known as Black Tuesday, saw countless fortunes lost and even more lives broken. The financial consequences created by the stock market crash were total and immediate. Before the end of the month, mansions, cars, and collected laurels of wealth were put on the auction block to alleviate a portion of the accumulated debt. Like the condemned ascending the scaffold to face the executioner, whose work When and where so many lives and dreams ended, this story begins. On October 29, 1929, forever after known as Black Tuesday, saw countless fortunes lost and even more lives broken. The financial consequences created by the stock market crash were total and immediate. Before the end of the month, mansions, cars, and collected laurels of wealth were put on the auction block to alleviate a portion of the accumulated debt. Like the condemned ascending the scaffold to face the executioner, whose work is swift and complete and the world’s wealth is redistributed. Jonathan Garrett, Caleb Jenkins, and Aryl Sullivan are friends that were both wealthy and successful. Like countless others, they lost everything on that fateful day when their brokerage firm went bust. Instead of jumping from an upper floor, ending it all and leaving the living to deal with the consequences. The three men decided to survive and hopefully prosper. On October 29th, when Wall Street dropped to rock bottom, the only way to go is up. Although none of the men or their wives had ever seen the bottom of society, they were determined to endure and succeed once more. They learned very soon that it was very expensive to be poor. Their journey from riches to rags is hard but they discovered a strength they didn’t know they possessed and the power of true friendships. Like the early works of Harold Robbins, this missive grabs and holds you, hanging on almost every word. Poverty brings everyone closer together, sharing the universal burden. The characters are complete and vibrant. One could think that mundane life in a New York tenement wouldn’t be very interesting and engrossing, but the author has succeeded in developing an array of characters that come to life. The depressions incurred with daily life are tempered with close friendships and humor. The road you travel is clear, with twisty curves, hills, and dales, in freezing rain and sunshine, but with love and deep friendships as a constant companion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jane Buchbauer

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story of three couples, the husbands friends from childhood, and their recovery from backbreaking losses in the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The book is an engaging treatment of the tragedy that rocked the lives of so many in that historic event and is the beginning of a series of books about the characters. Part historical fiction, a good measure of marital romance and a portion of criminal drama makes for an entertaining read. I look forward to reading the next books o I thoroughly enjoyed this story of three couples, the husbands friends from childhood, and their recovery from backbreaking losses in the Stock Market Crash of 1929. The book is an engaging treatment of the tragedy that rocked the lives of so many in that historic event and is the beginning of a series of books about the characters. Part historical fiction, a good measure of marital romance and a portion of criminal drama makes for an entertaining read. I look forward to reading the next books of the series...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Long and ponderous. Would benefit from serious editing to cut out the repetition. Some aspects were lovely, but I couldn't really get to grips with the characters. Long and ponderous. Would benefit from serious editing to cut out the repetition. Some aspects were lovely, but I couldn't really get to grips with the characters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Huxtable

    Fantastic Talk about tugging at the heartstrings. This story has it all and more. Love, angst, hurt, secrets and lies. Going through 1929 with these 3 couples who happen to also be close friends feels like you're really there. M. L. Gardner has done an absolutely amazing job writing this story Fantastic Talk about tugging at the heartstrings. This story has it all and more. Love, angst, hurt, secrets and lies. Going through 1929 with these 3 couples who happen to also be close friends feels like you're really there. M. L. Gardner has done an absolutely amazing job writing this story

