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O'Malley #5 Jennifer dies of cancer in this book, as the entire family is caught up in a school shooting. Kate and Lisa are married before Jen dies. Rachel leanrs to trust in God for strength and to open herself to Cole to love. Focuses on Rachel's involvement with kids in crisis, but you get something from everyone's p.o.v.. Ends with Stephen leaving town, the only one who doesn't believe, after Jennifer's funeral.
I was so impressed by this book. I loved the fact that Cassandra, the protagonist, was so multi-faceted. Not only was she strong and courageous, but she was also loving and giving, and therefore very appealing. The author, Catherine Knuttsson, wove in First Nations mythology, the supernatural, and herbal medicine as she told the story of a family in the future, trying to survive in a land at a time when so much was uncertain. It seemed that with every chapter, things couldn't get worse, and yet they did, over and over again, keeping me glued to the page and up at all hours of the night. I call that a good read.