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You're the Cream in My Coffee

(Roaring Twenties #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  77 reviews
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 tr ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published September 15th 2016 by Smitten Historical Romance/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (first published September 2016)
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R.J. Rodda
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A witty romance about an engaged girl in the '20s. A fun read with a well-woven Christian heart and a few twists and turns. An enjoyable light read but the God-interactions felt real. A pleasure to read.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You're looking at the genre and wondering what in the world I was thinking, aren't you? I know, I know - me and romance books are like pickle juice and chocolate chip cookies. The cover caught my attention, though, and the storyline seemed pretty interesting.

The story is set in the roaring 20s (though there wasn't much talk of that, or much description either, minus the fact that prohibition was going on, the word "speakeasy" was used a few times, and their fashion choices) in the city of Chica
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think if anyone would ask me a good Roaring Twenties story I'd recommend this one without question! Everything from bootlegging to the new fashions of the day sweeps you right into the 1920s.

There is some predictability in this story. I basically had everything figured out with a certain person, but I still thoroughly enjoyed Majorie's story. I was a little bothered by how she was drawn to Dot's lifestyle, but I love how the author showed her wrong-doing and made it clear that it wasn't a righ
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I don’t typically read/enjoy books set in the Roaring 20s but this debut novel from Jennifer Lamont Leo is the clear exception. Marjorie Corrigan’s witty and winsome first person narration had me hooked from the very first page – as poor Marjorie attempts to explain to us (despite what we may have heard) what didn’t cause her fainting spell at the Orpheum during the Sunday matinee.

At the beginning of the novel, there are two guys in Marjorie’s life. Her fiance Richard (whom she describes as “thr
OHMYGOODNESS. This book just gave me so many happy feels. I love it oodles. <3 <3 Review to come eventually :)
Susie Finkbeiner
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut from Jennifer Lamont Leo. She's brought us a sweet friend in Marjorie and a delightful plot. Beyond that, Leo is a solid writer. I can't wait to read more of her work.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very well written Christian fiction full of interesting characters.
1928-Meet our heroine, Majorie Corrigan, fainting, avoiding her wedding plans, becoming fodder for the town gossips and dealing with her not so nice step-mother. She is forced to go to a specialist in Chicago. As she is getting on the train back to her small hometown of Kerryville, she sees a man that looks like her true love, who died in the war, she makes a rash decision to get off the train and chase him down. From then on h
Sarah Monzon
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fun read. I loved the narrator voice in this book and I think that's one of the most important things with a book. Bravo. Though I predicted the end I wasn't disappointed. I think knowing how the story is going is comforting. Very enjoyable and I'll be looking forward to more books from this author.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had a few friends really like this, so I picked it up for free and decided to give it a try. It was not my cup of tea (or coffee, if you prefer).
I was really saddened that the main character throws out a lot of the things she held dear. Even if she was considered prim, I liked her that way. And all of her decisions were based on selfish motives.
I didn't like the main guy at all. You never really got to know anything about him other then 1. he's hot. 2. He can punch well. 3. He's got a sob st
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun read! While the 1920s is not a time period that I normally read, I found that I really enjoyed this one. Although I figured out early on how the story would unfold, I kept reading to see if I was correct. I also enjoyed the author’s sense of humor with the witty dialogue and even caught myself laughing out loud at one point.
Nadine Keels
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small-town girl Marjorie is visiting Chicago in 1928, away from her family and her fiancé, when she runs into the love of her life from ten years ago, a man presumed dead since he fought in the First World War. Though the man now denies knowing Marjorie, she stays on in Chicago to find out more about him. But she may have more to find out about herself in You're the Cream in My Coffee by author Jennifer Lamont Leo.

Ah! The Roaring Twenties so wonderfully depicted by this fun, glamorous, and vibra
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Here's my first impression. It's a rainy Saturday here on my mountain in Northern Idaho, but I'd planned to attend a book signing event at my favorite local-ish coffee shop this morning and I really didn't want the rain to deter me. I didn't have any high expectations, but attending local book events is important to me. It's my way of building community, and I need all the community building I can get here on my mountain. The author was clearly excited and a bit nervous sending her baby off to ...more
Cindy Huff
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You’re the Cream in My Coffee Book Review
You’re the Cream in My Coffee takes you back to 1920’s Chicago during prohibition. Naïve’ Marjorie runs from the prospect of marriage when she sees a man who looks just like her former fiancé, who died in the Great War. Securing a job at the prestigious Marshall Fields and rooming with Dot, a flamboyant flapper life gets more than interesting for Marjorie. It was fun to visit the era and experience Chicago through the eyes of a small-town girl. Jennifer L
Andrea Boyd
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This one had me turning the page and switching back and forth in my answer to the question, "Is he really Jack?" I think the author also captured the language of the time without going overboard like I have seen in other books set in the twenties.
Emily Moore
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
I'd been meaning to read more inspirational novels but I'd not yet found one that didn't seem to have an "older" feel to it. This novel was recommended by a friend at a writers conference, and was I ever glad that I picked it up.

