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.
Isn’t that cover to die for? Well, as you might know—covers are usually what sell me on the book but I was delightfully surprised at the content and story inside!
Author Pam Hillman‘s passion comes through her writing and the story of Livy’s desperate attempts to save these poor orphans. Stealing Jake (so appropriately titled) has a torrent of ups and downs in the plot that will keep you reading into the late hours of the night.
The romance between Livy and Jake is genuine and sweet and both have dark pasts that add further dimensions to the characters. The town and setting come to life and this is one historical romance you can get lost into.
An undercurrent of a deeper issue ties the whole book together—the exploitation of child labor. Despite current thought, this is still an issue throughout the world and something that the author does a good job of humanizing.
Highly recommended! You’ll enjoy this story from page one to the very end.
Disclaimer–I received a digital copy of Stealing Jake from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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