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To Steal a Heart

(The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency #1)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  137 reviews
After a childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she'd put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. In the middle of breaking into a safe that holds the proof to prove her friend's innocence, Gabriella is interrupted by Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend—until he abandoned her.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by Bethany House Publishers (first published November 2020)
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Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Can I just gush for a minute about how enjoyable Jen Turano's books are? I am always a little bit giddy when I pick one up because I know I am in for a treat, and this novel was no exception.

I'm generally not a big historical fiction fan, but the way Turano combines romance, humor, and in this book, a few well thought out mysteries, makes the experience of reading a delight. The 1886 Gilded Age setting among the New York Four Hundred's privileged members provides the perfect backdrop fo
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
Pre Teens- One Star
New Teens- One Star
Early High School Teens- Three Stars
Older High School Teens- Four Stars
My personal Rating- Four Stars

I’ve been anticipating the start to this series since I first learned about it over a year ago. I absolutely adored Jen Turano’s prior book—which was the end to another great trilogy—so my excitement for this one was very high. I’ve always loved finding new historical mysteries or even just stories featuring Pinkerton agents. “To Steal a Heart” is the start
Paula Shreckhise
With her signature comedy and cast of quirky characters, Ms. Turano once again gives us a delightful story. Add in a trope I love: past friends to more- with a twist and this is a winner. She packs it with fun elements such as Daphne, an author who does not go anywhere without a book and Winston, the one-eyed dog that you must talk to like a pirate and you have hilarious happenings.
What would an inquiry agency be without a mystery to solve? This one has several that come to a resolution despite
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Jen Turano since her very first book and each year eagerly look forward to her new book. She begins a new series with 'To Steal a Heart', one that promises to bring her fans a delightful read with each book in said series.

Turano is a master at creating ridiculously funny stories. The conversations between her characters will have you practically rolling the the floor laughing. I always find myself bursting out laughing numerous times during the reading of a Jen Turano book.
To Steal a Heart is a story of mystery, love, and wit.
Gabriella Goodhue and Nicholas Quinn have put their days of being street thieves far behind them... until their shared pasts brings them back together.
Two childhood friends find themselves reunited as they get involved in clearing the name of one innocent woman. As they are forced to work on the case together, will misunderstanding and their new lives in society hold them back from sharing their future?

I really enjoyed this story! I found t
Chautona Havig
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Was This Book Really the Best I’ve Read by This Author?
Yes. Definitely. To Steal a Heart did something fabulous for me. This book made me a Jen Turano fan. Look, I’ve enjoyed other books by her, but I’ve never loved a book like this one. And when you consider a few quibbles that I should have with it, that’s pretty impressive.

Laugh-out-loud funny (no, really. I cracked up all night long while I read it. No joke), the story kicks off as many of Turano’s do… at a party. And what a party it was!

Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a hoot this was as it had me laughing. I could imagine the scenarios The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency found themselves in. I loved the joy it brought me amidst the serious subject of orphans and society rules. The characters had so many different personalities and secrets that were revealed were surprising. It showed that even when we think God has forgotten us that He has a plan and watching the pieces fall into place was like playing a game of Clue. This author is guaranteed to bring la ...more
Cara Putman
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was such fun to read. Set in New York City near the turn of the century, Gabriella was a thief as a child, who was then abandoned to an orphanage. Now she is a seamstress who has to use her thieving skills to help a friend who's been falsely accused of a crime. With the "help" of her roommates at a boarding house, she tries to solve the crimes, but isn't prepared to have to work with the man who she believes abandoned her as a child. This story is filled with humor, romance, and the hi ...more
Jen Turano is known for her humorous, historical romances and quirky characters, and her newest debut series begins with a book that doesn't disappoint. Gabriella Goodhue grew up on the streets stealing to make her way through life; but now in the late 1880's she is a seamstress living in a boardinghouse with a group of women. She loves to solve mysteries and help women who are having problems. But the Knickerbocker Bandit may put a stop to her future unless a friend from her childhood can help ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jen Turano. What can I say. She makes me laugh at her heroines or heroes in every story. I don't know how she does it, but I love reading her stories. I love how she centers majority of the them in New York city during the height of the rise of the Astors and the Vanderbilts populating the pages along her characters. With her latest story, To Steal a Heart, Turano jumps into women crime fighters. With being such a mystery lover, I couldn't wait to see how Turano was going to pull this off. Right ...more
Toni Shiloh
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fans of Jen Turano will definitely want to add To Steal A Heart to their TBR piles. Filled with Ms. Turano’s signature style of humor, To Steal A Heart will delight readers, especially considering the cast of characters.