The roaring 20s in Chicago was not a mellow place, so I was eager to see how the author would handle all that craziness. Tasteful omissions? Vague vulgarities? Neither of these. Leo offers a refreshing, funny, and interesting world in which the main character not only t
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hfvbt
Copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
I was on the fence about reviewing "You're the Cream in My Coffee" because , honestly-the cover. I wasn't really identifying with the cover, the plot and the title. But it was a fun and interesting read. Set in the roaring 20's, the setting of the story instantly grabbed my attention. Leo really set the time period and made it tangible. I also really liked how Leo provided two very contradictory forces, Marjorie is a girl from a
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
What a fun story! It's not a traditional boy-meets-girl romance. I haven't read many stories set in the flapper era, but I really enjoyed this. The writing is fresh and the characters are likable. I'm looking forward to Jennifer Leo's next book!

Marjorie Corrigan is about to marry a doctor and become an important figure in their small town until she starts fainting at the oddest times. The trip to Chicago to discover the root of her problem opens a whole new chapter in her life. One that may not
April McGowan
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy Mr.Selfridge, you will love this

The author does a wonderful job of drawing us back to a time where women were just beginning to get an inkling of what life could look like following their dreams into the workplace. Marjorie find herself in the big city, chasing a mysterious stranger, and working in an upscale department store. Leo creates a rich world of vivid descriptions that immerses us into the roaring twenties and the days of prohibition. Great read!
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I received a copy before it was released, and I didn't put it down. I stayed up until 1am to finish it. =) I laughed, I cried, and I had a fantastic time in 1920s Chicago with Marjorie Corrigan.
Jean Cowden
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book, story and character. Well written.
Nicole Evelina
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fiction
Full review to come after it appears in Historical Novel Review.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I don’t usually read “faith based” novels, especially those with a romance angle. The characters and circumstances are either too unrealistic or idealized, the plots formulaic, and the requisite Gospel/Biblical messages, rather than being inspiring, are often overly simplistic and forced (especially considering the authors are, essentially, “preaching to the choir”). I somehow was not aware what was at the heart of "You’re the Cream in My Coffee" when I won a copy in a Goodreads Giveaway. Imagin ...more
4.5 stars

Ah, this was such a fun, thoughtful, and sweet read! You're the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo swept me right into the 1920s-30s era and kept me reading late into the night more than once. It had a little uniqueness from the average historical fiction, and a meaningful message and faith theme. And it was just completely adorable! *all the heart eyes* I loved Majorie and her journey. Dot, Charlie, Peter, Helen, Pop ... *hugs them all* I would love to read more. You're the Crea
Karen M
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, romance
I do occasionally read Christian books but not that often. I dislike the ones that preach at me. Well, good news, this was definitely one of the better Christian fictions that I have read.

Cute story of a small town girl who goes to the big city and has adventures beyond what she would have believed could happen to her, a good, decent, small town girl who is engaged and about to be married to a young doctor.

During Prohibition speakeasys are filled with temptations, girls are flashing their knees
Cricket Muse
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I knew Marjorie when she just a sweet little rough draft--so fun to come across her all grown up into a novel.
Marjorie is that small town girl who goes off to the city and makes changes. She changes her looks, her ambitions, her love interest. Chicago does that to 1920's kind of girl.
You're the Cream in my Coffee is the lively and sweet debut novel of Jenny Leo. The humorous situations that Marjorie often finds herself in are reminiscent of a Shakespearean plot in that is filled with misundersta
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed the setting! A deeper look at life in the 1920's.
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and will be looking for more by this author. While some parts of it were cliche, I found it enjoyable and entertaining. The time period was one of my favorites!
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so pleasantly surprised by this story! Loved it.
Janice Garey
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review Title: Pursuits of Love in Old Chicago

(review of You’re the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo)

Reviewer: Janice S. Garey

***** 5 Stars

This is a charming book from the front cover to the very satisfying end. The characters have believable dilemmas that are not easily resolved. The story contains mystery, love, and character growth through difficult circumstances. Spiritual discernment and an awakening to the difference between true believers and charlatans plays out in the pages, too
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
"Thou art ever with me."

Marjorie Corrigan is certain that she has seen a ghost. Her head knows that her childhood sweetheart, Jack Lund, never came home from the war, but her heart has remained hopeful. Therefore, when she fumbles through a "is-it-really-you" conversation in a Chicago train station, the man is kind, but insistent that she has most certainly been infected with a case of mistaken identity.

It is her love life that has sent Marjorie from her small home town to Chicago in the first p
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**THANK YOU, dear readers, for all the great reviews, and for choosing You're the Cream in My Coffee and Ain't Misbehavin for your book clubs. You're the bee's knees!** Author of You're the Cream in My Coffee and Ain't Misbehavin'. 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 journ ...more

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