Friday, August 26, 2011

Bookshelf Friday - Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman

I stumbled across this book and picked it up solely based on it's cover. Yep, I am that type of book-buyer. Covers draw me in, then the blurb on the back snags me. My favorite covers are really basic, just like this one. I prefer not to see the Hero or Heroine, I want the freedom to make them up in my own mind. It's the way I write too, without a lot of detailed description....and I digress:) Let me get back on track with Pam's book, Stealing Jake.

I loved it! Here's a blurb:

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.

I truly enjoyed Pam's style of writing; smooth and easy, filled with laughter and love. Pam pulls you in to her entire cast of characters. Jake is a true gentleman with a crooked smile and gleam in his eye, Livy is sweet and savvy, the children tug at your heart...I could go on but the best thing to say is: buy the book, sit down and enjoy it for yourself.


  1. I have this one, but haven't read it yet. I'm a book cover kind of gal, myself. What's next on your book list?

  2. I'm working on Race Against Time by Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse (coming out Nov.1). Not sure if you've read the first one in the series - I actually haven't yet - but it's really unique how they've set up the POV. After that? I'll have to check my Goodreads many books, so little time:)

  3. I know I shouldn't, but I judge books by their cover, too. There are SO many great ones out there in the Christian market!

    Glad to know that you enjoyed this book, Susan! I've been hearing lots of good things about it.

    Thanks for sharing your review! : )

  4. Susan, just kickin' around the internet tonight and stumbled across your great review of Stealing Jake.

    Smooth and easy style, huh? Maybe I can bottle that technique and use it again! :)

    I'm so glad you loved the book and REALLY appreciate the shout-out on your blog.

    God bless!

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    2. You are so very welcome. I truly loved it, and it's still one of my favorites--you seen to have that technique down pat:)