Before A Beautiful Struggle, Katrina and David's friendship was a bond that couldn't be broken. Starting with that fated moment when David carried Katrina to the emergency room, we travel back through David's memories as he waits to hear if his best friend and the one woman he truly cares for are going to survive.... "I can't lose her. You don't understand how important she is to me," I ramble. I guess I'm in shock because all I can think about is the sight of all that blood over Katrina's beautiful face.
A notorious white supremacist named Richard Barrett was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 2010 by a young black man named Vincent McGee. At first the murder seemed a twist on old Deep South race crimes. But then new revelations and complications came to light. Maybe it was a dispute over money rather than race - or, maybe and intriguingly, over sex.
"Awful awful awful narrator"
After ruining the best relationship he thought he'd ever had, Elliot's life takes a turn for the worst, and he isn't happy with who he's become. Deciding to spend three months in the UK on a working visa in a bid to find himself again, he boards a plane to London. During the flight he meets Paige, a fellow Aussie with a closed heart and a lot to hide. The closer he gets to Paige, the more he's sure she's hiding something. Will it be enough to send him running? Or does he love her enough to fight this time?
Naomi thought she'd met someone wonderful when Elliot came into her life, but he simply wasn't into her. It's the story of her life. While everyone around her is settling down, she gives up on trying to find her Mr. Right, and turns back to the one thing she has always loved - music. Enter Marcus - he was a year above Naomi at school, and she always had a killer crush on him. He now fronts a band with his older brother Theo. Marcus has the reputation of a playboy, and Theo, well...he's just bad news.
After the video of his public outburst catapulted him to superstardom, Marcus now has everything he ever wanted. Or so he thought. Be careful what you wish for, his mother always told him.... After spending two years touring the globe, he's growing tired, and that endless line of women has become a sea of blurry and meaningless faces. When he returns home and receives a visit from Naomi, his previous object of affection, he finally starts to look at himself and what he's become. He doesn't like it.
All his life, David has seen Katrina as the one woman he wanted in his life forever, and Katrina has felt the same. So why does she keep putting off their wedding? When they meet Elliot's new wife and family, David can't help but notice that Katrina is acting strangely. The questions is...why? Old insecurities and feelings resurface to threaten their happiness. Will their love be enough overcome them and get them to the altar?
On a hot summer's night in the 1950s, the old and the new, diesel and steam, and town and country all collide - and nobody will be left unaffected. As a passenger train leaves Spencer Street Station on its haul to Sydney, a family of three - Vic, Rita, and their son, Michael - are off to a party. George Bedser has invited the whole neighborhood to celebrate the engagement of his daughter. Vic is an engine driver, with dreams of being like his hero Paddy Ryan and becoming the master of the smooth ride.