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A Dream of His Own (Love Inspired) [Kindle Edition]

Gail Gaymer Martin
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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.

What better way for him to lend a hand than through the Dreams Come True Foundation? But helping Ava means earning her trust…and having faith that dreams of healing and family just might become reality.



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Multi-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin wrote over 50 Christian novels. She has received a Carol and Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Award. Her novel THE CHRISTMAS KITE was optioned for a Hallmark movie. Gail authored Writers Digest’s WRITING THE CHRISTIAN ROMANCE and is a co-founder of American Christian Fiction Writers. CBS local news named her one of the four best novelists. A masters degree, Gail is a counselor and worked as a university instructor. She lives in MI

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Quinn O'Neill shifted in reverse as he checked his rear and side view mirrors at ACO Hardware. He lifted his foot from the brake and inched backward from the parking spot, his mind filled with the numerous repairs needed to return his home to what it must have looked like ninety years ago when it was new. Too bad repairing himself wasn't as easy, but money wouldn't fix him.

Quinn's thoughts were interrupted by a thud, and a crunch of metal jarred his SUV. He slammed on the brake and jammed the gear into Park, then bolted outside eyeing a car embedded in his back quarter panel, the shiny black paint gouged and buckled against the woman's dark red sedan.

She glared at him from the driver's window, her eyes narrowed as determination set in her jaw. She pushed open her car door with a dramatic sweep, stepped out and slammed it. "Look what you've done." Her arm swung toward the damage. Shattered glass from the taillight dotted the asphalt, and her trunk lid had sprung loose from the lock.

Trying to monitor his frustration, he shook his head. "It wasn't my fault. I checked my mirrors." He peered back at her. "More than once." Yet in the back of his mind, he knew he'd been distracted by his thoughts. Could he have been careless?

She bustled closer. "Do you think I don't check my mirrors?"

"I have no idea, but—" Seeing tears collecting in her eyes, he felt less inclined to argue. "Are you okay?" He skimmed her frame, noticing beyond her distraught expression how attractive she was.

Her eyes snapped from him to her sedan. "I'm fine, but I can't be without a car, and if I report the accident, my insurance rates will go up. I can't afford—" Words rushed from her like air from a pricked balloon. Once she recovered, she waved her hand in the air. "Never mind. It's not your problem." She paled and pressed her hand to her heart, her fingernails painted the color of a ripe peach.

He eyed her hand. No wedding band, and probably a one-car family. Ice slid through his veins. He didn't allow himself to make mistakes. Not when it came to driving. He pulled out his wallet for his insurance information. "We should call the police."

Panic struck her face. "Police? For what? They don't care about fender-denters."

Despite her alarmed expression, he chuckled. "You mean fender-benders."

She evaded his eyes. "Whatever."

"I suppose. The police have enough to do. Neither of us is injured."

She gave a decisive nod and strode closer to her damaged sedan. When she tried to force down the trunk lid, it resisted.

"Let me help." He moved past her and forced it downward, but it refused to catch. He eyed his quarter panel damage. It fared better than her sedan. "I might have something in my car to tie it down."

When he lifted his trunk lid, a horn tooted. He gave the guy a shrug as he pointed to the damage. The man made an obscene gesture before he backed up and moved off. Quinn shook his head. What happened to kindness and compassion?

After scouring inside his trunk for a piece of rope, anything to secure the lid, he found nothing. Discouraged, he straightened. "You didn't happen to purchase something in the hardware store we could use, did you? String? Twine?

Tape?"

She shook her head. "No. Only O-rings, gaskets, washers, pipe joint compound and a wrench."

Plumbing supplies. His brow tugged upward, his curiosity spiked. What did she know about O-rings?

She leaned into her trunk and came up shaking her head. Moisture hinted in her eyes. "I'll run inside and buy—"

His chest constricted. "Let me." As he opened his wallet to pull out some bills, a blue strand beneath his backseat caught his eye. He reached in and drew out a bungee cord. He held it up. "No need. This will work."

