The Many Lives of John Stone (Paperback)
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781481426381, 544pp.
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
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Stella Park (Spark for short) has found summer work cataloging historical archives in John Stone’s remote and beautiful house in Suffolk, England. She wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and her uncertainty about living at Stowney House only increases upon arriving: what kind of people live in the twenty-first century without using electricity, telephones, or even a washing machine? Additionally, the notebooks she’s organizing span centuries—they begin in the court of Louis XIV in Versailles—but are written in the same hand. Something strange is going on for sure, and Spark’s questions are piling up. Who exactly is John Stone? What connection does he have to these notebooks? And more importantly, why did he hire her in the first place?
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Praise For The Many Lives of John Stone…
— M.L. Stedman, author of THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
"Buckley-Archer paints an absorbing portrait of the court of Versailles...Good historical fiction with a paranormal twist."
"Delicately balancing history, estrangement, reconciliation, and hope, the story powerfully depicts the fierce, abiding love of family: natural, adopted, and found."
*"Exceptionally well-orchestrated and a simply magnificent story."
*"Passion, intrigue and uncertain loyalties span the centuries in this slow-burning pageturner that's breathtaking in scope and thought-provoking to the end."
"Rich in historical detail and subtly supernatural yet ultimately relatable, this affecting, intelligent tale addresses themes of forging one’s own identity, finding one’s niche, and discovering what it means to truly live."