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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Review: Two if By Sea by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Simon & Schuster, via Edelweiss, 
for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Since we shared a book by an author who emigrated to Australia, from America, earlier today,
 it only makes sense to share this book with you today too!

two if by sea cover

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. 


This is a book that just does NOT let you go, much like the author's previous book. She grabs you, puts youin Australia and into Frank's life so 100%, that every time you have to close the book, you feel like you are coming up for air out of the water. And you want to be right back in it! I was hard pressed to finish this book in 2 readings, only because I didn't have the time to finish it in 1 like I wanted to! This book is SO much- a drama, a family fiction, a thriller, a paranormal book, a romance. But most of all it is about the human condition- what it means to love and to be loved, and the bonds that hold us together, no matter how far apart we may be. It may just renew your hope for the human spirit! This is one that WILL be talked about all Summer long, so don't miss it! 

The Kindle version will be available March 15th, and the hardback on April 1st!

About the Author:

Check out a quick interview with Jacquelyn, about writing this book:

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the number one New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels for adults, including The Deep End of the Ocean,which was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and also made into a major feature film. The editor of a realistic Young Adult imprint, Merit Press, Mitchard also is the author of seven novels for Young Adults. Her work has won the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards, as well as the UK’s Walkabout Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and a contributing editor for More magazine. Mitchard grew up in Chicago, and now lives on Cape Cod with her family. Check out her website for more info.

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