As one book in the O'Malley Family Series, we meet Dr. Jennifer O'Malley. She spends her days and nights doctoring children with terminal illnesses. As she gives her all to her young patients, she is slowly being wooed by Dr. Tom Peterson. As a surgeon, he knows the stresses of the job. Yet, he is more concerned about her spiritual well-being than her physical one, at least in the beginning.
I enjoyed the book and did not feel lost "jumping in" with this particular book. This is a sweet love story, not just between Jennifer and Tom, but also between Jennifer and Jesus. Will her newly found faith be shaken off its foundation just as she is resting in the love and peace of the God who loves her?
My rating: B
3.5 stars out of 5
The love story was nice, but I would have liked to see Dee Henderson dive deeper into the revelation concerning Jennifer at the end of the book? I was not hooked enough to search out the next book to learn the conclusion of her situation. If you are, seek out The Negotiator, Book One, to read more about Jennifer and her decisions.
I received a complimentary copy of Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story for my honest review from Bethany House Publishing Group.
Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story by Dee Henderson is a novella that introduces Jennifer, the youngest of the seven O'Malleys and one of the characters in the O'Malley series. Jennifer is a pediatric doctor in a large hospital in Dallas and during one of her visits to the ER she meets Tom Peterson, a surgeon at the hospital. The mutual attraction between the two is almost instantaneous. As their relationship develops she is wondering how to introduce him to her brothers and sisters for she knows that they will all put him through the third degree with their questions. Tom is amazed at the compassion that Jennifer shows to all her patients and how deeply she feels the loss when one dies. Tom invites Jennifer to attend church with him and at first she is hesitant but then she starts to enjoy church and reading the Bible. Just as she is learning to trust God, she receives news that at first makes her doubt God and His love.
The author has a real talent for writing romance novels and this novella does not disappoint. She did an excellent job of developing the personalities and dialogue of the characters and they were so real that I was laughing or crying right along with them. The plot was somewhat predictable concerning the romance but there was a surprise twist near the end that was not expected. One thing that I really like about Dee Henderson's novels is that in every book she writes, God has an important role in the life of the characters.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a heartwarming romance and also likes for the characters to love God and have faith in Him.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Jennifer is the prequel to the O'Malley books, the previously unpublished tale of what went on in the youngest O'Malley's life right before the official series began.
I have heard much about the O'Malley family, enough to know that the seven books about them are my Birthday Book List for this year. I had decided on that before reading any of them, and so I was absolutely delighted to have the chance to read and review Jennifer from Bethany House's blog review program. Now I will have begun in the proper order, with the very first story.
And I can say that my first meeting with the O'Malley's will not be my last.
What a wonderful book this is! I understand that the other O'Malley books are all a few hundred pages in length and suspense with romance whereas this book is only 154 pages long with no crime mystery, but that in no way makes this less of an O'Malley novel.
Jennifer is a portion of the O'Malley saga, and their full story would be incomplete without it.
The back cover copy really has it right for this book: This is a story of Love, Divine and human. Jennifer is falling in love with Tom and with Jesus, and both loves are shown in a way that is so real.
In fact, from what I have heard "real" is the way to describe all of Dee Henderson's stories... real men and real women coming to know a real God whose Son Jesus really died for us and really cares about us.
I am so blessed when I meet a book like that. Here's to the O'Malley saga!
This novella is a prequel to the O'Malley series. If you have not read them, this is a good place to start. If you have read them, this book may well be a disappointment for you.
Jennifer is the youngest of the O'Malley's. She is a doctor working with children who have serious, life threatening diseases. She meets Tom, a surgeon in the same hospital. For about 85% of the book (I read a digital edition), their story is a rather boring one of getting to know each other. Jennifer's life changing event comes almost at the end of the novella, and then it is over. The afterward informs you the story is continued in The Negotiator, the first in the O'Malley series.
I have read several of Henderson's novels and really liked them. This one left me dissatisfied. I have certainly read prequels before, generally written after a series has become popular. Generally a prequel adds to the series sufficiently so that you are happy you read it. There is nothing in this book that one would not know from reading the series. It left me feeling that reading it was a waste of my time.
If you like a slow moving and somewhat boring romance, then you will like this novella.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.