Ms. Turano does a great job at each character adding to the story and I could imagine this as a play or a murder mystery type movie. I liked that Gabrielle wasn’t your typical heroine, and for that fact, neither was Nicholas.

The twists and turns in the story will keep the reader
Erin Laramore
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great historical novel from Jen Turano! As is typical with her books, the hilarity was ever-flowing. This book follows Gabriella, a girl who grew up on the streets and an orphanage. Though she made a respectable living, when another member of her boardinghouse was accused of theft, the ladies of the Bleaker Street boardinghouse put their heads together to catch the actual thief. Gabriella's past talents as a safe-cracker are called upon and in the process, she comes back in contact with ...more
"Another bizarre turn to what is becoming a very strange night."

What a fun and surprisingly unique book! I was totally expecting a well-written, hilarious historical fiction set in the Gilded Age of America (which the author is known for), but this book was so much more. Filled with intrigue, mystery, a group of secondary characters who are absolutely ridiculous and lovable, and a wonderful theme of looking at the heart and not the outside of a person, this book clearly demonstrates why Jen Tura
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This harkened back to the early Jen Turano and I absolutely loved it! I have been a fan of her’s since she debuted but for me the last couple series have been heading a little bit too far down the over the top side of things. They’ve still been fun reads but I wasn’t loving them as much. So I was so excited to start this one and see that it was a lot more like her first books! I loved that Gabriella and Nicholas were both intelligent types and were both pretty straightforward. They didn’t have a ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To Steal Her Heart is the first book in the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series. I'm looking forward to a lot more Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency shenanigans in this series. If this first book is any indication, we are in for much more fun and games, intrigue, and skulduggery. After growing up as an orphan, Gabriella Goodhue searches for a place of belonging and what she finds is unexpected. Her reunion with Nicholas Quinn, while she is breaking into a safe, sets things off. In search of the elu ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
TO STEAL A HEART is a hilarious ride about women at a boarding house who form an investigative service with the main characters being childhood friends who rediscover each other after years apart. A story with unique characters, awkward and humorous antics, high society pitted against the lower class, and a star-crossed romance. Recommended to fans of the author, and those looking for a something that will make them laugh but is also sweet.

I liked Gabriella and Nicholas from the start, as well a
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-audios
Jen has penned another wonderfully funny story in "To Steal A Heart." I thoroughly enjoyed this latest story from Jen, where we meet Gabriella and Nicolas. What a hoot these two are when they get together! I laughed at countless times throughout the story. Jen does humor REALLY well. The story was fun with great characters that we will see in the rest of the books in this series and let me tell you, I can't wait for those stories. There is a reason Jen's books continuously top my favorites list- ...more
Diane Estrella
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another winner from this favorite author of mine. The stage is definitely set for a most interesting series. The players are assembled and the antics are sure to ensue!

Since I've read all of her books, I have to nit-pick on what makes this one different than her others. Less of a God element, if that is important to you. He was mentioned but not as strong of an influence. Also, more of the underbelly of life in the 1880's, including illegitimate children, prostitution mentioned, and definitely a
Maureen Timerman
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
As you begin this book you are about to go too balls and mingle with the 400, not don't get too comfortable or dazzled, these people, for the most are snobs.
Kind of a Robin Hood going on here, but these are former pick pockets as children, and you are going to see how they act as adults. Keep reading secrets and bombshells begin falling, and we are there to watch them drop.
An entertaining read for sure, and if you've read this author before, she doesn't disappoint!
I received this book through Ne
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Jen Turano books. There’s always fun, laughter and elements of faith-a great combination!

To Steal a Heart focuses on Gabriella Goodhue and Nicholas Quinn, along with the ladies of The Bleeker Street boarding house, aka The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency.

