“Fun read, set in Illinois in 1874. Christian romance, but not preaching. The title made me think it would be something completely different from what it was, but now that I've read it, I can see where the title comes from.”see full review » see other reviews »
“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.*”
“This is another Christian Fiction but the only thing that bothered me was the fact that every time they worried about something you'd hear those silent prayer... e.g we have no food in the cupboard please god provide us with something... next minute there is a knock at the door, 3 children turn up whose carriage has gone off the road and their father has died. The father had stocked up his carriage with food that will feed the town (almost). Yet no silent prayer went up to find the childrens relatives etc.... That seemed to get wary after a bit.
As for the book I think it was a nice read but there was so much potential to do so much more. It would have been nice to have a chapter for Livy and a chapter for the street children and those abducted as their stories would have been interesting to read. Instead you got stuck reading about the teenage crush style romance between Livy and Jake with crimes in between. Its the crimes and the street children that keep you reading as you want to find out who it is, what will happen and how it will end for all of them. ”
“Fun read, set in Illinois in 1874. Christian romance, but not preaching. The title made me think it would be something completely different from what it was, but now that I've read it, I can see where the title comes from.”Karina W wrote this review Friday, June 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Grown up lock picker who has turned her life around teams up with Deputy to figure out who is using kids to staff their factories. Pretty good story.”Karen S wrote this review Sunday, April 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good story, not too heavy-handed w/religion, but it's in there”SMP0819 wrote this review Tuesday, March 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lost interest in this book. Will come back to it at a later date.”Yulanda McGilvra wrote this review Saturday, January 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good story. Liked the character until she said she'd "obey" her man once they were married.”lisa b wrote this review Friday, December 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good book”Amy W wrote this review Sunday, December 4, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book. It was interesting, had a good storyline and good characters. Livy used to be on the street until she was taken in by a nice older lady. After that they started an orphanage in a small town outside chicago. She meets the deputy in town and they start to fall in love. plus there are street kids in their town and a factory with child labor. Jake and Livy have to help save them all.”Alyssa wrote this review Monday, September 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No