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Samaritan
by Robin Bayne   

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Romance

Publisher:  By Grace Publishing Type: 
Pages: 

100

Copyright:  Feb 23, 2007
Fiction

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Short and *sweet* inspirational romance! This story may leave you craving sweets!

“What do you mean, he’s gone?” Rachel Martin looked up from her menu-planner to see her sister waving an envelope in the air. She tapped her foot impatiently under the wood dining table.
“I mean,” Sandy said, tilting her red head and extending the envelope, “Davie’s gone, and he left you this.”
Rachel’s spine straightened, and she squeezed the bridge of her nose before taking the envelope. Willing her hand not to tremble, she opened the unsealed flap and shook out two crisp sheets of folded paper. While Sandy waited, Rachel began to read silently.

“My dearest Rachelle,


I’m so sorry to depart so abruptly, but I’ve accepted a once-in-a-lifetime offer to study under France’s top pastry chef. What an opportunity! I had to leave immediately or risk losing the position, and I apologize for everything, but I must find my true calling. Enclosed is a letter for the bank, giving you full access to the company account. Say farewell to dear Sandra for me, and have a wonderful life using your incredible culinary talents. You’ve been a marvelous partner, but this is what I must do with my future.
Au Revoir, Davie.”

Rachel lowered the page. The smell of baking bread permeated the small shop, which she usually loved. Now it seemed to gag her.
What about what she wanted? Had Davie even considered that? What about her future?
“What are you thinking?” Sandy asked, studying Rachel through narrowed eyes and a sprinkling of light brown freckles.
Rachel sighed, jiggled her knees and pinched her nose again. What was she thinking? She mentally calculated the cost of the new equipment she’d just ordered, the large supply of goods on their way and the catering jobs lined up for the next few weeks. Silently she gave Sandy the note, and pushed her chair back from the table with a scrape of wood across wood.
She paced from glass encased counter to the glass front door, running her hand across the clean, smooth surfaces. Her stomach remained down near her toes, and now burned with the adrenalin of panic. What was she going to do without Davie? This was his business, his life–he’d hired her right out of high school because she could decorate a complex, three-tiered wedding cake like a pro. Everything else she knew about food preparation, booking jobs and organizing parties had come from him; had been his area of expertise.
“So what now?” Sandy’s brows knit together in concern, her worried expression fortifying the pounding in Rachel’s temples.
“I’m not sure.” Long moments passed with only the ticking of the wall clock and the refrigerator’s hum.
“Should we try to track him down? Make him listen to reason?”
Rachel considered it for just a moment, but shook her head. “No. If he wants to go off and start a new life, or improve the one he has, it’s not up to us to try and stop him.”
“Am I out of a job?” Sandy tapped the table with her long, pink painted nails. “Are you out of a job? Are we closing Davie’s Desserts?”  
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Synopsis: When Rachel Martin’s partner abandons their catering business, she’s left with bills and obligations–and no one in Portlandville is willing to take a chance on helping her. No one, that is, except for Timothy Gardner, who stands to lose his restaurant’s reputation if Rachel can’t fill his orders. As he gets to know Rachel, Tim finds himself reluctantly wanting to play the part of The Good Samaritan.


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Sure to Satisfy
Once again, multi-talented author Robin Bayne serves up a story that's sure to satisfy reader appetites. With just the right mix of life lessons, spiritual growth, and romance, she cooks up a delectable story that proves faith can sweeten even the most distasteful of situations. As an added treat, yummy Jason tickles your taste buds in The Good Samaritan's sequel, The Prodigal Son. (Reviewed by Loree Lough, multi-published, award-winning author of 53 novels.)


Good from the Opening Line
From the opening line of THE GOOD SAMARITAN, where Rachel's world is in complete disarray, Robin Bayne writes a story about one of the greatest lessons Jesus ever taught--to love one another. The reader can't help but turn the pages as she goes on a journey with Rachel and Tim where it seems at times their very goals are working against one another. Ms. Bayne does not disappoint, leaving the reader with a satisfying ending and the promise of more enchanting stories to come.--

Lori Soard, author of romantic comedies and homeschooling mom ---www.lorisoard.com



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