Monday, July 09, 2012

Gail Gaymer Martin's A Dream of His Own ~ Reviewed

Gail Gaymer Martin
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Steeple Hill Books
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0373877463


The only thing philanthropist Quinn O'Neill wants is to forget the accident that took his wife and son. He doesn't expect a fender bender with a lovely stranger to change his life in a major way. Struggling single mom Ava Darnell and her teenage son have their own hardships.


A Dream of His Own is about two adults who have gone through terrible losses.  Quinn O’Neil leaves the big city and his big business to escape in a small town after an accident takes the life of his wife and son.  Ava Darnell is trying to cope with the loss of her husband, while at the same time praying that her 15 year old son stays in remission after a bout of cancer.  They unexpectedly “run into each other” during a fender bender and feel an instant connection.  But as their relationship grows, so does the friction between them, as they are both keeping secrets about their pasts from each other. 

I really enjoyed this book.  At times, you really thought they just might not make it as a couple.  There were a few times when I wanted to give Ava a talking to because of her attitude, but she eventually let the Lord lead and help her.  This was a really good book.  I think my favorite character was Brandon, Ava’s son.  He started out  as a bitter teenager and grew into a really nice young man.  I do wish the book talked about salvation.  She talked about the characters going to church, reading the Word, and trusting the Lord, but never brought up salvation.  I would have liked to see that fit in there somewhere.

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

1 comment:

Gail Gaymer Martin said...

Hi Sarah - Thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Sorry you were disappointed in the lack of salvation message. I don't want to overwhelm readers wtih spirituality messages. I aim for one basic message of trust, forgiveness, faith, giving our lives to the Lord, etc and hope that the message draws them closer and that salvation is something they learn or already understand. I know that's sometimes disappointing but I believe that Christian fiction is like Jesus' parables except modern day stories that explain a biblical truth. Jesus' parables didn't focus on salavation either. Hopefully a strengthened faith brings salvation closer. Thanks for the review, for liking the story and hopefully for undersanding why I don't try to make my stories too heavy with message. Fiction is first to entertain and next to share a biblical truth with readers. That's always been my goal and I've been so very blessed.
Thanks again.