Last in the Dreams Come True Series, A Dream of His Own opens with two characters so lost in their own worlds of turmoil they don’t even see each other. Until their cars crash in to one another.
Ava Darnell is quick to pass the blame; a fender bender is just the latest in a line of unwanted obstacles in her life. But Quinn O’Neill’s response is just the opposite. He agrees to pay for the repairs, in full, never questioning which of them may have been at fault. It takes a while before they develop a friendship, and they continue to observe each other from a cautious distance, seeing through the shaded eyes of past faults and failures.
Ava continues to worry and over-protect her 15-year-old son, Brandon, who pushes her away as often as possible. In remission from Hodgkin’s Disease, he resents the fact that she lives as if she expects the disease to return at any time. It is Quinn who helps her see that living that way is not really living at all; advice that would serve him well if he could also learn to follow it.
Because they live cautious lives, Ava and Quinn keep their relationship, once it develops into a bit more than friendship, a secret from Brandon. This further complicates their path, and gives them more room for doubt when away from each other.
But the path to healing can’t be rushed, and each character, Brandon included, must learn to recognize and trust the motives of one another before their relationships can grow and blossom.
I have enjoyed each of the Dreams Come True series by Gail Gaymer Martin. Her characters through the series continue to support each other, and their friendships are as refreshing as their love stories. She is right. With faith, love and caring people, dreams really can come true.