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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  971 ratings  ·  131 reviews
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 l ...more
Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published (first published June 24th 2011)
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
There are so many things I like about this novel- the western setting, the steadily building friendship and romance between Livy and Jake, but what really touched my heart was the abuse of child labor and street orphans. Livy's compassion for the orphans and Jake's duty as sheriff's deputy to investigate them as robbery suspects have them crossing paths and butting heads over how the situation should be handled. A few parts are told from the perspective of Luke, one of the boys living on the str ...more
Kav
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A plot so riddled with action and suspense that it'll give you itchy fingers (which means you want to find out what happens so badly that you're tempted to start turning pages faster than you can read.) Such a delicious dilemma for an avid reader!

Love that the romance is front and centre right from the start. The reader is in no doubt that chemistry exists between Jake and Livy and romance could blossom quickly under ideal circumstances. Alas, since the circumstances aren't ideal, there isn't a
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Lisa Phillips
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This novel grabs your heart on page one and doesn’t let go ‘til the end.

Light-fingered Livy O’Brien grew up on the streets of Chicago. Raised on the cold and hunger of homelessness, friend to pain and the tragic death of her sister, hers is a story of God’s love shining in the most broken of hearts.
Jake Russell is Deputy Sheriff of Chestnut, Illinois. He doesn’t know what he’s getting in for the day he bumps (literally) into sweet little Miss O’Brien.
A romance that makes you smile, an intricate
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Ausjenny
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This book is amazing. I loved the story. Livy has lived on the streets and has a real heart for street kids. She remembers what its like to have to struggle for food, warmth and survival. Jake has no idea he thinks street kids are a problem that needs to be moved on. Jakes opinion is common of many people. Add a to this mix the fact the street kids are being brought to town by an unknown man. I love reading livy's story how her life has changed and she is now working in an orphanage helping look ...more
Shannah Mauney
Pam Hillman is an amazing author. I was captivated from the very beginning of this book. Livy, Jake, and Luke stole my interest from the beginning and didn't let go until the very end. I loved the plot. The plight of the street kids tugged at my heart strings. From all I've read, "street kids" and orphans were not treated very well back in those times (and you can't really say they are now), and Pam Hillman perfectly captured that fact in this nail-biting story. Read my full review: http://faith ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 w
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Jan Drexler
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pam Hillman’s debut novel, Stealing Jake, is a joy to read! From the very first scene we are caught up in Livy O’Brien’s world – a world where homeless street children are forced into a life of crime in order to survive, and if caught, are “sold” to unscrupulous men who use them for cheap labor in sweat shops. Although Livy has escaped that life by the grace of God, she refuses to leave it behind completely, knowing that she can be the instrument God uses to save others from that miserable exist ...more
Nicole
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It was such a good, fast, inspiring, romantic, sentimental, adventurous read. This is a book you DO NOT want to judge by it's cover or title (both are kinda ehhh). The book is written from the perspective of those 4 above characters, which really gives you the chance to know every angle of the story.

Yes, it's a Christian book... but I did not find it to be pushy or preachy at all. I thought that it portrayed the message well without over doing it. And, being that it's the mid
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Trewen
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Uhgg...too preachy for my taste.
Natalie Monk
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle-read
A sheriff and a former pick-pocket team up to rescue street kids and find unexpected love in Chestnut, Illinois. I like to break down my reviews into several elements...

The heroine: "Light-fingered" Livy is a wonderful heroine, feminine without being stiff, and gutsy without being overbearing. With her past, it is hard to see how things could ever work out between her and Jake, but that's what makes for great story conflict!

The hero: Jake is a down to earth, selfless hero that would make any lad
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Courtney
Light fingered Livy who was an expert at pick pocketing has given up her old ways of living and has changed for the better! She is now a Christian and is helping run an orphanage in a small time to start a new life for herself. She is troubled though by all the street kids in her new small town that are getting a bad name because someone is stealing and everyone is blaming them. She is trying to help figure out who is the thief to clear the street-kids names and at the same time trying to convin ...more
Tammi
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read slightly over 100 books this year and this is most certainly one of my favorites. It's so good that I actually woke up at 3 AM this morning and finished reading it through 5 AM. Fortunately, I'm off work today and was able to go back to sleep until 8 am.

The setting is in the 1870s in Chestnut, IL, a growing community just train ride away from Chicago. Characters include Livy O’Brien, a young lady working in the new orphanage in town. Livy grew up on the streets of Chicago and survived
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Bethany
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Judy
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An incredible read!This book has so much within it. Excitement, love, redemption, trust, suspense for starters.

