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by Ellen Gable
Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval2011
EXCERPT and REVIEWS
STEALING JENNY After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot, one which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.
REVIEWSCritical Reviews and Praise for Stealing Jenny:"Stealing Jenny is a gripping novel filled with engaging characters, a compelling mystery and a message which underscored the precious dignity of life. I literally couldn't put it down and give Stealing Jenny my highest recommendation." Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms“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!”Sarah Reinhard, author, “Welcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families”“Stealing Jenny is a uniquely Catholic story which contains themes of faith, love, hope, forgiveness, healing, and strongly emphasizes pro-life values. It is a book that provides high quality entertainment, while at the same time, reminds one of what is most important in life: faith and family. I highly recommend it!”Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire"Stealing Jenny is my favorite kind of fiction: a thought-provoking psychological suspense novel in its own right, with a life-affirming message that adds even more to its depth. Another finely-plotted story and a cast of very real and well-drawn characters which highlight Ellen Gable's ability to write beautiful Catholic fiction in any genre."Krisi Keley, Author, "On the Soul of a Vampire," and "Pro Luce Habere"“Ellen Gable is a masterful storyteller. Stealing Jenny is a smoothly written, chilling tale of gripping suspense. There are terrifying moments and heart-wrenching moments. Catholic faith and hope are tested. Above all, the sacredness and privilege of precious new life is made indisputably evident. I never wanted it to end!"Therese Heckenkamp, Traditional Catholic Novels.com"I could not put it down! Stealing Jenny, the latest and soon to be bestselling novel from Ellen Gable (Emily’s Hope, In Name Only), is the gripping fictional story of a desperate woman who plots to kidnap pregnant Jenny Callahan in order to steal her unborn baby. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good page turner."Donna Piscitelli, award-winning author“Stealing Jenny is a real page turner of a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end. I was especially inspired by the characters’ perseverance and faith, which helps them navigate the nightmare their family must confront and overcome. Highly recommended reading.”Christopher Blunt, author, “Passport”"WOW!!I started reading Stealing Jenny yesterday morning and couldn't put it down until I finished it at 2AM next morning. From the get go it caught me up in the story and kept me on the edge of my seat. Absolutely loved it!!"Carol M.“Stealing Jenny encompasses all the key components of great literature. The storyline grips you without a release. All of the characters display multi-faceted elements of humanity. As a protagonist, Jenny is flawed, yet ever-struggling and ever-achieving great personal growth. She must find a way to live with the consequences of her own actions, as well as the outcomes of the choices of others. The novel illustrates how psychological make-up can merge with circumstances to create a formidable antagonist. A strong moral code and a deep current of faith flow throughout the story. Stealing Jenny is an absolute masterpiece!”Elaine Vaughn
EXCERPTJenny and her son began the short jaunt up the street to the bus stop. Caleb, at three years of age, was not walking as fast as she’d like, but the bus wouldn’t be arriving for another ten minutes. She thought back to Tom’s question about his mom coming over and helping her out at home. He wasn’t serious — just angry this morning — which was why he suggested it. But it annoyed her when Tom mentioned his mother in an argument.Since the separation, then divorce, of Tom’s parents three years ago, Doris had become increasingly more belligerent. Jenny tried to be sensitive to her mother-in-law’s emotional highs and lows. But when she was having a bad day, Jenny was almost always on the receiving end of any criticisms and cross comments. Doris had always been critical of Jenny’s laissez-faire attitude towards housekeeping, but generally speaking, before the divorce, her mother-in-law would keep those comments to herself. Since the break up, however, that had changed.Her mom had offered to pick up the kids from the bus stop next week, as well as perform the household duties, when Jenny was closer to delivery. Jenny understood why her mom wanted to be with her ailing sister in Saskatchewan, but she secretly wished that her mother would return sooner.As she approached the bus stop, Jenny noticed a woman there. That’s odd. My girls are the only ones who get off at this stop. I wonder why she’s there. Immediately, she became uneasy and looked away. Stop it, Jen. This is Sutherland, a quiet neighborhood with virtually no crime rate.The woman was smoking and staring in the distance. As usual, that area was deserted until the neighborhood kids returned home from school.The lady looked familiar. She was tall and slightly overweight. Jenny glanced at her middle and realized that the woman was wearing a maternity top. When Jenny moved closer to her, the woman finally made eye contact. “Hello, Jenny. How are you?”“I’m fine. Are you waiting for somebody?”“I’m waiting for you.” The woman dropped the cigarette on the ground and stamped it out.“Me? Do I know you?”“Uh-huh. I work at the Sutherland Veterinary Hospital.”“Oh, right.”“How’s Bootsie doing?”“She’s fine, uh…”“Denise.”“Right, Denise.”“I remembered that you were expecting pretty soon?”“Yes. You too?”“Uh…yes, me too.”“When are you due?”“Around the same time as you.”“Oh?” Jenny’s large round stomach looked about like it was about to pop compared to this woman, who appeared to be six months pregnant at most. She must be having a small baby.“Well, you know,” Denise continued, “my cousin’s got these maternity and baby clothes and they’re all high end stuff and I remembered seeing you and wondered if you might like them.”“That’s nice of you, but don’t you need them?”“I’ve already taken a bunch and these are the ones I won’t use. Come over here. I’ve got them right here in my car.”Jenny thought the woman was a bit strange, and again, she felt uneasy, but she wanted to be polite. After all, she did know her from the vet’s office and she was pregnant. If you can’t trust a pregnant woman, who can you trust? “I guess it can’t hurt to take a look, but I’m almost ready to deliver and won’t be needing any maternity clothes.” Denise walked quickly to a car parked close by, Jenny and Caleb following behind. She could see the woman opening up the back door and leaning in. She stepped back. “Right in there.”Jenny lowered her head to peer inside. She couldn’t see clothes anywhere. All of a sudden, she felt something smashed against her face and nose. Breathing in a vaguely sweet scent, she jerked her head from side to side. She opened her mouth to cry out and inadvertently inhaled. She tried to move her arms, but she immediately went limp.