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I've now read the first 3 books in this series -- my review for every book is/will be the same. (I wrote "will be" since I know I'll keep reading to the end of the series.) In a nutshell, these are books I love to hate. The storyline is engaging, and I definitely want to keep reading to see what happens to all the characters. Having said that, there are SO MANY historical inaccuracies that it's almost, but not quite, enough to make me walk away. Other readers have pointed out some of the obvious I've now read the first 3 books in this series -- my review for every book is/will be the same. (I wrote "will be" since I know I'll keep reading to the end of the series.) In a nutshell, these are books I love to hate. The storyline is engaging, and I definitely want to keep reading to see what happens to all the characters. Having said that, there are SO MANY historical inaccuracies that it's almost, but not quite, enough to make me walk away. Other readers have pointed out some of the obvious errors, like showers in the NYC tenements, etc. I'll point out a couple of things that just about drives me crazy: (1) The author's constant use of bad grammar in an effort to make the dialogue more authentic -- at least I can only assume that's why she uses it. Case in point, "Me and Caleb used to go there when we were younger." (OK, this isn't a direct quote, but you get the idea.) Every time I read another example of "Me and ____ did such and such" it makes me grit my teeth. (2) Getting a very simple detail like the Ides of March incorrect. In Book 3, one of the chapters is titled, "March 10, 1931," and starts off: " 'The Ides of March,' Jonathan grumbled as he carried Jean back to his bed." NO! NO! NO! The Ides of March is the 15th!!! IMO, this sort of error is inexcusable. (3) In Book 2, a large chunk of the plot is "lifted" straight from the movie "Ghost." Hardly original. OK, so it's obvious I have a number of issues with the series/writing. BUT, as I've said above, I'll keep reading to see what happens. And I guess ultimately that's what matters to the author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    "1929 - Jonathan's Cross" can actually be considered a horror story--the horror of losing everything you owned in one afternoon ( some lost their lives also). The whole country was was in turmoil, dire straits, and almost totally 'shut down'. Jobs were lost, soup lines blocks long daily, the wealthy were now poorer than most poor people. This story is of 3 couples who were best friends. The men had a brokerage company and lost everything- - theirs as well as for their clients. But they all stuck "1929 - Jonathan's Cross" can actually be considered a horror story--the horror of losing everything you owned in one afternoon ( some lost their lives also). The whole country was was in turmoil, dire straits, and almost totally 'shut down'. Jobs were lost, soup lines blocks long daily, the wealthy were now poorer than most poor people. This story is of 3 couples who were best friends. The men had a brokerage company and lost everything- - theirs as well as for their clients. But they all stuck together, found very low paying manual labor jobs. This is an easy story to get lost in and marvel at their tenacity to keep their families with shelter and food. After several months of this misery they decide to go back to their childhood homes and end up living with their respective parents. They return to their lives before they became rich city dwellers. There are happy times, desperate times, devastating times, but LOVE rules. Times weren't great, but families and the love and lives they shared keep them going. And, as always, there has to be a villain. The grudge he held was always just around the corner. He lived to cause misery...he was an expert at doing this. This book has a sequel and I cannot wait to read it. I highly recommend this fiction based on history book. I give it 5 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    1929 is the first of six books in the 1929 series, and it follows the lives of three couples who lose everything on Black Tuesday, 1929. The book is a bit of a survival story as the couples go from the height of luxury to the depth of poverty. Along the way they make some great friends and enemies, and they desperately cling to their core friendships and loving spouses as they attempt to rebuild their lives The book contains numerous sexual references, but zero graphic scenes. At times, it seeme 1929 is the first of six books in the 1929 series, and it follows the lives of three couples who lose everything on Black Tuesday, 1929. The book is a bit of a survival story as the couples go from the height of luxury to the depth of poverty. Along the way they make some great friends and enemies, and they desperately cling to their core friendships and loving spouses as they attempt to rebuild their lives The book contains numerous sexual references, but zero graphic scenes. At times, it seemed a bit unbelievable as to the frequency of the amorous encounters. I also felt the timing of the book was a bit too fast-paced where someone would experience a setback, and then he or she would be fighting against the world quickly thereafter. The fast pace somewhat diminished the impact and genuine struggle people have with things like depression, and even the physical demands of doing manual labor. Despite my criticism of the pace, I really enjoyed the characters and their dynamics. Each of the couples brought strengths to bear and it was great to see the love and compassion people showed for their family and friends during this incredibly hard time in our history.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    You've got to be kidding me!? That was the last thought I had when finishing this very long book. While I disagree with the reviewers that said it was poorly written, I completely agree that it lacked substance. A very long drawn out story that could easily be compiled into half the volume it is. Then I see that this is only book 1? Good God! The characters were so indistinguishable that even at the end of the story I was still mixing them up. Lots of potential was wasted here. You've got to be kidding me!? That was the last thought I had when finishing this very long book. While I disagree with the reviewers that said it was poorly written, I completely agree that it lacked substance. A very long drawn out story that could easily be compiled into half the volume it is. Then I see that this is only book 1? Good God! The characters were so indistinguishable that even at the end of the story I was still mixing them up. Lots of potential was wasted here.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    It was just ok. The characters just weren't that likable, or even relatable. It was just ok. The characters just weren't that likable, or even relatable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

