As most people know, the attempt to retrieve her children using a company that specialises in this process went terribly wrong. Somehow Ali knew of her plans and as a result Sally's reunion with her children was brief. Trapped in a "safe" house in Lebanon, Sally realised the police were coming for her and the only thing to do was to hand the children back for all their safety. It's not a simple process, however, as not only Sally, but the 60 Minutes crew documenting the story, are arrested and jailed in Beirut on charges of kidnapping.
All For My Children is Sally's story - from the moment she met the alluring Ali while working as an international flight attendant to the rollercoaster ride of her relationship with him. It is easy to be judgemental with hindsight and criticise Sally's choices, but ultimately her love and devotion to her children is the absolute heart of this story and as is reality that love can make even the most rational of us make unwise choices.
All For My Children is a riveting read, despite knowing things do not work out in the end. It was also good to hear the "real" story as opposed to what the media on both sides of the story have reported in the months since the counter abduction occurred. It is a raw and honest book that will have you hugging your children extra tight.