Title: Jack and the Fountain of Youth
Author: H.L. Carpenter
Published: September 3rd 2013 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.
Genre: teen/YA fantasy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack knows better. He drank from the fabled fuente in 1513. Over the five hundred years since, he’s given up believing his life will ever again be normal–and that he’ll ever rediscover the magical spring. But when he learns the Fountain is located on the property of Nessa Owens, Jack takes up the search once more. And when Nessa captures his heart, his quest acquires new urgency.
Caught in the midst of a hurricane, surrounded by centuries-old memories and present day mysteries, Jack must risk all for a future with Nessa.
Will love prove more powerful than the enchanted waters of the Fountain of Youth?
The characters in this story definitely made me giggle. At the beginning, it was almost a comedy of errors, everyone being someone else and passing by who they were looking for. The characters themselves were also quite intriguingly developed. Their characteristics are revealed gradually, allowing you to get to know them through their actions rather than simply through description.
The author melds history with the present, and mythology with reality in this brilliant tale that is a great read for those of all ages. The more I read from this team, the more I enjoy them.