    **OBTAINED: Instafreebies (now "Prolific Works") Giveaway** 1929 (The 1929 Series, #1) 1929 was a decent read, but lacking in a few crucial areas. The author does a good job of painting the scenery, historical inaccuracies and all. While much of drama leans towards melodrama and has a very distinctively "soapy" feel, it still catches the reader early on. The era itself was more so used as a backdrop and not the focus of the novel, as would be in a more historically accurate novel, but that di **OBTAINED: Instafreebies (now "Prolific Works") Giveaway** 1929 (The 1929 Series, #1) 1929 was a decent read, but lacking in a few crucial areas. The author does a good job of painting the scenery, historical inaccuracies and all. While much of drama leans towards melodrama and has a very distinctively "soapy" feel, it still catches the reader early on. The era itself was more so used as a backdrop and not the focus of the novel, as would be in a more historically accurate novel, but that didn’t necessarily make it less enjoyable or likable, though the reader will certainly need to suspend ones belief quite a bit more and look as it as more a work of fiction inspired by the 1920’s era rather than a true historical fiction. One of the great problems with any kind of historical fiction is that this specific type of novel usually draws in history lovers, like myself, who expect a certain amount of realism and accuracy. But keeping in mind this book is only inspired by the era, and trying to read it as if it were a mere fiction novel was more satisfying. Knowing previously the issues many reviewers had with it, I went in reading it as a kind of imaginative fiction novel and kept my expectations low concerning factual events, dates, accuracies etc. Anyways, it was still worth a chance. Here’s what the blurb says... "As Black Thursday 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..." -Book Blurb While I enjoyed some of the creative/inventive aspects in this novel, the book really could have used an editor or at least more research into the era. There were some very obvious historical mistakes that really detracted from the story’s atmosphere and I certainly wouldn’t consider myself that knowledgable of the time period either, so that’s saying something. I’m sure 20’s era history buffs would be pretty irked reading this novel. And there were quite a few blatant spelling errors in my version as well. Hopefully, those will all get sorted out in the newer revisions. This was a long endeavor; it was a big chunky book and therefore a large commitment. I would recommend that you stay away if you hate historical inaccuracies, somewhat clichéd, melodramatic, soapy plot-lines and making a large commitment. I think my rating would have been much higher if either the mistakes/inaccuracies were fewer or the novel were shorter. That combo, however, was a wee bit frustrating. I will probably read on, if the chance arises. Another thing...I really felt like the book cover, nice as it is, did not really fit with the story. It was more of a "Riches-to-Rags" tale and yet the glamorous cover was so dang Roarin’ Twenties. So a bit misleading overall... [OFFICIAL RATING: 3.5 STARS]

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly-Dawn Quinn

    It has always been a thought that would churn around my mind: What was it like to live through the day and those that followed the Crash of the Stock Market? It can come off a bit melodramatic BUT then again IF ever there was a time for it—it was that fateful Friday in 1929. Lives were irrevocably changed and families either grew together or were ripped apart.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Mathis

    Beautifully poignant. I can't wait to continue this series Beautifully poignant. I can't wait to continue this series

  18. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I didn't finish this one. I gave it 100 pages and I was still bored. Nothing happens and I don't care enough about the characters to continue. I felt the writing was amateur and the author's research was lacking. Good thing my copy was free. I didn't finish this one. I gave it 100 pages and I was still bored. Nothing happens and I don't care enough about the characters to continue. I felt the writing was amateur and the author's research was lacking. Good thing my copy was free.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chrystal Mahan

