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When Livy O’Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she’s helping to run an orphanage. Now she’ll do almost anything to protect the street kids lWhen Livy O’Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she’s helping to run an orphanage. Now she’ll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself. Sheriff’s deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy—literally—while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town—as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off—Jake doesn’t have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn’t willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman....

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Number of Pages : 385 Pages
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Stealing Jake Reviews

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    2019-05-05 11:33

    There are so many things I like about this novel- the western setting, the steadily building friendship and romance between Livy and Jake, but what really touched my heart was the abuse of child labor and street orphans. Livy's compassion for the orphans and Jake's duty as sheriff's deputy to investigate them as robbery suspects have them crossing paths and butting heads over how the situation should be handled. A few parts are told from the perspective of Luke, one of the boys living on the street, as he seeks to rescue his brother from captivity in a hidden sweatshop. It is astounding how little the lives of the orphans are valued not only by their abusers but defensive members of the growing town. With part of the mystery known to the reader and part of it revealed towards the end, there is an element of tension and suspense. The story includes other facets of frontier life that are woven in seamlessly, including the dangers of coal mining, a judgmental school teacher, and the dynamics of neighbors and friendships in a tight-knit community. I recommend this book to fans of Mary Connealy, Karen Witemeyer, and Regina Jennings.(Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    2019-05-12 13:10

    About this book:“When Livy O’Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-Fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she’s helping to run an orphanage. Now she’ll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself. Sheriff’s deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy—literally while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town—as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off—Jake doesn’t have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can’t seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn’t willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.”Series: As of now, no.Spiritual Content- Many Prayers & Blessings over food; Answered prayers; Talks about God, Jesus, sin & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; A few Scriptures are mentioned; Church going; Mentions of those in the Bible.Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘drat’, a ‘stupid’, two ‘dumb’s, and three ‘shut up’s; Mentions of curses said but not written; Pain & Fighting (semi-detailed); Guns & Shooting; Holing someone’s neck & almost choking them (semi-detailed); Mentions of killing children, whipping & overworking them (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of killing; Mentions of starving; Mentions of drinking, drunks, saloons & whiskey; Mentions of gambling; Mentions of smoking and cigarettes; Many, many, many mentions of mines, blackness, death & the dying (barely-above-not-detailed); Sexual Content- three head/forehead kisses, a cheek kiss, an almost kiss, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, three semi-detailed kisses, a boarder-line detailed // very-detailed kiss; Remembering an almost kiss and a kiss (semi-detailed); Wanting to kiss; Mentions of stolen kisses; Touches & Hand-holding (semi-detailed); Blushes; Noticing (semi-detailed); a ‘strumpet’; Flirting & Teasing; Mentions of waking up in the morning with a woman; Mentions of men preying on young girls; Mentions of childbirth & those who died in it; Mentions of children born out of wedlock; Love, falling in love & the emotions *Note: A cat gives birth (barely-above-not-detailed).-Livy O’Brien-Jake RussellP.O.V. switches between them, Luke & Victor Set in 1874 363 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- One StarEarly High School Teens- Two Stars Older High School Teens- Three StarsMy personal Rating- Three StarsHmm. “Stealing Jake” had some parts I liked (caring for the orphans, prayers and Livy) and some parts I didn’t like (all the kisses & the mentions of killing children). At first, I was very confused with the different POVs, but I got it about fifteen chapters in. This book reminded me a bit of a Karen Witemeyer book. I wouldn’t be keeping this book, though, due to the boarder-line very-detailed kiss. :/Link to review:http://booksforchristiangirls.blogspo... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Tyndale House Publishers) for this review.

  • Kav
    2019-05-18 08:26

    A plot so riddled with action and suspense that it'll give you itchy fingers (which means you want to find out what happens so badly that you're tempted to start turning pages faster than you can read.) Such a delicious dilemma for an avid reader! Love that the romance is front and centre right from the start. The reader is in no doubt that chemistry exists between Jake and Livy and romance could blossom quickly under ideal circumstances. Alas, since the circumstances aren't ideal, there isn't a smooth path to matrimony -- but I sure enjoyed all the bumps and detours along the way! Trust is a core issue that threads its way throughout this story. It's something Livy in particular really struggles with because of her past. But Jake harbors his own share of doubts which compound Livy's trust issues and it spirals into quite a quandary. Then there's young Luke, a mistrustful street kid who holds the key to a lot of questions that need answering...if only he could trust someone with the information. The surprising suspense thread kept me riveted right to the very end....and then I mourned that it was all over. You know -- that black moment in a reader's life where you realize there is no more story but you're not ready to let it go? And the thought of starting another book leaves you feeling unsettled? That's how I felt when I reached the last page of Stealing Jake and what a wonderful (and disturbing) conundrum for an avid reader to be in. Definitely one for the keeper shelf. My thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of this book.

