Author, Steena Holmes’ novel, ABBY’S JOURNEY (LakeUnionPublishing) is the sequel to SAVING ABBY, the story of parental love and a daughter’s connection to the mother she never knew. In SAVING ABBY, 20 year-old, Abigail Turner’s mother, Claire passes away shortly after giving birth to her daughter. Abby has only known her mother through letters, videos, postcards and journals, which she created while pregnant, knowing she would likely die.

Abby’s father, Josh has raised her alone but in many way has “smother-loved” her. Abby suffers from bronchopulmonary dysplasia, which means a case of sniffles can quickly turn into a case of life-threatening pneumonia.

After one year without sickness, her doctor gives the greenlight, and Abby’s maternal grandmother, Millie takes her away to Europe for a trip her mother had hoped to take with her. Abby’s mother and father were world travelers and now she gets to go on one of the trips she only learned about in photo albums and travel journals. Despite some of her father’s objections, Abby’s journey of discovery begins to uncover some secrets about her mother Abby never expected.

Much like SAVING ABBY, the takeaway after reading ABBY’S JOURNEY 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 could be taken away in a split second. I think all of us need to stop and take a moment to be grateful. Sometimes, things are better left unsaid and left alone. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Thank you Steena Holmes, for once again writing a beautiful and tender story.

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About Steena Holmes


After writing her first novel while working as a receptionist, Steena Holmes made her dream of being a full-time writer a reality. She won the National Indie Excellence Book Award in 2012 for her bestselling novel, FINDING EMMA. Now both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Steena continues to write stories that touch every parent’s heart in one way or another. To find out more about her books and her love for traveling, you can visit her website at or follow her journeys over on Instagram @steenaholmes.

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Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing, we are lucky to have copies of both Steena’s new novel, ABBY’S JOURNEY and SAVING ABBY to giveaway. Just tell us which one of Steena’s lovely novels is your favorite. We’ll announce winners next Monday.