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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing; First edition (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973673621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973673623
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ellen Gable is a freelance writer and novelist who lives with her husband and their five children in Pakenham, Ontario Canada. This is her third novel. Her first two novels have been awarded the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval and her second novel, In Name Only, won the Gold Medal in the 2010 IPPY Awards. She is currently working on her fourth novel.

More About the Author

Ellen Gable is a novelist living in Pakenham, Ontario, Canada. She is the author of five books: "Stealing Jenny," a contemporary thriller about a pregnant woman who is kidnapped; "In Name Only" (Gold Medal, Religious Fiction,2010 IPPY Awards), "Come My Beloved" (non-fiction) and "Emily's Hope." The Kindle editions of her novels have been in the top 20 of the Religious Drama category since February, 2012. Ellen is President of the Catholic Writers Guild. She does freelance writing for a variety of websites, and she blogs at "Plot Line and Sinker" http://ellengable.wordpress.com. She and her husband are the creators of the Family Life cartoon which illustrates Catholic family life, a topic she knows much about as the mother of five sons ages 15 to 27. Her newest book, "A Subtle Grace," the sequel to "In Name Only," was published earlier this year.

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Predictable little story for the most part.
Amy Christean
The book showed how love and connection with each aother and God can reach across miles and let someone know their loved one is safe.
Terry Tomlin
The plot was good the story was great and I think all of the characters were very believable.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on September 25, 2011
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When Ellen Gable asked me if I would like a review copy of this novel, I made sure she had read my reviews of her earlier books: Emily's Hope and In Name Only. I had read gushing reviews of those books from other Catholic bloggers and, to put it simply, I didn't share those gushing opinions, and wanted to make sure she knew it before she sent me a review copy.

So, what about this one? Well, for one thing, I don't read many thrillers, and that's what this is. When I do read thrillers, they tend to be of the Christian variety, and for them, the ending is usually a forgone conclusion. This shares that characteristic--I never really doubted that it would end the way it did.

The basic story line was good and the book was hard to put down. It was a quick read and I enjoyed it.

It is clearly faith-based fiction. The couple in the story are devout Catholics who have a large family. The parish priest visits and mentions that the parish ladies are holding adoration to pray for Jenny. We learn that the couple engaged in pre-marital sex, and headed to confession thereafter. That encounter lead to pregnancy, and of course abortion was never considered. Jenny talks to the priest about forgiving the one who hurt her, and in the end, is able to do so.

I wouldn't call it an overly religious book but there were clearly things Gable wanted to work into the story even though, in my opinion, they had little to nothing to do with the story. We learn that two of their pregnancies were so close together because they weren't doing a good job with NFP observations--something that really didn't have anything to do with this story. When the police search her room, they find Jenny's NFP charts.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Therese Heckenkamp on September 13, 2011
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When I first read the back cover of "Stealing Jenny," Ellen Gable's latest novel, I was intrigued by the promise of a suspense-filled contemporary story involving the kidnapping of a young pregnant mother. I was not disappointed. "Stealing Jenny" was everything I'd hoped, and more!

From page one, I was pulled into the story. Jenny Callahan, a young Catholic mother of five, is nearing the end of a precarious pregnancy and longing to cradle her new baby safely in her arms. With only days to go until the necessary scheduled C-section, Jenny is unaware of the unbalanced woman who is stalking her and plotting to tear this baby away from her at any cost.

When Jenny is kidnapped from a rural bus stop, her three-year-old son is the only witness. Jenny's stunned family is desperate to find her. The abduction quickly becomes a high-profile case, with news media hounding the Callahans. Father Paul, the parish priest, offers comfort and assistance to the Callahans, and he leads a public rosary for the intention of Jenny's safe return.

Meanwhile, Jenny awakens to find herself in a living nightmare: chained to a cot in a remote cabin, at the mercy of a sad, sick, and desperate woman. If Jenny can't escape before her labor begins, she and her baby are both in extreme danger of death.

When I had to put this book down, I literally could not wait to pick it up again. The perfectly-paced story features a stellar cast of believable characters. Jenny is the main character point of view, but the author skillfully shifts to other character viewpoints including those of Tom (Jenny's husband), Chris (the Callahan's oldest daughter), Denise (the villain), and Sergeant Kathy Romano (in charge of the investigation).
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Reinhard VINE VOICE on September 14, 2011
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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!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James A. Anderson on June 15, 2012
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This thrilling suspense novel by Ellen Gable is a MUST read.

STEALING JENNY is an exciting story about a pregnant woman who is kidnapped by a deranged neighbour just days before her due date. The infertile neighbour wants the baby for herself. The story reads like something right out of today`s headlines.

The author has crafted a well written, suspense driven tale with great characterizations which spellbinds the reader into turning page after page to find out what happens and whether Jenny and her baby will survive. Her husband Tom and the police are desperately searching for her before it is too late.

Gable, an author who lives near Ottawa, Canada, writes masterfully, weaving in various flashbacks which only enhance the characters in the novel. The novel builds to a pulse pounding climax which has an extra twist at the end just when you think the story is over.

An added feature to this novel is that it is Christian fiction with significant messages about the importance of family, the sanctity of life, and the need for forgiveness. Yet it isn`t preachy and the messages are delivered subtly woven into the story. It is also clean in language and without extreme violence, although there are some disturbing passages when Jenny is giving birth.

The police procedures and medical detail in this book are well researched and accurate as is the depiction of journalists covering the story.

All in all a great read and a quick one. Intelligent and fast paced. Highly recommended.

James A. Anderson, Author
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