Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman
Tyndall / 2011
About the book:
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.
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.*