Though she'd accepted his help, the woman remained cautious and hadn't given him the hint of a grin even though she'd made him chuckle. Still he'd spotted her smile lines traveling from her full cheeks to her well-shaped lips, the same color as her fingernails. He'd love to see her smile and to ask about the plumbing supplies. Instead, he focused on the situation, winding the cord around the bumper and through the inside workings of the trunk until he secured the lid. "I'll follow you to a body shop."

"A body shop?" She closed her eyes, the strain evident on her face. "I have no idea where one is." She shook her head. "I'll…I'll drive home and call a friend." She glanced at her watch. "Lexie should be home."

Quinn's jaw slacked, hearing the uncommon name. "Lexie Fox?"

She drew back, her eyes widening. "Do you know her?"

"She and Ethan are members of my church."

Her eyes glazed as if unable to comprehend what he'd said. "Really?"

"Really."

She gazed at him without a response, her face taut.

He rubbed his hands together, sensing he had to do something to relieve her stress. "I'm here. There's a body shop a few blocks from here on Main Street. Randy will give you a free estimate."

"Free?"

"No charge."

Her eyes narrowed. "Why are you doing this?"

Something about her tugged at his heart as he managed to grin. "I'm a nice guy."

Her suspect expression melted. "I guess you are."

Quinn had to look away to stop his pulse from racing. "It's on my way home." He eyed his SUV's damage, his heart sinking. "I'll follow you to keep an eye on your trunk. If it pops up, pull over."

Her shoulders lifted in a sigh. "Thanks." She rotated her wrist and looked at her watch. "I'll be late getting home. I should call my son."

A son. Blurred memories raced through his mind.

She delved into her handbag, pulled out a cell phone and pressed a couple of buttons.

Though he stepped back, her voice reached him.

"Bran. This is Mom." She pressed her lips together as she listened. "You want to what?" The corners of her mouth pulled down. "Okay, but be home by eight. No later and no excuses."

Quinn's lungs constricted as the boy's baritone voice murmured from her cell phone so like his son's.

"No. I'm running a little late. I didn't want you to worry." She paused as if ready to disconnect. Instead she pulled the phone back to her ear. "Did you take your pills?" She nodded.

"Good. Now remember. Eight o'clock. And no excuses, Brandon." She clicked off and slipped the phone into her handbag.

Quinn waited, a multitude of questions rattling in his head—questions about her son, about the medication and about her and the hint of tears.

She looked into the distance and said nothing.

Silence pressed against his ears. He'd lived with silence and had accepted it as a way of life, but this was different. He wanted to know her.

"Why do problems always come in a row?" Her voice caught him off guard, and when he looked at her, her eyes said far more than her words.

"I don't know." His guilt-riddled thoughts intensified as he reviewed checking his mirrors. Since the tragic accident, he'd become overly cautious. But had he been today? "Problems multiply." His certainly had.

As if the wind had been knocked out of her, she nodded. "My son is bugging me about his learner's permit. He's completing his classes, and every day he asks and whines about why I'm not enthusiastic. Once he starts driving, my insurance will…" Her brows furrowed.

He suspected she'd picked up on his distraction. He struggled to dig himself from the deep crevice. "Teens can be persistent."

His feeble response hung in the air as he diverted the conversation by giving her directions to the body shop. In the driver's seat, he pulled forward to give her room to back out while the sound of grating metal assaulted his ears.

She maneuvered the sedan into the lane and drove ahead, her trunk lid bouncing with each bump in the road.

When they reached Main Street, she followed his instructions and turned left. Quinn eyed her short brown hair glinting in the sunlight through the rear window. He had to admit she was attractive with skin like cream, not one blemish, and intense hazel eyes. He liked her independence. She didn't jump at his offer to help. She'd considered it first, eyeing him with suspicion. She'd been smart to question his motives and probably questioned why a stranger would offer to help.

