Livy O’Brien used to be known as LightFingered Livy, but that was back in the days when pickpocketing was a way of life for her—a survival mechanism. Now she is a Christian and living in a small, but burgeoning town outside of Chicago. She lives with Mrs. Brooks at the local orphanage.
Her experiences from the harsh childhood of living on the streets and stealing to survive have become a catalyst to her heart for saving children stuck in similar circumstances. All she wants to do is save the children and show them God’s love.
Livy is not looking for love or marriage. Although, life has a way of sneaking up on us and she finds that out first hand. She never expected she’d literally run into the man of her dreams. Jake Russell is the Sheriff’s Deputy and he has his own problems to deal with—an outstanding loan on his family’s farm, investigating the culprits behind a surge of robberies in town and dealing with grief over the loss of close family and friends, in a mining accident. He wasn’t looking for love either. God has different plans for their lives and He shows up in the little town of Chestnut, Illinois…in a big way.
I’m more of a contemporary romance kind of girl, so when I agreed to review this book, I wasn’t sure how I would like it. Stealing Jake stole my own reader’s heart from the get-go. Ms. Hillman’s writing style easily swept me into the story and I wanted to devour each chapter and actually went to bed late several nights all because I wanted to read just one more chapter.
One of the most appealing factors was the character development. I really got to know Livy and Jake and all of the other fascinating people of Chestnut. Ms. Hillman’s attention to detail was just the right amount to give me enough information about the historical setting and to see the scene without boring me to tears with endless, useless minutiae.
After I finished reading Stealing Jake and I visited Ms. Hillman’s website, I was surprised to learn that this was her debut novel. It read nothing like a debut. I thought I was reading the work of a seasoned multi-published author. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of Ms. Hillman’s future novels. Stealing Jake is one book that I highly recommend.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
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