This novella is a prequel to the O'Malley series. If you have not read them, this is a good place to start. If you have read them, this book may well be a disappointment for you.
Jennifer is the youngest of the O'Malley's. She is a doctor working with children who have serious, life threatening diseases. She meets Tom, a surgeon in the same hospital. For about 85% of the book (I read a digital edition), their story is a rather boring one of getting to know each other. Jennifer's life changing event comes almost at the end of the novella, and then it is over. The afterward informs you the story is continued in The Negotiator, the first in the O'Malley series.
I have read several of Henderson's novels and really liked them. This one left me dissatisfied. I have certainly read prequels before, generally written after a series has become popular. Generally a prequel adds to the series sufficiently so that you are happy you read it. There is nothing in this book that one would not know from reading the series. It left me feeling that reading it was a waste of my time.
If you like a slow moving and somewhat boring romance, then you will like this novella.
Dee Henderson is the author of seventeen novels including the O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several industry awards. She is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Find out more at www.DeeHenderson.com.
Bethany House, 156 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.