The opening pages of TWO IF BY SEA, by Jacquelyn Mitchard, are mind-blowing!!! One of the most compelling openers I’ve ever read. Simply amazing.
An American man and his very pregnant Australian wife are spending Christmas with her family on the beach in Australia. It’s an important get- together because this little family is getting ready to move to the States to settle down.
Jacquelyn Mitchard is the author of the award-winning THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN. I have only read that first book. I did not know what to expect with this new one.
It’s Christmas Eve and Frank and his wife’s family are staying in an inn right on the coast of Brisbane, Australia. As the family and the wife settle in for the night, Frank decides to go for a nightcap at the bar with one of his wife’s brothers. As the time approaches midnight he realizes he wants to call his mother in Wisconsin. Not being able to get any cell phone service at the bar, Frank climbs the stairs to a higher spot. As his sister answers the phone, Frank loses all sense of time and place as he stares straight ahead, out to sea, at the towering steel-gray wall of water that stands a very impressive fifty feet tall and spans half a mile in each direction. This is the mind-blowing beginning.
It’s truly hard to follow this first chapter with momentum like this. Frank’s story becomes even more challenging after saving a small boy from a mostly submerged van while working as a volunteer rescuer the next day. And this boy is important. Will change everything in Frank’s life.
This story is one of grief, magic, mystery, and love. I really enjoyed this book It is not perfect, however, she’s done a heck of a job setting it up.
People will be talking about this one big-time.