When Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was published almost twenty years ago, it captured the hearts of booklovers everywhere, including Oprah Winfrey, who made it her very first book club selection, and Michele Pfeiffer, who starred in the movie adaptation. Now, Mitchard is poised to enthrall readers once again with TWO IF BY SEA (Simon & Schuster; March 15, 2016; $25.99), 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. Without 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 where Frank begins to suspect that Ian has an extraordinary, impossible telepathic gift. 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. 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.