  • Lisa Phillips
    2019-04-29 08:29

    This novel grabs your heart on page one and doesn’t let go ‘til the end.Light-fingered Livy O’Brien grew up on the streets of Chicago. Raised on the cold and hunger of homelessness, friend to pain and the tragic death of her sister, hers is a story of God’s love shining in the most broken of hearts.Jake Russell is Deputy Sheriff of Chestnut, Illinois. He doesn’t know what he’s getting in for the day he bumps (literally) into sweet little Miss O’Brien.A romance that makes you smile, an intricate plot, and plenty of drama…but that’s not what gets you with this novel. Woven into the story of Jake and Livy is a cast of street kids. Arrested in Chicago and sold—by the police, nonetheless—as child labor, these kids find themselves alone and without hope in Chestnut.And yet God never leaves us that way, does He?Because He brings Jake and Livy together at His perfect time, not only to discover a future together, but so they can intervene in the lives of kids who have no one to fight for them.This novel is a promising debut for Pam Hillman, Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award finalist and ACFW Genesis Contest winner. It’s a great read for fans of Tracie Peterson, Tamera Alexander and Diann Mills historical novels.I’m looking forward to what she brings us next.

  • Ausjenny
    2019-05-20 10:16

    This book is amazing. I loved the story. Livy has lived on the streets and has a real heart for street kids. She remembers what its like to have to struggle for food, warmth and survival. Jake has no idea he thinks street kids are a problem that needs to be moved on. Jakes opinion is common of many people. Add a to this mix the fact the street kids are being brought to town by an unknown man. I love reading livy's story how her life has changed and she is now working in an orphanage helping look after orphans, she would like to help all the children but knows its hard for them to trust adults. Jake also has to deal with some of the issues of the children also when some robbery start to happen. We see themes like redemption, forgiveness, acceptance in this book. When I was reading this book I was thinking about children today we still have foster children who are still mistreated. There are also children in third world countries that are badly mistreated today. I love a book that makes me think about different issues. This is a great book and I cant wait to read more books by Pam.

  • Shannah Mauney
    2019-04-26 08:28

    Pam Hillman is an amazing author. I was captivated from the very beginning of this book. Livy, Jake, and Luke stole my interest from the beginning and didn't let go until the very end. I loved the plot. The plight of the street kids tugged at my heart strings. From all I've read, "street kids" and orphans were not treated very well back in those times (and you can't really say they are now), and Pam Hillman perfectly captured that fact in this nail-biting story. Read my full review: http://faithlovebooks.blogspot.com/20...

  • Judy
    2019-05-01 07:09

    An incredible read!This book has so much within it. Excitement, love, redemption, trust, suspense for starters.Jake Russell is working as a deputy in the town of Chestnut, Illinois. His father and 28 others were killed in a mine explosion some years earlier and he was trapped in the mine. He was not about to go back.Livy O'Brien grew up on the streets of Chicago, literally. She only had her sister Katie but she died. When the town of Chestnut started having robberies they were blaming street kids. Livy knew they would not draw attention to themselves and tried to convince Jake of it.It is heart wrenching to think of kids being on the streets and having to survive. This was fiction but that is a also a fact. This book definitely pulls on the heart strings.They were taking these street kids from Chicago to work in a factory in Chestnut. You see some of the kids being separated from their siblings. A side story is Luke who was able to escape but he is still searching for his brother Mark.There are many unique characters as well. Gus and his donkey Little bit, Emma who owns a cafe, Mary and Gracie. This is just an excellent story.Mrs Brooks had taken Livy into her care in Chicago and told her about the Lord. They had an orphanage here in Chestnut but it is hard to get the street kids to trust enough to come in.

