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.

divider2MY REVIEW:

The prequel to the long-time favorite O’Malley series by Dee Henderson, Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story is the short and sweet love story of doctors Jennifer O’Malley and Tom Peterson. Sister to the other O’Malleys who are each featured in romantic suspense novels originally published between 1999 and 2003, Jennifer appeared in many if not all of the books but never had one of her own.

A dedicated doctor who spends her days trying to prevent the complications that endanger her young patients who suffer from cancer or other life-threatening diseases, Jennifer has wasted little time thinking about love until she meets surgeon Tom Peterson. His calm confidence and caring nature appeals to her and their friendship quickly develops into a more serious relationship. Tom also invites her to visit his church with him and patiently answers her questions about his faith while allowing her space to make her own decisions.

As I read and loved the O’Malley series during the early 2000’s, I do not remember very many details but can remember some of Jennifer’s story. I enjoyed reading her back story in this newly published novella. At less than two hundred pages, I was able to read Jennifer: An O’Malley Love Story in a couple of hours. I liked learning about the beginnings of the faith the entire O’Malley family eventually embraced, especially the way Tom explained his faith to Jennifer. Those familiar with other O’Malley series books will not be particularly surprised at developments near the end but I’ll leave that for readers to learn on their own by reading this novel.

If you are a lover of Dee Henderson books, you will not want to miss this one. Just be aware that it is primarily a short love story without the suspense of the full length novels of the series.