    The one thing I can say about Jonathan’s Cross; it’s beautiful. I don’t usually say that about a novel because it is such a common descriptive word. There is something quite eloquent about the way M.L. Gardner brought us into this world of 3 couple who lose everything in one tiny move in the stock market. What got to me was how these men didn’t give in. Sure, they were down on their luck but they were determined not to be out. Jonathan went and secured apartments, jobs were found, and they began The one thing I can say about Jonathan’s Cross; it’s beautiful. I don’t usually say that about a novel because it is such a common descriptive word. There is something quite eloquent about the way M.L. Gardner brought us into this world of 3 couple who lose everything in one tiny move in the stock market. What got to me was how these men didn’t give in. Sure, they were down on their luck but they were determined not to be out. Jonathan went and secured apartments, jobs were found, and they began to quickly move a few of their belongings into the new place before it was all taken away. Here you have three couple who were very well off with chefs, maids and caretakers. None of them had to worry about money. Big houses, fancy clothes, and an endless supply of “things”. But when the stock market crash of 1929 hit, it took the three couples with it. Now the three are forced to live in apartments a third the size of their previous homes. The walls are paper thin, some of the neighbors are crazy, but at least they all were able to move into the same building. While the men are at work, doing hard labor; much different that being a stock marketer, the girls stay home and mend clothes, have tea, meet the neighbors, walk to market and bake bread. Being of an Irish background myself, I was greatly intrigued by the story line and characters of this story. M.L. Gardner did an exceptional job of having just enough historical facts within the novel to make it seem real. She even managed to write in the Irish accents. She also gets bonus points for the mention of soda bread. The tale of the story takes us through the live changing events that happen with each separate couple. We are shown how their lives interact with each other and the outsiders that start to come in their social circle. The girls make friends with ladies in the building that a few weeks ago they would not have even given a second glance to. The girls look to cook, clean, do laundry and keep house without the aid of a maid and butler. Some adapt better than others. Each girl with their own set of problems, each man with his. The men work together all day down at the docks, plotting, planning and saving for their next move. Through it all we learn that “things” really are just things and life can be just as good when its simple. It’s the friends you make and the connections that you keep that make your life what it is. It’s not about a nice car or having your own butler. It’s about the people you are and who you become.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anita NotherBook

    This book turned out to be such a disappointment to me. I liked the premise and at first I was really into it. It starts out just after the crash of the stock market in 1929 and follows a group of three friends (married couples) through its aftermath and the Great Depression. I was glued to the first 25% of the book and couldn't stop reading it. It had some really annoying formatting and editing issues-- paragraphs that went on for pages (not even breaking for dialogue), jarring switches of point This book turned out to be such a disappointment to me. I liked the premise and at first I was really into it. It starts out just after the crash of the stock market in 1929 and follows a group of three friends (married couples) through its aftermath and the Great Depression. I was glued to the first 25% of the book and couldn't stop reading it. It had some really annoying formatting and editing issues-- paragraphs that went on for pages (not even breaking for dialogue), jarring switches of points of view, and characters that appeared out of nowhere to suddenly say something, or confusing parts where it was hard to follow who was speaking. But I forgave these issues because overall the writing was good and I was interested in the story. I am mostly willing to suspend disbelief so even if a story goes off the beaten path I try to stay with it. And other reviews have mentioned historical issues Then it started to get pretty repetitive and redundant. The author could have cut out half the book and gotten the same point and story across. Some things started not making a lot of sense to me, or annoying me. But I kept going and was still overall interested in the book and wanted to find out what happened. At the half-way mark the book took a horrible nosedive into boring and stupid territory. I no longer cared very much about what happened to the characters and I started skimming the completely over repetitive parts. At times the author focused on the most mundane details of life and then suddenly there would be some big dramatic plot arch that was too easily resolved. It was just bad. I had been looking forward to reading the other books in this series but after trudging my way through the second half of this book, I think I'll pass. I would recommend that this author pay a proofreader and an editor to make this book more enjoyable for the reader both in terms of story and formatting. There are some good ideas and the basic writing can be very good at times but overall the book just ends up being a mess. I'm giving it two stars because at first I really liked it and I hate leaving a one-star review unless I absolutely hated the book. But it was bad enough by the end that I did consider a one-star review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    An absolutely fabulous read! I loved every minute of it. 1929 is the story of three couples and their fight for survival after the Market crashes. Jon, Aryl and Caleb have been inseparable friends since childhood. They’ve grown up together, been at each other’s weddings and built their own brokerage firm. They and their wives are living the high life with fancy houses, fancy cars and fancy clothes. And then, in the blink of an eye, it’s all gone. They are left with only the case they have stashe An absolutely fabulous read! I loved every minute of it. 1929 is the story of three couples and their fight for survival after the Market crashes. Jon, Aryl and Caleb have been inseparable friends since childhood. They’ve grown up together, been at each other’s weddings and built their own brokerage firm. They and their wives are living the high life with fancy houses, fancy cars and fancy clothes. And then, in the blink of an eye, it’s all gone. They are left with only the case they have stashed at home. In a matter of a couple of days they have moved into tenement apartments, owned by their biggest enemy. The wives, Ava, Claire, and Arianna, know nothing about taking care of a home or cooking or doing laundry and must learn the hard way. Meanwhile, the husbands are forced to take jobs working on the loading docks. The humiliation of it almost destroys one of them. As they desperately try to find a way to get back on their feet, it seems that fate just keeps throwing them punches. This is one of the best stories I have read in a long time. This is the first in a series and I can’t wait to keep reading. M. L. Gardner has created characters with complexity and depth. I was especially impressed with her dialogue; every discussion or fight amongst the characters was so true to life that I really felt like a fly on the wall in the homes of these people. The twists and turns kept me fully engaged in the story and were so realistic that it seemed like it could be happening to me. I can’t recommend this book highly enough, especially if you like historical fiction. The author has captured the struggles of the period with an expertise that makes an historical reference point into the experience of real people. After reading this book I feel as if I have made a whole bunch of new friends and look forward to seeing where their journey takes them in the additional books in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Teena Stewart

