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Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story

(O'Malley #0.6)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  3,581 ratings  ·  356 reviews
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 a
Hardcover, 155 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sarah Grace Grzy
Oh my word. Can I give this a thousand stars?

Y'all. THIS is how you write romance!

**Prepare yourselves for a minor rant on romances **

A good romantic relationship is not built on the "feels", the physical aspect - a tingling feeling when he touches your arm, constantly wanting to kiss, swooning over his blue eyes, getting lightheaded when you smell his aftershave . . . (*rolls eyes*) It's built on a solid friendship and a deep mutual respect and reverence for the other person - for their heart,
This is my second time reading this book. I have a month of the Audible romance package, so I'm going to be listening through all the O'Mally books that are available.
This story is sweet and heart pulling all at the same time.
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update from re-read:

As someone who has now since found the man she loves and married him, I appreciated this book even more.

My husband had to be very patient with me coming into our relationship. I admired that quality in Tom as he pursued Jennifer and allowed her space to come to her own conclusions on him and his faith. The story covers what I know has a heartbreaking end, but the romance they experience is priceless. There are few couples that I put in such high regard as Jennifer and Tom.
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

Content to serve her “kids” in her pediatric practice, Jennifer O’Malley is unprepared for her life to change. So, when surgeon Tom Peterson slips into her life, she’s knocked off guard. Little does she know, she’s getting to know Tom for some pretty special reasons. When life throws her a curve ball, will Jennifer realize she can fully trust Tom AND the God he serves? Or will she face her scary new reality alone?

When I found out JENNIFER was in print, “HaPpY dAnCe!” was the f
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew I enjoyed Dee Henderson's writing, and after reading an extremely heavy book, I really needed this 0.6 prequel to the O'Malley series.

Jennifer is a pediatric doctor in Texas, far away from the family of brothers and sisters who adopted each other years ago in Chicago. They tell each other everything and love being in each other’s lives.

Now there are new things in her life she will have to share when she returns home for a 4th of July family reunion. A new love, two decisions she recentl
Excellent portrayal of Jennifer's conversion, and how real her questions were to begin with. I'd very nearly be able to use this story for a witnessing tool, with such a well-argued presentation of the Gospel!

I hated that Jennifer finds love and faith at the same time she finds out she has cancer. Obviously her story continues in the series, but I am sure am hoping she wins her fight! I love this family...
Michelle Woods
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Jennifer
Author: Dee Henderson
Pages: 160
Year: 2013
Publisher: Bethany House

If you have read the O’Malley series by Dee Henderson then you must read Jennifer. It completes the story of the O’Malleys. If you have net read any in this series, I can’t speak highly enough of them.

The O’Malleys are a group of 7 orphans that adopted each other, took the name of O’Malley and became a family. They would do anything for each other. If need be, they would drop everything and take a flight across the
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for hard life events and some romance

Best for Ages: 15 and up

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 th
Sandra Noel
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finding God and falling in love, life is good for Dr. Jennifer O'Malley. But can her faith--and her family--survive the challenges ahead?

A sweet, short prequel to the O'Malley series. I really enjoyed this book. It was so nice to get Jennifer and Tom's back story that is only touched on in the other books. Jennifer is a lovely girl, a doctor working with the sickest kids who really puts herself and her heart out there with her kids. I appreciated that Jennifer as a new christian didn't ta
I've really wanted to read this one for awhile after I heard about it when I finished the O'Malley series. It's a short read, but it was great to dive into Jennifer's world and see how her conversion came about.

It wasn't until around page 60 or so that Christianity was mentioned. After that there was a lot more and I appreciated how much spiritual things were brought into the story.

I felt the romance moved much too fast without you really seeing what Tom and Jen liked about each other.

I sooo wa
Deborha Mitchell
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Small book with a big story.

For those who have read the O’Malley series, this is the prequel to them all. You are going to see all that Jennifer, the youngest O’Malley, went through before the first book in the series, The Negotiator. This was a well made book, short but it answered a lot of questions concerning Jennifer. Warning to those who have yet to read The Negotiator, this book ends where that book begins, so I highly recommend you have The Negotiator handy to pick up and read after readi
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the O'Malley series, even though there wasn't an O'Malley in the first book. This was a great short story that I read in two days, because I couldn't put this book down. This book was especially impressive to me, because of the cover. I happen to know a girl (I will not mention her name) that looks exactly like the one on the cover. There are other qualities and character that appear identical to both girls. Jennifer in the book is a doctor and the girl I know is a nur ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a bittersweet story. I loved hearing more of Jennifer's perspective. And the romance was really, really good.
I loved all the times she talks about being the youngest. Being the youngest of seven myself, I can relate.

2020>>After reading the series twice, this book was a little hard to read, but I still loved it. Tom was such a good guy and their relationship was great.
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a short book focused on the love story of Jennifer O'Malley, the youngest of seven siblings in Dee Henderson's series of The O'Malleys.

