Julia Malone is abandoned at the door of an old English manor, but she's not alone for long. Five telepathic children soon arrive to form a paranormal family of makeshift misfits. Julia packs a humorous punch with her witty way of viewing an unpredictable world. In fact it becomes her survival mechanism when life goes topsy turvy in the craziest way imaginable.
When the children come of age, they drink an unknown substance supplied by a wealthy American benefactor from New York City. It slows the aging process, but side effects become a game changer. The mysterious and charming Claude Van Buren arrives at their annual autumn party and unveils himself as the man behind the madness.
Julia becomes Van Buren Industries' vice president of product development and cracks the code by finally stabilizing substance X, also known as the elixir. Claude Van Buren promises to revolutionize the world with a new line of skin care touted as the fountain of youth.
Nic and Julia are sent on a vacation and find themselves in the middle of the jungle, discovering scientific anomalies the world would never believe.
This coming-of-age series is one girl's journey into the puzzling realm of first loves, ethical dilemmas, and life that is stranger than fiction.
Would you listen to Second Hand Stops, Book I: Benefactor again? Why?
This is a book you'll want to listen to more than once because of its unique story, beginning with a manor house and filled with telepaths and magic potions that lead to a jungle adventure and a surprising discovery.
What other book might you compare Second Hand Stops, Book I: Benefactor to and why?
I've not read another book quite like this one, which mixes suspense, mystery and paranormal into a haunting brew that even has a science fiction element. Julia, our heroine, faces her coming-of-age dilemmas that play out using telepathic children, a love interest, and a shadowy benefactor...
Which scene was your favorite?
I loved the beginning, when Julia Malone finds herself abandoned at the door of an old English manor house.
And then I adored Claude Van Buren's arrival, as he explains his clever plan... offering
Julia a post at Buren Industries, makers of the potion that Claude Van Buren promises to revolutionize the world with a new line of skin care touted as the fountain of youth.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Beware the Fountain of Youth
Any additional comments?
This book is the beginning of a series, and yet manages to feel complete on its own. A thrill ride for young adults and up.
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