Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing
Publication Date: September 9, 2011
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Ellen Gable is an award-winning, Amazon best-selling author of eight books including "Stealing Jenny," a contemporary thriller about a pregnant woman who is kidnapped, "In Name Only," (Gold Medal, 2010 IPPY Awards) and "A Subtle Grace,"(finalist, 2015 IAN awards). She is a contributor to numerous other books. Ellen blogs at "Plot Line & Sinker" http://ellengable.wordpress.com and is also self-publishing book consultant, editor, NFP teacher, Marriage Preparation instructor, and Theology of the Body teacher. Her new book is "Julia's Gifts," the first in a series of three WW 1 novels. She and her husband, James Hrkach, are the parents of five adult sons ages 19 to 31 and live in Pakenham, Ontario. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys playing trivia games, genealogy, watching classic movies and reading on her Kindle.
I am having a hard time classifying this novel. It is part crime fiction and police procedural. It is part Christian fiction as it revolves around a family of great faith going through a very hard time. I would put it in the genre of realistic fiction. Much Like Madeleine L'Engle's Austin Family chronicles. In fact, this book could be a sort of next generation for some of those books. It sort of feels like reading about Vicki Austin's children or grandchildren.
The story has a decidedly Christian feel, and Tom and Jenny are Catholic and faith is very important to them. The parish priest makes a few appearances, and there is mention of mass and continual adoration taking place until Jenny is found. There are memories of bullying in high school. And there is also premarital sex, talk about abortion, and for one character an actual abortion. There is a lot in this book that would make for great discussion material with older teens and young adults. Or it can be read as a crime thriller by just about anyone who enjoys the genre.
This book was an excellent read. It was hard to put down. It draws attention to many real life issues. And it places them in a frame work that will make you think. I am glad I gave this book a read and think you will be if you give it a go!
Stealing Jenny will keep you on the edge of your seat and probably destroy your sleep pattern as you stay up to find out what happens. But beyond being a great suspense, it’s also an excellent example of morals in action and family life redeemed. As a fan of Ellen Gable’s work already, I’m now officially getting a t-shirt!