Stealing Jake and Claiming Mariah
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.
MY THOUGHTS ON ‘STEALING JAKE’
I received this book from the author to read and post a review. The opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
After her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Frederick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.
With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he unearths more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal, and murder threatens the well-being of the ranch, endangering those who hold it dear. As the days dwindle until the rest of the Donovan clan arrives at the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed changes their futures forever.
MY THOUGHTS ON CLAIMING MARIAH
Mariah and her grandmother are trying their best to keep their ranch running after the death of Mariah’s father. But their lives take a drastic change when Slade Donovan show up claiming the ranch. As it turns out, Mariah’s father supposedly took money that belonged to Slade’s father and bought the ranch, so now that Slade’s father is dead, he is there to claim what belongs to their family. He agrees to let Mariah and her grandmother stay in the house until his mom and sister come to live there. But a lot of things happen here in this story before that takes place.
This was my first book by Pam Hillman, and I loved it so very much! There was a lot of tension between the characters because Slade was carrying around so much anger and bitterness. Mariah was shocked that her father would steal money, so she and Slade didn’t get along. The two that did surprisingly got along was Slade’s quiet brother and Mariah’s grandmother, while I think had a lot to do with Slade and Mariah slowing changing their minds. Grandma was a sweetheart, she loved the Lord, and nothing seemed to upset her. She was the glue that held them all together. But when the mom and sister get there, things may change for them.
I enjoyed Ms. Hillman’s writing style and I look forwarding to reading other books by her. The bit of suspense and romance make this story one you will love and enjoy. And I can’t leave out the fact that the history throughout this story was so interesting and very well searched and woven into the lives of the characters. You can’t go wrong with this book being on your ‘to read’ shelf. I purchased a copy of this book to read, and it is so good I wanted to leave a review.
CBA Bestselling author Pam Hillman writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age.
Born east of the Mississippi and a hundred years too late, Pam still boasts of wrangling calves, milking cows and putting up hay, first as a child, and later with her own personal hero, Iran, on their family farm in Mississippi.
A voracious reader as a child, Pam especially enjoyed stories involving the great Westward expansion, and television shows such as Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Gunsmoke. The western writer, Louis L’Amour, kept Pam mesmerized with his tales of cowboys and Indians, mountain men and outlaws, prim schoolteachers, hot dry deserts, and boom towns.
Pam’s life in the country and her love of the old west bring authenticity to her work and depth to her characters, something that has been recognized many times in the industry through writer’s awards.
Her work has placed in dozens of writer’s contests, including being a four-time finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest for unpublished novelists with Claiming Mariah, her second novel, winning the coveted Golden Heart.
As a published novelist, Pam’s books have been recognized by judges of the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards, International Digital Awards, and the EPIC eBook Awards. Claiming Mariah, her second novel, most recently hit the CBA Bestseller lists for November and January. Pam lives in Mississippi with her husband and family.