Two If by Sea

Two If by Sea

Book - 2016
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean , an epic story of courage and devotion that spans three continents and the entire map of the human heart.

Just hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy goes out to join his volunteer rescue unit and pulls a little boy from a submerged car, saving the child's life with only seconds to spare. In that moment, Frank's own life is transformed. Not quite knowing why, Frank sidesteps the law, when, instead of turning Ian over to the Red Cross, he takes the boy home to the Midwestern farm where he grew up. Not long into their journey, Frank begins to believe that Ian has an extraordinary, impossible telepathic gift; but his only wish is to protect the deeply frightened child. As Frank struggles to start over, training horses as his father and grandfather did before him, he meets Claudia, a champion equestrian and someone with whom he can share his life--and his fears for Ian. Both of them know that it will be impossible to keep Ian's gift a secret forever. Already, ominous coincidences have put Frank's police instincts on high alert, as strangers trespass the quiet life at the family farm.

The fight to keep Ian safe from a sinister group who want him back takes readers from the ravaged shores of Brisbane to the middle of America to a quaint English village. Even as Frank and Claudia dare to hope for new love, it becomes clear that they can never let Ian go, no matter what the cost. A suspenseful novel on a grand scale, Two If by Sea is about the best and worst in people, and the possibility of heroism and even magic in ordinary life.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781501115578
Branch Call Number: MIT
Characteristics: 401 p. ;,24 cm

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AL_JANE May 01, 2017

This book was just okay. If we had a beach in Denver, I'd consider it a beach read - not bad... just nothing to particularly recommend to others.

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Portladia
Nov 05, 2016

Trashy. Explicit sex narratives that just don't need to be in the book. Profane language that just doesn't need to be in the story. This author is the mother of nine children. What is she thinking of? Just the almighty dollar?

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CecileSune
Jun 15, 2016

Frank Mercy is an American expat in Brisbane, Australia, when his wife and unborn child perish in a tsunami. A former police officer, he is a volunteer first responder and helps rescue the survivors of the flood. Among them is a mysterious young boy whom Frank feels compelled to protect and care for. He decides to bring the 3-year-old back to the States with him, but he soon realizes that the boy seems to have supernatural powers and that dangerous people are looking for him. Back in Wisconsin, Frank takes up the family business as a trainer of elite show jumping horses, hoping to put the past behind him and give the child as normal a life as he can have, given his powerful gift.

Two If by Sea is beautifully written, and Jacquelyn Mitchard is completely in command of her narrative. In addition, the main characters are well developed and complex. The book deals with family, grief and healing, and while it is sometimes dark, it remains deeply hopeful. The only negative comment I would have is that it seems a bit too easy for Frank to take the boy to the US, without legally adopting him. Other than that, this is a riveting book, definitely worth reading.

Two If by Sea was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.

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Reads_A_Lot
Mar 19, 2016

This book seems to be getting so-so reviews, but I liked it. It was right up my alley. I like a good family drama, I like kids as central characters, and I like horses. Add a little suspense and paranormal into the mix and it made an entertaining read for me.

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singasong70
Mar 18, 2016

Just started this although so far underwhelmed. Characters are formulaic paste board cut outs of what author wants them to be so she can manipulate it to less than plausible conclusion I am thinking. Probably scan the rest of the book while waiting for more desirable books to get here.

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