The Thief's Heart

The Thief's Heart

by Kathleen Shoop

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Overview

For anyone who’s ever needed a second chance, to find love, to find the right path in life…

Des Moines, 1892. After losing their promised inheritance, the Arthur family’s luck finally changes. An extraordinary woman, Violet Pendergrass, provides refuge for them to rebuild their broken lives. Or has she?

Handsome fifteen-year-old Tommy Arthur has one foot in manhood and the other dragging up the rear of his boyhood years. He strives to protect and provide for his family, but turning to booze when scared or worried creates as many problems as solutions. Unsure of who he can trust, fiery redhead Pearl Riverside challenges and excites him at every turn, softening his heart toward the idea that goodness exists in the world.

Tension builds between Tommy and his mother as her affection for a generous man increases. At the same time, distance grows between Tommy and his twin sister, Katherine, as each chooses secrets over family. Violet Pendergrass demands more from Tommy and he begins to question her motives.

When disaster strikes for Tommy’s little sister, Yale, the actions of a sinister judge, a crooked minister, and the infamous charlatan, Dreama, are revealed. Facing more jailtime as vigilante mobs form, the clock runs down on Tommy’s chance to take responsibility for his own choices. Is it too late for him to save his family, to open his heart and fully love those who need him as much as he needs them?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163375103
Publisher: Kathleen Shoop
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 213,425
File size: 545 KB

About the Author

Kathleen Shoop is a Language Arts Coach with a PhD in Reading Education whose work has appeared in The Tribune Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent Magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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The Thief's Heart 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ebookaddictsuk 3 days ago
Kathleen Shoop has introduced me to a genre I never thought I would enjoy, I have only read the previous book in this series The Kitchen Mistress and just like that one Shoop has transported me back in time to this era and and once again I got so caught up with the story I forgot I was reading a book set in the late 18/1900’s! The Thief's Heart is more focused on Tommy and his story, though we still have the rest of the Arthur family as well. Tommy is fifteen and that cusp between childhood and becoming a man, he still feels guilty over his parents divorce and feels he needs to step up and become the man of the house so to speak. In trying to support his family he ends up getting involved with some shady characters that puts him as risk of losing everything. Then the family takes another blow with his young sister Yale is taken away to an asylum - my heart just broke for them all, you could see the sinister actions behind her being taken away yet were powerless to do anything about it. This story is filled with heartfelt moments and also heartbreak that you cant help but be swept into the story of this family from the get go.
wifetoalineman02 4 days ago
Poverty, lies and triumph This book is very interesting to read. There are times that I get emotional and feel bad for Tommy and his family. Poverty hurts me the most knowing that growing up poor is a challenge every day to live your life. Politicians and high rank people hate me the most knowing that they step on people's right. I hate those bastards. I loved how the love letters between young lovers. Love always win especially when two people felt the same way. Deceitful especially with the friends we know is always a mind game. You just need to trust and know your boundaries. Power never last especially when you abused your authority. This book is emotional, gut wrenching and above all what a beautiful book to read.
Jenthomason1109 4 days ago
Historical fiction is not my go-to genre by any means. I am absolutely more of a women’s fiction or romance kind of girl. However, I am frequently surprised by how much I love this genre. The Thief’s Heart is a shining example of wonderful historical fiction. From the dialogue to the clothing described, as well as, the ideals of the characters and the norms of the time period, this was a well-written, intelligent, and touching novel. My only complaint at all is the ending. It’s not an ambiguous ending, it’s not a cliffhanger, nor is everything wrapped up in a neat package. I guess the best way to describe it is, if there is another in this series, which I hope there is, I will certainly read it to find out what happens next with Tommy, Pearl, and Tommy’s family. But if there wasn’t another in the series, it would still be entertaining and leave the reader hopeful that they all eventually get their happy endings or at least some sort of peace in their lives. I would have preferred more closure, but I still highly recommend this novel.
Jenthomason1109 4 days ago
Historical fiction is not my go-to genre by any means. I am absolutely more of a women’s fiction or romance kind of girl. However, I am frequently surprised by how much I love this genre. The Thief’s Heart is a shining example of wonderful historical fiction. From the dialogue to the clothing described, as well as, the ideals of the characters and the norms of the time period, this was a well-written, intelligent, and touching novel. My only complaint at all is the ending. It’s not an ambiguous ending, it’s not a cliffhanger, nor is everything wrapped up in a neat package. I guess the best way to describe it is, if there is another in this series, which I hope there is, I will certainly read it to find out what happens next with Tommy, Pearl, and Tommy’s family. But if there wasn’t another in the series, it would still be entertaining and leave the reader hopeful that they all eventually get their happy endings or at least some sort of peace in their lives. I would have preferred more closure, but I still highly recommend this novel.