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Rachel O'Malley works disasters for a living. Her specialty? Helping children through trauma. When a school shooting rips through her community, she finds herself dealing with more than just grief among the children she is trying to help. One of them saw the shooting, and the gun is still missing. Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or Rachel O'Malley works disasters for a living. Her specialty? Helping children through trauma. When a school shooting rips through her community, she finds herself dealing with more than just grief among the children she is trying to help. One of them saw the shooting, and the gun is still missing. Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.


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Rachel O'Malley works disasters for a living. Her specialty? Helping children through trauma. When a school shooting rips through her community, she finds herself dealing with more than just grief among the children she is trying to help. One of them saw the shooting, and the gun is still missing. Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or Rachel O'Malley works disasters for a living. Her specialty? Helping children through trauma. When a school shooting rips through her community, she finds herself dealing with more than just grief among the children she is trying to help. One of them saw the shooting, and the gun is still missing. Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.

30 review for The Healer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Vellacott

    More of the same, I can't explain why I feel compelled to keep reading this series other than that I received it free! At least this novel didn't focus on a believer becoming romantically involved with a non-Christian. The couple involved this time were both Christians. Hooray.... The storyline was more interesting than some of the other books. A shooting at a school and the aftermath. However, it's also more likely to upset some readers... As I progress through this series, there's a recurring tho More of the same, I can't explain why I feel compelled to keep reading this series other than that I received it free! At least this novel didn't focus on a believer becoming romantically involved with a non-Christian. The couple involved this time were both Christians. Hooray.... The storyline was more interesting than some of the other books. A shooting at a school and the aftermath. However, it's also more likely to upset some readers... As I progress through this series, there's a recurring thought: these aren't really Christian books or Christian characters. They live their lives in exactly the same way as non-believers: their focus is on their jobs, their relationships, their future plans etc. They rarely mention any type of devotional life or church involvement. They don't seem to be seeking to reach others with the Gospel, apart from those they are interested in forming relationships with! They only mention God when a crisis strikes and then it's almost as an afterthought or as a non-believer might pray just in case it makes a difference. There's just not really a sense that God is front and centre. I noticed it more in this book than in the others... I lost interest in the last few chapters of this due to the multiple weddings being planned...but up until that point it was worth reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Congratulations Henderson! You made me cry and laugh and cry. Wasn't too much of a mystery as it was focused more on the tragedy and Jennifer. The romance was slow and sweet. The struggles Rachael faced were real and they were hard. I like the realism of the school shooting and in Jennifer's death. The point where I started bawling like a baby was here: The sun appeared over the hillside. "I'm tired, Tom." It's okay to go home," he choked. "Hold my hand?" His arms tightened around her and his fingers Congratulations Henderson! You made me cry and laugh and cry. Wasn't too much of a mystery as it was focused more on the tragedy and Jennifer. The romance was slow and sweet. The struggles Rachael faced were real and they were hard. I like the realism of the school shooting and in Jennifer's death. The point where I started bawling like a baby was here: The sun appeared over the hillside. "I'm tired, Tom." It's okay to go home," he choked. "Hold my hand?" His arms tightened around her and his fingers interlaced with hers. She closed her eyes against the brightness, "I love you." "I love you too," he whispered. Jennifer died feeling the warmth of the rising sun. I know it is a great book when it makes me cry!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Another very good installment about the O’Malleys. Very sad, too, with Jennifer barely clinging to life after cancer treatments and trying to stay present with her siblings and husband while heavily dosed on pain meds—and a school shooting on top of all of that. The mystery side of things was very much a side issue, with very little to figure out/solve for the reader. I liked how we got to see Cole and Rachel in their work settings, but Rachel’s family drama overshadowed the story so strongly th Another very good installment about the O’Malleys. Very sad, too, with Jennifer barely clinging to life after cancer treatments and trying to stay present with her siblings and husband while heavily dosed on pain meds—and a school shooting on top of all of that. The mystery side of things was very much a side issue, with very little to figure out/solve for the reader. I liked how we got to see Cole and Rachel in their work settings, but Rachel’s family drama overshadowed the story so strongly that Cole ended up a trifle underdeveloped. Also, a lot of the crime stuff was told instead of shown (“so and so had been arrested last week” when it was a pretty important arrest). Otherwise I loved it all. Have a box of Kleenex handy! And make sure you’ve read the other books in the series first.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    This is my favorite of the O’Malley Chronicles books. There’s just something about Rachel’s story that speaks volumes into my heart every time I read it. I’ve lost count, really, of how many times I’ve gone through the series, and I know I’ve read this one more than any other in the collection. I wept my way through this one again. Every time, y’all. The emotions get me every time. But those tears are worth it. From the flood to the school shooting to the first loss the O’Malleys have personally This is my favorite of the O’Malley Chronicles books. There’s just something about Rachel’s story that speaks volumes into my heart every time I read it. I’ve lost count, really, of how many times I’ve gone through the series, and I know I’ve read this one more than any other in the collection. I wept my way through this one again. Every time, y’all. The emotions get me every time. But those tears are worth it. From the flood to the school shooting to the first loss the O’Malleys have personally had to deal with, the emotions are raw and real and very worth experiencing. Strength of character shines through each new hit the characters take, and that gives me hope for the obstacles that crop up in my own life. There’s no way I can sum up my thoughts on my favorite O’Malley book, so this brief review will have to suffice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    Rachel was a very interesting O'Malley to read about. Since her romance was already built through Jack's book, it was nice to have more time to just dive into her character. I didn't really relate to her that much, because she's always trying to help everyone else, and not making time for herself. But I loved how caring she was. So this wasn't my favorite O'Malley book, but I did enjoy it. >> 2019 This was a tough book to read. From violence among kids, a flood, murders, and Jennifer's story, thi Rachel was a very interesting O'Malley to read about. Since her romance was already built through Jack's book, it was nice to have more time to just dive into her character. I didn't really relate to her that much, because she's always trying to help everyone else, and not making time for herself. But I loved how caring she was. So this wasn't my favorite O'Malley book, but I did enjoy it. >> 2019 This was a tough book to read. From violence among kids, a flood, murders, and Jennifer's story, this book takes you through a roller coaster. It was so much more then I remembered, and I bawled my eyes out at the end. Honestly, Rachel is still not my favorite O'Malley, but I aprechiated it more this time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jesseca Wheaton

