Ain’t Misbehavin’

Written by Jennifer Lamont Leo
Review by Nicole Evelina

Dot Rodgers’ charlatan preacher father turned her off faith. Now she’s a vivacious singer struggling to get her career off the ground amidst the booze and free-wheeling lifestyle of Chicago’s speakeasies. Her squeaky-clean boyfriend, Charlie, has scars of his own, inflicted during the Great War. His world-weariness calls him to a simple, quiet married life, but he knows Dot longs for more. Though madly in love, these two often work at cross purposes, requiring them to delve deep into their hearts and souls to determine what truly matters.

Jennifer Lamont Leo is the queen of fun Roaring ´20s historicals with a clean twist. Her first book, You’re the Cream in my Coffee, came out of nowhere to bowl me over and this follow up is just as good. Leo has a gift for creating realistic characters that (mostly) represent the good in society, even when they are associating with underhanded dealings or people. She adroitly depicts a period most people associate with flighty flappers and vice, showing that when you strip away the glamor and gin, everyone is struggling with the same basic issues of self-discovery, self-esteem, ambition, and faith (or lack thereof). This book was a little blunter about faith and God than the first novel, but it is still a darn fun read. Highly recommended.