    When the stock market crashes in 1929 it crushes the wealthy lifestyles of three young couples whose lives are intertwined. This riches to rags story captured my interest and I hung in there for the entire book because it started off well. Jonathan Garrett the husband of one of the couples feels responsibility for their circumstances as it was his brokerage firm that they had all invested in. With scarcely more than the clothes on their backs they leave everything behind and secure apartments in When the stock market crashes in 1929 it crushes the wealthy lifestyles of three young couples whose lives are intertwined. This riches to rags story captured my interest and I hung in there for the entire book because it started off well. Jonathan Garrett the husband of one of the couples feels responsibility for their circumstances as it was his brokerage firm that they had all invested in. 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jim Barber

    I was excited about this one and it had a promising start. In fact, it probably would have earned a higher rating, EXCEPT for possibly the WORST CHARACTER in all of fiction. Her name is Ava and she's the wife of Jonathan in this book. And she is the whiniest, most boorish, woman ever created. (She's so bad and so vivid that the author deserves credit for making her just awful, assuming that was what he/she had in mind). I'm trying to think of a male fictional character to equate her with, and no I was excited about this one and it had a promising start. In fact, it probably would have earned a higher rating, EXCEPT for possibly the WORST CHARACTER in all of fiction. Her name is Ava and she's the wife of Jonathan in this book. And she is the whiniest, most boorish, woman ever created. (She's so bad and so vivid that the author deserves credit for making her just awful, assuming that was what he/she had in mind). I'm trying to think of a male fictional character to equate her with, and nothing comes to mind unless perhaps you imagine Hannibal Lecter as a whiny, overbearing, nagging, unforgiving shrew. Okay, hopefully that paints a picture of Ava, who was hard to take early on and was so bad all the way through that nothing she did in the end came off as redeemable to me. With a name like "1929," it shouldn't come as a surprise that this is about the Great Depression. Specifically, it starts with the stock market crash and then deals with the aftershock for three close friends and their wives. It's really a soap opera story. And while I don't mind a good soap opera, this one just failed to take hold for me. It did have a realistic feel to it (so props for that), but the characters, at times, came off as a bit dumb. And also there was something about the story that just failed to capture the time in my book. The feelings and actions felt a bit too today verses what you might have expected from these people in 1929 and 1930. So, everything simply felt off to me, and I think that's why I truly failed to embrace the story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Historical fiction at its best! This was the story of 3 friends: Jonathan, Caleb, and Aryl and their respective wives: Ava, Arianna, and Claire and how they stick together to ride out the trials and tribulations of the stock market crash, great depression, and life in general. The story starts off on Black Thursday - the day that stock market crashed, when Jonathan Garrett lost everything. A one time successful stock-broker, he went from being one of the wealthiest men in NYC to one of the poore Historical fiction at its best! This was the story of 3 friends: Jonathan, Caleb, and Aryl and their respective wives: Ava, Arianna, and Claire and how they stick together to ride out the trials and tribulations of the stock market crash, great depression, and life in general. The story starts off on Black Thursday - the day that stock market crashed, when Jonathan Garrett lost everything. A one time successful stock-broker, he went from being one of the wealthiest men in NYC to one of the poorest in a matter of hours. Not only did he lose everything, but so did his 2 best friends Aryl and Caleb. The three of them quickly compose a temporary plan for housing and work and struggle to make ends meet. This story is ultimately a story of friendship and how the 3 friends are there for each other in every storm and loss they face in life, whether it be materialistic, emotional, or physical strife. They face poverty, hunger, marital problems, physical attacks, death, sickness, births, and even a suicide attempt together. You will laugh when they laugh (and there was some hilarious parts), cry when they cry, and grieve when they grieve. It doesn't take long for you to be rooting them along and telling them to not GIVE UP! This story is great and wow are there some twists and turns that I did not see coming! I am already looking forward to the next book 1930.