Stealing Jake by author Pam Hillman takes you back out west just outside of Chicago, in the small town of Chestnut, Illinois. Livy O’Brien works at the newly opened orphanage to help the poor orphans stay off the streets and have a chance at a better life. Livy knows the life of a street kid and of a pickpocket from personal experience herself due to living on the streets of Chicago. She has found a new life that is forgiven and a new purpose. However, old feelings die hard and when she meets deputy Jake Russell, she has a hard time setting aside those old prejudices of police, especially the corrupt ones. Yet Jake is different as he is a moral man and both must work together to find the ones behind a rash of crimes that has erupted in their small town. Jake believes it is the swarm of street children coming from Chicago, yet Livy has her doubts and instead sets out to prove them innocent. What they both stumble upon is much worse than either could have imagined. This was an enjoyable tale of the American West complete with gunfights, explosions, danger, and a sigh inducing romance. I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own honest ones.