Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story, O'Malley Series #1
Enjoyable O'Malley Story
I fell in love with Dee Henderson's O'Malley series many years ago and was excited to see that Jennifer's story was finally going to be published! A prequel to the rest of the series, Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story is a delightful book! I received it in the mail, tossed the envelope on the floor, and promptly read the entire bookÃ¢ÂÂstart to finishÃ¢ÂÂin a few hours. The story is certainly moving, and I enjoyed watching Jennifer and Tom's friendship develop. The only drawback is that this is only the beginning of the series! The book leaves you hanging a bit as far as a conclusion. However, I'm now looking forward to going back and re-reading the rest of the series! If you've read the rest of the series, you'll love this novella. If you haven't read them (shame on you!), this is the perfect place to start! [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House & Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for my fair and honest review.
May 17, 2013
Short, predictable, but a must for O'Malley fans
Jennifer OÃ¢ÂÂMalley is a doctor specialising in pediatric oncology. She meets Tom Petersen, a handsome young surgeon in the same Houston hospital, and they become friends. As they get to know each other and explore the possibility of a closer relationship, Jennifer also has to come to terms with TomÃ¢ÂÂs Christian faith.
Jennifer is a very quick read Ã¢ÂÂ only 160 pages, approximately half the length of a regular novel (although I notice itÃ¢ÂÂs currently priced as a full-length novel). Fans of the OÃ¢ÂÂMalley series will want to read this, even though itÃ¢ÂÂs entirely predictable. Those who havenÃ¢ÂÂt yet had the pleasure of the OÃ¢ÂÂMalley stories should start with Jennifer.
For anyone who has read any of the O'Malley series, this story was always going to be bittersweet, because the later OÃ¢ÂÂMalley books made told us how the three main plot points were going to develop over time. Even so, it is good to finally get Jennifer's story, because of her disproportionate impact on the whole O'Malley saga.
Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
May 17, 2013
Going back to the O'Malleys
It is so fun to re-visit an old haunt of yours, a blast from the past so to speak. ItÃ¢ÂÂs fun because it was a favorite from the past and it still has a sweet spot in your heart- itÃ¢ÂÂs familiar and it is just plain nice and comfortable. These are the feelings that Jennifer, an OÃ¢ÂÂMalley Love story elicited in me while reading this bittersweet novella. Why, you ask? Because it is a return to the OÃ¢ÂÂMalleys of course. For those of you that have read the wonderfully popular OÃ¢ÂÂMalley series from Dee Henderson, you are in for a treat. A wonderful prequel where we dive into the Love story of Jennifer OÃ¢ÂÂMalley and return ever so briefly remember what makes this series special. The bonds of a self-made family- a group of people with no family who bonded together to create one. If you have not read the OÃ¢ÂÂMalleys, here is a wonderful place to start.
We meet Jennifer OÃ¢ÂÂMalley, a very special Dr. who works with young children in wellness care for kids who were chronically or terminally ill. She helps them to feel better. She bumps into Tom Peterson, a surgeon one night in the ER and they form a friendship of sorts. Jennifer is not looking for a relationship, but as these things always go, a relationship starts to develop. They have a problem though, He is a man with a heartfelt faith , while Jennifer does not and doesnÃ¢ÂÂt see the need for God in her life. However with patience and care Tom woos her to himself and doesnÃ¢ÂÂt push her but just invites her to check out a relationship with Jesus out for herself.
This novel does a good job of introducing us to Jennifer and her struggles with understanding who God is. The things I loved about the OÃ¢ÂÂMalley series are that it truly tackles different objections and obstacles that people have with regards to a relationship with God based on what they have experienced in their respective lives. This novel is no different and I enjoyed seeing Jennifer progress, and learn and gain understanding, even when faced with insurmountable odds. As I mentioned earlier, this is a prequel type of story. So once you are done reading this one, youÃ¢ÂÂll want to read or re-read the OÃ¢ÂÂMalleys series all over again!
I received a digital copy of this book through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
May 16, 2013
Bittersweet opportunity to learn Jennifer's story.
When I discovered the O'Malley series, I realized Christian fiction might have grown into the type of books that I love. This electic group of "siblings" had me from the first page, and I loved the way the series was interconnected...one of the key connections was Jennifer's story. Yet Jennifer never had her own book until now. While this is a novella (so shorter than a regular novel) it provides satisfaction for fans who have longed to get to know Jennifer and Tom's story. At the same time, if you haven't discovered the O'Malleys, it will provide a great segue to this romantic suspense series. This book has no traditional suspense. Instead, it is a straight romance. It is a story that compelled me to read it in one setting, and one I will return to ... just as I have the rest of the O'Malley series. Two thumbs up!
May 15, 2013