This novel truly represents the meaning of love. Tom knows life Jennifer has challenges; however he is willing to take that risk because of his love for her. Supporting and encouraging her through it all.Confident they will have a long life together because of his trust in God. Tom knows the power of prayer and strongly believes God will do what is best. Jennifer discovered Jesus wanted a relationship with her and He loved her after reading His word for herself. She believed what was written, which resulted in her falling in love with Jesus. However as the story goes, Christians are not exempt from life's challenges. There are moments when we don't understand our circumstances and can lose faith. We began to question God's love for us, wondering how a God that loves us can allow certain things to happen. But in the end, like Jennifer we regain that trust God and experience a sense of peace. Thank you Bethany House for allowing me to share my opinion. Also for providing this book free of charge.
Dee Henderson in her new book, "Jennifer", An O'Malley Love Story, A Prequel to The O'Malley Series published by Bethany House brings us into the life of Jennifer O'Malley.
From the back cover: It's a summer of change for Jennifer O'Malley.
The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, and meeting Tom Peterson, and falling in love, is adding a rich layer to her life. She's sorting out how to introduce him to her family-she's the youngest of seven-and thinking about marriage.
She's falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested in a way she didn't expect, and the results will soon transform her entire family.
"Jennifer" is the beginning of the six book series we have loved called The O'Malley Series. The O'Malleys are seven orphans that no one adopted and when they left the orphanage theses seven made their own family calling themselves the O'Malleys. During the six book series Jennifer is the catalyst for each of the siblings to get saved. Up until now there was no story that just featured her. Now Ms. Henderson has provided us the beginning. Dee Henderson is the master of this genre as she, herself, created it. This book is a love story. First it is the romance between Jennifer and Tom Peterson and how Tom's love for Jesus is the cause of Jennifer falling in love with Jesus as well. Then, of course, there is the diagnosis that compels her to bring Jesus to her family which is the story line of the other books. If you have not read The O'Malley Series you owe yourself a treat to get those six books and read and enjoy them. Until then you have this book which is how it all begins. Thank you Ms. Henderson for giving us such a great beginning to a wonderful series.
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2. Very little substance. Just day to day life. My romance story is more exciting
3. Doesn't line up with description in the back
4. Very dull reading. Very bored with the book.
5. Doesn't end - leaves you hanging
6. If this was the only book of the author's I'd read, I would never want to read any of her other books. I know she can write better.
7. I'm so disappointed with this book, I'd like my money back. You buy this book because in the past you've loved this author's work. It's truly deceiving when you read the back of the book and when the inside is not like that. For instance Jennifer never does introduce Tom to her family in this book. Right at the end she's diagnosed with a disease, but we don't know what happens. "The results will soon transform her entire family" is wrong. We don't even meet the O'Malley family. If she's expecting us to keep buying the books she better at least end the book.
In this novella by Dee Henderson, the reader is once again swept into the world of the O'Malley family, an extraordinary, if not unorthodox, family of orphans who have adopted each other and grown up together.
Anyone who has been following the O'Malleys knows Jennifer as the youngest and perhaps strongest member of the family. But in this book, the reader is finally given Jennifer's back story, learning how she finds love - both in Christ and her future husband.
But her new-found faith is shaken when disaster threatens to overwhelm her once confident world. Will Jennifer be able to love and be loved? And is her faith enough to get her through?
While Henderson's stories pretty much follow the storyline of typical Christian love stories, I do find that her stories go just a bit deeper by always pointing the reader to Christ. This book is no different. Henderson intricately weaves the Gospel into the story without making it seem forced or unnatural.
I would definitely recommend this entire series to anyone who wants to read fiction that promotes the Gospel.
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.