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Few Christian novelists are currently as hot as Henderson, who is burning up CBA bestseller charts with two different series and earning a reputation for her action-packed stories of suspense, romance and courage. But this fifth installment in the O'Malley series shows a bit of wear and tear. Rachel O'Malley is a trauma psychologist specializing in helping victims of disasters obtain closure and heal spiritually. Her emotions are drained by assisting refugees after an Illinois flood and by her grief over her sister Jennifer, who is dying of cancer. As Rachel works to repair flood-damaged psyches and homes while exploring romance with Capt. Cole Parker, another sister, Lisa, a forensic pathologist, tries to decipher clues at a possible double murder scene. The murder weapon turns up again in a rather clichd Columbine-esque school shooting that improbably finds Rachel and Jennifer arriving at its onset. It's a dizzying read: the strained plot never seems fully fleshed out, and there are some odd moments, such as when Rachel and Jennifer plan a "surprise wedding" for their sister Kate. Henderson's writing can have a magical quality that keeps readers turning the pages, though, even as they're scrambling to remember the more than two dozen featured characters, their occupations and their relationships to one another. Loyal Henderson fans will likely snatch up this latest O'Malley tale, but new readers won't get the flavor for the quality of some of her previous offerings.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Following The Protector, Henderson tackles the issue of faith in a person touched daily by tragedy. A trauma psychologist for the Red Cross, Rachel O'Malley can be called at a moment's notice into areas where disasters, natural or human, can turn an ordinary day into a nightmare. Battling her growing feelings for Capt. Cole Parker, a firefighter who works with her brother, Rachel also wrestles with her ambivalence toward a God who is letting her beloved sister, Jennifer, slowly die of cancer. When three kids are killed at a local school and a ruptured dam floods the area, Rachel doesn't know where she'll find the strength to continue, but her family and Cole lend her their faith. Expect high demand from fans, as Henderson turns in her most powerful, moving entry in the series yet.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
As I said all along....wonderful series.....read them all, including "Jennifer, a love story
Love those O'Malleys; sorry to be almost finished the series.Published 3 months ago by Bonnie L. Fraser
I believe that this was the best novel that I have ever read. I really enjoyed reading this novel and I would happily read it again. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003 by alichia
This books venutures into the genres of romance, thriller, and mystery, set against a Christian background. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by Katayla
I have been reading Henderson for over a year now and this book is by far the most emotional. I loved the way that she has been building up to this book. Read morePublished on April 27 2003
This book had to be the saddest of them all due to the subject nature and the story line. However, Henderson did a great job guiding her readers through their grief.Published on April 8 2003 by whea-wix
In a time when it is so hard to find quality, clean fiction, this book shines like a beacon for a good read. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2003
I am an avid reader and get my hands on just about any book I can. I have been reading every book in this series as soon as it comes out. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2003
This book is probably one of or my favorite out of the O'Malley series so far! I would recommend it to everyone - others have said that the numerous characters are hard to follow... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by J. Kennedy