May 31, 2016
"Don't ever stop smiling, okay?" ~ 82%
Saving Abby begins with a bucket list made by a 13-year-old girl. Claire wants to marry a man who loves her more than life, be an artist, travel, skydive and most of all, be a mother. Fast forward years and the little girl is now a grown married woman still making lists.
Children's book illustrator, Claire, and her writer husband, Josh, lived the past three years focused on having a child. Coming to a sad acceptance, they decide to say goodbye to their dreams of being parents and build happy memories with just the two of them.
The couple gets the miracle they are hoping for soon as they give up hope. But something is not right. In the beginning of her pregnancy, Claire experiences extreme fatigue, debilitating headaches and fainting spells. Her symptoms worsen urging her to seek help from the doctor. What she receives is a terrifying diagnosis and an impossible decision: save her own life or her unborn child's life.
"He could lose his wife, his soul mate, the one person who made his life make sense—because she was pregnant." ~ 59%
Steena Holmes has a way making main characters so likable in the first couple chapters that I'm totally invested in the story. Saving Abby is no exception. By the second chapter, I was hoping for a miracle. I was rooting for the couple's dreams to come true. During an early rainy afternoon, I got lost in the descriptive scenes and became a "neighbor" in Claire and Josh's world.
Saving Abby is a beautiful story of hope, survival and emotional decision-making. I imagine this scenario happens to a few unfortunate couples in real life. Steena Holmes did a good job of portraying relatable strong characters. Her writing just keeps getting better!
Happy Pub Day, Steena Holmes! Saving Abby is now available.
Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.
Title: Saving Abby
Author: Steena Holmes
Published: May 2016