Gabriella and Nicholas knew each other when they were orphaned children but lost touch over the years. Through a series of unique circumstances, they cross each other’s paths again, except this time danger lurks around every corner.

I lov
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh, this story was AMAZING! As a reader, you know from the first page that this is going to be such a fun book. lol Things are going to go amiss and we're all just along for the ride.

And once again, Jen Turano does NOT disappoint! To Steal a Heart had me in stitches. Gabriella is just trying to help one of the gals at her boarding house find out what really happened to some jewels. Unfortunately, her sidekick/lookout/partner, Daphne isn't quite suited to detective work. hahaha You find o
Blessed & Bookish
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano is the first book in The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency series. And just like her other novels, this story is full of laugh-out-loud fun. The first few chapters had so many weird circumstances, odd conversations, and organized chaos that I think I giggled the entire time (and may have had to explain my sudden giddiness to my co-worker). I loved all the ladies of the Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency and their eccentric personalities. The idea of a hodge-podge group of w ...more
Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it

I must admit this is my first Jen Turano book and all I have to say is shame on me for waiting this long to read one! I have added the rest of her books to my To Be Read List!! This story hooked me right from the beginning. Right away we meet Gabrielle who is pretending to be a gentleman of society and trying to break into a safe to help her friend who has been accused of stealing. In the process she encounters her best friend from childhood Nicholas trying to do the same!

Gabrielle is the main
Sarah Vanscoyoc
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a much needed respite during frustrating and anxiety-inducing times. I always so appreciate Jen Turano’s sense of humor and the crazy antics found in her stories, but seldom have I needed it more so than right now. With a world in chaos, finding some rest in a fictional world where I know a happy ending is waiting after all the twists and turns . . . it’s a gift. And I loved every minute of it!
As always, Ms. Turano kept me smiling and laughing throughout the story! It does have som
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
In classic Turano fashion, To Steal a Heart is a funny, heartwarming tale filled with mystery and slightly (okay, maybe more than slightly) crazy antics. I do enjoy the way this author is able to combine unfortunate circumstances and comedy to a degree that I never feel too overwhelmed by emotions. It’s entertainment, pure and simple.

Because this is the first book in a new series, there are a lot of characters. Even though I had a little trouble keeping them all straight in my head, I still rec
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely enjoy every Jen Turano story I've read. Turano is a master at hilarious and quirky Gilded Age romances. Whenever I want a break from more serious books, I slip a Jen Turano book in the mix for a guaranteed delightful story that is funny and with heart. I loved this story of Nicholas and Gabriella (known as Gabe in her youth) who had been the best of friends and now encounter each other many years later. They grew up together and were street children who survived as petty thieves. Th ...more
Virginia Winfield
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always love Jen Turano books and this is no exception. I love the stories because of the romance and the laughter. This story almost had me in stitches. I did not want to put the book down. I love that these women work together to help their friend and then others. There were many twists and turns and we learn a lot about both Gabriella and Nicholas. I look forward to the next book in this series to learn about more of the women in the boardinghouse. I received a copy of this book from the aut ...more
Aminata Coote
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gabriella is in the middle  of breaking into a safe when she is reunited with her childhood friend Nicholas who wants to break into the same safe. I know, it's a hilarious premise and the fun continues from there.

The characters get into so many scrapes --many of which had me laughing out loud--it was not hard to fall in love with them.

Know God--the faith element was faint in this book but there was the reminder that God does not abandon us. The things we sometimes believe will break us, instead
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-mysteries
This is yet again a book about high society in New York in the late 1800s. You would think it would get old, but Jen Turano builds delightful characters and inserts humorous situations throughout the book. To Steal a Heart is the first book in a new series by Jen Turano and I look forward to reading more about the Bleaker Street Inquiry Agency!

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
Well, I've heard a lot of great things about Jen Turano so I thought I'd try To Steal a Heart. While this book isn't a new favorite, it was still worth my time.
The plot of this was solid.
It isn't often that books have whole groups of friends. I was pleasantly surprised to find that each girl had her own unique personality and I really want to know what will happen to some of them. *cough, cough Daphne*
However, I was not a fan of Nicholas and Gabriella together. I loved the fact that they were c
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Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of he

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