    I adored this book. So many emotions running through it! The O'Malley's are one of my favorite fictional families ever. I love how the siblings relate to one another, and how they all stand behind each other. One thing I didn't quite understand...perhaps those who have read it would know. ;) (view spoiler)[ Was the shooting from the beginning of the book ever solved? And the school shooting? I read through it twice, yet I couldn't figure it out. (hide spoiler)] All in all a wonderful book! (But I adored this book. So many emotions running through it! The O'Malley's are one of my favorite fictional families ever. I love how the siblings relate to one another, and how they all stand behind each other. One thing I didn't quite understand...perhaps those who have read it would know. ;) (view spoiler)[ Was the shooting from the beginning of the book ever solved? And the school shooting? I read through it twice, yet I couldn't figure it out. (hide spoiler)] All in all a wonderful book! (But super sad at the same time. Bring the tissues if you're planning on reading it.)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    This. Was. The. Saddest. Book. I. Have. Read. In. A. Long. Time. No, I didn't cry (because I don't cry easily), but if I were a crying person, I would have bawled. I'm really glad how Henderson worked the O'Malley family story in this one because it was very realistic. I appreciate realism, even though it doesn't make for a "fairytale fictional" story. It was really hard to read about the school shootings and its impact on the kids. It was realistic and had a good message, but really hard. I also r This. Was. The. Saddest. Book. I. Have. Read. In. A. Long. Time. No, I didn't cry (because I don't cry easily), but if I were a crying person, I would have bawled. I'm really glad how Henderson worked the O'Malley family story in this one because it was very realistic. I appreciate realism, even though it doesn't make for a "fairytale fictional" story. It was really hard to read about the school shootings and its impact on the kids. It was realistic and had a good message, but really hard. I also really liked that, finally, there was an O'Malley book where the character was saved in the beginning and her relationship wasn't prevented by the Christian/non-Christian situation (which, I agree that Christians shouldn't date non-Christians; it was just the whole "not-really-dating-but-just-as-soon-be" situations I didn't care for). I liked how Rachel had to learn to lean on God and not people. These books really have great messages!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    Characters: Rachel O’Malley: Trauma psychologist Cole Parker: Fire captain, Jack’s boss Jennifer, Marcus, Lisa, Stephen, Jack, and Kate: All of Rachel’s brothers and sisters The fifth in the O’Malley series and another good one. Parts of it were day to day stuff, like going out to dinner, visiting at each other’s homes or hospital, but when there was action, boy, was there action. Major parts of the book were a murder at the beginning, a catastrophic flood in Chicago, a sweet budding relationship, a Characters: Rachel O’Malley: Trauma psychologist Cole Parker: Fire captain, Jack’s boss Jennifer, Marcus, Lisa, Stephen, Jack, and Kate: All of Rachel’s brothers and sisters The fifth in the O’Malley series and another good one. Parts of it were day to day stuff, like going out to dinner, visiting at each other’s homes or hospital, but when there was action, boy, was there action. Major parts of the book were a murder at the beginning, a catastrophic flood in Chicago, a sweet budding relationship, a shooting at a high school, and facing what none of the O’Malleys felt capable of facing: their sister Jennifer’s cancer coming back with a vengeance. I won’t go into the parts I was a bit disappointed in that would have caused a 3-star rating. The major theme of facing why God doesn’t seem to be healing Jennifer was so good that this alone brought it up a star for me. Plus the tear-jerking ending was too good to not give this at least 4 stars. I so enjoy seeing the love this O’Malley family have for each other: how they will do anything for each other, and treat their siblings with such kindness and understanding. That, and whoever is the latest love interest is taken in by the family as if they were always a part of them. I love that Cole and Rachel both knew the Lord from the start of the book, and their relationship is so sweet, taken slowly and patiently. Cole is wonderful. Now, all but Stephen have come to know the Lord, so the last of the series will be Stephen wrestling with what his family has been trying to help him find for months. He’s resistant, but the drawing from the Lord is irresistible. Looking into this book soon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Minx

