Third in Epic 7-part Serial: Nothing Can Keep Us Apart
The Endless Pursuit of Love and Wisdom
In essence a love story, "A Life Singular" is a seven-part contemporary fiction serial. "A Life Entwined" sees our star-crossed lovers reunited, continuing the journey our millionaire rock star and his children take through their spectacular life, preparing themselves for an uncertain future.
The books' themes are triumph over mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, and how one affects the other over the relentless passage of time. Sales proceeds go to two Australian non-profit organisations assisting young people with their education: EdConnect Australia and The Smith Family.
Dealing with some of the more complex social justice issues of our age, the universal theme of love and our fascination for celebrity spirit the reader behind the scenes of a superstar family who are plunged into grief, proving that there are always many sides to a story we see in the media. The important events in our public lives are always overshadowed by the backstory's real truth.
Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect, and her parents.
Fame and fortune beckoned. Jeff Diamond was a success, whatever that meant. Fans followed him everywhere, reporters and photographers hid around every corner and journalists recorded his many indiscretions. A whole different world to the downtrodden streets of Sydney’s south-west, where vices were satisfied by using people to one’s best advantage.
The star had more money than he could spend, his opinion suddenly counted, and the opportunities to feed his ever-hungry mind were plentiful. Yet the demons continued to torment him, no longer protected by the guardian angel who had been spirited away as soon as her family found out who Jeff Diamond was and where he had come from.
Suddenly the ambitious businessman and philanthropist found himself in the fight of his life. He would win Lynn’s heart by showing her father he was worthy, and by convincing his dream girl that they had something worth fighting for. Would she risk throwing her privileged lifestyle away for a man whose public persona depended on alcohol, drugs and a string of pretty girls?
Jeff had nothing to lose. The trappings of his new life held little significance until the soul-mates were reunited. This was where their life singular really began. Up until this point, there had only been playtime. Now they must step up and take responsibility. It was up to them.
˃˃˃ 5* Reviews - What a ride it has been so far!
"So finally I have found time to read book three in this epic series, and what a ride it has been so far! To recap, in book one Jeff lost his wife in a shooting and his perfect world fell apart. He was convinced he could feel his wife’s presence around him and his children as the murder trial was under way, and this made the process even more intense for him. In book two Jeff is feeling sentimental as he writes his autobiography. We get to see how young songwriter Jeff, met tennis player / pop star Lynn and began an unlikely romance. Book two acted as a prequel to book one.
Book three follows in the vein of book two in that it again explores Jeff and Lynn’s past, this time in even more detail. We find out more about the adversity the couple faced, the complications that arose from being in the spotlight, their secrets and so on.
Again Pestell has demonstrated her sheer mastery of characterisation and emotional complexity. In Jeff and Lynn she has forged a couple so strong, I feel kind of mad she killed Lynn off in book one!