The story of a man who loses everything, and tries to take back a fraction of what he thinks he’s owed. Two if by Sea by Jacquelyn Mitchard is a heartbreaking story of loss, magic, love and family. This story is beautifully written, and it gives something that you least expect.
Frank can only sit and watch while his family gets consumed by a tsunami on Christmas Eve in Brisbane. Seeing as how he couldn’t help those he loved the most, he decides to go out and find survivors, to get them to safety and hope to save some lives. On his mission, he comes across a young boy who is almost dead. His brother tells Frank to take him, he’s special. Frank decides to care for the boy himself. The boys name is Ian, and there is definitely something special about him.
At the farm that Frank grew up, he and Ian start a new life together. Soon Frank finds a girlfriend, and the two start to care for Ian, almost like a family. Eventually though, Ian’s secret and special ability starts to shine through even more, and Frank fears he won’t be able to keep them to himself much longer.
When word of Ian being alive gets out into the world, a group of people who know about his ability want him. This means that Frank must take him as far away as he can, to America where Frank was born. The fight to save Ian, and to keep his abilities hidden is something that is hard for Frank, but he is up for the challenge.
I was not expecting this type of story from Mitchard, but I would say that it was a wonderful surprise. At first though, I had an issue with the way that the book was written, but I eventually caught on and found it quite hypnotizing. If you are looking for a good literary book with a splash of magic, definitely pick this one up. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.