Book Review: Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story by Dee Henderson

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Age Appropriate For:  15 and up for hard life events and some romance
Best for Ages: 15 and up
Description: 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.

It has been too long since I have read a Dee Henderson book. I had forgotten how she keeps you turning pages and tugs at your heart strings.

This book is small (only 160 pages), but it lives up to Dee Henderson’s well deserved acclaim. Jennifer pulls at your heart strings, makes you laugh, makes you cry, and renews your faith.

I think that one thing that I liked about this book more than anything else was the strong faith message. So many Christian books are working so hard at not sounding preachy, or beating people over the head with Biblical truths that they don’t put any real message in this book. Dee Henderson seems proud to share her faith, even if others may not like it. She does an amazing job of weaving it into the story and fitting into the characters.

I really love the whole concept of the O’Malley series. It probably has to do with the fact that I am one of seven kids as well. I can’t wait for my youngest sister to read this story, she will empathize with Jennifer being the youngest of so many.

There is romance, but I must say it was some of the best I have read in a while. The guy and the girl spend a lot of time together doing things before they even so much as hold hands. There are some kisses, but they only happen after the relationship has progressed.  *Spoiler alert* After finding out some really hard news the guy does spend the night at her house. However, it makes it very clear that the girl slept in her bed on the second story, and he spent the night on the couch on the first floor. The scene didn’t make me uncomfortable, and I squirm easily. *End spoiler alert*

If you like page turners, heart tugging stories, clean romance, and strong faith messages, get a copy of Jennifer today!

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I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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