She'd given evidence of being a single mom. The burden of decisions about her son's driving, the cost of insurance and even a trip to the hardware seemed to rest on her shoulders. He tried to picture her doing her own plumbing. Her feminine frame looked sturdy enough to handle a wrench, but her manicured nails and slender arms didn't fit any plumber he'd seen. Then again, not wearing a wedding band didn't negate being married. But why not call a plumber? That's what he did.

Quinn's thoughts snapped back to the situation at hand. He concentrated so much on her trunk lid he'd forgotten the damage to his own vehicle. He needed an estimate, too. The who-was-at-fault issue dug deep in his mind, but seeing her financial concern and the difficulty of being without a car, he wondered if he should take the blame. It was an accident.

Without warning, the word cut to his heart. Accidents should never happen. Everyone knew that. They were excuses for carelessness and for.

Quinn grappled with his frustration, Frustration meant defeat, and he was done with that. He clamped his jaw, his grip tight on the steering wheel as if the action could control his indecision.

A red light caught him unaware, and he jammed his foot on the brake, thanking the Lord he didn't hit the back of the woman's car again. The woman? He cringed. They hadn't e...


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  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373877463
  • Publisher: Love Inspired (June 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JJEVQO
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream of His Own June 5, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are three little words that can always put a smile on my face: Gail Gaymer Martin. Sometimes it can take a few books for me to become a fan of an author, but that was not the case with Gail. I became a fan right away and that has not changed.

A Dream of His Own is the third and final book in the Dreams Come True Series. Each book in this series deals with a child who has an illness and his or her parent finding true love again. I loved the theme of this series because we all have dreams and very often we don't have the faith or trust to believe that God wants those dreams to come true for us. That was certainly the case for Quinn and Ava and Ava's teenaged son, Brandon who was battling Hodgkin's. These are three very lovable people who need each other more than they realize and each has their own issues that keeps people at an arm's length. But, as each learns to trust God and heal, things begin to change and we see a sweet, little family begin to emerge.

I always come away from Gail's books with a warm and happy feeling. I always feel a renewed sense of God's love and how simple and easy it can be to call on Him and feel His love. I saw so much of that love in this story. I know this is just a story, but we see the miracles, both big and small, in our everyday lives if we are paying attention.

I am always amazed by how visual Gail's books are. She writes in such a way that allows me to see the beautiful settings. In this book, it is the beautiful setting of Quinn's home and his gardens. I love the colors and the changes that take place and how it symbolizes the changes taking place in the hearts of Quinn, Ava and Brandon.

A Dream of His Own was everything I was hoping it would be. I knew I would not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream of His Own June 4, 2012
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When a fender-bender in a parking lot launches single mom Ava Darnell into wealthy magnate Quinn O'Neill's life, sparks fly. Both characters have lost their spouses and both have developed poor coping mechanisms to continue living. Ava clutches her self-sufficient pride, while guilt prods Quinn to get rid of his money at every turn.

Gail Gaymer Martin has written another sure-to-please love story for Christian romance fans. Interwoven in the romance are down-to-earth struggles of raising a chronically ill child and unresolved grief.

Emotionally challenged by their grief, that's where the characters' similarities end. Ava is an outgoing amateur interior designer, while Quinn is perfectly happy to sit inside the beige walls of his drab mansion telecommuting. Or at least he thinks he is--until Ava enters the picture. The problems they face are realistically portrayed.

As a mother of a teenage son, I find Ava's overprotective nature toward son Brandon, in remission from cancer, very relatable. Ms. Martin does a brilliant job of balancing the characters' angst with their growth. Sparks fly not only when Ava and Quinn disagree but when their romantic chemistry comes alive on the page. As their relationship grows, so does their spiritual maturity, and both learn with God, all things are possible.

