A Joyous Feeling

A Joyous Feeling : Jake - The Madisons - Book #4

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Jake Madison has always been a likeable guy. He has a ready smile and is slow to anger. Although he had been raised by a stoic father who taught him to value endurance and self-sufficiency, he stopped short of the need to be perfect like his father. That goal, in his judgment, was unattainable and unnecessary. So, after years of struggling through medical school and his residency, he was now firmly entrenched in a medical practice staffed with a highly respected team of doctors. Also, he has finally paid off his student loans and he can now breathe a little easier, focus on his career, and enjoy himself. As he sees it, life should be tempered with laughter and a joyous feeling. But when his friend and mentor Edward Ruley dies, Jake is devastated and lost. Ed had been a special friend and mentor. Grief-stricken, he seeks comfort from Justina Blake, his best friend and confidant. Unbeknownst to Jake, Justina loves him and yearns for the day when he will see her as more than just a friend. When Jake shows up at Justina's apartment in tears, her heart goes out to him and they end up sleeping together. When Jake awakes the next morning he is ashamed of what he has done and feels that he has ruined their friendship. He leaves before Justina wakes up and seeks refuge in church for his lax in judgment. He finds his mother there and she convinces him to come home with her and have dinner. Jake has always been close to his mother and he decides to share with her what happened between Justina and him. To Jake's astonishment his mother understands and shares some things with him about his father that he never knew. The next day as he is walking to the hospital where he has physician privileges, he meets Justina and tries to talk to her about what happened between them. She brushes him off and assures him that there's no need to talk. Feeling rejected, Jake is convinced that he has now lost two friends. Prior to Edward Ruley's death, Jake had met Raven Houston, a beautiful new doctor who had joined the medical staff at the hospital. One evening she calls him and invites him to go running at the local high school running track. Hoping that Raven can fill the void in his heart, he accepts and that meeting leads to other dates and eventually to an intense night of passion that Jake has never experienced before. Surprisingly, after being with Raven, he still feels empty. Something doesn't feel right, but he can't put his finger on it. To add to his worries the lost of Justina's friendship continues to gnaw at him. Suddenly, good things begin to happen to Jake. He is offered a position as a medical reporter at one of the local television stations and he learns that Edward Ruley has left him a sizeable amount of money in his will. While he has a joyous feeling about his good fortune, it all falls flat without the ability to share the good news with Justina. After failing to get any positive feedback from friends and colleagues regarding Justina's whereabouts, Jake begins a series of telephone calls, but all of his calls go to her voice mail. He then begins an almost daily vigil of the apartment's parking lot in search of Justina's car. Weeks go by and her car does not appear nor does she return his calls. He becomes frustrated and depressed. When a concerned employee at his office tells him that his usual pleasant demeanor is changing and that this behavior might, unwittingly, creep into his performance on his television program, Jake becomes alarmed and realizes that he can't continue to mope around and do nothing. After being assured by the apartment manager that Justina hasn't moved, he searches around until he finds her parent's telephone number. Surprisingly, they gladly give him the information that he needs. Fearful that Justina might reject his call, Jake decides to go to her. Cognizant that when one gives oneself to another it might incur collateral damage, but sometimes it lifts the heart and miracles happen.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 12mm | 236g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508728836
  • 9781508728832