The Rescuer: A Review

 

I am really loving this pre-Thanksgiving season. I have found that my schedule has slowed down enough to let me enjoy a few good books. Could I really ask for anything more?

Anyway, I believe this is the 8th book I have finished in my 10 Book Reading Challenge. And I must say, I did find it an enjoyable read.

A little something about me: I love, love, LOVE thrillers (as long as they don’t involve mangled body parts, blood splattered hands, or psychopaths with weapons of mass destruction). I was kind of expecting The Rescuer to fall under the Christian thriller category when I picked up a copy for a buck at a book sale in the spring. As I got into the story, I realized it wasn’t quite what I expected (the back of the book classifies it as Christian Romance). It’s not really a thriller, although there are a few semi-thriller moments. But, despite failing to meet my original expectations, I found Dee Henderson’s final book in her O’Malley Series to be an enjoyable read. (Why am I reviewing the final book in a series without reviewing the previous 5 books, you may ask? Simple. I’m just weird like that.)

A little background on the O’Malley series: The O’Malley family is a group of “adopted” brothers and sisters who grew up without parents and learned to love each other like family through all the tough spots in life. As adults, the O’Malleys all have “exciting” jobs: Kate is a hostage negotiator, Jack is a fireman, Marcus is a U.S. Marshal. And Stephen, our man in this novel, is a Chicago paramedic.

After losing his “sister,” Jennifer, to cancer, Stephen O’Malley is running from his pain. He finds himself more and more unable to deal with the stresses at work as he becomes more personally involved in each victim’s case he treats. Yet, there’s one thing that can still put a smile on Stephen’s face: Meghan, a childhood friend and emergency room nurse.

Stephen’s grief is multiplied when Meghan is tragically blinded due to head trauma incurred from a car accident. The injustice of Meghan’s plight only adds to the fresh wound from Jennifer’s death. The only way Stephen knows how to deal with the pain is to take a break from the paramedic game. When Meghan moves back to her hometown in Silverton, Illinois, Stephen decides to give the little town a try, take up carpentry part-time, and purchase a farm as a fixer-upper project.

But, Stephen isn’t destined to catch that “down-time” he craves for healing. While in Silverton, he experiences a cyclone of the unexpected – ranging from discovering a jewelry stealing ring, to falling in love, to slowly coming to see Jesus as someone he can trust. His journey to healing is one filled with excitement that will keep the reader riveted to the story.

I’ve never read any of Dee Henderson’s books. But, after reading The Rescuer, I’ll have to check out some of her other works.(I’ve got book 4 in the O’Malley Series – The Protector – sitting on my bookshelf right now. I’ll have to read it this winter.) I find her writing style somewhat similar to Colleen Coble’s in her novel, Distant Echoes. If you liked that book or if you just need a little spice in your literary diet of classics, I encourage you to check out The Rescuer and the rest of the O’Malley series.

 

Happy Reading!

~The Vintage Book Lady

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