Tuesday, March 1, 2011


REVIEW by Barb Shelton - "A DAD OF HIS OWN" - By Gail Gaymer Martin

This is a heart rendering story about eight year old Cooper Carlson, a little boy without a dad, his mother Lexie Carlson, and their friend Ethan Fox, a widower.

There was no lack of excitement in this story to keep your interest. Every page and paragraph was written with the excellent skill of Gail Gaymer Martin who writes for Love Inspired books

”A Dad of His Own” begins with emphasis up front as Lexie and her best friend Kelsey are attending a support group meeting for Mothers of Special Kids. The speaker, Ethan Fox represented the Dreams Come True Foundation, a charitable organization that provided seriously ill children their dream. Following the meeting, Lexie was curious about Ethan’s talk and the author cleverly brought them together to talk about Cooper. Gail Martin’s book is impossible to put down from the start.

Cooper Carlson, the young son of single mother Lexie Carlson, is a cancer patient. Eventually, Lexie invited Ethan to her home to meet Cooper. Ethan arrived with a gift for Cooper, a well thought out gesture to help Cooper enjoy a pastime of his own. The gift became an essential tool in helping Cooper learn about God’s creation in a personal way. Ethan took an immediate interest in befriending Cooper, not because of pity, but of mentoring. Cooper immediately loved Ethan and the two of them became close. He felt an attraction to Lexie, but sensed her reserve and reticense toward him. Lexie knows nothing of the grace and mercy of Jesus; whereas Ethan is a faithful child of God. Cooper has questions as to why they don’t pray in their home
Gail has covered some edgy topics in her story. Lexie, alone and bruised from past relationships is a survivor and had no choice but to move on with her life. She was the sole protector and provider of then baby Cooper. She became employed as a graphic artist that granted her the ability of affording a home and sustenance for Cooper and herself.

The readers will go through the sorrow and worry of Cooper’s and Lexie’s ups and downs Speaking as a reader, the story is so real and the characters so full of mixed emotions that one shares a kinship with them, God’s presence is seen and felt throughout this story. This is probably a good place to end this review to make way for the surprises yet to come. This story is so exciting that the temptation to reveal this story's ending is too strong. You’ll need to get you own copy of Gail Gaymer Martin’s exclusive story about some edgy subjects for Christian authors and readers to handle. Gail writes with reality about serious times of a little boy’s life and all their relationships of love and God becoming real in lives. Enjoy the read!

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