You're the Cream in my Coffee - Jennifer Lamont Leo

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

In 1928, Chicago rocks to the rhythm of the Jazz Age, and Prohibition is in full swing. Small-town girl Marjorie Corrigan, visiting the city for the first time, has sworn that coffee's the strongest drink that will pass her lips. But her quiet, orderly life turns topsy-turvy when she spots her high school sweetheart--presumed killed in the Great War--alive and well in a train station. Suddenly everything is up for grabs.

1895. Chicago. Michigan Avenue. The Art Institute.
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Although the stranger insists he's not who she thinks he is, Marjorie becomes obsessed with finding out the truth. To the dismay of her fiancé and family, she moves to the city and takes a job at a department store so she can spy on him. Meanwhile, the glittering world of her roommate, Dot, begins to look awfully enticing--especially when the object of her obsession seems to be part of that world. Is it really so terrible to bob her hair and shorten her skirt? To visit a speakeasy? Just for a cup of coffee, of course.

But what about her scruples? What about the successful young doctor to whom she's engaged, who keeps begging her to come back home where she belongs? And what, exactly, is going on at the store's loading dock so late at night?

Amid a whirlwind of trials and temptations, Marjorie must make a choice. Will the mystery man prove to be the cream in her coffee--the missing ingredient to the life she yearns for? Or will he leave only bitterness in her heart?

My Thoughts
I love the style of the 1920s, loose-fitting dresses with straight sillohettes. So different from today...
Oh.My.Goodness! I am so in love with this book. Set in the height of the Roaring Twenties...There is so much to see and discover throughout Chicago. Times were changing drastically. Will Majorie be able to keep up with the fast pace of the big city? 

Between adjusting to life in the city, seeing ghosts from her past, having second thoughts about her upcoming wedding...Marjorie is a MESS! When she tries to piece her life together on her own, it only comes to ruin. When she realises that she must turn her life over to her Heavenly Father...That no matter our mistakes, or our distancing ourselves from Him...He is always there. It can be hard to let go of the control we have on our lives, but trust me when I say, it is so much better when we turn our cares and worries over to Christ. 

Peter Bachmann, that man! I found him infuriating and endearing...but in the end he made me swoon. The poor chap has led quite the life. But as he establishes who he is...and who he wants to be...*sigh*...You must meet him for yourself. 

Written in first person strictly from Marjorie's perspective we get to see inside her head and heart a whole lot better than if the voice was written in third person. The message that stood out to me very strongly (other than what I stated above), was to listen to the voice inside you and follow your heart. Follow the calling placed on your life, even if the world doubts your's ok! You want to know why? Because "we're all mad here." You are in good company. Do not let others...even well meaning family members...dictate who you are or what you are called to do. Leave that up to God. 

I received a complimentary copy of You're the Cream in my Coffee through the Christy Award. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

I couldn't pass up the chance to include some info on 1920s Fashion!

Década de 20. Melhor década.                                                                                                                                                                                 More

This song makes the title make so much more sense! I had no idea this song even existed until it was mentioned in the book. So naturally, I had to include it for you!

About the Author

With a passion for all things historical, Jennifer Lamont Leo captures readers' hearts through stories set in times gone by. She is also a copywriter, editor, and journalist. An Illinois native, she holds a deep affection for Chicago and its rich history. Today she writes from the mountains of northern Idaho, where she shares her home with her husband, two cats, and abundant wildlife. 

Many thanks to Canva for providing an AMAZING program for me to design all these beautiful graphics. Book covers, publisher/tour logos, and author pictures not owned by me. Unless otherwise stated, all other graphics created by Bookworm Mama with public domain photos on Canva.

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