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The Thief's Heart (The Letter Series #4)

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For anyone who’s ever needed a second chance, to find love, to find the right path in life…

Des Moines, 1892. After losing their promised inheritance, the Arthur family’s luck finally changes. An extraordinary woman, Violet Pendergrass, provides refuge for them to rebuild their broken lives. Or has she?

Handsome fifteen-year-old Tommy Arthur has one foot in manhood and the
Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Kathleen Shoop
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This is the 4th book in Kathleen Shoop’s “Letter Series” and I really enjoyed this historical fiction romance read about the Arthur family. Set in 1892 Des Moines The story is centered on Tommy Arthur who will steal your heart as his struggles and hardships will have you rooting for him and his family. The time era chosen for the setting of this story was absolutely perfect. The writing was intriguing, captured my attention and had me so interested to see what is next to come. This is my fist ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The main focus of the novel is on fifteen-year-old Tommy and all of his challenges pertaining to work, money, resources, family, friendships, bias, crime, and so on. This poor child is put through it from beginning to end! He desperately wants to take care of his mother and sisters, he's trying to make money any way he can, he's trying to go to school, and all the while, he's struggling to avoid his trouble-making "friends," his desire for whiskey, and a crooked Judge that seems out to get him.

Carly Wilson
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘The Thief’s Heart’ is the fourth book in the ‘Letter Series’ by Kathleen Shoop, and I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

As a previous fan of Shoop’s work, I was eager to get stuck into this book, and it did not disappoint.

The book is set in 1892, and focuses on the life and hardships of teenager Tommy Arthur and his family. He is still boy-like but embarking on adulthood, and is battling the need to look after his mother and two sisters, and a notion of rebuilding his family to
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I found The Heart's Thief to be a really interesting story. I don't usually get into books told from the 1800s. I'm into the here and now or even the occasional futuristic stories. I guess ones from the past seem like history lessons. I was never into history! Real quickly let me note that I have not read the other books in this series. The Thief's Heart is book four in the Letter series. I felt it could be read as a standalone perfectly fine.

Earlier I mentioned above that I didn't read
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shoop takes us back to a time that is full of intrigue. It brings back a "simpler" time (pre-technology) yet explores the tragedies, heartbreaks, as well as love that the time period has to offer. The fact that these are based on family letters, historical places, and events wraps everything I love about the late 19th and early 20th century time period. We're whisked into the happenings of the Arthur family and immediately begin to feel a connection as they experience a life that we can all pull ...more
Crystal Addis
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah - I just love Kathleen Shoop's historical fiction writing. I always feel so warm and welcomed into the journey that lies ahead. The Thief's Letter can be read as a stand alone book, but reading about the Arthur family throughout her other books is just divine.

The storyline is from 1892 and as you read, you feel as if you are in that day and time. There is something about Kathleen's writing that pulls you in and makes you feel as if somehow time traveled into another dimension. The Arthur
Julie Baswell
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tommy’s family has had the worst time possible just trying to stay together and survive. No matter how hard he tries doing the right thing, Tommy somehow ends up doing wrong. Not only does his family depend on him, his friend Pearl needs him just as much. But Tommy finally realizes that he needs Pearl too. His past of running with the wrong crowd and being on the wrong side of the law soon catches up with him threatening to break up Tommy’s family, giving him no way out but to tell the truth and ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Poverty, lies and triumph

This book is very interesting to read. There are times that I get emotional and feel bad for Tommy and his family. Poverty hurts me the most knowing that growing up poor is a challenge every day to live your life. Politicians and high rank people hate me the most knowing that they step on people's right. I hate those bastards.

I loved how the love letters between young lovers. Love always win especially when two people felt the same way.

Deceitful especially with the
Sonya Neal
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kathleen Shoop has pulled me back in time yet again! The Thief's Letter continues the story of the Arthur family after the loss of their fortune and a large part of their family. Tommy and his family are trying to rebuild their lives, when tragedy strikes the family again. Following the twists and turns of their story is a path filled with joy and sorrow.

Mrs. Shoop's writing literally transports you to the past, with descriptions that make the story come alive. While this book is a standalone
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shoop books are all standalone books but I have read about the Arthur family in previous titles and love them all! They have been through a lot and always look out for each other, they just want whats best, you can't help but root for this family. Shoop books are long, and I am still in the middle of this one but so very eager to learn what happens next. There is never a dull moment and lots of characters to love (and not love) with a storyline that easily pulls you in. I received this book as ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
The Thief's Heart is a brilliant and heart-wrenching tale. Thrown into poverty, family torn apart but trying to mend, Tommy is doing his best to be the man of the family while keeping his nose clean. Surrounded by corruption and temptation at every turn, the reader can feel the war within Tommy. An absolutely captivating read that can be read as a stand-alone.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
The Thief's Heart is the long awaited sequel to Kathleen Shoop's The Last Letter. It was absolutely worth the wait, revisiting the Arthur's and seeing how they are getting along. Tommy still has issues and feels immense guilt about his parents divorce. But the family dynamic is still pretty strong even though to me Tommy seems to have alienated himself and believes he's doomed to be like Frank Arthur.

Kathleen Shoop has once again woven a Historical Fiction novel that will remain on your mind
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
Kathleen Shoop has introduced me to a genre I never thought I would enjoy, I have only read the previous book in this series The Kitchen Mistress and just like that one Shoop has transported me back in time to this era and and once again I got so caught up with the story I forgot I was reading a book set in the late 18/1900’s!

The Thief's Heart is more focused on Tommy and his story, though we still have the rest of the Arthur family as well. Tommy is fifteen and that cusp between childhood and
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tommy Arthur had never gotten over either his father leaving or his horrendous days in foster care. But now that his family (minus his father and his dead brother) are back together in Des Moines and have found a place to live Tommy is determined to support them all. Unfortunately he gets in with the wrong people and seems to get in trouble a lot!

He meets a girl named Pearl-an orphan and they hit it off first as friends and ultimately as more then friends. She moves into his shack with him with
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I have not read the prior novels but I had no problem jumping right into this book. In fact, I did not feel like I missed anything by not having read the prior novels.

For me when it came to the cast of characters, Tommy was the most prominent for me. He was really the voice and heart of this story. He was the one who really banded everyone together and brought it to life. Which I did instantly get captured by this story. I could see it all playing out in my head. The only thing is that I felt a
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Covered the exact same time period as the last book the difference being it was about Tommy the son instead of Katherine the daughter. Still, I knew what major events were going to happen and that made it less enjoyable plus it was the last book in the series and the ending is somewhat of a cliffhanger so I assume there will be another book.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great, multi-faceted characters. Very interesting plot. Vivid descriptions. I felt every emotion. Kept me intrigued from the first page to the last. Simply a GREAT read!

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3.5 stars . Good read
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Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the San Francisco Book Festival. ...more