American millionaire Skip Brighton takes a tour of Europe in hopes of unraveling some suspicious business dealings and matching his independent daughter, Ann, with a noble British man. But Ann is determined to cling to her freedom--until a handsome stranger crosses her path. "Never Before" is the first book in Power's new "American Beauties" trilogy.
Book three of the American Beauties trilogy.
Augusta VanderHorn is the younger sister of Colleen VanderHorn, who wed British Lord Bryce Falconer, and was divorced for adultry. She feels she must help Bryce to find his child kidnapped by her sister.
Very good story. Keeps you reading.
In 1880 London, Lord Bryce Falconer has new reasons to loathe his former spouse, American Beauty Colleen VanderHorn. It is bad enough that he fell in love with her, only to have her cheat on him with a succession of lovers before he ended their farce of a marriage. Now she goes over the top by abducting their child, Ford, demanding money for the lad's safe return.
Bryce knows he needs help and turns to Colleen's younger sister Augusta, who has helped him before with his ex-wife's scandals. Gus has secretly loved Bryce for the five years she knows him, but he treats her like a younger sister. As they search for the missing child, whose life they fear from Colleen's latest lover, an Irish freedom fighter, Bryce falls in love with Gus. However, they both know nothing can come of their love because God and country treat any marital relationships even between ex in-laws as taboo.
Though this stupendous Victorian romance series is over, readers will shout to author Jo Ann Power for more tales about the American Beauties. All three novels (see NEVER BEFORE and NEVER AGAIN) are warm historical romances that bring to life a piece of the Victorian era. NEVER SAY NEVER is a fine work due to a fast-paced story line filled with authenticity and the forbidden love of the lead characters. It is to be hoped that, Ms. Powers will read her own title and scribe future works, starring other American Beauties.
This is a historical romance book.