Stealing Jake - eBook
Oh, it's good! It's so good!
Beautiful. Heartwarming. Soul-stirring.
I could go on, but why? STEALING JAKE is wonderful. I laughed. I cried. I squirmed with conviction for not doing enough for others, not caring enough about the less fortunate. I ached with sorrow for little ones without a place to lay their heads. If touching the readerÃ¢ÂÂs emotions is what makes a book memorable, then STEALING JAKE is destined to be absolutely unforgettable.
I wonÃ¢ÂÂt rehash the plotlineÃ¢ÂÂthe back cover text does that quite well. But I will say that this storyline includes a little bit of everything, from down home, Old West derring-do to streetwise city kids. From orphans who capture the heart without half trying to rebellious teens who donÃ¢ÂÂt appreciate the comfort of a loving home. Suspense. Humor. Romance. All there. All perfectly delivered.
A debut novel this good is bound to present the author a challenge. Can she do it again? I think so. STEALING JAKE is a showcase of solid writing skills, vivid imagination, and excellent plotting devices. Pam Hillman will have no problem creating another stellar taleÃ¢ÂÂ¦and this reader will definitely be in line to see what itÃ¢ÂÂs about.
January 9, 2013
Entertaining and Educational
Historical fiction hasn't been my "thing" but thanks to a book club I had the opportunity to read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The story had some mystery, some romance and life lessons.
The mystery: Were the orphaned children behind the thefts plaguing the town?
The romance: Livy and Jake who come from two totally different worlds yet they both carry burdens that they're afraid to share.
The life lessons: Are we too quick to judge people who are different?
This was a quick read with characters that were fun but had real problems that many of us struggle.
February 17, 2012
Hope for Orphaned Street Kids
Someone is selling ChicagoÃ¢ÂÂs street kids as factory workers in 1874. Livy OÃ¢ÂÂBrien was once one of those kids but she gave up her light-fingered ways two years ago. Now a Christian, sheÃ¢ÂÂs passionate to help kids in need in the down-rail town of Chestnut, running an orphanage with Mrs. Brooks. With crime on the rise and the street kids implicated, Livy dives in to their rescue.
Jake Russell is ChestnutÃ¢ÂÂs deputy and determined to restore order to his town. When he (literally) bowls Livy over on the street, heÃ¢ÂÂs drawn to her caring ways. But surely sheÃ¢ÂÂs wrong about the street kids. Chestnut didnÃ¢ÂÂt have crime before they arrived from Chicago, so who else could be to blame?
Livy and Jake are at odds in their opinions of the orphansÃ¢ÂÂand strangely attracted to each other. Can they find out who is really to blame for the crimes and save a passel of kids while theyÃ¢ÂÂre at it? The clock is tickingÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Stealing Jake is a historical romance that takes the reader into the seamier side of AmericaÃ¢ÂÂs history. The novel is strong and tightly woven. The bleak, icy setting of winter in an Illinois coal town suits the desolate need these children find themselves in.
October 5, 2011
A touching and well-written debut novel!
Pam Hillman's award-winning debut novel captured my interest from the start. The story revolves around the budding romance between sheriff's deputy Jake Russell and reformed pickpocket Livy O'Brien. Livy is determined to rescue the orphaned children living in shantytown and prove they are not responsible for a recent spate of robberies. Jake is trying to uphold the law while making sure a deadly mine is not reopened only to take more lives. With an intriguing cast of characters and excellent storytelling, Ms. Hillman deftly weaves a tale fraught with romance, danger, and hope. Expect many more engaging stories from this skilled and entertaining author.
August 31, 2011