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.
©2008 M.L. Gardner (P)2013 M.L.Gardner
The narrator has a delightful, easy listening accent and that is the only thing I enjoyed about this book. The cover, title and description all told me it was historical fiction concerning the trials and tribulations of young couples during the 1930's depression. It started that way but quickly decayed into an insipid romantic novel. I'm talking petty, sophomoric, not historically accurate mush. The 3 wives are all the mental age of 13. Enough said?
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Excellent historical tale of three friends, their wives, families and close friends that loose everything during the crash of the stock market in 1929 . . . I felt like I was there, in the rat infested apartments, with paper thin walls . . . where the three couples moved after leaving their fancy houses . . . told with amazing grit and honesty, the struggles of each individual draws you to them with unexpected emotion . . . and the lines of class and culture begin to disappear as the stuff of true integrity emerge . . . one of the BEST historical fiction books I've listened to yet . . .
More character dept please. Unless the author meant this for eleven year olds?
Margaret Atwood- Moral Disorder and Other Stories
Only if the book was set in Ireland
With an imaginative screenwriter to fill in the gaps? Maybe. Otherwise cast it with muppets.
The idea for the story is very good and would be a great read if it had anything to do with the grittier reality of the times.
A wonderful book
no, this is my first
John son and Ava
can hardly wait for book two
What wonderful characterization of people in this tragic and hope filled time of our history. I enjoyed the story of these 3 couples along with their friends and families. I laughed and cried.
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