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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review: Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman

Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman
Tyndall / 2011
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About the 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.


My rating:
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My thoughts:

Stealing Jake is the first book I've read by Pam Hillman and it was a good read. I really liked one of the messages in the story - the hard life orphans/street kids have and helping those in need. I also loved Livy's redemption story.

It was a little tough for me to get into this book. I don't know if it was the writing or what, but it didn't really grip me. The characters were nice and, even though I really liked a few of them, I don't have a favorite.

Overall, a good debut novel. Stealing Jake was interesting and I'm open to reading future books by this author. If you enjoy historical books with a good message, I think you'll probably like Stealing Jake, too. :)

*I did not get this book for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


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