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Guiding Light: Jonathan's Story [Kindle Edition]

Julia London , Alina Adams
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Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Julia London comes the passionate, suspenseful novel based on Guiding Light, the 2007 Emmy Award-winning daytime drama.

When his true love Tammy Winslow died saving his life, Jonathan Randall had only one reason left for existing: his baby daughter Sarah. But Sarah's great-grandfather, powerful millionaire Alan Spaulding, was obsessed with bringing her up himself. Faking his death, Jonathan fled Springfield, leaving only his mother Reva Shayne aware he and Sarah were still alive.

After being on the run for months, Jonathan comes to the sleepy town of Tourmaline, California, with no intention of staying. But ten-month-old Sarah seems strangely happy here, and Jonathan himself feels an inexplicable pull toward the town. It's almost as if Tammy's ghost were whispering to him that he should stay for a while. But life is hard for a bad boy trying to turn good, until a local young woman comes into his life.

Aubrey Cross isn't quite sure what attracts her to this stranger in Tourmaline. Perhaps it's his dark good looks; perhaps it's because she too has always felt as if she doesn't belong in Tourmaline, even though her father is the popular town sheriff. Aubrey alone knows that this pillar of the community is in reality a sadistic abuser.

And, of course, with a past like Jonathan's, it's no surprise that life doesn't stay peaceful in Tourmaline for long. Sheriff Zeke Cross is sure there are some secrets buried, and he's not going to rest until he uncovers them. Can Reva protect Jonathan and Sarah before they're discovered by the dangerous Alan Spaulding?

Featuring some of Guiding Light's favorite characters, Jonathan's Story is the passionate tale of how Jonathan may have finally found a second chance for true love...but who knows better than Jonathan how quickly everything you love can be ripped away from you?

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About the Author

Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hazards of Hunting a Duke (the first novel in her Desperate Debutantes trilogy), Highlander Unbound (a finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Historical Romance), Highlander in Disguise, and Highlander in Love (also a finalist for the RITA Award) -- all published by Pocket Star Books. She also contributed a short story, "The Merchant's Gift," to the anthology The School for Heiresses. Her other romantic novels include the Rogues of Regent Street trilogy. She lives in Austin, Texas. You can write to Julia at P.O. Box 228, Georgetown, Texas 78627, or email her at

Alina Adams is Creative Content Producer for As The World Turns and Guiding Light. She is also the author of The Figure Skating Mystery series of books.

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Reva Shayne felt the back of her car fishtail as she careered around a bend in the country road and cried out with fear. But she didn't dare take her foot off the gas and risk losing sight of her son. Instead, she gripped the wheel tighter and sped up, catching sight of the bumper of Jonathan's car just as it rounded another curve, still in pursuit of Alan Spaulding's limousine.

This was Alan's fault! Showing up at Tammy's funeral. What did he think would happen? What did he think Jonathan would do when Alan laughed at his grief, called it a performance? Reva should've taken Alan out right there, clubbed him with a prayer book or an angel statue, left him for dead. Because of Alan, Tammy was gone forever and now Reva feared what Jonathan would do in retaliation.

She rounded another corner, banking the car wide and praying no one was coming toward her on the other side of the road. She quickly straightened her car out and resumed her reckless speed. Ahead of her, she could see a cloud of dust where Alan's and Jonathan's cars must have turned onto a gravel road.

As she raced ahead, she tried to banish the image of Jonathan's shattered expression when they'd wheeled Tammy's casket out of the church, the weight of his grief so evident in the slope of his shoulders. "Focus," Reva admonished herself, blinking back tears.

She'd had a feeling Jonathan was going to do something crazy, in spite of his assurances that he wouldn't. Not while he had her grandbaby Sarah with him. But she'd heard it in his voice, seen it in his eyes. Something she hadn't seen there in a long time, not since Tammy's love had changed him. "We won't be safe," he'd said.. "He won't stop until he has Sarah. He'll kidnap her." He never stopped looking at his daughter in Reva's arms as he spoke.

Reva knew Jonathan was right. Little Sarah, born to Alan's granddaughter Lizzie and Jonathan -- was the heir to the Spaulding empire, and Alan had vowed to keep her in his family so she could be raised properly -- as a Spaulding. That Sarah was rightfully with her father made no difference to him -- what Alan wanted, Alan got, at any cost. Just look what he'd done to Tammy. Good, sweet Tammy. How do you get over something like that? How do you survive when someone murders the love of your life?

