Tuesday, January 31, 2017

All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead, 225pages

Decca Aitkenhead is one the United Kingdom's most popular journalists. All At Sea is the heartbreaking story of how she lost the love of her life, Tony, while on holiday in Jamaica.  Decca and Tony were partners in life who were raising two young sons.  On this particular holiday the eldest of their sons, Jake, had decided to go for a swim in the ocean without his life jacket.  What follows is every parents nightmare.  Both Tony and Decca noticed the undertow had taken him far out to sea.  Tony, not a strong swimmer, leapt to his son's rescue.  Decca saw Tony struggling pulling their son to shore, so she swam to take Jake from Tony and let some locals rescue Tony.  Unfortunately, Tony made it back to shore but was not able to be revived.  Tony saved his young son's life but could not save his own.  Decca writes a poignant story beginning with her first meeting with Tony and how she left her husband for Tony, a troubled man with dreadlocks who earned his livelihood by selling cocaine.  Tony lead a very sketchy life, even serving time in prison. Decca seemed to turn him around and get him on the right track after their sons were born. Unfortunately, they were never married and Decca was faced with life after Tony with no legal rights to his fortunes or properties.  Decca tells a heartfelt story of loss and survival with two young sons.

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