    This story was action packed! The romance was sweet but very slow.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eliza_marie

    Oh, Rachel, how I love you. Strong and together. And Cole. I haven't read this book in at least 5 year, but I still have fond memories of certain scenes. Flooded driveways. Middle names. Sorry. I'm rambling, not reviewing, now. I loved this series as a teenager. The self-made family. And Rachel was a favorite. Rachel. Marcus. Lisa. Stephen, Jack, and Kate were great too. And Sara. But Rachel has my heart. Now I want to go back and read her again. Anyway, Rachel's story is a hard one. The losing n Oh, Rachel, how I love you. Strong and together. And Cole. I haven't read this book in at least 5 year, but I still have fond memories of certain scenes. Flooded driveways. Middle names. Sorry. I'm rambling, not reviewing, now. I loved this series as a teenager. The self-made family. And Rachel was a favorite. Rachel. Marcus. Lisa. Stephen, Jack, and Kate were great too. And Sara. But Rachel has my heart. Now I want to go back and read her again. Anyway, Rachel's story is a hard one. The losing never stops. It's hard to trust God in the face of so much pain. But He's the only one who can take the burdens and carry them for you.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book... Yeah, I was tearing up at the end. If I wasn't sick, I would have been crying. So good, yet it hurts so much. I am sad I only have one book left. This book... Yeah, I was tearing up at the end. If I wasn't sick, I would have been crying. So good, yet it hurts so much. I am sad I only have one book left.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Micaiah

    Definitely the most emotional O'Malley novel so far (and probably not why you'd think *wink*). I ADORED Rachel and Cole's relationship! More than like...everyone else's so far. The subject matter was pretty depressing at points, but overall I enjoyed it. *thumbs up* Definitely the most emotional O'Malley novel so far (and probably not why you'd think *wink*). I ADORED Rachel and Cole's relationship! More than like...everyone else's so far. The subject matter was pretty depressing at points, but overall I enjoyed it. *thumbs up*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Carter

    This book was AMAZING! I love the O'Malley family! The Healer made me smile, laugh, and cry. I have loved every book by Dee Henderson so far. This book was AMAZING! I love the O'Malley family! The Healer made me smile, laugh, and cry. I have loved every book by Dee Henderson so far.

