Monday, September 09, 2013

Book Review: Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story

Jennifer O'Malley is a successful pediatrician with a busy practice, specializing in care for chronically or terminally ill children.  She loves her patients--really loves them--and gets to know them and their families on a personal level.  A chance meeting brings surgeon Tom Peterson into Jennifer's life, and almost immediately they become good friends.  Tom is attracted to Jennifer's compassionate heart; she is drawn to his calm and quiet strength.  But there's something different about Tom, and Jennifer soon discovers it's his faith.  She's curious, and finds herself studying Tom's Bible and seeking answers of her own.  She's falling in love with Tom and getting to know Jesus at the same time, but then comes a trial which neither Tom nor Jennifer expected . . .

Jennifer is the story of the youngest O'Malley sibling from Dee Henderson's popular O'Malley series.  Rather than being a suspense novel like the rest of the series, this small book is simply what it says: a love story.  A love story about Jen and Tom, and a love story about Jesus.  I had only read two other books in the series, so this story was quite different, but still very enjoyable.  Henderson's characters are believable and I found myself really caring about what happens to them.  My only quibble with the story was that it seemed to equate baptism with forgiveness of sins.  I personally believe that baptism is the first step of obedience after salvation, but not necessary for salvation.  But this was only one teeny part of the book, and overall I would highly recommend it.  Now I need to read the rest of the O'Malley series to find out the rest of Jennifer and Tom's story!

*I was provided with a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions expressed are my own.  

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