The Protector, by Dee Henderson, is the fourth book in her O’Malley series. It is another page turner, even though you are pretty sure after reading the first three books that everything turns out well in the end. After all, it is the journey and not the destination that really matters when you read a good book.
This novel features Jack O’Malley and firefighting. Jack has watched as four other members of his adopted siblings have turned to Christianity during the hardest times of their life. Of course this leads him to have questions of his own, and these questions are very pressing as he finds himself being made the target of an arsonist.
Chicago has consolidated its fire stations, and the firemen are being run ragged. Unable to respond as quickly since the consolidation, the firemen find themselves in riskier situations. In fact, Jack’s friend, Cassie, has been trying to recover from life threatening injuries when things take a turn for the worse.
As Jack searches for answers about Christianity and the arsonist, he finds himself drawn to Cassie. Before they can be together he has to discover the truth about more than just the fires. The quest becomes more urgent as he tries to protect Cassie from fire.
This book is a powerful example of how faith can change and strengthen a person. It is also a clean romantic book that kept me turning the pages to the very end. I enjoyed it very much. Dee Henderson is a very gifted writer. I’m sad that I am reaching the end of the series. I think there are only two more books…