You’re the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo – Book Review

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You’re the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo – Book Review

You're the Cream in My Coffee

by Jennifer Lamont Leo

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Series: Roaring Twenties #1
Published by Smitten Historical Romance
Publication Date September 15, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Illinois Roaring Twenties - US - 1920-1929
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 284

Synopsis:

Carol Awards Winner Grace Awards Winner Selah Awards Nominee 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.
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?
Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature. Similar romance novels in this genre may be categorized as: christian romance, inspirational romance, christian fiction, and clean, wholesome romance.

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I think I found this gem through a newsletter a month ago (according to the purchase date), but don’t actually recall how I found it. Regardless, it was free at the time and so I grabbed a copy and let it sit on my Kindle until last night when I was looking for a quick story to read. I had planned on purely a pleasure read and not something I needed to blog about. However, once I read it, I knew I had to share this treasure with you!

I was captivated from the very start. This charming historical is told as though shared by an intimate friend. While peppered with jargon from the Roaring Twenties, it is not overdone and doesn’t feel unnatural or forced. It has just the right tone.

I loved Marjorie right away. She is a sweet, small-town girl who feels trapped by the direction her life is headed. When she makes an impulsive decision, everything changes and she is caught up in a world she had never expected.

Prohibition, speakeasies, bootleggers, and hard choices fill the pages. Marjie’s new friend and roommate flirts with a world full of the evils that Marjie had previously only heard of. Marjie’s resolve to stay away from these things is challenged when she discovers that the man she is so attracted to is a part of it all.

Her newfound determination to trust God is also tested as she navigates these new and strange temptations. The faith element is strong as Marjie clearly sees her own sin and learns that the only way she can be made clean is through the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross and is forced to humbly return to the house of her father in disgrace.

I’m so glad I found You’re the Cream in my Coffee and Jennifer Lamont Leo’s writing. I can see why this has won the awards that it has and I plan to read more of her stories soon!

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