You’re the Cream in My Coffee
When mysterious fainting spells send small-town girl Marjorie Corrigan to big-city Chicago for medical tests, she has no idea her life is about to take a crazy turn—one that may alter her future forever. A chance encounter with a man who is the spitting image of the love she lost to WWI makes Marjorie question her traditional life choices and sends her on an adventure in which she’s either chasing destiny or a ghost, leading her to question her own sanity. But in the process, she discovers her true identity, embraces both independence and faith, and learns that what people say is the right way to live your life may not be what’s right for you.
I really adored this book! It’s cute, light and fun, a breath of fresh air from how serious historical fiction can be. Though it’s set in the 1920s and does have elements of flapper life, it isn’t your typical innocent-girl-gets-ruined-by-the-big-city story, which was a welcome relief. Leo vividly paints both the oppressiveness of the heroine’s hometown and the glitz and glamour of Chicago—complete with just the right sprinkling of period slang—without going over the top as many writers in this time period do. I appreciated that its inspirational elements are drawn with a light touch (that does get heavier toward the end), making it a story that will appeal to those who don’t typically read inspirational fiction. While parts of the ending are predictable, there is a twist that I didn’t see coming. Part historical, part chick lit, part romance, part mystery, this book has something for everyone. Very highly recommended, and I can’t wait to read more from this author.