  • Jan Drexler
    2019-05-14 09:32

    Pam Hillman’s debut novel, Stealing Jake, is a joy to read! From the very first scene we are caught up in Livy O’Brien’s world – a world where homeless street children are forced into a life of crime in order to survive, and if caught, are “sold” to unscrupulous men who use them for cheap labor in sweat shops. Although Livy has escaped that life by the grace of God, she refuses to leave it behind completely, knowing that she can be the instrument God uses to save others from that miserable existence.Then she meets Jake Russell, the deputy of the small Illinois town where Livy and her mentor, Mrs. Brooks, have recently moved to start an orphanage. With Livy’s past, her first instinct is to avoid this lawman, but circumstances – and mutual attraction – continue to bring them together.I thoroughly enjoyed the way Pam introduced and developed her characters. Both Livy and Jake have their demons, and Pam reveals them to the reader in a natural and compelling way. She allows her hero and heroine to face them, and then vanquish them before our eyes.I am waiting impatiently for Pam’s next book!I received a copy of this e-book as a free download from Netgalley for my review.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-02 13:17

    I LOVED this book. It was such a good, fast, inspiring, romantic, sentimental, adventurous read. This is a book you DO NOT want to judge by it's cover or title (both are kinda ehhh). The book is written from the perspective of those 4 above characters, which really gives you the chance to know every angle of the story.Yes, it's a Christian book... but I did not find it to be pushy or preachy at all. I thought that it portrayed the message well without over doing it. And, being that it's the mid-west in the late 1800's, it's appropriate. I feel like sometimes Christian books feel the need to rosy up the message or add 100 "God's" into it just because it's "Christian". And I AM a Christian... I still don't like it. Not the case with this book... it was perfect. Seriously, go get it... now. Unfortunately, it's currently only available in e-book format, BUT for now it's FREE on Amazon. Woohoo! 5 starsThis book was given to me free of charge for the purpose of this review. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Trewen
    2019-05-03 15:14

    Uhgg...too preachy for my taste.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-01 10:14

    A sheriff and a former pick-pocket team up to rescue street kids and find unexpected love in Chestnut, Illinois. I like to break down my reviews into several elements...The heroine: "Light-fingered" Livy is a wonderful heroine, feminine without being stiff, and gutsy without being overbearing. With her past, it is hard to see how things could ever work out between her and Jake, but that's what makes for great story conflict!The hero: Jake is a down to earth, selfless hero that would make any lady's heart patter. He only has eyes for Livy, though, which makes him all the more swoon-worthy.The romance: Sweet sorghum molasses! Jake does a handsome job of pursuing Livy against his better judgement. Shy, reticent girl that Livy is, Jake's attentions are of necessity determined, yet gentle and sweet. They melted this reader's heart more than once--okay, a lot.The plot: This is a page-turner for sure. I was constantly guessing until the end, and the plight of the children really makes this story unique.The setting: While reading this novel, I felt like I was living the scenes. The details immerse the reader into the snowy world of Illinois winter but never overwhelm or slow the pace too much. The effect feels effortless and is a mark of Pam's incredible talent.The theme: Forgiving ourselves and overcoming secrets in our past is hard. Everyone can relate to making mistakes they'd rather no one else know. But through the blood of Jesus, we have forgiveness and He gives us victory over sin. The prejudices about street kids are also addressed along with our need to "be Jesus to the least of these." Matt. 25:40. This leads me to my final point...The faith element: Pam Hillman writes her faith into her stories so gently and earnestly, the reader never feels preached to, but at the same time there's never a question this book was written to minister and encourage. Another mark of excellent fiction writing. I was happy to find a good read that speaks of Jesus' blood and His power to cleanse us from sin.The audience: Because of the subplot with the desperate street kids, people of all ages will enjoy this story. I recommend this novel to anyone who loves good fiction.

