Let me first off say that I rarely read historical fiction. It’s not that I don’t like it (because I often do), but more that for some reason it just doesn’t end up on my radar. So, when I come across some good historical fiction, I really appreciate it. Case in point: Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman. I really enjoyed the story and the writing. Not all Christian fiction is the quality I would expect a publisher would actually publish, so I’m pleasantly surprised when I read a well-written and well-edited Christian fiction novel. And with Stealing Jake, I was pleasantly surprised.
It was a well-written, interesting, engaging story. Hillman’s characters were captivating, as was her plot. While there were definitely some cheesy moments, Livy and Jake’s store captured me from the beginning. Livy loves on and works with orphans at an orphanage with Mrs. Brooks. Beyond that though, she is working hard to try and gain the trust of the local homeless children. Her desire to make amends is revealed throughout the novel, and helps to push the plot along as mystery ensues. I enjoyed Livy’s faith journey as well, not too overt, but still an important part of the novel.
I really enjoyed reading Stealing Jake. The characters were interesting, and the plot really kept me engaged. I was proud of my deduction as I read…I figured out the thief/problem right from the get go, although that didn’t detract from my experience reading the novel. Overall, a great historical fiction read!
Thanks, Tyndale, for the complimentary copy of Stealing Jake in exchange for an honest review.