Book Series: The 1929 Series by M.L. Gardner

Do you love Historic Fiction?  If you are anything like me you certainly do!

I just finished reading this amazing series by M.L. Gardner! I’d picked up 1929, Jonathan’s Cross about a year a go via the Daily Free Books listing and instantly was hooked.  I had to seek out the others in the series and thankfully she listed several more on the same website – I grabbed them and dove right in!

I did pay for the last two, but with absolutely no regrets!

So without Further Adieu, let me introduce you to Jonathan/Ava, Caled/Arianna, Aryl/Claire, Maura/Ian, Shannon/Patrick, and many many others who will draw you in!

1929 ML Gardner

Summary from

“As Black Tuesday 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.”

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Paperback Version from Barnes & Nobles: $15.99

Paperback Version from Books a Million: $18.00

Elizabeth's Heart ML Gardner

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“The 1929 Series takes an unexpected turn into the life of Simon Sinclair, an unfairly institutionalized young man whose prophetic visions cause strife and heartache. His time inside the Massachusetts Asylum for Feeble Minds and Lunatics is a never-ending cycle of mind-numbing medications and so-called therapy sessions.

It all changes when he meets Elizabeth, a young woman with an unstable personality and a dark, secretive past—a young woman Simon knows he’s destined to love. As their passion for each other grows, their mental states become increasingly unstable, and others seek to pull them apart.

Freedom is the only option, and together, they run, setting off a chain of events that directly touches the lives of The 1929 Series cast of characters.”

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1930 ML Gardner

Summary from

“It’s June, 1930 and life is harder than ever. The residents of Rockport, Massachusetts have just held a memorial service for Aryl Sullivan. Everyone searches for ways to cope and continue on with life, except his pregnant widow, Claire, who is devastated. Caleb drowns his sorrow in a bottle of whiskey and Jonathan anxiously awaits the birth of his child. Once again, Maura is put to work to see them past the worst of it, facing setbacks of her own.
As the gears of life slowly start to move again, new friends are made and old enemies return to finish what they started. At Maura’s inarguable insistence, Claire meets Gordon, a widower, and they begin to forge a bond through a common sorrow. As Claire begins to move on and accept her new life, Aryl returns. While a happy reunion at first, all is not as it seems with Aryl. As his self destruction becomes obvious to everyone, Jonathan and Caleb must do what they can to save their friend.”

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Drifter ML Gardner

Summary from

“In this fourth book of The 1929 Series, we are led into the world of Richard Sloan, a Massachusetts missing person’s detective who seems to be losing his touch. After six months he hasn’t found anyone alive and becomes desperate to redeem his reputation.
Aryl Sullivan, who suffered amnesia in a boating accident, finds himself caught up in a series of events that land him in London. While in the hands of Gina, a secretive and controlling woman, and her boss, Mickey, Aryl is forever changed as he does what he has to in order to survive.
Following leads on a serial cop killer terrorizing Boston, Detective Sloan unwittingly stumbles on information that leads him to Aryl Sullivan, a man everyone in Rockport thinks is dead.”

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Purgatory Cove ML Gardner

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“Elizabeth William’s mind is full of fissures and hairline fractures held together by the love of fellow patient, Simon Sinclair. But when the staff at the Massachusetts Asylum for Feeble Minds and Lunatics informs her that her soul mate, Simon, has died, she instantly shatters.

Retreating within the depths of her mind, she must confront the fractured personality that’s tried to control her for years. But Elizabeth discovers that she’s outnumbered and must live in the shadows of her own personal purgatory until she finds the strength to change her fate.

Purgatory Cove is best enjoyed after having read The 1929 Series Books 1-4.”

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1931 ML Gardner

Summary from

“The saga of The 1929 Series continues as Aryl’s battle with opiates forces Jonathan and Caleb to take drastic measures in an effort to save him. Claire clings desperately to the hope that the man she fell in love with, and lost, will reemerge from the depths of his addiction.

Ava confronts a dark secret from her past that sends her spiraling deeper into her postpartum depression. And instead of reaching out to Jonathan, she withdraws from her friends and her life.

While Arianna is expecting their third child, Caleb finds himself ensnared in Marvin’s tangled web of deceit and blackmail. He struggles to keep his family safe as he maneuvers his way out of the nightmare.

Bonds are renewed and further strengthened as the families band together. Will they have the tenacity to overcome their ordeals? Or will this forever destroy their friendships as they know it?”

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About the Author

ML Gardner

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, one book of short stories and a serial. Gardner is married with three kids and three cats. She resides in northern Utah.

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