To Steal a Heart

Reviewed by:

Edna Johnson of Faith Baptist



To Steal a Heart


Jen Turano


Bethany House




Print book


361 pages


The author takes us into New York City in 1886 to show us the plight of children without parents. They become street orphans and are taken in by characters not interested in their welfare.

(From the back of the book) After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d jput her past behind her until a fellow resident in her boarding house is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend – until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and names him as his heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.


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Christian Impact:

This book teaches us that God can turn lives around for the better.

Other Notes:

It was hard to get interested at first. I read it as I wanted to learn more of the time period and children as they became adults. I find that there are similar  situations today. After apparent orphans, some are reunited with some family or friends and find a better life. 

To Steal a Heart

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