  14. 5 out of 5

    ⚜️Trea

    I think this is the best book of the O'Malley series so far! It focuses more on how Christians handle a death that comes too soon, and the dilemma of why God would allow such a thing to happen. The romance between Cole and Rachel was quiet and slow-building, and a good bit of the groundwork had been laid in the previous book. The mystery was also quite interesting and relevant to current domestic events. It was a very powerful book, one that made me cry at the end of it. Would definitely recomme I think this is the best book of the O'Malley series so far! It focuses more on how Christians handle a death that comes too soon, and the dilemma of why God would allow such a thing to happen. The romance between Cole and Rachel was quiet and slow-building, and a good bit of the groundwork had been laid in the previous book. The mystery was also quite interesting and relevant to current domestic events. It was a very powerful book, one that made me cry at the end of it. Would definitely recommend this series based on this book alone!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie Zarko

    This was one of my favorite books in the O'Malley series (perhaps because I identify most with Rachel's character.) It is gratifying to see the character grow, change, and develop. This was one of my favorite books in the O'Malley series (perhaps because I identify most with Rachel's character.) It is gratifying to see the character grow, change, and develop.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Favorite book in this series so far -- love Rachel and Jennifer! (And, wonder of wonders, no missionary dating.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    What an amazing novel!!! Wow, this novel had so many interesting twists and turns!! This novel was a bit more deep in the fact that there were a lot of emotions involved; which is kind of necessary since Rachel is a trauma psychologist. 'The Healer' was an incredible read and a real page-turner!! It had me on the edge of my seat but it also had me crying many times. The emotional onslaught that Rachel must go through as part of her job, it's really a wonder she's not completely grey!! Her relati What an amazing novel!!! Wow, this novel had so many interesting twists and turns!! This novel was a bit more deep in the fact that there were a lot of emotions involved; which is kind of necessary since Rachel is a trauma psychologist. 'The Healer' was an incredible read and a real page-turner!! It had me on the edge of my seat but it also had me crying many times. The emotional onslaught that Rachel must go through as part of her job, it's really a wonder she's not completely grey!! Her relationship with Cole was so sweet!! Cole is such an amazing character, I wish he was here with me in person and I wish I could be on the receiving end of one of his hugs!! He is absolutely perfect for Rachel!! He knows when to talk and comfort, but also when to just be there for her and let her cry. This novel was sadder than the others in the series because there was so much death, especially with the school shooting. It was beautiful to see Rachel's faith grow stronger through the trials she went through. I also cried so much for Jennifer!! I won't tell you if they're sad tears or happy tears though. Jennifer is such a strong person, but in 'The Healer' I fell more in love with Tom!! Oh my goodness, how to start describing him? He planned their wedding knowing that they might have to plan Jennifer's funeral, but he kept on loving her. He didn't distance himself, he just gave all of himself to Jennifer, and I know that's what got Jennifer through to the end. The way that Jennifer and Tom behaved and coped under such stress and sadness was really inspirational. In the end, God used Jennifer's cancer to bring all of the O'Malleys to God! Overall, I loved 'The Healer'!!! Great, original plot and storyline + amazing characters = INCREDIBLE STORY, a must read!! I HIGHLY recommend this novel!! (and the whole series!!)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    I'm reading this all out of order. This was actually the first O'Malley book I picked up, and it was certainly a doozy. A school shooting, always tragic, and the resulting investigation while trying to deal with a family medical issue puts ever-more stress on Rachel. The self-built O'Malley family pulls together when needed, watching over each other professionally as well as in their private lives, but something may give if she can't. I'm reading this all out of order. This was actually the first O'Malley book I picked up, and it was certainly a doozy. A school shooting, always tragic, and the resulting investigation while trying to deal with a family medical issue puts ever-more stress on Rachel. The self-built O'Malley family pulls together when needed, watching over each other professionally as well as in their private lives, but something may give if she can't.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Faith as a topic was not integrated well into the story line. Relationships were not well developed and main characters were too perfect. Most dramatic event of the story was merely a side issue. Whole story line was loosely put together.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    oh my gosh! the feels.....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book is the saddest of the series. I love Rachel and Cole, but this book always tears at my heart.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Each one I read of this series I think is better than the last one!! Absolutely loved this one. One to go- just can't imagine they can get better or even as good but Dee Henderson always pulls it out!! Each one I read of this series I think is better than the last one!! Absolutely loved this one. One to go- just can't imagine they can get better or even as good but Dee Henderson always pulls it out!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lugene Hammond

    I love of all of O'Malley Series books and enjoy reading them again every few years. Muddy floods would not be my favorite subject to write a book around, but I learned a lot about floods and the effects they have on everything they touch. I can't say more, because I don't want to spoil anyone's read, but it was a terrific book! I love of all of O'Malley Series books and enjoy reading them again every few years. Muddy floods would not be my favorite subject to write a book around, but I learned a lot about floods and the effects they have on everything they touch. I can't say more, because I don't want to spoil anyone's read, but it was a terrific book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    The-vault

