Multinomah, March 2003, 12.99, 350 pp.
They met when they were children in a Chicago orphanage. When they were old enough to leave, they legally change their name to O'Malley and moved into a home together. They were closer than most blood families so that when one of them died, the only member who doesn't have a significant other or is connected to God can't handle the loss. Stephen quits his high-pressure EMT job and heads off for parts unknown, running away from the pain that he can't cope with.
The only person he keeps in touch with is Meghan Delhart, a former trauma nurse who was blinded in an automobile accident five years ago. When Stephen finally returns home he buys a home in Silverton, Illinois, and is practically Meghan's next door neighbor. As he slowly comes to grips with his sister's death, he begins to fall in love with Meghan but she is strong in her faith and won't allow herself to love someone who doesn't share her religious beliefs.
THE RESCUER has to rescue himself and he does so in slow painful steps while his heart is breaking which immediately engages reader empathy. The hero is a good man who has seen so much tragedy in his young life and it is only when he is able to connect to God does he find the peace of mind he has been seeking for years. Dee Henderson has written another enthralling inspirational romance that showcases a character trying to cope with a terrible trauma.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner