Jennifer is the prequel to the O'Malley books, the previously unpublished tale of what went on in the youngest O'Malley's life right before the official series began.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.
Jennifer O'Malley loves working with her little patients. She's able to connect with the children, but has a hard time connecting with a fellow doctor who is interested in her. But patience on his part breaks down her barriers and she falls in love. Tom shows her how wonderful true love can be and introduces her to his God. Jennifer now has three things to tell her family about at the next picnic - her new found faith, a new fiance, and a cancer diagnosis.
This book is a prequel, of sorts, to the O'Malley series. Jennifer's story is mostly told throughout the other books in the series. The story is short (think novella size), sweet, and not her typical style. While it wasn't in the style of the other books, I enjoyed hearing how Jennifer met her fiance and seeing the story from her side. I will be keeping this book to go with the other books in the series, but I hope that the author returns to her typical style of writing with the next book.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Fans of Dee Henderson's O'Malley Series will find Jennifer to be a treat. This short novella -- which can easily be read in a couple hours or so -- is a sweet love story that gives a short, intimate glimpse at the youngest member of the O'Malley family. I read the entire series years ago -- my first introduction to Dee Henderson -- and the story encouraged me to go back and re-read them all.
For those of you who haven't yet read the O'Malley series, Jennifer will be a good introduction and whet your appetite for more. If you dive into Dee's other books, get ready to bump up several notches and hold on tight as she takes you on a suspenseful and thrilling journey into the lives of Jennifer and her siblings.
In spite of the sweet story, I was a little disappointed in this book. I did not expect it to be as short and light as it was, totally different from the other books in the series.
Thanks to Bethany House for providing this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.