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Friday, April 19, 2013

Review: Jennifer (An O'Malley Love Story)

Author: Dee Henderson
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 160
Series: An O'Malley Love Story
Source: NetGalley
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Special thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
Summary: 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.
*ATTENTION*  If you have not read the O'Malley series, you are not allowed to read this review.  Stop.  Back away, and go to the nearest library/bookstore and get Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson.  Start reading.  There are six more books after that for you to consume!

I am so thankful that Dee Henderson decided to give her fans this.  Jennifer was probably my favorite character in the O'Malley series.  She was all heart and generosity.  As a doctor, she is incredibly able to know each of her patients intimately.  She takes the time.  Seeing her in this book brought that to light even more.  I feel like I know Jennifer so much more.  And Tom.  I just love Dee Henderson's love stories.

The book has Dee Henderson all over it.  It was so beautiful with that feeling I only get from her!  The relationship that builds between Tom and Jennifer is truly beautiful and unusual for these days.  I want that so much.  The story really gives you a look into how Jennifer started her belief in God, her love for Tom, and how she begins to deal with her cancer.  She is such a fighter.

Considering I always felt like she was the heart of the O'Malley stories, I think this little prequel is so beautiful, and I know that I laughed and cried as I read.  I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to delve further into the story.  Now I just need to make some time to reread the rest of the books!

If you have not read the O'Malley series, I am going to insist that you at least check them out.  They are truly incredible and riveting!

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