This was my first book by the author and I am looking forward to diving into the rest of the lives of Jennifer's siblings. I've read nothing but good reviews. I love the combination of Christian Fiction, Romance, and Suspense.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite, library
I think it should have been the last book of the series, but otherwise, it was great! The romance was sweet and gentle. I love Tom and Jennifer. I cried when she cried and laughed when she laughed. A great short read.
Angie H
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a nice little prequel, but it makes me want to read the O'Malley series all over again. Loved that series!
Rebekah Tooley
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This was a good quick read. I wished they would have add this into a novel like the others in this series but it was still a nice refreshing read.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The only reason I went looking for more Dee Henderson is that I read a couple of novella's by her in the last year, and I like her slow but not missing a beat kind of writing. I like this kind of calm and relaxed writing style. I had no qualms that I would be lead to a good and kind ending. I haven't read any of the O'Malley books, but I wanted something short, and Jennifer seemed to fit the bill very well. Jennifer is a doctor and while it doesn't delve deeply into her backstory, it's enough th ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The O'Malley series is near and dear to my heart, so I was excited to finally read Jennifer's story, even though it was just a glimpse. It was nice to revisit the family (even if it was just Jennifer and Tom), but I probably would have enjoyed this more had I read it closer to when I read the others. Some of the issues I've had in the past with Dee's books crept up here, i.e.- more telling then showing; the overly-confident male character; the stiltedness of it all. It can make it hard to relate ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was so nice to get closure to the OMalley family. To "see" her story and how she started the chain reaction for all the others. Even though we got to see little pieces of her through out the series this book just made me love her even more. ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, dee-henderson
What a precious love story filled with obstacles and heart breaking news. I can't wait to read others in this series! ...more
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved this prequel novella to one of my favorite Christian fiction series! It made me want to read about the O'MALLEY'S again. My one gripe is that it was too short!
Library Queen
I forgot how utterly sad this book made me feel until I started rereading it.

A beautiful book, even when you know what's gonna happen.
Cheryl Olson
It is so fun to re-visit an old haunt of yours, a blast from the past so to speak. It’s fun because it was a favorite from the past and it still has a sweet spot in your heart- it’s familiar and it is just plain nice and comfortable. These are the feelings that Jennifer, an O’Malley Love story elicited in me while reading this bittersweet novella. Why, you ask? Because it is a return to the O’Malleys of course. For those of you that have read the wonderfully popular O’Malley series from Dee Hen ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
JENNIFER: AN O'MALLEY LOVE STORY is an absolute must read for anyone who adores Dee Henderson's O'Malley series. But, it's also a magical adventure for those of us who *haven't* yet had the opportunity to experience the entire series yet -- although, I definitely plan on diving deeper into the rest of the O'Malley story as soon as I can!

This is a beautiful Christian love story, a humbling tale of a woman first finding her faith, and a heartbreaking glimpse at struggle, doubt, and mortality. Jenn
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Throughout Dee Henderson’s hit The O’Malley Series, we’ve all had one question on our minds. How did Tom and Jennifer meet? After years of waiting and anticipation, Henderson, has brought us the novella of how Tom and Jennifer meet, her diagnosis of cancer and to the point where The Negotiator begins.

Jennifer is an adorable, heart-felt story that will have you laughing and crying. Jennifer had given up a year of dating and at the end of that she finds her self bumping into Tom, a surgeon who wor
Susan Baganz
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the O’Malley romantic suspense series by Dee Henderson and was excited to finally get to read the prequel to it all: Jennifer.

If you have not yet read the series, let me encourage you to start with this book. If you have read it, then go ahead and read Jennifer but be aware: It truly is a prequel. It does not weave in and out of the entire O’Malley series. I was a bit disappointed by this although for it being a novella I knew it was impossible for that to be a realistic expectation. Now
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, sweet prequel to the O'Malley series!

Now, I have not yet read the O'Malley series, it is on my TBR list and I'll eventually get to it. But as a girl who knows nothing of this interesting family, Jennifer's story was the perfect place to start. While this book remains under one-hundred and fifty pages, it possesses a nice tug to keep me reading and interested.

This book was very different for me to read. As I mentioned, it is much shorter than other books out there and left for some confl
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jennifer by established author Dee Henderson was a wonderful prequel to the fantastic O'Malley Series. I am so thankful that Dee Henderson decided to release this for her fans.

This is Jennifer and Tom's story, their journey through challenges to faith and to love. It was gentle, sad, heartwarming and constructed beautifully.

Typical of this author's style, the book was warm, funny, poignant and delightful. Jennifer O'Malley is the baby of the adopted/created family. She is, in some ways, th
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Dee Henderson is the author of 27 non-fiction and fiction titles, including Jesus the Truth and the Life, The Good News Project, Taken and the acclaimed O’MALLEY series. Several titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller list; Full Disclosure has also appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her boo

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