As this is the third book in the Dreams Come True series, loose ends are tied up, and romance readers will find the ending very satisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Series Finale - Superb Ending June 14, 2012
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Finally the third book in the Dream Come True series is here! I've been waiting for this moment for a while and I can say easily that Gail did not disappoint with A Dream of His Own. And we also find out the story of the secret donor for the Dreams Come True Foundation.

Quinn O'Neill is recovering from the devastation of losing his wife and 15 year old son in a car accident. He's relocated to a new home away from all the memories. He's trying to change who he is and how he lives. This includes funding the Dreams Come True Foundation.

Ava Darnell has gone through her own struggles as well. She is a widow and her 15 year old son, Brandon, is in remission from Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Being a single mother is not an easy job and comes with many trials. One of those is figuring out when to trust her son and when to allow him more freedom. It's a difficult balancing act.

Quinn and Ava meet when his car backs in to hers... or does she back into him? Instantly you feel the chemistry between the two. They are a delightful couple and it was fun to watch them overcome their pasts and move on to their future with each other.

I really enjoyed following along as Brandon's relationship with both his mom and Quinn grew. I have a five year old son and I know some day I will be crossing similar dilemmas with him as he grows into a man. Brandon's feelings were accurate and heartfelt for what he's gone through in his short life. Gail created a wonderful character you connect with and cheer on throughout the novel.

Gail always uses wonderful insight from God's Word to express her story. In this book, she uses Jeremiah 29:11.

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! March 9, 2014
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Gail Gaymer Martin’s A Dream of His Own is a heart-warming touching story about two widowed adults struggling through their daily lives with regrets and hurts that prevent them from really living life. Quinn O’Neill lost his wife and son in a tragic accident and has been frozen in fear ever since. A fender bender with Ava Darnell, a single mom who has trust issues, forces Quinn to confront his fears head on. Ava won’t trust Quinn as long as there are secrets but he has vowed to keep some things a secret indefinitely—like the fact that he’s the major donor of the Dreams Come True Foundation (through which he longs to provide much-needed aid to Ava and her son). He can’t share his secret until he knows he can trust her to keep it but he can’t trust her until she trusts him, which won’t happen until there are no secrets. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions full of plenty of conflict between the hero and the heroine, not to mention the typical conflict between the heroine and her teenage son, Brandon. He longs to have a male role model in his life and Ava begins to feel replaced by Quinn. Brandon has been her life since the death of her husband and realizing that he’s growing up and doesn’t need her quite as much causes her to recognize she’s forgotten how to be Ava, a woman. This story is part of a series. I didn’t read the others in the series (yet) but Gail writes in such a way that you can pick up any of her books and read them out of order. There was great characterization, plot, and structure to this story. I won’t tell you anymore about though. You’ll have to read it for yourself.
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Award-winning author, Gail Gaymer Martin writes romantic suspense, romance and women's fiction for Love Inspired and also has novels published with Barbour Publishing. She has over 3-1/2 million books in print. Her books have received numerous national awards including: Romantic Times Reviewers Choice and the American Christian Romance Writers Carol for her romantic suspense, A Love for Safekeeping. Gail's novel The Christmas Kite, a Holt Medallion finalist, was optioned for a Hallmark television movie. She was awarded 2009 Heartsong Presents Author of the Year, and CBS local news listed Gail as one of the top four writers in the Detroit area. Gail is the author of Writer's Digest, Writing The Christian Romance. She is a cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a popular keynote speaker. She grew up in a Detroit suburb and continues to live in Oakland County. She has a Bachelor and Masters degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Before writing, she was a high school guidance counselor and previously a high school English and public speaking teacher. For 5 years, Gail worked as an adjunct instructor of English and public speaking at Davenport University. Her web site not only shows her published and upcoming books, but also has Gail's Kitchen, a popular stop for people who love to cook and a section called For Writers where she provides numerous articles, workshop logs, and frequently asked questions about writing and getting published. Visit her web site at www.gailgaymermartin.com. Visit her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GailGMartin

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