  • Courtney
    2019-05-04 12:22

    Light fingered Livy who was an expert at pick pocketing has given up her old ways of living and has changed for the better! She is now a Christian and is helping run an orphanage in a small time to start a new life for herself. She is troubled though by all the street kids in her new small town that are getting a bad name because someone is stealing and everyone is blaming them. She is trying to help figure out who is the thief to clear the street-kids names and at the same time trying to convince them to come stay at the orphanage where they will be safe!Livy meets Deputy Jake and instantly there are sparks a flying! The only problem is that she is afraid of falling in love, afraid of lawman, and afraid that once Jake knows her past he will abandon her!Stealing Jake starts off with a bang and you are instantly involved in the lives of the street kids and the story of Livy! I was devouring the chapters as fast as I could and I finished the book in one night because I had no desire to wait until tomorrow to keep reading! I just had to know who the bad guys were and what would be the fate of the poor street kids!I really enjoyed the character development of Livy! I felt like I knew a lot about her and could easily connect to who she was. I also felt this way about Jake, although at times I wish I knew a little bit more about what happened to him in the mine but I still really felt connected to him.The spiritual aspect of this book was very refreshing and inviting! Hillman portrays a message that God can take anyone and restore them to beauty for God's glory and that when you seek God for help he will always provide for you! I was touched by the sweet way the Christians were portrayed in this story but I also never felt the Spiritual aspects were too pushy!I very much enjoyed reading this debut novel and will be making sure I check out more of Pam Hillman's work. By the way - I got this novel free on Amazon, not sure how long the deal will last! Content: Very clean, minor kissing!

  • Tammi
    2019-05-08 11:21

    I've read slightly over 100 books this year and this is most certainly one of my favorites. It's so good that I actually woke up at 3 AM this morning and finished reading it through 5 AM. Fortunately, I'm off work today and was able to go back to sleep until 8 am. The setting is in the 1870s in Chestnut, IL, a growing community just train ride away from Chicago. Characters include Livy O’Brien, a young lady working in the new orphanage in town. Livy grew up on the streets of Chicago and survived by picking pockets in order to keep from starving. She has changed her ways and is spending her life helping Mrs. Brooks, the lady who rescued Livy from street life, take care of orphans. Livy has a heart to protect and help the street children in Chestnut, as she attempts to convince the community that the children are only trying to survive in the world with the cruel hand they have been dealt.Jake Russell is a farmer, shareholder in a coal mine, and sheriff’s deputy of Chestnut. He is working hard to make ends meet for his widowed mother and his younger siblings. He has a history of being one of the few survivors from a coal mine collapse and lives with survivor’s guilt. Of course, Jake finds himself very attracted to Livy and is unaware of her past life as a pick pocket living on the streets in Chicago.Both Jake and Livy are very likeable characters. The author also does a great job developing the supporting characters in the book. Ms. Hillman has a way of making the reader feel as though they are in the community of Chestnut, IL. The story includes gripping action and mystery as well as a touch of romance. As previously stated, this is one of my favorite reads of the year and I highly recommend it. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love this book.I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.

  • Bethany
    2019-04-25 08:14

    When Livy O’Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she’s helping to run an orphanage. Now she’ll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself. Sheriff’s deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy—literally—while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town—as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off—Jake doesn’t have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn’t willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman. I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this one. It sounded good but was she going to pull it off right? She did, by blending the different stories together and showing the real side of each character and making them individual. Some books told by different points of view are really hard to understand and see the contrast of them, like when I read Allegiant, I had the worst time trying to follow the story and be able to tell the voices apart. I also liked that she was able to mix the different voices, instead of switching views every other chapter and retelling things just from the other person's point of view. I thought the ending was easy to tell and the mystery part was figured out for me be page 50 or so. So that wasn't very surprising either. But for more of an easy reading chick lit, this one hit the spot. I received this book for review through Tyndale's blogger review program.

  • Nenette
    2019-04-28 14:16

    This book has been in my to-read shelf for quite some time now; I wish I'd pick it up sooner.This has got all the elements of a feel-good story: wholesome romance, children, family, sense of community, and of course, it's got Jesus Christ at the center of it all.Set in 1870s America, the story played out in the little town of Chestnut, Illinois. Livy is starting over in a new town, helping run an orphanage. Jake is the sheriff deputy hoping to catch the person responsible for a series of robberies. Aside from them, there is a whole cast of characters who played out their parts in an effort to save and protect their town from the undesirables. Christian romance books often have uncomplicated plots and this is no exception. Their pull is from the simple and real-life situations. As well, reading a good one is like attending Sunday service sans the preachy homilies. They just give enough dosing of platitudes to get the reader ruminating about their lives. As Christian romance books come, I'd say this is a good one.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-10 07:35

    Pam Hillman made each character come alive in Stealing Jake. With each page, I couldn't figure out what to anticipate next, not because this was thriller, but because this book was a page turner that kept me going and had me thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading. Livy O' Brien "just a pickpocket from Chicago" doubts God's provision for food and money. Jake Russell the town sheriff has his fair share of problems, but will do anything to protect Chestnut, Illinois. However, Jake cannot understand Livy's need to protect the children on the street. He knows Livy is putting herself in danger, which intrigues him as he has never met someone quite like her, but why would she put herself in danger at the risk of helping kids? Will Livy end up in jail for all the mistakes she has made or will end up with Jake? Will this book turn out to be a happy ending like we want all books to be?

