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Two If by Sea:

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, 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, saving the child’s life with only seconds to spare. In that moment, Frank’s own life is transformed. Not 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. Not long into their journey, Frank begins to believe that Ian has an extraordinary, impossible telepathic gift; but his only wish is to protect the deeply frightened child.

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. Already, ominous coincidences have put Frank’s police instincts on high alert, as strangers trespass the quiet life at the family farm.

The fight to keep Ian safe from a sinister group who want him back takes listeners 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.

Editorial Reviews

“Suspenseful, otherworldly, and nearly impossible to put down.”

People

“Narrator George Newbern’s performance of this riveting thriller is simply spellbinding…Newbern masterfully portrays the Australian characters, the young children, and Frank’s American mother and friends, pulling listeners into this gut-wrenching story of second chances. This listening experience is not to be missed. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

AudioFile

“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

“A universal adventure full of emotion and quite a bit of intrigue.”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Mitchard deftly weaves together domestic drama with taut suspense as she builds to a heart-stopping climax.”

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Author Biography

Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, launched Oprah’s Book Club and became an international bestseller, hitting #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Her other works, including The Most Wanted, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane, and Cage of Stars have also been well received. Mitchard has appeared on the Today show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, MSNBC, and numerous other local and national television and radio programs. She was a contributing editor for Parenting magazine and wrote a weekly syndicated column until 2007 which appeared in more than one hundred newspapers across the country. Her articles have appeared in Newsweek, Life, Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, Ladies’ Home Journal, and many other publications. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and nine children.

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George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.

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