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Overall this was an interesting novel following the lives of 3 main couples (and 3 supporting couples) and the trials of marriage in 1929/30 when the stock market crashes. Aryl & Claire seemed to be the most well adjusted "normal" couple. Jonathan & Ava ended up having quiet a few twists, turns & bumps in the road. Caleb & Arianna were the most unlikely couple and Arianna definitely did the most changing and growing up (for lack of a better phrase). You can tell from the beginning of the book tha Overall this was an interesting novel following the lives of 3 main couples (and 3 supporting couples) and the trials of marriage in 1929/30 when the stock market crashes. Aryl & Claire seemed to be the most well adjusted "normal" couple. Jonathan & Ava ended up having quiet a few twists, turns & bumps in the road. Caleb & Arianna were the most unlikely couple and Arianna definitely did the most changing and growing up (for lack of a better phrase). You can tell from the beginning of the book that Maura (& Ian) will be with the couples or at least with Jonathan through the series & she is able to always keep people moving along when it seems that 'all is lost'. It appears that Shannon & Patrick will continue to be part of the story line and hopefully help the healing process, due to the events at the end of the book. Victor & Ruth are both pieces of work, that really do deserve each other & I hope that Victor meets his end painfully! I read this on my Kindle and that sometimes causes formatting issues, but my only real complaint I have is when the writer changes scenes or a group having a conversation, there's nothing that indicates that has happened. It looks like one scene in one paragraph and it ends up jumping locations on you. It took me longer to read simply because I would have to stop & reread to realize that we just went from the guys talking in Aryl's apartment to the girls talking in Shannon's apartment. Basically, it needs better editing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    1929 New York city. The beginning of the truly 'hard times' our nation faced...probably the worst of times. The author does a fine job of putting us 'in it's midst' by introducing us to characters who had just lost it ALL. Fortunately, we are dealing with a group of three couples who are devoted to one another til the end, thus creating the support they all so very much need. These characters, each one, are created in depth showing each their own personalities and roles - which carry out appropr 1929 New York city. The beginning of the truly 'hard times' our nation faced...probably the worst of times. The author does a fine job of putting us 'in it's midst' by introducing us to characters who had just lost it ALL. Fortunately, we are dealing with a group of three couples who are devoted to one another til the end, thus creating the support they all so very much need. These characters, each one, are created in depth showing each their own personalities and roles - which carry out appropriately throughout the story. It didn't take me long to create my own feelings and opinions about each one of them, finding myself cheering them on and caring about their plight. Though this book is written within an interesting time frame, it is a book completely about the people. Like a good soap opera, you'll find plenty of human tragedy, love, betrayal, revenge, survival, social trysts, etc. I loved living in the 30's - with the 'new' transportation of cars, the new telephone system (community chatting), prohibition, radio...the world was an entirely different place, one that is very hard to imagine. There are several companion books that come after this one and I do intend to tackle every one. The writing was intelligent, the world immersable and I love the theme of friends sticking together and helping each other in times of need. Five enthusiastic stars!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This could have been such a great novel, but it fell vastly short of the rich subject matter it's supposed to mine from. Among it's many flaws is its point of view problem. It opens with an elderly Jonathan dictating his memoirs to Maura, his steadfast caregiver of many decades; however, as the book drones on, the point of view is constantly shifting between three men and three women, which would be impossible for Jonathan to know. In addition, the characters themselves are, as others have alrea This could have been such a great novel, but it fell vastly short of the rich subject matter it's supposed to mine from. Among it's many flaws is its point of view problem. It opens with an elderly Jonathan dictating his memoirs to Maura, his steadfast caregiver of many decades; however, as the book drones on, the point of view is constantly shifting between three men and three women, which would be impossible for Jonathan to know. In addition, the characters themselves are, as others have already noted, flat and shallow, predictable beyond belief, and I would add incredibly immature. It's difficult to like them, much less root for their success. Throughout, the book is replete with clumsy mechanics, i.e. a person speaking who wasn't even mentioned as being previously present, unnecessary section breaks, and the heavy use of conversation to drive the action. It lacks the imagery of a well-drawn scene on every page. In the skilled hands of an accomplished author, I can truly "see" the setting and the characters, but this was the first book I've read in a long while that lacks a strong sense of place and the imagery to bring it to life. While I understand the ploy to end the story in a "to be continued" fashion, this particular ending is nothing but tacky and felt simply like a cop out, the whim of a writer who'd run out of ideas and steam.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bill Thibadeau

