Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman

Hi Everyone , I just finished reading Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman. It is the story of Livy O'Brien, A pick-pocketing street kid from Chicago who was taken in by Mrs Brooks, a few years before. All she wants is to leave her past behind her and to help out with the orphanage that her and Mrs Brooks opened in Chestnut, Illinois. When she spies a boy bump into Deputy Jake Russell and discreetly steal his pocket watch. She intervenes by "bumping" into the boy and discreetly removing the pocket watch from his pocket. As she turns around to return it to the Deputy, she is nearly run over as he had started to run after the boy. While seeing if Livy is all right after he nearly ran her over , Jake reaches in his pocket and removes the pocket watch that he had thought was stolen. Glad that he did not chase a kid down and accuse him falsely, he focuses on the curly haired lady in from of him. Jake takes her home and is surprised that she lives and works at the Orphanage. He tries to stop thinking about her but he still cannot seem to get her out of his mind, He wants to get to know her better but she does not seem willing to trust any man. Livy senses the growing attraction between herself and Deputy Jake but will not let her guard down, Not after what happened to her sister, besides a Lawman would never be attracted to her if he knew that she used to be called "Light-fingered Livy". After a string of robberies start occurring in their small town, everyone blames the street kids that have taken residence in "shantytown" a small section of town filled with buildings that should have been condemned and empty crates that serve as shelter for the street kids . As the town tries to get rid of the street kids, Livy is determined to get them to trust her so that she can take care of them at the Orphanage. She is convinced that it is not the street kids that are stealing items from the local businesses, but can she convince everyone else that they are innocent? After someone attempts to murder both Livy and Jake, They have to race against the clock to save the lives of several street kids. Will they be able to rescue the kids and clear there names or will the events of Livy's past cloud the towns judgment? 
I guess you will have to read the book to find out    :)

 First, I Loved this book! I thought that the book was very well written. This is the first book that I have read from Mrs Hillman and I love her writing style. The story was very easy to follow and the plot was so engaging that I finished the book in a matter of hours, I just did not want to put it down!  I love the character Livy and her compassion and determination to help the street kids and I like that we also get a glimpse into a street kid's point of view.  The ending was definitely the best part, with so much going on in the last 100 pages it is impossible to put the book down.

Overall I would give it 5 Stars.  

Now I need to find her book that she wrote last year  Claiming Mariah,  It looks amazing!  I will let you know how it is when I read it.  For now check out her other books that she has written by clicking on the link below

I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

More Exciting News!!!

Hey,  I am very excited to tell you that I just received news that I will be able to review books for Tyndale House Publishers,  They have some amazing authors like Pam Hillman and Beth Moore, So keep a look out for their symbol which will be at the bottom of any reviews done for them and hopefully you can find some awesome new books to read,
Don't forget to let me know what you think of any of the books that I have reviewed or or any books that you have read by leaving a comment   :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer

Here's a new book just in time to read before the end of summer. It's called Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer. It is the story of Crockett Archer, A young cowboy who dreams of being a preacher. He is on his way to an interview to became the preacher of a Church in Brenham Texas. When suddenly the train he is on gets held up by a band of robbers! He is shocked when the train robbers come on board and only demand one thing, That they will not leave the train without the preacher. Crockett is sure that they are looking for someone else though he finds their demands strange, however when they hold up a paper about the interview he is supposed to be attending, He realizes that he is the one that they came for. Roughly tied up, He is presented to the head train robber's daughter, Joanna Robbins who asked for a Preacher for her birthday. When she realizes what her Father did, she is horrified and quickly unties him and lets Crockett go, Her only request of him , That he recommend someone for their small local church that was abandoned. She tells him that she prayed for a Preacher for her birthday to help her reach her Father and her local community ,She has been praying for her Father to come to the saving knowledge of the love of Jesus Christ ever since her Mother passed away due to illness. Crockett prays with her and then goes on to his interview, but he is intercepted by one of the people that were conducting his interview and was informed that he did not get the position. At first he is angry that he did not get the position because he was kidnapped but then Crockett feels the hand of God tell him to go back to Joanna's little church and become their Preacher. As Crockett and Joanna go about trying to restore the church and the community, Things appear to be going well until someone (Can't say who ... It could ruin the story) gets shot accidentally by one of the main characters and it will take a miracle from God's own hand to save that persons life. Will this event be enough to break through the icy exterior of Joanna's Father's heart. or will he continue to run from God like he has done for his entire life? 
You have to read it to find out

This book is absolutely now one of my Favorites!!! It was a blessing to read such a awesome book. Joanna's faith is amazing and the way she and Crockett witnessed several times to her Father and he never even realized that they were preaching to him is fantastic. I loved how the plot kept you interested from Chapter 1 until the very last page. And the end of the book was the best, Of course I can't tell you what happened but it is definitely the best part of the book!  And I just want to say that the title of the book is Awesome, absolutely eye-catching, I was reading it on my break at work and everyone kept asking me about the cover because they could not believe someone would try and steal a preacher. :)

 So If you check it out, Please let me know what you think, You can click on the "Post a comment button" and leave a comment as a long as you like! I would love to hear what you think.  

Also, Don't forget to check out other books by Karen Witemeyer, Just click on the link below.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In Good Company by Jen Turano

I was just given the opportunity to read In Good Company by Jen Turano and I LOVED IT!!!  It is the story of Millie Longfellow who grew up as an orphan and all she wants is to become the best nanny in the East Coast. Sadly her enthusiasm and playfulness gets her fired from several positions and at the beginning of the story you find that she is yet again fired from her latest job. Everett Mulberry who has become the guardian for three kids, Rebecca, Rose and Thaddeus  who scare off every nanny that he hires for them with mischief. and silly pranks. When the employment agency pairs Millie and Everett together as their last resort, They both agree that there is no way that would work. Millie finally agrees to be the nanny to Everett's kids after he begs on his knees and gives her flowers ( you have to read the story to find out why he did that) As Millie watches the kids, She falls in love with each of them. While Millie watches the kids, Everett attempts to climb the social ladder by going out with Miss Caroline Dixon, A wealthy debutante. As Everett grows closer to the kids,  he starts to wonder about the mysterious circumstances surrounding their parents death.  As a visitor from out of town tries to take the kids from Millie and Everett. Everett's life starts to unravel as everything he thought was important does not seem to matter anymore and the person he thought loved him, turned out to be the exact opposite of who he thought she was. Were the kids parents killed by accident or was it murder? Will Everett ever find the one that God wants him to be with for the rest of his life?  I guess you will have to read the book to find out.

 This is the sequel to After a Fashion also by Jen Turano. It can be read as a sequel or a stand alone book. The book was very well written and has a fantastic plot, The book contains humor, love, mystery and suspense . I love the humor that Mrs. Turano put in this book, That she puts in all of her books. ( all her books make me smile)  I found the character named Millie amazing.  I like her love for learning and for the kids, I love her determination not to allow the circumstances of her past to define her.  I was so intrigued by the story that I stayed up almost all night so that I could finish the book and I was not disappointed with the ending. At the end of the book, Mrs Turano seemed to hint that she might make another book about Lucetta who is Millie's best friend next, I hope that she does because I cannot wait for her next book!!!

Hey, Check out other books by Jen Turano. Just click on the link below.

I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.