I had the honor of editing M. L. Gardner's 1929, and I have to say, it is one of my favorite books. No, I'm not being paid to say this. Her novel is one of a kind, and I highly recommend it. It's only 99¢ on Amazon right now, and free on Smashwords.
As an editor, I am nitpicky and cynical when it comes to the books I read. As an avid reader, I am hopeful that the characters are memorable, the plots realistic but fantastic, and the conflicts believable.
The 1929 series not only exceeded my expectations but left me longing for more. Even after putting down the book, I still thought about Jonathan and Ava Garrett, wondering what they were going to do next.
Gardner’s characters were wonderfully crafted, from every lovable flaw to their growth and maturing. I fell in love with Arianna, I laughed at Aryl’s jokes, and I wanted to be a leader like Jonathan.
Historical fiction is an engaging genre that requires more research than most. Gardner more than researched this genre—it’s as if she lived through the Stock Market Crash and knew the Roaring Twenties better than anyone else. I could tell she truly devoted her life to these characters and their setting.
Editors try to find plot holes in a story, and I have to admit: I couldn’t find one. The author covered all of her bases and kept me glued to the book from start to finish. I guess if I could pinpoint one problem, it would be that this series isn’t a movie yet. The entire time I read it, I kept envisioning the characters and their conflicts, and it’s something that needs to be a movie. I am itching to read the next book—and hopefully see it on the big screen too!
Here's the bio in case you'd like to know what the book is about:
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.
An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 300 books and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients. Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, The Rotting (in Shivers in the Night), and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday.