Book Review: Saving Abby by Steena Holmes


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?

USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Steena Holmes brings us an unforgettable story of one woman’s courage and love.

About the Author:
Steena Holmes is the bestselling author of Finding Emma, her debut women’s fiction novel. Finding Emma tells the story of one mother’s journey to find her missing daughter and Steena has partnered with the Missing Children’s Society of Canada, a national charity for missing children, to donate proceeds from the sales of Finding Emma to help bring missing children home. You can find her online at

My Review:

I was excited to see one of Steena Holmes’ books is in the Booksparks’ June Summer Reading Challenge.   Earlier in the year, I was feeling kind of bad receiving a birthday postcard from the author but have never read any of her books.  An author that is willing to show some loves or cares to her readers always win my heart.

Saving Abby is told in three different points of view but mostly in Claire’s.  There are several chapters that are told in the memories of Claire’s and Josh’s trip in Europe.  I found those chapters not as important, they are kind of like a filler.  However, they still fun to read and they are cute little stories.

In a way , I found Claire to be lucky.   She has Josh as a husband, Abby as a best friend, Mellie as her Mom and even the whole town who cares for her.  No matter what decisions she makes or paths she takes,  they support her and love her just the same.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  There were so many different emotions from reading this book.  Also, it got me thinking, what if the same situation happens to me.

SPOILER ALERT!!!  (minor)
I do wish the book has a different title.  It gave too much away and took away the fun of guessing.  I like how ending is not like the typical chick-lits.  It was so unexpected to me.

4 out of 5 stars
Received a free copy from Booksparks and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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