    By:Dee Henderson The O’Malley Series #5 Grade: A+ Rachel O’Malley works disasters for a living. Her specialty? Helping children through trauma. When a school shooting rips through her community, she finds herself dealing with more than just grief among the children she is trying to help. One of them saw the shooting, and the gun is still missing. Dee Henderson is a great writer. She knows how to write for the people who love suspense but are somewhat romantics. This series is a story about 7 peopl By:Dee Henderson The O’Malley Series #5 Grade: A+ Rachel O’Malley works disasters for a living. Her specialty? Helping children through trauma. When a school shooting rips through her community, she finds herself dealing with more than just grief among the children she is trying to help. One of them saw the shooting, and the gun is still missing. Dee Henderson is a great writer. She knows how to write for the people who love suspense but are somewhat romantics. This series is a story about 7 people who were orphans and when they were kids they all were placed in an orphanage called the Trevor House. When they were leagally able they became a family by choice and changed all of their names to O’Malley. There’s a U.S. Marshall in the mix, a firefighter, and a trauma counselor among other professions. And this series goes through a mystery in their respective professions as well as leading them to the love of their life. The Healer was a little different from the other O’Malley series. It dealt partly with the possiblility of one of the O’Malley sisters dying of cancer. Rachel is really torn up about this and it makes you want to cry. This book definitely showed more of Henderson’s tender side in writing. The mystery itself was also a tear-jerker because the shooting affected so many of the other characters in this book. When something like this happens in real life it is like time slows down and stops moving forward and I think Henderson did a good job of producing that effect in this story. When I think back to the book even now, I feel that it took the characters a while to recover from this and move on. But they did eventually move on. The love part of this story was instrumental in keeping Rachel on her feet through both the shooting and her sister’s sickness. It was great to see writing that tied together all of these elements and actually show us how the character got through it. It wasn’t some one liner like, ‘she pulled herself together and got through the day.’ It showed Rachel’s thought process of leaning on God, her family and her work to make it through. If you are looking for a tear-jerker read this book. But also if you want something that shows a realistic senario of coming to grips with pain and death, pick this up. There was no carriage sweeping Rachel away from her pain. She had to face it. And while books are probably sometimes picked up for their fairy tale factor this book is a great alternative. Originally reviewed at : www.the-vault.co.cc

  25. 4 out of 5

    VaultOfBooks

    By:Dee Henderson. The O’Malley Series #5. Grade: A+ Rachel O’Malley works disasters for a living. Her specialty? Helping children through trauma. When a school shooting rips through her community, she finds herself dealing with more than just grief among the children she is trying to help. One of them saw the shooting, and the gun is still missing. Dee Henderson is a great writer. She knows how to write for the people who love suspense but are somewhat romantics. This series is a story about 7 peo By:Dee Henderson. The O’Malley Series #5. Grade: A+ Rachel O’Malley works disasters for a living. Her specialty? Helping children through trauma. When a school shooting rips through her community, she finds herself dealing with more than just grief among the children she is trying to help. One of them saw the shooting, and the gun is still missing. Dee Henderson is a great writer. She knows how to write for the people who love suspense but are somewhat romantics. This series is a story about 7 people who were orphans and when they were kids they all were placed in an orphanage called the Trevor House. When they were leagally able they became a family by choice and changed all of their names to O’Malley. There’s a U.S. Marshall in the mix, a firefighter, and a trauma counselor among other professions. And this series goes through a mystery in their respective professions as well as leading them to the love of their life. The Healer was a little different from the other O’Malley series. It dealt partly with the possiblility of one of the O’Malley sisters dying of cancer. Rachel is really torn up about this and it makes you want to cry. This book definitely showed more of Henderson’s tender side in writing. The mystery itself was also a tear-jerker because the shooting affected so many of the other characters in this book. When something like this happens in real life it is like time slows down and stops moving forward and I think Henderson did a good job of producing that effect in this story. When I think back to the book even now, I feel that it took the characters a while to recover from this and move on. But they did eventually move on. The love part of this story was instrumental in keeping Rachel on her feet through both the shooting and her sister’s sickness. It was great to see writing that tied together all of these elements and actually show us how the character got through it. It wasn’t some one liner like, ‘she pulled herself together and got through the day.’ It showed Rachel’s thought process of leaning on God, her family and her work to make it through. If you are looking for a tear-jerker read this book. But also if you want something that shows a realistic senario of coming to grips with pain and death, pick this up. There was no carriage sweeping Rachel away from her pain. She had to face it. And while books are probably sometimes picked up for their fairy tale factor this book is a great alternative. Originally reviewed at :www.vaultofbooks.com