Jake Russell is working as a deputy in the town of Chestnut, Illinois. His father and 28 others were killed in a mine explosion some years earlier and he was trapped in the mine. He was not about to go back.

Livy O'Brien grew up on the streets of Chicago, literally. She only had her sister Katie but she died. When the town of Chestnut started having robberies they were blaming street kid
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Nenette
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book has been in my to-read shelf for quite some time now; I wish I'd pick it up sooner.

This has got all the elements of a feel-good story: wholesome romance, children, family, sense of community, and of course, it's got Jesus Christ at the center of it all.

Set in 1870s America, the story played out in the little town of Chestnut, Illinois. Livy is starting over in a new town, helping run an orphanage. Jake is the sheriff deputy hoping to catch the person responsible for a series of robberi
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Sarah
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pam Hillman made each character come alive in Stealing Jake. With each page, I couldn't figure out what to anticipate next, not because this was thriller, but because this book was a page turner that kept me going and had me thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading.

Livy O' Brien "just a pickpocket from Chicago" doubts God's provision for food and money. Jake Russell the town sheriff has his fair share of problems, but will do anything to protect Chestnut, Illinois. However, Jake cann
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Narelle
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the story premise and enjoyed reading this book. Livy is an intriguing character with a heart of gold. Her faith helps her overcome her difficult childhood. She has a genuine desire to help the orphans and street kids who have appeared in her small town. Livy is drawn to Jake, despite fearing he will discover the truth about her past.

Jake struggles to understand why Livy has a soft spot for the street kids, who seem to be the source of trouble in the town. Explosive secrets are re
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Pat Dyer
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I’m not particularly fond of “romance” novels. However, I read this cannot-put-down book in one day, staying up until 2AM when my eyes clamped shut from fatigue.

At the end, when I read that this is her debut novel, I was shocked. I could not find one chapter, one paragraph, one word that I didn’t love about this book. It is definitely an exceptional, unforgettable book.

I loved the way the author interwove the romance part of the story through a touching and inspirational, yet suspenseful and a
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Mary Loesch
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a good read. Fast paced, it kept my interest even though it was a little predictable.
Julia
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great! I cry at the ending every time! :-)
Bonnie
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love children, Chicago, or just a good love story, you'll be hard pressed to out this book down.

Starting over in a new town, Livy, once herself a street urchin, now helps the woman who resced her from the streets run an orphanige in Illinois. Jake, the young deputy soon finds her intriguing but can she overcome her own fears from her past to trust a man, much less a police officer after her horrible experiences on the streets of Chicago? And will he still have any interest in her if he fi
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Anneliese Dalaba
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Livy was rescued from the streets of Chicago and given a home. When the people of her town begin to blame street children for crimes being committed, Livy looks for ways to help the children and gain their trust. The deputy takes a special interest in Livy, but how can she ever love a lawman. He will certainly reject her once he finds out about her past.

The author did a great job with writing a believable story. There were many characters, but it was never confusing. The book held my attention f
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Patricia
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5. This is not clearly a 3 but not clearly a 4, either. Where are the half stars at a time like this?!

There was a lot going on in this story and a lot of interesting characters. I am rounding this up to 4 stars.

I normally avoid books about cruelty to children but chose this by accident. Despite that being a main theme for the book, it was presented in a way I could tolerate.
Nancy
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stealing Jake

This was an excellent book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants an excellent read.I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
April Suter
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livy wants to save the orphans so they don't have to live the life she had growing up. Jake wants his town sage.
Elaine
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading about Jake and Livy's romance and the suspense of the glove factory really gave me something to look forward too. Great read
Dore
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book and will be looking for more by her. The plight of the street kids & the sweatshop were heart wrenching but I loved the romance.
PWRL
Mar 24, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-new
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Janice Garey
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review Title: Opening Doors of Long Closed Hearts (review of Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars

From the title and cover illustration, I did not know what to expect from this book. I had never read anything from Pam Hillman before. The story engaged me from the start. I did not want to put it down, but life often interrupts my reading. Each time I picked the book up, I could get right back into the story. I can't say that about all books so I give this one an A+ f
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Janice Garey
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review Title: Opening Doors of Long Closed Hearts (review of Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars

From the title and cover illustration, I did not know what to expect from this book. I had never read anything from Pam Hillman before. The story engaged me from the start. I did not want to put it down, but life often interrupts my reading. Each time I picked the book up, I could get right back into the story. I can't say that about all books so I give this one an A+ f
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