Monday, December 6, 2010

Facing Tessa’s Past by Mildred Colvin

This weeks featured title is:

Facing Tessa's Past
By Mildred Colvin
HP 929
ISBN: 978-1-61626-081-1

Tessa wants to forget the past.

Tessa Stevens has a past she would rather forget. But when she comes face-to-face with a part of her past while on vacation, she is forced to reevaluate her future. Then she falls in love with the man of her dreams once again, knowing that he is as unattainable as before, and knowing she must reveal a secret she has kept for years. Will she learn to trust God or will she remain in bondage to her memories?

Blake Donovan can hardly believe his eyes when Tessa shows up in his restaurant with her three boys. He's never succeeded in erasing Tessa's memory from his mind after he ran from her eleven years ago. And now that he sees the God-changed Tessa, he can't stay away from her. But in order to win her love he knows he has to change, too. Will he yield to God's work in his life and regain the love of his life, or will he reject God and run again?

Key Bible Verse:
Luke 7:47 "Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven - as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little."

Book Excerpt:
A smile touched his face, but as far as she could tell, no recognition dawned in his eyes. Not that she needed confirmation. Her heart told her all she needed to know.

With blood pounding in her ears, Tessa turned away to speak to Derek so Blake couldn't see her face. In all her wildest imagining she would not have expected to run into Blake Donovan. The man who once held her love in the palm of his hand moved a step closer to her with every beat of her heart.
"Hey, guys." His smooth, deep voice hadn't changed. "Ma'am. Is everything all right?"
Tessa turned. Blake stood beside the table with a smile as impersonal as he'd given everyone else in the restaurant. He didn't know her. Her breath rushed out. But, with the only man she'd ever loved standing not two feet away, not only from her, but also from Derek, the son he never knew he had, how could she honestly say everything was fine?"

After a hesitation much too long, she managed to answer, "Oh yes, the pizza is very good, thank you."

"Is this your first visit to Pizza Playground?"
She nodded and held her breath as Blake stared at her. His eyes narrowed. Her gaze locked with his. Her heart pounded.

"Do I know you from somewhere?"
Blake's question came as no surprise, yet a fist seemed to close around her heart, and she couldn't speak. The wedge of pizza slipped from her unfeeling fingers and landed with a plop on her plate.

MILDRED COLVIN is a native Missourian with three children, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren. She and her husband spent most of their married life providing a home for foster children but now enjoy baby-sitting the grandchildren. Mildred writes inspirational romance novels because in them the truth of God's presence, even in the midst of trouble, can be portrayed. Her desire is to continue writing stories that uplift and encourage.

Today's Question: Have you ever experienced an awkward, "Do I know you?" moment with someone you used to be very close to? How did you react?


  1. Mine was more about me not recognizing someone. I had a friend who moved away in the 8th grade, and I saw her again senior year of high school. She was with my mom and mom kept saying "Look who it is!" And my mind was took me a good two minutes to figure out who she was! I was so embarrassed!!

  2. Mildred colvinDecember 06, 2010

    I can indentify with you on that, Kaitlin. I can't remember how many times I've seen someone I used to know well only to draw a blank while they used my name as if we'd talked just the day before. I was always too embarrassed to admit I couldn't place an old friend even while I knew I should know them right off. Days later, I'd remember!

  3. This sounds like an interesting book with a heart-warming theme of love-revisited. Best wishes for lots of success with it and all of your writing.

  4. Mildred ColvinDecember 06, 2010

    Thanks, Gail! I'm glad you stopped by. Tessa's story and the two stories that follow it were a lot of fun to write. In one way or another, I put some part of my life in each story. I hope they all are a joy to read.

  5. Thank you for sharing, Mildred - - This book sounds great! ~ Since I taught school for 21 years, there have been times when a parent of a former student has recognized me (many years later) and has approached me (in a store or restaurant) and proceeded to have a conversation. Of course I would be friendly and engage in conversation, but would be mentally wondering: "What was your name?!" LOL!

  6. Yeah, I've had a synaptic breakdown when it comes to remembering faces and names. I tend to be better at remembering titles and author's names together. :)

  7. One of my problems is that I've always had a hard time remembering names anyway. But it's really a weird feeling when your brain is teasing you with the fact that you were once close to this person who is chatting away as if you do know who they are - only you don't. :) Of course Tessa doesn't have that problem and it doesn't take Blake long to figure out who she is either. Thanks for stopping by CatMom and Erica. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who can't always remember people.