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The Healer (O'Malley Series #5)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2004

    Not up to her standards

    I recently discovered this series, and like the others I read very much for fast easy reads. However, this one just isn't up to par. I have to admit, the errors in grammar, punctuation and sentence structure started to bother me. I noted that in the others too, but not to the extent of this book. Also, there are pet phrases that are used too often. I wondered if the author rushed through writing this one. It just didn't seem to hang together. Even the death of Jennifer was not touching, it just seemed kind of stale. I didn't feel the presence of God in this book as I had in some of the others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Did I miss something?

    Okay, I skipped book 4 but I'd swear that book 3 ended with Quinn's proposal, complete with a dress and napkins and all the trimmings for he and Lisa to get married on Jennifer's wedding day. Now, in book 5, they're not married. Did the dress not fit? What did I miss? Next quibble - the family voted Jennifer in before they even met her? That doesn't make any sense at all. Other Trevor House kids are mentioned, why aren't they all O'Malleys if that's how it was done? Third quibble - the mystery is never even solved! Final beef - WHO EDITED THIS BOOK? or rather, who didn't? Ms. Henderson, your people aren't watching your back. You're for your, periods where there should be commas, nothing where there should be commas, plurals written with 's - One or two of these might slip by, but all of them together in a manuscript just spell SLOPPY. More continuity problems in the next book - Jennifer writes about needing help to walk to an event that occurred after she was wheelchair-bound. In the last book, the blind girl is described as looking at people several times. If I can remember those details as a casual reader, why can't the author - or her EDITOR, whose job it is to catch those things? I was given the books as a gift, and read the first three with interest (even though you'll never convince me that Marcus would even talk to a woman who dots her eyes with little hearts - please). I slogged through the others to be able to discuss with my friend, who is obviously a fan. Problem is, as good as Danger in the Shadows was, I don't think it merited two more books with the exact same plot. Once she leaves that familiar ground, the author seems to lose her train of thought. I appreciate what Ms. Henderson is trying to do, and I think Christian fiction needs strong voices willing to create interesting and involving stories that give practical application to the message. I'm just not sure this series quite succeeded in that effort.

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