Facing Tessa's Past
By Mildred Colvin
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."
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?