Survival Was Only The Beginning

About the Book

On Friday January 13th 2012, the cruise ship, Costa Concordia, ran aground spilling 3200 passengers and 1,000 crew members into the dark waters of the Mediterranean.  Thirty two people died and many more suffered physical and emotional scars that are still healing.  Andrea and Concordia1Laurence Davis,  SouthAfrican natives and Canadian citizens were unable to find space in a life boat and along with others, had to swim for their lives as the 2000 foot long ship was rolling over on top of them.

Filled with raw emotion, the chaotic events of that night are told through Andrea’s eyes from the over-turning dining room, to the open deck rife with panic and confusion, the decision to jump into the black waters and swim to a rocky shore, and the painful hike over coral rocks to safety.  We witness the warm hospitality of the local Islanders who rescued, fed and clothed the survivors and the waiting world who prayed for news of their safety. The incredible decision to return to the scene of the disaster, only six months later and thank the people of Giglio, despite the challenges of language and customs, attest to the open-hearted courage of the Davis couple.

Their hopes, fears, prayers, tears and joy bring the reader on board and into troubled waters as we get an insider’s look at a maritime disaster that is still in the news.

What People Have To Say.

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing your and Lawrence’s story!  In fact, I read your book on the flight home Friday. I couldn’t put it down, even having heard you speak about it in Calgary. I think that’s a tribute in part to your wonderful writing style. I can see how therapeutic it would be for you to write the book and focus on the very best of humanity that you and Lawrence experienced, in the midst of one of the very worst examples of what humans are capable of.  Your experience has certainly confirmed for me that we must all focus on living each day to the fullest and being thankful for all that we have been blessed with.

I wish you all the very best as you move forward and have no doubt you’ll continue to inspire people. I look forward to hearing from you from time to time on your life’s adventures!

E. L.