Monday, July 1, 2013

Book Review: Good to Know Prequel

Bethany House Publishing provided a complimentary copy of Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story by Dee Henderson in exchange for an honest review.
     I have never read a book in the O'Malley series by Henderson, but that is soon going to change. I am familiar with the author a bit and was excited to read anything by her. This small prequel introduces Jennifer O'Malley. She is an orphan who found a family amongst other abandoned children. Maintaining a strong tie to her happenstance family she finds her identity within that unit. Jennifer, is a well-renown children's physician in Texas, far removed from her hometown of Chicago. Here her life unfolds.
     Tom Peterson, a fellow physician, slowly walks into Jennifer's heart. Apprehensive to give her heart to another, Jennifer has to warm up to the idea of love from Tom and Jesus. Jennifer sees the light shining within Tom and allows him to introduce her to the Almighty God. It is in the acknowledgement there may be something to Tom's life, something she doesn't have, that Jennifer begins to yearn for herself.
     Dee Henderson does a phenomenal job of developing Jennifer. Her character possesses inhibitions that we all possess in one way or another.  I wanted to get to know this character more as Jennifer went on. She is written with a transparency that is refreshing and real. Past issues and events make up the person she is now. The story line moves along well enough to hold my attention.
      I highly recommend Henderson fans and readers of the O'Malley series to grab Jennifer. It is 154 pages long (or short- call it what you will) and holds a complexity and richness within. Apparently, I found a new series that is vying for my attention soon.

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