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Cindy J5 Stars Out Of 5Needy street kids, a born-again thief, and a tenacious sheriffs deputyNovember 25, 2015Cindy JQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Pam Hillman begins Stealing Jake with some desperate choices by street kids trying to survive impossible situations. Livy OBrien has recently moved to Chestnut, Illinois and is helping care for kids at the orphanage, but donations are few and money is scarce. Known in Chicago as Light-Fingered Livy, she has the skills to obtain what the kids need, but she left Chicago and her old lifestyle behind and doesnt ever plan to return. As a relatively new Christian, sometimes its hard to trust God to provide what is needed though. Can she truly leave her past behind and trust God to supply those needs? Sheriffs Deputy Jake Russell is trying to catch the thieves who have been breaking into local stores. The number of thefts is on the rise, and the townspeople are complaining about the increasing number of street kids around town. The townspeople believe that if he would only arrest those kids, the thefts would stop. Livy knows the street kids arent to blame, but can she convince Jake without revealing her past? Will Jake give the street kids the benefit of innocent until proven guilty?
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I liked how Livy related to the street kids; she knew what to do, but especially what not to do, in her efforts to get them to come to the orphanage instead of staying on the streets. She also wanted more for them than just a warm bed and three meals a day; she wanted to introduce them to Jesus. The reminder that everyone has something to share with those less fortunate was subtle but very real. Jakes love and care for his family and friends was obvious. He also cared about his town and its residents. He wanted to find the truth about the thefts around town, not settle for the obvious answer that everyone else seemed to believe. Some things I didnt care for about the story were that Livy and Jakes romantic relationship developed too quickly, in my opinion. The book only covered two months, and Livy and Jake met at the beginning and were engaged at the end. Also, within about four hours after Jake was injured in an altercation and broke some ribs, he walked Livy home before returning to the jail then being called to the bank. That part was very unrealistic to me because a friend of mine broke some ribs and was confined to the hospital for several days. Again, I really liked the book overall, in spite of those few down sides. This book will go on my keeper shelf, and Ill be looking for additional books by Ms. Hillman to enjoy.
I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Stealing JakeNovember 7, 2015muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Stealing Jake is a historical romance novel. If you like novels set in the 1800s with romance mixed in, you will love this one! Pam Hillman writes in a very easy to read format.
Livy OBrien used to be known as Light-Fingered Livy, but now she has made a change in her life and that life is behind her. Or so she thought. Until she spots some street kids doing what she used to do. She is helping to run an orphanage in town, and she is going to do all she can to help get these kids off the streets. Jake Russell is the sheriff. He is trying to stop these robberies that are happening in town. In the meantime, there is definitely an attraction between Livy and Jake. Livy has to deal with trust issues, and Jake isnt sure he is ready to settle down.
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DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Christian historical fictionOctober 23, 2015DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book captured me from the beginning. Pam Hillman has written an amazing story about Orphans, street kids, heartaches, forgiveness, starting over, romance, love, faith and much more. There is also some mystery and drama included. Loved Livy and Jake and all of the supporting characters. Pam's writing draws you in to where you can feel like you are there with the characters. I could picture the streets, alleys, the orphanage and other sites in my mind. A wonderful read.
The story is set in 1874 in Chestnut, Illinois. Livy O'Brien lived on the streets of Chicago where she was known as Light Fingered Livy. She moved to Chester to get away from her past and worked with Mrs. Brooks at the orphanage there. Livy became a christian when Mrs. Brooks told her about Jesus. She is troubled when she discovers there are street kids hiding and trying to stay alive from one day to next. Livy wants to help them but they do not trust adults.
Jake Russell the sheriff's deputy in Chestnut has been dealing with a lot over the years including paying off a loan on his family's farm and feeling down on his luck. He and Livy literally run into each other. Livy does not trust any man especially a lawman but Jake is intrigued by Livy. I loved how God brought Livy and Jake together and how they teamed up to help the street kids.
Looking forward to reading more books by Pam Hillman.
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MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Historical mysteryOctober 14, 2015MaryMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Stealing Jake," by Pam Hillman is a work of historical fiction. It is easy, light reading, clean and heart-touching. It takes place in 1874.
Livy O'Brien used to live on the streets of Chicago. She was an orphan, starving, stealing and struggling to stay alive. Until a kindhearted woman took her in, and taught her about the love of Jesus. With Christ in her heart and a willingness to put her old thieving ways behind her, Livy is now the helper in an orphanage. She desires to live right and proper, helping others and being kind to everyone. She often sneaks out in the middle of the night to leave food for other street children.
Luke is one of those street kids. He is desperately trying to free his brother from the men that bought him and are using him in their child labor sweatshop. Luke was my favorite character in this book! He is just a child, yet he is protecting and caring for several younger kids. He is also following the bad guys in an attempt to rescue as many children as he can, hoping that one day he will be able to free his brother.
Jake, sheriff deputy of Chestnut IL, is being told to clear the town of the street kids. But they hide well! And he isn't sure if they are the ones robbing the townsfolk or if it is one of their own. He is going to figure it out though. And Livy might be just the place to start looking. Is she the guilty party? Or isn't she??
I totally enjoyed "Stealing Jake." The characters are well developed and interesting. I never felt confused while reading. There are themes of trust, faith and honesty throughout the story. The author also does a great job of helping the reader to understand the desperation and hopelessness of street kids.
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Touching Historical ReadSeptember 28, 2015Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Stealing Jake was a touching read for me. Livy O'Brien, who was previously known as Light Fingered Livy, helps run an orphanage. More than that she helps feed the children that live on the streets. Jake Russell is a Sheriff's deputy. A lawmen is the last person Livy wants to have in her life.
I really liked Livy; but in this read, the boy, Luke,did the stealing....of my heart. There are kids today who, due to drugs, help their siblings to survive as well as themselves. He tried to help the children the best way he knew how. A few scenes, especially towards the end ( no spoilers) made me teary eyed. My emotions ran high several times in this read. The author did a great job of making me love the characters, the historical backdrop, and the romantic tension and banter. It really is a great Christian Historical fiction read with action, suspense, high emotions, and romance as well. I'll say it again I LOVED the children in this novel...oh how they tugged at my heart. I hope you will enjoy the read, but I also hope you can't let it go once you put it down!
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