Maybe you survive by seeking comfort in your infant daughter. And maybe you survive by seeking revenge. Reva knew Jonathan was planning something. She knew because they were alike. Quick to anger and slow to forgive. That was why she had come back to the church.

It was a miracle she'd seen them at all -- Alan's sleek black limo cruising along the outskirts of Springfield, Jonathan's green sedan following closely behind. Reva had had a feeling in the pit of her belly -- whatever Jonathan thought he was doing, she had to stop him. She'd tried to catch up to them, but had lost them in the many turns of the road, and had just caught up to them again.

She whipped her car onto the gravel lane and the car bounced along the rough road. She drove between two barns, and out through barren fields. She could barely make out the cars ahead of her through the dust, but she saw the limousine make an abrupt left in between two silos. She did not see Jonathan's car follow it.

She did not see Jonathan's car.

"No," she said, and gripped the wheel tighter. "No no no no...."

She reached a curve in the road and saw the signpost warning that the edge of the quarry lay straight ahead, and her heart sank. "Jonathan!" she screamed, and slammed on the brakes so hard that her car slid into a patch of evergreen trees. Reva threw open her car door and pushed through the tree branches.

She heard a loud scraping noise as she ran down an old walking path marked with the fresh tread of tires. She reached the edge of the quarry just in time to hear the sickening crash of metal and glass against rock, and saw the car explode upon impact at the bottom. Her mind could not comprehend it -- her son was in that car! So was his baby, Sarah, a tiny little being with so much life ahead of her!

As the flames roared and rose higher, it seemed to Reva that the world was suddenly spinning the wrong way. She opened her mouth to cry for help, but what came out was a scream, a blood-curdling scream of her son's name. "Jonathan! Jonathan! Jonathan!"

Another explosion sent a fireball into the air, and Reva screamed again.

Out of nowhere Alan appeared at her side -- Alan Spaulding, the monster who had caused this tragedy. Horrified, he watched as the flames engulfed the car that had carried his beloved Sarah, his heir, his future, his salvation.

It seemed impossible, unreal to Reva, as if she was watching a bad movie. No amount of screaming would make it stop; the car just kept burning and burning, the flames growing higher and more ferocious, burning with them all her hopes for a son who had known more pain in his life than a body ought to, burning all her dreams for her granddaughter.

They were gone. Her hopes and dreams for them. The son she'd fought so hard to tame, the son who finally came to believe he was loved. Jonathan and Sarah, gone just like that - as long as it had taken that car to sail from the top of the cliff to the bottom of the quarry.

It was all gone.

Copyright © 2007 by Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc.


Aubrey Cross liked to do her shopping when most everyone else in the dusty town of Tourmaline, California, was sitting down to dinner in front of the TV. The fewer people she ran into who knew her or her family, the better, and in Tourmaline, it was impossible to go anywhere without someone knowing her because of her dad. That was because he was Ezekiel "Zeke" Cross -- the county sheriff, which he'd been as far back as Aubrey could remember -- who made this godforsaken town his home.

Everyone who knew Zeke loved Zeke -- everyone except Aubrey. She couldn't stand him. One might go so far as to say she hated Zeke. And hating Zeke made her the town's pariah.

Okay, maybe not the town's pariah -- she did have one friend. Sort of. Not the kind of friend she'd go to lunch with and then go shopping with, because Aubrey wasn't much of a shopper, and they'd only recently become friendly at work. But Noelle Fischer was someone Aubrey could talk to, and she had the feeling that Noelle was really on her side.

Aubrey didn't get that feeling from most people in Tourmaline, and while she wasn't exactly a pariah, she sure felt that way sometimes.

She just didn't fi t in with the sleepy pace of this town. Her mom used to talk about how different the town had been when she was a kid, when they were still mining tourmaline here and the economy was thriving. But the tourmaline had been mined up before Aubrey was born, and most people who wanted to make a good living had moved to San Diego or Phoenix. To Aubrey's way of thinking, that left the old people, the deadbeats, and those with no ambition in life -- the very sort of people who were easily infl uenced by a bully like her father.

He was a bully, maybe even worse, even if she was the only person who knew it.

Just this afternoon, they'd had another verbal brawl. He wanted her to move back home. When she'd come back for Mom's funeral three months ago -- and ended up staying for reasons that had seemed noble at the time, but now seemed insane -- he didn't like that she hadn't come home to be with him. Zeke said her living in the small apartment she rented when he had a big house right in the middle of town left her open to talk.

