I read several reviews of this book that say it is not really good. This is not the case. While this book is not suspenseful like Dee Henderson's other books, it is still interesting. Since this book is only 154 pages it does not really have time to get too boring. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.
If you've read the entire O'Malley series, you need to read Jennifer to complete the circle. However, if you haven't, definitely read the series, but start with Jennifer. It is written as a prequel, and if you've read the rest of the series, then you know how it ends, and you will have to struggle to read the book. If you are just looking for a beautiful love story, along with a good cry, read Jennifer for a nice weepy afternoon. Dee Henderson writes quick, easily read novels, but Jennifer is definitely a novella.
The theme of Christianity and the desire to know and love God runs through them all. Each one I've read has encouraged me to be a stronger Christian, and lead a better life. I would recommend it to Christian women of any age, or as a gift to someone, you think might be thinking of becoming a Christian.
Always a fan of Dee Henderson's books, I eagerly awaited my opportunity to learn more about the O'Malley's. A prequel to the O'Malley series, Jennifer was a heartwarming little novella giving some nice background to Jennifer's story. I liked the way the gospel was clearly presented, the way Tom was patient with Jennifer's exploration of faith, and the way **spoiler alert** Jennifer grapples with her diagnosis in light of the loving God she just met. **end spoiler**
Though maintaining Henderson's characteristically great writing, I wish Jennifer had been a full-length novel to go along with the others in the series. It was a charming love story, but didn't pack quite the punch the other books in the series did. Having said that, reading it did make me anxious to go back and reread the rest of the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House with no expectation of a positive review.