The Lovers is Book Three of the family saga Once & Forever.
For eighteen years, Natasha hides from the Rostoff clan. After the death of Elizabeth, the matriarch of the Rostoff family, the old secret that torn this family apart years ago came back to hunt the third generation of Rostoffs. Kat & Peter must uncover the truth to bring their family together again.
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.
The Children is Book One of the family saga Once & Forever.
Dmitry Rostoff's world has 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. A strained and complicated relationship between Dmitry and his mother, Elizabeth Rostoff, the Matriarch of the family jewelry empire, quickly deteriorates after he uncovers her attempt at sabotage. Dmitry's only salvation is his eleven-year-old son, Peter.
The conflict between the mother and son turns into an open war, with both children, and the woman Dmitry fell in love with, caught in the middle.
The Parents is Book Two of the family saga Once & Forever.
After five years, Dmitry Rostoff finally returns to San Francisco for his son's birthday, where he meets and gets to know his 6-year-old daughter. Dmitry falls in love with the tiny girl with the incredible talent for art and decides to remove her from the oppressive environment of his mother's mansion and raise her himself. But his world falls apart again when Natasha, his official fiancé, suddenly disappears.
An extraordinary look at what it means to grow old and a heartening guide to well-being, Happiness Is a Choice You Make weaves together the stories and wisdom of six New Yorkers who number among the “oldest old”— those eighty-five and up.
In 2015, when the award-winning journalist John Leland set out on behalf of The New York Times to meet members of America’s fastest-growing age group, he anticipated learning of challenges, of loneliness, and of the deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. But the elders he met took him in an entirely different direction. Despite disparate backgrounds and circumstances, they each lived with a surprising lightness and contentment. The reality Leland encountered upended contemporary notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich and the elderly as incomparably wise.
Happiness Is a Choice You Make is an enduring collection of lessons that emphasizes, above all, the extraordinary influence we wield over the quality of our lives. With humility, heart, and wit, Leland has crafted a sophisticated and necessary reflection on how to “live better”—informed by those who have mastered the art.