I hadn’t read a Steena Holmes novel before meeting Steena at BEA in Chicago last month, and picking up an ARC of SAVING ABBY (LakeUnionPublishing). I found Steena to be an incredibly warm woman and once I started reading her book, it made sense that she should be the author writing this sensitive, heart-wrenching story.
Josh and Claire Turner have been married for six years. Josh writes children’s books focused on a little boy named “Jack” who travels the world, and Claire illustrates them. The two have been trying without success to get pregnant and have just taken an European trip to hopefully accept that fact. But once they get home, a miracle, Claire and Josh learn they are going to become parents. At the same time, Claire begins to experience increasingly debilitating headaches and fatigue, which at first everyone thinks is symptom of her pregnancy. Medical tests are performed and a diagnosis is revealed.
I’m not going to give anything away, but get some tissues and prepare to be drawn into Steena Holmes’ novel, SAVING ABBY. While reading I could physically feel a growing tension that something was wrong, and I found myself totally invested in these characters and the narrative. The book is written in short chapters, with the various characters alternating from their perspectives.
The takeaway for me after reading SAVING ABBY is just how fragile life is. I should be grateful and hold on to those I love and any feelings of happiness I’m blessed to experience. Life is a gift and it could be taken away in a split second. I think all of us need a wake-up call like SAVING ABBY once in a while. Thank you Steena Holmes, for writing such a beautiful, tender and important story.
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Thanks to TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com and Lake Union Publishing we have one copy of SAVING ABBY to giveaway. Just tell us which Steena Holmes’ novel is your favorite. If you’re like me, this is the first one you’re reading, so it’s my favorite! We’ll pick a winner Friday. Have a great day!