But Aubrey knew it was because he couldn't control her as easily if she wasn't under his thumb.

"I'm only going to be in town another month, if even that, "she'd said warily when he'd started in on her again today. She'd watched him walking around her little apartment, his hands on his gun belt, that ever- present sneer on his lips as he looked at the few things of Mom's she'd managed to salvage before he threw all her mother's belongings away.

Most women thought Zeke Cross was handsome -- tall, dark- haired, with a nice smile when he decided to summon it -- but Aubrey thought he was the ugliest man on earth. She could hardly bear to look at him when she said, "I'm going back to San Diego so I can start school with the fall session."

"And what are you going to live on, your good looks and charm?" he asked snidely. "You don't have any money, and I'm sure as hell not giving you any. I'm done throwing money down black holes, especially now that your mother is gone."

She winced at the stab of pain caused by the reminder of her mother's death. As for the money, she couldn't care less. It had been three years since Aubrey had lived at home. Three years since she'd earned enough money to move to San Diego and start college. In those three years, she'd never forgotten how abusive her father was, but the pain of it had faded. Now, she was sorely reminded of how debilitating his nastiness could be to one's psyche, and he was just getting warmed up.

By the time he'd left her apartment, she'd been reduced to the size of a garden gnome.

She was still feeling unsettled when she pulled into the lot of the local supermarket and parked. She pulled a black corduroy newsboy cap down over her eyes, which did nothing to keep people from recognizing her, but made her feel as if she couldn't see them. She pushed her short, black hair behind her ears, straightened her black T-shirt advertising the band Radiohound, which she wore over a pair of low-rise, tightfitting jeans, topped with a killer metal belt she'd picked up in San Diego, and got out of her car.

She checked herself in the refl ection of the car window -- she liked her style, which her friend Franny at college said was a cross between urban hip- hop and California tree hugger. Frankly, Franny -- a performance artist -- had introduced Aubrey to style, all of it different and expressive and so much better than what seemed to be the standard uniform for women in Tourmaline -- capris and a white shirt.

Aubrey lifted the lo...

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  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (September 18, 2007)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GL Fans Celebrate! September 18, 2007
At last, Jonathan! I was so happy to hear they were putting out a book for Jonathan and it does not disappoint. Reva's anguish, Alan's evil, Aubrey's circumstances, and Jonathan's strength, determination, and love for Sarah all come out on the page. I didn't know what would happen when he lost Tammy, his soul mate, but a character like Jonathan can't let grief overwhelm him when he has Sarah to protect. Life triumphs. Jonathan rocks!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love reading more of Jonathan's Story September 18, 2007
By Jeven
I love this book because the author really captured Jonathan's character. Jonathan is passionate, tempermental, sarcastic, loving -- all the elements that made him a great character on Guiding Light are present. I especially enjoyed Jonathan's devotion to his daughter and his struggle to give her a better childhood than he experienced. The development of his relationship with Aubrey was carefully portrayed and respectful of Jonathan's grief for Tammy. And the Reva and Jonathan moments, though brief, were just right. I really enjoyed this book -- it definitely exceeded my expectations!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW September 23, 2007
The book was great. It really stayed true to the character of Jonathan. I couldn't put this book down. The only time I put it down was when I couldn't hold my eyes open any longer. I could read this book again and again. I hope and pray that there will be a second book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Jonathan Randall's life was never easy. He is the biological son of a Prince who was raised by an alcoholic bully. The love of his cousin/wife Tammy Winslow helped him recover. During a break between him and Tammy, Jonathan had made a baby with Lizzy Spaulding the grandaughter of super rich Alan Spaulding.

Alan Spaulding did not like Jonathan and did everything he could take baby Sarah from Jonathan. He went to far though when he tried to kill Jonathan and ended up murdering Tammy. After Tammy's death Jonathan ran his car off of a cliff to make it seem that he and Sarah died, but they didnt. The only person that knew he was really alive was his mother Reva Shayne.

After several months Jonathan reached Tourmaline, California. He didnt want to stop but felt that Tammy was there with them in Tourmaline telling him to stay. Another factor was Aubrey Cross the daughter of Sherrif Zeke Cross. Jonathan doesnt want to get involved with her, but he is lonley, and she is good with Sarah.

