February 14, 2017
"Will you fall in love with reading? Will you devour stories and one day write your own?" ~ 47%
Twenty-year-old Abby Turner has only known her mother through letters, videos, postcards, journals and memories from her father, Josh. Unfortunately, Abby's mother died minutes after giving birth to Abby leaving Josh to raise their daughter alone. As a result, he is overly cautious and Abby feels stifled. It doesn't help that Abby is diagnosed with a rare lung disease that turns a common cold into life-threatening pneumonia fast. Abby yearns for independence and freedom. So when Millie, her grandmother, offers the trip of a lifetime, Abby takes the journey!
Reading about relatable characters is important for me. I don't have to necessarily like the character. I could, in fact, love to hate the main character. But if he/she is relatable, than I can deal. Steena Holmes did a very good job of portraying Abby in an age-appropriate way. I felt empathy for her. I overstood her whenever someone asked if she was feeling better. I more than understood wanting to enjoy a vacation to the fullest but having to calm down to avoid getting sick. And most importantly, I nodded my head along with Abby when she expressed the desire to want more from life than just being sick all the time. Tis is the life of a person suffering from a chronic illness. Tis is why I heart the character Abby.
"Being sick, it's not who I am, and yet, it's who I've been my whole life." ~ 25%
Abby's Journey is the heartfelt follow-up to Saving Abby. It is about parental love and a daughter's longing for connection and wellness. It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading Saving Abby first for a better understanding of the family's dynamic. Both books have my stamp of recommendation.
Happy Pub Day, Steena Holmes!
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: Abby's Journey
Author: Steena Holmes
Published: February 2017
Challenge: Popsugar—A Book of Letters