Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Review of the amazing book Saving Abby by Steena Holmes

Saving Abby
Steena Holmes
264 pages
Published by Lake Union
Expected publication: May 31st, 2016
All children’s book illustrator Claire Turner ever wanted was to be a mother. After six years of trying to conceive, she and her husband, Josh, have finally accepted that she will never be pregnant with a child of their own.

Yet once they give up hope, the couple gets the miracle they’ve been waiting for. For the first few months of her pregnancy, Claire and Josh are living on cloud nine. But when she begins to experience debilitating headaches, blurred vision, and even fainting spells, the soon-to-be mother goes to the doctor and receives a terrifying diagnosis. Since any treatment could put their unborn baby’s life at risk, the Turners must carefully weigh their limited options. And as her symptoms worsen, Claire will have to make an impossible decision: Save her own life, or save her child’s?

I enjoyed this book it is simple and straightforward, making it a nice rainy weekend read. The story is laid out nicely It contains short chapters, each one being narrated from the perspective of Claire whose voice dominates the story, her husband Josh, and Claire’s mom Millie. Also flowing back and forth telling of past adventures Claire and Josh had taken to present day occurrences. Whereas told mostly in the here and now having present day written at the top of every new chapter became redundant. Depending on the person you might want to read it with a box of tissues, but I must say it is just as heartwarming and sweet of a tale. Containing no oppressive medical terminology as a reader you do not need to worry about being bogged down since the author stayed on the outskirts only using medical terms that were necessary.

“The tips of her fingers began to tingle and freeze, the coldness crawled along her veins, up her arms and into her chest. She couldn’t breathe. She struggled to make her lungs work, to draw in air and push it back out, But they were frozen as well. Her body floated over the chair she sat in  before things began to spin wildly around her. She tried to reach out to Josh, but he seemed so far away, and then everything disappeared,”

The story is set in a quaint little town off of Lake Huron where everyone knows each other and provides a great deal of support to Claire and Josh in their time of need. Claire's best friend Abby has been her doctor yet when things go terribly wrong medically with Claire she brings in a second doctor to help her with the case, Claire’s childhood doctor Dr. Shuman who always had strawberry lollipops because they are Claire's favorite even as a child. This is a well written and gratifying book.

“ “I just gave you an hour. You were supposed to use that time to shower and get dressed. What’s going on?” He wiped away the tears that lingered on her cheeks. “You cried almost all night while you slept, did you know that? He asked quietly...They’d arrived in Bruges yesterday in the early afternoon and spent hours walking the main street...Sampling chocolate in every chocolate shop in Bruges was on Josh’s bucket list.”


NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author - Steena is the author of the heart wrenching Finding Emma series. Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a Bachelor's degree in Theology. In 2012 she received the Indie Excellence Award. Holmes was inspired to write Finding Emma after experiencing a brief moment of horror when she’d thought her youngest daughter was missing.  She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.

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Steena Holmes’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, May 30thLuxury Reading
Tuesday, May 31stReadaholic Zone
Wednesday, June 1stThoughts on This ‘n That
Thursday, June 2ndKritter’s Ramblings
Monday, June 6thReading Cove Book Club
Thursday, June 9thA Chick Who Reads
Friday, June 10thNot in Jersey
Monday, June 13thFictionZeal
Monday, June 13thBooks a la Mode – guest post
Thursday, June 16thJust Commonly
Friday, June 17thGood Girl Gone Redneck
Monday, June 20thBook Mama Blog
Tuesday, June 21stThe Warlock’s Gray Book
Wednesday, June 22ndStranded in Chaos
Friday, June 24thChick Lit Central – spotlight

*Thank You,TLC Book Tours, for allowing me to give an honest review of this book


  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing Saving Abby! I really appreciate it!

    1. It was a pleasure to be given the opportunity. I enjoyed reading it.

  2. Gratifying is an interesting word to describe this book - I look forward to reading it!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.