Dmitry Rostoff’s world was turned upside-down when he discovered that he became a father to a baby girl born in Moscow. He brings his illegitimate daughter to America, honoring her mother’s last wish. Dumping the baby on his mother, the matriarch of the Rostoff clan and President of a world-famous jewelry empire, Rostoff & Co., Dmitry washes his hands off the baby he never wanted in the first place, and dives headlong into running the family business. A strained and complicated relationship with his mother quickly deteriorates after he uncovers her attempt at sabotage. His only salvation is his eleven-year-old son Peter.
Natasha Sokolov, a young Russian woman Dmitry was forced to bring to America as a nanny to smuggle his baby from Moscow, hates her new home, the infamous Zolotoe Selo (Golden Village) Rostoff manor near San Francisco. But she loves baby Katia and her older half-brother Peter and dedicates her life to raising them both. As to their father, Natasha fell in love with him at first sight in Moscow. Soon Dmitry, too, can’t imagine himself without the spunky redhead nanny his son christened the Russian Merry Poppins. But the conflict between the mother and son turns into an open war, with both children and Natasha caught in the middle. Dmitry has to choose between the woman he loves and his son’s happiness.
His world falls apart for the second time when Natasha, his official fiancé, suddenly disappears. He suspects his mother blackmailed Natasha, but cannot prove anything.
For eighteen years Natasha hides from the Rostoff clan, bound by the ugly family secret, but the death of the family matriarch forces her to reach out and contact Peter Rostoff, who is now an FBI Agent.
Fighting real monsters in the line of duty, Peter battles his own personal demons for years. Separated from the family by his own choice, he hides his shameful feelings toward his half-sister, Kat, now a world-famous artist and sculptor. After Natasha contacts him eighteen years later, he finally decides to uncover the truth about her disappearance and bring his family together again.
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Born in former USSR, Stella May immigrated to the United States in 1991. She graduated with the highest honors from the Music Academy in Baku and earned her Master’s Degree. A resident of Saint Johns, Florida, she is a part owner of a family real estate business along with her husband and son.
Author of the poetry, novellas, and plays (since 1978). Family saga Once & Forever is her first full-length novel (in three separate parts). She first started to work on this manuscript in 1998 that represents 20 years of hard work to bring this dramatic story to life.