  • Pat Dyer
    2019-05-09 14:25

    I’m not particularly fond of “romance” novels. However, I read this cannot-put-down book in one day, staying up until 2AM when my eyes clamped shut from fatigue. At the end, when I read that this is her debut novel, I was shocked. I could not find one chapter, one paragraph, one word that I didn’t love about this book. It is definitely an exceptional, unforgettable book. I loved the way the author interwove the romance part of the story through a touching and inspirational, yet suspenseful and adventurous story about real issues in real places. The message of trust, hope, forgiveness and healing unfolded in a superb manner. I have already recommended this book to fellow readers, and will continue to do so.

  • Narelle
    2019-05-04 10:35

    I really liked the story premise and enjoyed reading this book. Livy is an intriguing character with a heart of gold. Her faith helps her overcome her difficult childhood. She has a genuine desire to help the orphans and street kids who have appeared in her small town. Livy is drawn to Jake, despite fearing he will discover the truth about her past.Jake struggles to understand why Livy has a soft spot for the street kids, who seem to be the source of trouble in the town. Explosive secrets are revealed that take Jake and Livy on a dangerous journey to seek the truth and bring justice to the town of Chestnut, Illinois. I highly recommend this book to those looking for a fast paced and beautifully plotted historical romance.

  • Julia
    2019-05-22 08:27

    Great! I cry at the ending every time! :-)

  • Mary Loesch
    2019-05-17 10:09

    This was a good read. Fast paced, it kept my interest even though it was a little predictable.

  • Bonnie
    2019-05-10 15:11

    If you love children, Chicago, or just a good love story, you'll be hard pressed to out this book down.Starting over in a new town, Livy, once herself a street urchin, now helps the woman who resced her from the streets run an orphanige in Illinois. Jake, the young deputy soon finds her intriguing but can she overcome her own fears from her past to trust a man, much less a police officer after her horrible experiences on the streets of Chicago? And will he still have any interest in her if he finds out just exactly how she had feed herself back beforecoming to Chestnut? When children who where sold to work in a sweatshop need help, Livy jumps in to help them, putting herself and Jake in danger. Pam Hillman writes a heartstopping, tear-provoking good romance.

  • Anneliese Dalaba
    2019-05-04 07:15

    Livy was rescued from the streets of Chicago and given a home. When the people of her town begin to blame street children for crimes being committed, Livy looks for ways to help the children and gain their trust. The deputy takes a special interest in Livy, but how can she ever love a lawman. He will certainly reject her once he finds out about her past.The author did a great job with writing a believable story. There were many characters, but it was never confusing. The book held my attention from beginning to end. The love story was sweet.

  • Patricia
    2019-05-10 12:18

    Rating 3.5. This is not clearly a 3 but not clearly a 4, either. Where are the half stars at a time like this?!There was a lot going on in this story and a lot of interesting characters. I am rounding this up to 4 stars. I normally avoid books about cruelty to children but chose this by accident. Despite that being a main theme for the book, it was presented in a way I could tolerate.

  • Elaine
    2019-04-25 14:18

    Reading about Jake and Livy's romance and the suspense of the glove factory really gave me something to look forward too. Great read

