Dinner at the St. James by Sandra Robbins
Tave Spencer has lost her heart to Daniel Luckett, but he is determined to run from their love.
Knowing that he can't provide her the luxury-filled life Matthew Chandler offers, Daniel decides to leave town, telling Tave that someday she'll realize he is right. She should marry Matthew and join the social elite who dine at the exclusive St. James restaurant. But as Daniel prepares to go, Tave suggests that his real problem is that he can't love anyone because his heart is so filled with hate toward those who have wronged him.
Will Tave find healing for her broken heart as the wife of Matthew and mistress of his plantation home? Will Daniel find the peace that he so desperately seeks? And will Tave and Daniel discover the plans God has for them together - or will they wait until it is too late?
Mark 11:26--But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
"I'm not the man for you, Tave."
She straightened to her full height. "Don't I get to decide that on my own?"
Daniel shook his head. "No. I'm going to decide it for you. I'm a drifter with no money or family. I want you to understand I have nothing to giver you."
She stared at him. "Can you give me love?"
His eyes grew wide. "Wh - what?"
She squared her shoulders and clenched her fists at her side. "Savannah told me she could tell that you're in love with me. As embarrassing as it is for me to ask, I have to know. Do you love me?"
He hesitated for a moment, and she held her breath. His shoulders drooped as if his whole body had deflated. "Yes, I love you. More than I ever thought it was possible to love someone else."
Her heart pounded, and she frowned. "Then what's the problem? I've fought my feelings for you, but I can't anymore." She stepped closer. "I love you, too, Daniel."
He held up his hands as if to warn her to stay back. "No, I won't saddle you with a man who can't give you everything that Matthew can."
"Matthew?" she gasped. "What does he have to do with this? I don't love him. I love you."
He reached out and grabbed her by the shoulders. "It doesn't matter. I won't keep you from the life you deserve." He released her with such force that she stumbled back. "I have to leave."
Icy fear gripped her. "Leave?"
"Yes. When I'm gone, you'll know I was right."
SANDRA ROBBINS and her husband live in a small college town where she grew up in Tennessee. Until a few years ago she was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full-time writer. It is prayer that God will use her words to plant seeds of hope in the lives of her readers. To find out more about Sandra and her books, go to her website at http://sandrarobbins.net/.
Have you ever had something you loved that wasn't the best thing for your life?