Tuesday, March 5, 2019

You're the Cream in My Coffee

 YOU'RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE, a Christian historical set in 1920s Chicago. 
 2017 Selah Awards Nominee
Finalist for the 2016 Grace Award

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?
Jennifer Lamont Leo 
sometimes wishes she'd been born in an earlier era. So she does the next best thing: she reads and writes historical fiction. Her debut novel, You're the Cream in My Coffee, was published in September 2016 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. A sequel is in the works, as well as an anthology of 1920s-themed short stories.

She is also the co-author (with Nancy Gher) of Hanover Harvesters, a pictorial history about the former farming region northwest of Chicago, now occupied by the suburbs of Bartlett, Streamwood, and Hanover Park.

Jennifer writes from her home in the mountains of northern Idaho, where she lives with her husband, two cats, and as much wildlife as she can attract. Passionate about history, she volunteers at a local history museum and writes history-themed articles for regional publications. She is also an editor, marketing copywriter, playwright, and blogger. 

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