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paz Field

    "Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit." Amazing...this is the book that helped me decide to be a trauma psychologis "Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit." Amazing...this is the book that helped me decide to be a trauma psychologist - Dee Henderson gets inside your head in this one, deals with a lot more psychologically than in the other books, obviously becasue Rachel is a trauma psychologist. Dee Henderson deals with some of the hardest and most commonley asked questions about God through a fictional example in each of her characters lives. Rachel has to deal with the question of how she can have seen the horrors she has seen (in both her childhood and her family's, and in her proffessional life too) if there is a God. The romance storyline of Rach and Cole isnt Dee's most captivating (it's no Kate and Dave or Marcus and Shari) but its still heartwarming. Gritty and confronting but beautiful at the same time, with the trademark O'Malley sense of humour completing the book perfectly.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    An extremely emotional book. Dee Henderson has a way of completely wrapping you up in her characters in a way few other authors can truly achieve. Their emotions become yours. This is a major plot development in the O'Malley series. Cole and Rachel's relationship development seemed a little flat to me compared to the other novels but Rachel herself was very well developed & the reader is really drawn into her character. I think the lack of the relationship building was in part due to the way the An extremely emotional book. Dee Henderson has a way of completely wrapping you up in her characters in a way few other authors can truly achieve. Their emotions become yours. This is a major plot development in the O'Malley series. Cole and Rachel's relationship development seemed a little flat to me compared to the other novels but Rachel herself was very well developed & the reader is really drawn into her character. I think the lack of the relationship building was in part due to the way they were introduced and that Jennifer doesn't have a novel of her own and in the particular book she played a greater role than usual. Still a great read. I definitely recommend Henderson's books to those interested in Christian fiction & I definitely recommend reading the O'Malley series in order. I'm a bit of a picky reader when it comes to Christian fiction but I fully endorse her books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    The book was too busy to handle some of the very delicate subjects in the plot. In other books Rachel had been a sibling that was a globe trotter as a trauma counselor for children until this story and yet she was a counselor for a teenage girl. Why would a counselor that basically worked on call and traveled extensively be able to also work locally as a counselor? The death of Lisa was emotional for me because I lost my sister to the same cancer a few months before reading, so i was very concer The book was too busy to handle some of the very delicate subjects in the plot. In other books Rachel had been a sibling that was a globe trotter as a trauma counselor for children until this story and yet she was a counselor for a teenage girl. Why would a counselor that basically worked on call and traveled extensively be able to also work locally as a counselor? The death of Lisa was emotional for me because I lost my sister to the same cancer a few months before reading, so i was very concerned with how it was handled. Sometimes the story stood still and caused boredom and then there were so many sub-plots that everything got tangled. What exactly was the climax in the strory? There was a murder victim, a missing person tied to Rachel, a flood, a school shooting, budding romance, two weddings, and a dying sister with a subsequent funeral. Too much in too short of a book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Epperson

    I love this series by Dee Henderson. This book brings to life one of the issues that unfortunately we live with today. A school shooting. It is a difficult subject for parents to think about. This story actually takes you there and makes you aware of alot of aspects most never think of, but behind it all is God as our strength. It shows a young lady who is always helping others and now when she needs help she learns to trust in God. This entire series shows everyday people being led to the Lord. I love this series by Dee Henderson. This book brings to life one of the issues that unfortunately we live with today. A school shooting. It is a difficult subject for parents to think about. This story actually takes you there and makes you aware of alot of aspects most never think of, but behind it all is God as our strength. It shows a young lady who is always helping others and now when she needs help she learns to trust in God. This entire series shows everyday people being led to the Lord. Very inspiriing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So I don’t know how many times I’ve read this book (and series) over the last so many years since it was published. But upon this reread, there are definitely some gaping holes left in what happened during the school shooting; how a gun recovered from a muddy, swollen river would still shoot; how Tim got shot by the gun he was in possession of; and how Greg got a gun at all. Dropping from 5 to 3 Stars...because I do still really love the O’Malleys despite all that.

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