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Dee Henderson’s Jennifer


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.


Having read the O’Malley series, I thought this novella wouldn’t be as interesting since I already knew what would happen.  Well I was wrong. I found myself flipping those pages quickly. It just goes to show that Ms. Henderson is a fabulous storyteller. While I happen to find that Ms. Henderson’s romance novels have a tendency to come off as more logic-driven than romance-driven (and this one is no different), I found Tom’s love for Jennifer to be so sweet. I imagine it cannot be easy to be committed to someone who has possible long-term health issues. So, I loved Tom. I liked his personality, I liked how he treated Jennifer, I liked how he pursued her, and I liked how he stayed. In the other O’Malley series, I thought Jennifer was a bit more light-hearted(or romantic) than she came across in this book, but I suppose I could see how she might not have been as well.  Also, in spite of the fact that I read this book knowing the end, I still teared up with this book. Spiritually, I like how Tom gently led Jennifer to the Lord (though he appeared to be missionary dating!). And seeing how Jennifer came to know Christ didn’t come across as corny in anyway. Loved the emphasis on the fact that God is good.

** I received this novel from BethanyHouse. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

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