Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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A speakeasy singer is getting fed up with the seductive man she works for. A department store clerk comes up with a scheme to snag a luxurious boudoir robe for herself after Christmas—but the cost may be too high. And what’s the harm of an old lady brewing a special tonic for herself at home in the midst of Prohibition? These tales and more are found in Songbird and Other Stories by author Jennifer Lamont Leo.
Four short ‘n’ sweet stories set during the Jazz Age? Yes, please! Sometimes you just need to sit for a little while with something you’re sure is going to hit the spot. I needed something quick, uplifting, and entertaining, and that’s what I got.
It was nice to revisit a few of the characters I first met when I read this author’s Roaring Twenties novels. The first story, while fun to read, had kind of a rushed and bumpy flow to me, but the second story, The Christmas Robe, is my favorite of this collection. Humorous, clever, and touching! It got some chuckles out of me before it made me teary-eyed, and the next two stories are also quite delightful.
It’s a great collection to read before or after the Roaring Twenties novels. No, you don’t have to read the novels first to follow these tales, but you’ll want to find out the rest about these characters if you haven’t. They’re the cat’s pajamas!
Here’s my review of the first Roaring Twenties novel, You’re the Cream in My Coffee.