    At this writing, there are 637 reviews on Amazon. I don't know how much more I could add but I will give it a brief attempt. My comment about so many reviews is that I cannot fathom how 11 reviewers could only give this fine book of historical fiction only 1 star. I am delighted to come across this book. I never experienced a period like the depression. I did experience the crash of 2008 when I retired and my investments circled the toilet. It may have been depression lite but nothing like what t At this writing, there are 637 reviews on Amazon. I don't know how much more I could add but I will give it a brief attempt. My comment about so many reviews is that I cannot fathom how 11 reviewers could only give this fine book of historical fiction only 1 star. I am delighted to come across this book. I never experienced a period like the depression. I did experience the crash of 2008 when I retired and my investments circled the toilet. It may have been depression lite but nothing like what the characters in this book experienced. Compared to this book, I had it extremely easy. I am so glad that this is a six book series - I intend to read them all in order. The characters in this book are all very different from each other yet they find themselves to be best friends living a life of luxury due to their success in the world of investing. They had no idea of what 1929 would bring since history had never been so cruel to investors. When the crash came, these three families found themselves to be immediately without everything except the bare necessities - their world was turned upside down. This book will be an eye opener to most as the reader experiences what was so common in 1929. The real genius of this story is how well the characters are crafted and developed. You will feel like you are a fly on the wall as you read the story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    A Heartwarming Saga Jonathan's Cross is definitely not a book to start late in the day if you have a week of extra early mornings, because try as you may, you will not be able to put it down! However, it is well worth the sacrifice. M. L. Gardner does an excellent job of quickly grabbing the reader's attention and heartstrings and never lets go. The characters in Jonathan's Cross are superbly crafted and bring the time of the Great Depression to life in a new and fresh way. With the stock market A Heartwarming Saga Jonathan's Cross is definitely not a book to start late in the day if you have a week of extra early mornings, because try as you may, you will not be able to put it down! However, it is well worth the sacrifice. M. L. Gardner does an excellent job of quickly grabbing the reader's attention and heartstrings and never lets go. The characters in Jonathan's Cross are superbly crafted and bring the time of the Great Depression to life in a new and fresh way. With the stock market crash of 1929, Jonathan and Ava, Aryl and Claire, and Caleb and Arianna find themselves scrambling to adjust and survive in less than ideal circumstances. They face many struggles as they learn to live without the finer things they had come to see as necessities, develop the skill they need to survive and grow stronger in the process. As each character's back-story is revealed, they become more real and you find yourself laughing and crying as they have successes, setbacks and tragedies. They come to discover that it is the people they love and that love them that truly make life worthwhile rather than things that can be lost in a moment. Jonathan's Cross is a thoroughly engrossing and excellent read. I can hardly wait to start Elizabeth's Heart!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I found this book very interesting, its characters very real. I often wonder what it was like for those who lost everything in the crash of 1929. Three men, who have been friends since childhood, have all lived the good life, thanks mostly to Jonathan, who owned a brokerage firm. The men are married, their wives are all good friends. They all lose everything in the crash and are reduced to becoming laborers in jobs as dock hands. Their strength is that the men, and their wives, are resilient. Th I found this book very interesting, its characters very real. I often wonder what it was like for those who lost everything in the crash of 1929. Three men, who have been friends since childhood, have all lived the good life, thanks mostly to Jonathan, who owned a brokerage firm. The men are married, their wives are all good friends. They all lose everything in the crash and are reduced to becoming laborers in jobs as dock hands. Their strength is that the men, and their wives, are resilient. They are not quitters. They have some very bad things happen, and at times at least one man wants to give up but the other two are there to pull him up. The three families eventually move to a small fishing village in MA when an enemy of Jonathan's has made it his mission to destroy him and his friends. A central character is Jonathan's maid Maura, from Ireland, remains a part of their lives after she is no longer the maid. She is a no nonsense Irish woman whose deep and abiding faith and belief, and common sense, is called upon in times of trouble. She is especially gifted at helping married couples communicate with one another when they are having trouble doing so. I can't wait for the 2nd book to come out.

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