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Publisher's Summary

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
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2 out of 5 stars
By E Perle on 04-12-16

This is not historical fiction!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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?

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Debbie on 05-05-15

Riches to Rags in 1929

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 . . .

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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