Will Alan Spaulding find out where Jonathan is? What will happen with Jonathan and Aubrey? Read Joanthan's Story
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan's Story September 21, 2007
I absolutely loved this book...Got it on the 12th of Sept. and finished it by the 13th,my birthday...What a great present!
The characters were right on the mark! I could actually visualize each scene,character and surroundings with Julia's descriptions. I loved the adventure and excitement building,the character interactions and the whole overall story. I am a huge Jammy fan and thought I'd hate seeing Jon move on but Aubrey's character was hard not to like and when Tammy lets it be known that she approves of Jon and Aubrey moving on together it made it that much easier to accept! Thank You for a well written book..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GUIDED BY THE LIGHT February 2, 2012
When "bad boy" Jonathan Randall fakes his and his daughter's death in Springfield, he is protecting his daughter from her great-grandfather Alan Spaulding. The wealthy billionaire is convinced that Sarah Randall is his to raise.

Reva Shayne, Jonathan's mother, has her own need to protect them both. She believes she could have done more to protect Jonathan as a child. She knows that Jonathan and Sarah are on the run, and they keep in touch via a prearranged set of signals.

Tammy Winslow, Jonathan's wife and love, died at the hand of Alan Spaulding, when he was trying to kill Jonathan. So her spirit is guiding him and Sarah as they journey away from the threat that stalks them.

In this captivating spin-off from Guiding Light, the now defunct soap opera, Guiding Light: Jonathan's Story provides a glimpse of the life lived by the presumed dead Jonathan, and how he finally starts to move on from the past.

In Tourmaline, California, Jonathan starts to think that he may have found a place to finally settle down. And the gorgeous Aubrey Cross seems like a kindred spirit and someone who can help him do that. But just as they finally begin to trust in one another, a dark and ominous presence hovers over them in the form of her abusive father, Sheriff Zeke Cross. How did Zeke find the evidence he needed in order to maintain control over Aubrey? How will he use Jonathan's secrets to betray him?

I loved the soap Guiding Light, and when this book was published, it was still a viable series. I loved reading the book and discovering Jonathan's journey into the light of his future with his new love. I felt as though the characters were real, since I watched them on the show for many years. I would recommend this book to anyone who ever enjoyed the soap, as well as others who love a good romantic suspense tale. Five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED It February 18, 2009
This book is amazing. My husband bought this for me as an anniversary gift because he knew i loved the show and i completely agree with the other comments. This book stays so true to the characters that it portrays that its almost not a book but more of a movie because it jumps out to you in just such a way. You really cant put it down. I have had this book for a year or so and in that time ive read it at least 5 times. I also hope that they make another book that lets us know whats going on with him and sarah now that he hasnt been on the show in so long and it doesnt look like hes coming back any time soon. One last thing that i loved in the book was the imagery, I found the book very erotic when the scenes between johnathan and aubrey were being described. It was quite an experience, and one that I highly recommend to everyone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book for Guiding Light fans and particularly Jonathan fans....
Published 4 months ago by Cynthia S. Yale
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Published 7 months ago by Timothy Rowland
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Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
It was nice to see that Jonathan could move on from Tammy and find a nice life somewhere. I loved this book.
Published 12 months ago by Nicholas R. Keller
1.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan would have never
Jonathan's love for Tammy would have never allowed him to do this. Was very disappointed with story, although I am a fan of the author. Read more
Published 13 months ago by alease rousseau
5.0 out of 5 stars Guiding Light:the Story Continues
Guiding Light.6-30-52 to 9-18-09.CBS.Setting: Springfield,Ill. This book written by romance author Julia London is very well done.The book was published in 2007. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bearfoot boy
5.0 out of 5 stars great book too read
Great book I enjoyed it as it tells about jonathons, life on the run ive read it twice now just wish bring a sequel out too it leave you hanging at end but great book or I thought... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Guiding Light
Jonathan's story from the Guiding Light is a wonderful book and I loved it. It is sad we no longer can hear what is going on, or what could have happened
Published 20 months ago by Linda Winnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan's Story
As a regular who didn't miss any episodes of the Guiding Light, getting to read Jonathan's story was a real treat. Read more
Published on March 14, 2013 by Maggie Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Live the Guiding Light
It was fun and interesting and I would love to see more books based on the Guiding Light characters and dvds of highlights or the last couple of weeks of episodes of the series.
Published on November 12, 2009 by DFK
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