This week, the
Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2013)
Dee HendersonABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
Yay! An O’Malley story for all of us O’Malley fans! I really enjoyed this novella. Jennifer is a great character, very likeable. And if you haven’t read the O’Malley series, this is a fantastic jumpstart into it. This is a quick read, of course. It’s a short book. It’s got some emotional moments, but overall it’s not a sad story. Heartfelt, I would say. I recommend it.
One thing I was hoping for that wasn’t there was more backstory on the O’Malleys. It’s a fantastic idea for a book series–this group of kids from a Children’s Home who all change their last names to O’Malley and form their own family. But the details are missing. They are all different ages so they would age out of the system at different times. Did they all live together? How did they all manage to afford training and college for the great jobs they end up getting? I wanted to know the O’Malley history. Did Marcus have help after he aged out? Did they all live together and work to pay for school together? It would have been fun to get a glimpse into how this family was formed.
However, even without these details, the O’Malleys is one of the best series in Christian fiction that I’ve ever come across. And Jennifer’s story is a great beginning.