Monday, September 28, 2015

"Stealing Jake" by Pam Hillman



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 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.”



Series: As of now, no.


Spiritual Content- Many Prayers & Blessings over food; Answered prayers; Talks about God, Jesus, sin & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; A few Scriptures are mentioned; Church going; Mentions of those in the Bible.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘drat’, a ‘stupid’, two ‘dumb’s, and three ‘shut up’s; Mentions of curses said but not written; Pain & Fighting (semi-detailed); Guns & Shooting; Holing someone’s neck & almost choking them (semi-detailed); Mentions of killing children, whipping & overworking them (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of killing; Mentions of starving; Mentions of drinking, drunks, saloons & whiskey; Mentions of gambling; Mentions of smoking and cigarettes; Many, many, many mentions of mines, blackness, death & the dying (barely-above-not-detailed);


Sexual Content- three head/forehead kisses, a cheek kiss, an almost kiss, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, three semi-detailed kisses, a boarder-line detailed // very-detailed kiss; Remembering an almost kiss and a kiss (semi-detailed); Wanting to kiss; Mentions of stolen kisses; Touches & Hand-holding (semi-detailed); Blushes; Noticing (semi-detailed); a ‘strumpet’; Flirting & Teasing; Mentions of waking up in the morning with a woman; Mentions of men preying on young girls; Mentions of childbirth & those who died in it; Mentions of children born out of wedlock; Love, falling in love & the emotions
                 *Note: A cat gives birth (barely-above-not-detailed).

-Livy O’Brien
-Jake Russell
                                P.O.V. switches between them, Luke & Victor
                                              Set in 1874
                                                        363 pages

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My personal Rating-

Hmm. “Stealing Jake” had some parts I liked (caring for the orphans, prayers and Livy) and some parts I didn’t like (all the kisses & the mentions of killing children). At first, I was very confused with the different POVs, but I got it about fifteen chapters in. This book reminded me a bit of a Karen Witemeyer book. I wouldn’t be keeping this book, though, due to the boarder-line very-detailed kiss. :/
 

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Tyndale House Publishers) for this review.

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