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?
You're the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo
This is a real page turner! I stayed up way too late reading because I couldn't put it down. Romance, mystery, suspense,, and 1920s action.
Cream of the crop!
Posted by Shanna on Oct 18th 2019
Such a sweet delightful read with lovable characters that captive from page 1. Enjoy!
Great Mystery I couldn’t put down
Posted by Jamie Rich on Oct 18th 2019
This was my first time reading historical fiction, and I’m so glad I did. The time period and setting felt authentic; the author’s descriptions of the setting made it easy for me to imagine. I loved the characters, and was really drawn into the mystery of who Marjorie’s love interest is. It was such a pure, sweet love story. Not enough books out there like this.