Stealing Jake


Once a street kid herself, Livy O’Brien has a heart for the growing number of children who roam the streets of Chestnut, Illinois. She works in a home for children but is unable to convince them all to live there so she does what she can to provide food, clothing, and blankets for them. A growing number of crimes in town are attributed to the boys but Livy is not convinced of their guilt. To complicate matters, Livy fins herself irresistibly attracted to the town deputy Jake Russell but fears his reaction if he learns about her past.

A well paced plot and realistic characters are just a couple of things that made “Stealing Jake” a memorable read for me. I loved Livy and Jake and the dialogue between them. With lots of drama, action, and danger as well as a bit of humor and a sweet romance, this book was a page-turner. Hillman included a strong Christian message but I personally did not feel that it was detrimental to her story. In fact, that was one thing I liked about it.

I actually find it difficult to pinpoint just why I loved this book so much but I also loved “Claiming Mariah”. I will make it a point to be on the lookout for new ones by Pam Hillman in the future. I hope there will be one soon.

This book was provided for review by the Book Club Network.


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.


Pam HillmanCBA Bestselling author PAM HILLMAN was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of.