  • PWRL
    2019-04-28 10:31

    SM

  • Janice Garey
    2019-04-26 08:16

    Review Title: Opening Doors of Long Closed Hearts (review of Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman)Reviewer: Janice S. Garey***** 5 StarsFrom the title and cover illustration, I did not know what to expect from this book. I had never read anything from Pam Hillman before. The story engaged me from the start. I did not want to put it down, but life often interrupts my reading. Each time I picked the book up, I could get right back into the story. I can't say that about all books so I give this one an A+ for that alone. I really liked so much about this book.The story takes place in a small town not too far from Chicago. An orphanage has been set up to take in children who have lost their families for various reasons. The main character, Livy, has been a street kid in Chicago and was well known for her lock-picking skills and evading the law. She finally trusted an older woman who helped her to start a new life as a Christian working in the orphanage. Livy has such a heart for needy children. The reader's heart will be touched by Livy's dedication to the children. Livy enjoys her new life of relying upon the Lord. She finds work and gives thanks for being able to earn an honest paycheck. Fresh into this new life, she does not desire to have a relationship with a man that would expose her background.The other main character, Jake, works as a town deputy under an aging sheriff. Jake has lost his father to a coal mine explosion, and he is so busy in his work and helping to provide for his mother that he has not had love on his mind. When he and Livy meet, as much as they try to deny any feelings for each other, they find themselves falling in love.A mystery takes place in the novel as street children seem to be invading the town, and they are blamed for a rash of burglaries. Livy wants to help the children, earn their trust, and get them into a better life at the orphanage. Jake is pressed by town businessmen to enforce the law and go after the street children to arrest them. So Livy and Jake are at odds regarding their life purposes for awhile. You need to read the story to find out exactly what is going on in the town and how Livy and Jake eventually work out their differences.Livy uses her former skills to help solve the crime and to gain the street children's confidence along with stealing Jake's heart. The characters are all believable as they are woven together with strings of plot. I appreciated how Christianity appears as a force for good in transforming lives. The street children's lack of trust that anyone wants to help them when they have been badly hurt by adults makes for a gripping story.I thank bookfun.org, the author, and publisher for giving this book to me in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this book to all who like to read a good story. It should appeal to both Christian and secular readers, in the age category of late teen through adult. My life has been enriched through the hopefulness of this book as it relates to the problem of modern day slavery and how the actions of good people can make a difference.

  • Janice Garey
    2019-05-15 13:12

    Review Title: Opening Doors of Long Closed Hearts (review of Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman)Reviewer: Janice S. Garey***** 5 StarsFrom the title and cover illustration, I did not know what to expect from this book. I had never read anything from Pam Hillman before. The story engaged me from the start. I did not want to put it down, but life often interrupts my reading. Each time I picked the book up, I could get right back into the story. I can't say that about all books so I give this one an A+ for that alone. I really liked so much about this book.The story takes place in a small town not too far from Chicago. An orphanage has been set up to take in children who have lost their families for various reasons. The main character, Livy, has been a street kid in Chicago and was well known for her lock-picking skills and evading the law. She finally trusted an older woman who helped her to start a new life as a Christian working in the orphanage. Livy has such a heart for needy children. The reader's heart will be touched by Livy's dedication to the children. Livy enjoys her new life of relying upon the Lord. She finds work and gives thanks for being able to earn an honest paycheck. Fresh into this new life, she does not desire to have a relationship with a man that would expose her background.The other main character, Jake, works as a town deputy under an aging sheriff. Jake has lost his father to a coal mine explosion, and he is so busy in his work and helping to provide for his mother that he has not had love on his mind. When he and Livy meet, as much as they try to deny any feelings for each other, they find themselves falling in love.A mystery takes place in the novel as street children seem to be invading the town, and they are blamed for a rash of burglaries. Livy wants to help the children, earn their trust, and get them into a better life at the orphanage. Jake is pressed by town businessmen to enforce the law and go after the street children to arrest them. So Livy and Jake are at odds regarding their life purposes for awhile. You need to read the story to find out exactly what is going on in the town and how Livy and Jake eventually work out their differences.Livy uses her former skills to help solve the crime and to gain the street children's confidence along with stealing Jake's heart. The characters are all believable as they are woven together with strings of plot. I appreciated how Christianity appears as a force for good in transforming lives. The street children's lack of trust that anyone wants to help them when they have been badly hurt by adults makes for a gripping story.I thank bookfun.org, the author, and publisher for giving this book to me in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this book to all who like to read a good story. It should appeal to both Christian and secular readers, in the age category of late teen through adult. My life has been enriched through the hopefulness of this book as it relates to the problem of modern day slavery and how the actions of good people can make a difference.

