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Two If by Sea Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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"Mitchard's latest novel explores the fascinating question of those who have extraordinary gifts, what responsibility comes with those gifts, and where the line of morality falls between those poles. A thoughtful, sweeping read." -- Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time
"Soulful and emotionally arresting, Two If by Sea is somehow both a startling departure for Jacquelyn Mitchard and the deepest sort of coming home. With the intertwining fates of Frank Mercy and the mysterious, exceptional foundling, Ian, Mitchard masterfully mines the place where catastrophic loss meets near-impossible hope and healing, and where ordinary love and sorrow meet the most extraordinary interventions. This book will open your mind and heart in equal measures." -- Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
"A day after losing his wife and unborn child in a tsunami in Australia, American Frank Mercy rescues a mysterious young boy from the floodwaters. What happens next offers Mercy the opportunity to heal his new wounds while opening old ones. This sprawling family saga is a lot of things - a finely drawn character study, a transcontinental thriller, a portrait of grief and loss - but, most importantly, it is a very, very good book. Although it brings to mind the work of writers like Gail Godwin and Richard Flanagan, this is the kind of novel that only Jacquelyn Mitchard can write: a literary page-turner that is as propulsive as it resonant, as hard to define as it is to put down." -- Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy
"Jacquelyn Mitchard has done it again. TWO IF BY SEA is a riveting story of loss, love, and redemption, driven by the tension between the worst of us and the best of us. Both supernatural and reality-bound, this tantalizing thriller won’t let you go. Kudos to Mitchard for such an insightful and compelling read.” -- B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger
"With grand landscapes, deep emotions, harrowing adventure, and genuine characters who aren¹t characters at all but people about whom we come to care so very much, Two if by Sea is a powerful blockbuster of the first order. There is magic here, both in terms of the vast story told, and in Ms. Mitchard¹s always-beautiful writing. This is a riveting book, a gift to readers everywhere who want to sink into a novel of history and love and grace and magic." -- Brett Lott, author of Jewel
“A gripping family saga buoyed by hope and second chances…Racing to its conclusion, Mitchard's sweeping prose suspends natural boundaries. She forges a fresh sense of faith despite incredible odds.”, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard (The Deep End of the Ocean) balances love and loss in her new novel, Two If By Sea. It is a sweet story of one man’s road to recovery and the challenges he faces to protect the people he loves…It’s a universal adventure full of emotion and quite a bit of intrigue.”, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Like all good novels, Two If by Sea works on two levels. There's an exciting adventure story. And beneath that is a meditation on family, loss, and recovery....It's a great story. And powerfully written....a love story that kept me reading long after I should have turned off the lights." -- Jesse Kornbluth, Head Butler
"A troubled protagonist, beset by disaster and malefaction, is touched by magic.”, Kirkus Reviews
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The story's protagonist is Frank Mercy, a former Chicago policeman, who loses his beautiful wife and their unborn son to this terror of nature, along with most of her family, and is then sent reeling into a life where solid footing is literally and figuratively an impossibility. Much like the debris and wreckage that the tsunami leaves behind, Frank numbly moves about, eventually finding some purpose in being a first responder/rescuer, although he is still really in shock and running on auto-pilot. When he rescues a little boy from a flooding car, his path once again changes course, and keeping this frightened child safe from harm becomes his main goal.
Mitchard's writing is beautiful, even when describing devastation. Her way with words is so artistic, it reminds me of watching someone paint a picture, adding color and shading and depth with every brushstroke, drawing you in slowly, until you are completely captivated. It was easy to visualize this story as I read it and that is part of the reason I didn't want to put it down. The words she chooses are so perfectly luminous they beg to be read over again. Her writing should be savored; she really is a master of the written word.
Two If By Sea is a novel about love, and creating a family. It is a heart-pounding thriller, and I dare you to read the last few chapters without feeling nerves-on-edge anxiety, or rooting for the heroes. or getting a lump in your throat. It has elements of mystery and magic and wonder, yet it is about real people. And it is now the latest addition to the shelf in my library reserved for Books I Love, although there will be many other shelves it may find itself residing upon, such as Highly Recommended, and To Be Read Again (and Again). It was an excellent novel, and well worth the wait.