Two If by Sea

Two If by Sea

Book - 2016
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Joining the volunteer rescue effort in Brisbane when his family is swept away by the Christmas Eve tsunami, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy is transformed by his rescue of a telepathic little boy, who he illegally takes back with him to America and struggles to protect against ominous adversaries.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501115578
Characteristics: 401 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 2 if by sea


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ArapahoeJane 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.

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?

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.

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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.

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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