Friday, May 17, 2013

Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story by Dee Henderson (CFBA)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story
Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2013)
Dee Henderson


Dee Henderson is the bestselling, award-winning author of 15 previous novels, including the acclaimed O'MALLEY series and UNCOMMON HEROES series. These days, most authors are out there energetically promoting their books in print and broadcast and via social media—wherever they can get attention. But Dee Henderson keeps a low profile. She avoids telephone interviews because of hearing problems, declined to provide a current photo, and will say only that she lives in Illinois.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story, go to HERE.

My Review:
A sweet, sweet prequel to the O'Malley series!

Now, I have not yet read the O'Malley series, it is on my TBR list and I'll eventually get to it. But as a girl who knows nothing of this interesting family, Jennifer's story was the perfect place to start. While this book remains under one-hundred and fifty pages, it possesses a nice tug to keep me reading and interested.

This book was very different for me to read. As I mentioned, it is much shorter than other books out there and left for some conflict to be desired. It felt like things were too perfect on a few occasions.  All that said, Henderson blows a big bomb, and I don't mean literally, right before the end of the book. Readers of her series ought to have a clue, but I didn't.

Jennifer and Tom are both doctors. Jennifer works among kids in the office while Tom preforms  surgeries to make these children better. Jennifer is a giver, who keeps on giving when she's already given her all. Her heart is for her patients whom she calls her kids. Her compassion makes her a hero in a white coat for many of the children. Tom was a very likable hero who brought his cards to the table. He was very gentle with Jennifer when it came to his faith and her lack thereof. I thought he handled the situation stupendously.

To briefly sum up, it was a quick, cute read. Past and present readers will like this one. :)

I received this book from CFBA through the publisher in return for an honest review of my opinions, thanks!


  1. Oh my you haven't read the O'Malley's stories yet!? They are seriously some of my all time favorite books and I've reread them like 4 times! They definitely deserve a read and I'm glad Jennifer could get you started!

    1. *ducks head* No... I haven't... lol SO many people have told me how good they are... I just haven't made the time. :D Glad you like them, Abbi!

  2. Rosie, I just signed up for this one through the Bethany House Program! I can't wait! This morning I went on Amazon and read the O'Malley previews and those look fabulous. So I will be joining you in meeting them through Jennifer!

    1. Yay! I'm not the only one brand new to the O'Malleys! ;) You'll have to let me know what you think of Jennifer's story, Faith!

  3. You have an advantage reading this book prior to the O'Malley books, Rosie. Because I have such a love for the books, I will probably read this (eventually) but just now, I am not sure I want too (I am weird when it comes to going back in time when I already know what happens). Either way, thanks for reviewing - I'll be delighted to see what you think of the O'Malley clan. ;)


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