  • Veronica
    2019-05-10 11:33

    This was an entertaining and wonderful story about a young woman who's trying to escape her past and save as many children as she can in the process. Livy O'Brien used to be a street kid on the streets of Chicago from her earliest memories until 1872 when a loving Christian woman took her in and earned her trust. Mrs. Brooks showed her that she could be safe and cared for and introduced her to Jesus. She moved with Mrs. Brooks to the smaller town of Chestnut, where they set up an orphanage. She's focused on taking care of the children and plans to never marry, especially after what happened to her sister.Deputy Jake Russell has his hands full trying to do his job keeping the town safe and take care of his widowed mother and siblings. He has no time for a woman, until he literally runs into Livy when she's returning a gold watch to his pocket that she saw a child lift from him. He's none the wiser, but he's having a hard time forgetting her, especially when they keep being thrown together. There's an influx of street children in his town and a rise in crime and most everyone believes the two are related. He needs to find them and fast, yet Livy challenges his beliefs about the children and makes him wonder if they're really to blame.Pam Hillman has another winner! This was a wonderfully written story where the characters really came alive. I loved Livy and Jake. It was fascinating to learn more about Livy's life growing up in Chicago and her fear that someone would find out about her past. From what I've read about Chicago in the past, it was a very corrupt place where you couldn't even trust a lot of the cops. I admired her determination to save the children and her tender heart. Jake was a good man who didn't have all the facts, but was willing to change his mind when his eyes were opened to the truth. His care of his family and the townspeople was admirable. He really went above and beyond to watch out for them. I liked the multiple viewpoints, including Luke, a street kid trying to find his younger brother after being shipped to Chestnut. The romance is sweet, with plenty of romantic moments. I liked the strong faith element, with multiple times where Livy prays for guidance and safety, talks about her salvation and her and Jake both attend church. Jake also prays and seems to have a faith that consists of more than just church attendance. The plot was interesting and kept my attention. I highly recommend it for fans of historical fiction.I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-22 11:38

    Pam Hillman begins Stealing Jake with some desperate choices by street kids trying to survive impossible situations. Livy O’Brien 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 doesn’t ever plan to return. As a relatively new Christian, sometimes it’s hard to trust God to provide what is needed though. Can she truly leave her past behind and trust God to supply those needs? Sheriff’s 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 aren’t 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. Jake’s 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 didn’t care for about the story were that Livy and Jake’s 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 I’ll 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.

  • Holly Renee
    2019-05-21 07:32

    Livy O’Brien knows all too well the plight of street children. Though once a child who wandered the streets, she now assists in running the local town orphanage. Yet running the orphanage is not enough for her. She longs to reach out to the children who still wander the streets, but she knows their fear and how hard it is for them to trust anyone. It’s a fear she once shared—and still shares when it comes to lawman, Jake Russell--which is why she’s determined to keep her attraction to him from growing. If he learned of her past, he’d reject her. Deputy, Jake Russell, is struggling to pay off a loan. He knows he doesn’t have time to pursue the beautiful Miss O’Brien, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels toward her. Despite his attempts, she seems uncomfortable around him. As local crimes around town increase, crimes supposedly committed by urchins that wander the streets, he works to try to catch the culprits. Yet his and Livy’s views of the criminal street-children differ. Will these views be their undoing, or will they pull them into something neither of them expected? I have to say right out that this book did not disappoint! This story captured me from the first page and didn’t let go until the end. Filled with romance, mystery, and depth, this story is sure to capture you.Pam Hillman proves herself an expert at historical research. The thorough and accurate presentation of history in this novel is impressive. In fact, I believe calling it impressive is doing her an injustice. The research is actually phenomenal. Her ability to create not just intriguing leading characters, but an entire town filled within various characters and personalities shows mastery that one rarely finds with debut novelists. The thing that stands out most in Stealing Jake is the message Mrs. Hillman shares with her readers. Her heroine’s passion for the street children seeps though the pages of the book and makes its way straight to the heart. While America may not have many orphaned children wandering the street anymore, families and individuals who lack adequate food or shelter do still wander the streets, struggling to make it through the next hour—and this book made me stop and consider what I can do to help them. While the message definitely exposes the heart to truths we may never have considered, it’s never once presented in an over-preachy or condemning manner.I highly recommend this book. It will definitely satisfy those who love historical romance! I can’t wait to see Pam Hillman’s next novel.