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Tyndale House Stealing Jake - eBook

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.
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Customer Reviews for Stealing Jake - eBook
Review 1 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Oh, it's good! It's so good!

Date:January 9, 2013
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Delia Latham
Location:Okmulgee, OK
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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 reader’s emotions is what makes a book memorable, then STEALING JAKE is destined to be absolutely unforgettable.
I won’t rehash the plotline—the 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 don’t 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 tale…and this reader will definitely be in line to see what it’s about.
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Review 2 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Entertaining and Educational

Date:February 17, 2012
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HollyMag
Location:Covina, CA
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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.
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Review 3 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Hope for Orphaned Street Kids

Date:October 5, 2011
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Valerie
Location:BC, Canada
Age:45-54
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Someone is selling Chicago’s street kids as factory workers in 1874. Livy O’Brien was once one of those kids but she gave up her light-fingered ways two years ago. Now a Christian, she’s 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 Chestnut’s deputy and determined to restore order to his town. When he (literally) bowls Livy over on the street, he’s drawn to her caring ways. But surely she’s wrong about the street kids. Chestnut didn’t 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 orphans–and strangely attracted to each other. Can they find out who is really to blame for the crimes and save a passel of kids while they’re at it? The clock is ticking…
Stealing Jake is a historical romance that takes the reader into the seamier side of America’s 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.
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Review 4 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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A touching and well-written debut novel!

Date:August 31, 2011
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Myra Johnson
Location:Charlotte, NC
Age:55-65
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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.
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Review 5 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Date:August 26, 2011
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tjhanc
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I enjoyed it. I have a degree in social work and loved the history in this story. A good read.
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Review 6 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Romantic Larceny At Its Very Best!!!

Date:August 19, 2011
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Julie Lessman
Location:St. Louis
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Hold on to your hat—Light-fingered Livy will not only steal your heart, she’ll steal your sleep as well in Pam Hillman’s delightful debut novel, Stealing Jake, a heartwarming tale of a reformed pick-pocket on the lam who falls in love with a lawman.
A runaway from Chicago, Livy O’Brien flees to small-town Chestnut, Illinois where she devotes her life to the local orphanage, determined to help homeless street urchins like she used to be. But when thievery and mayhem pop up in sleepy Chestnut at the same time a group of rag-tag orphans arrive, Deputy Jake Russell finds himself butting heads and hearts with Livy who wants to save the ruffians from the town as much as Jakes wants to save the town from them. With clean, crisp writing, engaging characters and a intriguing plot chock full of toe-curling romance, adorable orphans and the perfect dose of mystery, Stealing Jake will nab your attention from the first page to the last. If you’re looking for a fun read, wholesome entertainment and a tender romance that will make you sigh, Stealing Jake is a steal of a read that definitely delivers the goods.
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Review 7 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Grabs your heart on page one and doesn’t let go.

Date:August 17, 2011
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nataliagortova
Location:Boise, ID
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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’ll make 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.
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Review 8 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Starting

Date:August 17, 2011
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I am just getting started with the ebook concept. I enjoy having an ebook that I can read, but have not actually started reading this particular book.
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Review 9 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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A wonderful fast moving read!

Date:August 4, 2011
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Nel Fastenau
Location:Willard, MO
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Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman opens on the streets of Chestnut Illinois in November 1874. Livy O’Brien steps in and corrects the situation of a street kid stealing a watch from a gentleman on the boardwalk. A street kid named Luke. Livy is quite knowledgeable in the ways of the street experiencing it first hand before she turned her life around and Mrs. Brooks took her in. Neither Luke nor the man who happens to be Jake Russell the sheriff’s deputy realized she replaced the watch in the blink of an eye. Livy helps Mrs. Brooks at the children’s home and has made it her mission in life to reach out to the street kids and get them off the street. A lot of things are changing in the little town of Chestnut. A Glove Factory opened in some of the older buildings close to the mine. Street kids are running rampant in the little town and burglaries are on the rise.
Luke is an important character in the book. Luke and his brother Mark had found themselves in some trouble in Chicago for stealing. Expecting to go to jail Luke was quite surprised when money exchanged hands and he suddenly was placed in a wooden crate with three other boys and it was nailed shut. The crate along with others were placed on a train headed to Chestnut to the Glove Factory. However when the crates arrived Luke was able to escape from his captors, thus finding him on the streets of Chestnut. Luke made it his mission to find his brother Mark and help the other street kids. Little did he know Livy O’Brien considered him her mission.
Does Luke ever find his brother Mark? Are the kids on the street committing the burglaries? Does Livy ever fess up to Jake that she was known as Light-Fingered Livy O’Brien on the streets of Chicago? Is there a reason the kids started appearing when the Glove Factory opened its doors? Do Livy and Jake ever realize they are both attracted to each other? Find the answers to these questions along with others in the book Stealing Jake.
This was quite an enjoyable book. I love a book where I can feel what the characters are feeling and Pam Hillman did a wonderful job creating this in her story. I did not want to put it down I wanted to continue reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast moving book.
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Review 10 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Wonderful debut novel

Date:July 29, 2011
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Jeanette Windle
Location:Lancaster, PA
Age:45-54
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This was an excellent read! I have spent years working with street kids on the dirt alleys of developing world nations, some scrabbling for survival on their own since age two. The author of Stealing Jake captures so clearly the world they know of desperation, hunger, struggle for survive, the abuse they take from the adult world that should be there to protect them, the exploitation. This story is a reminder that the world in which hundreds of millions of children worldwide live today was commonplace not so long ago in our own nation. Stealing Jake could have been depressing, focusing on the undeniably injustices and tragedy. Instead it was exciting, moving, with enough elements of suspense and romance to satisfy the most particular reader and a message of both divine and human love that will always be victorious over cruelty, greed, and hate. A wonderful debut for a talented new author.
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Review 11 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Stealing Jake Will Steal Your Heart

Date:July 26, 2011
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ldgermany
Location:Ridgeland, MS
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Livy O'Brien is a young woman who survived by pick pocketing on the streets. She became a Christian and starts working in an orphanage. She immediately connects with the children and their struggles because she has lived them too. She wants them to know what she has found -- hope.
Livy is pouring her heart and soul into these kids. But what they say is so true. When you aren't looking for love, it finds you. Jake Russell finds her and there is definitely an attraction. He is a sheriff's deputy and at first Livy doesn't want to trust him, much less like him.
The growth of their relationship was so well written and not "hokey". I loved that history was entertwined into the story in such a natural way.
Stealing Jake will steal your heart!!
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Review 12 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Stealing Jake has it all!

Date:July 23, 2011
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Mary Connealy
Location:Nebraska
Age:45-54
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This book has it all. Romance, danger, action, humor, heart. All wrapped up in a historical romance set in with such an interesting backdrop. Sweat shops, coal mines, orphans and gunfights. Such a fast read, there was so much going on that you'd have though the main characters wouldn't have time to fall in love. Ah but they did. I'm smiling as I type because I loved it and love thinking about sweet, vulnerable, valient Livy and heroic, protective Jake. Pam Hillman has written a gem of a book with Stealing Jake.
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Review 13 for Stealing Jake - eBook
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Highly Recommend this book!

Date:July 9, 2011
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JudyMom2
Location:Arizona
Age:45-54
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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.
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