Saving Abby

Saving Abby

by Steena Holmes


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503934160
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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.

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Saving Abby 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
toReadistoEscape More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I accidentally read this book out of order. I enjoyed reading the love story of Josh and Claire. I would have enjoyed Abby’s Journey more had I read Saving Abby first. The characters are well developed in this book and it gives a good foundation for the second book. There were a few part that dragged for me. Overall it was a touching love story with a heart wrenching decision after the discovery of Claire's illness.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Another home run for Steena Holmes. From series to stand alones, I have loved reading Steena Holmes for awhile now. This book focuses on a couple who have had difficulties conceiving and when a miracle happens they are excited to celebrate; of course, their joy can't last long or what would be the book! Claire is diagnosed and this couple must face some extreme decision making. First, I loved this couple - they felt real and authentic, yet not completely flawed or dramatic. I also loved the people that they were surrounded by; each character added something to the story instead of just being there. The secondary characters are both a part of the main story, but also have their own that doesn't detract from the main but supports it in just the right way! I didn't love the ending for this one and I will of course not divulge any details, but that didn't take away from me overall loving the book. I would absolutely have picked a different ending, but can live with the one Steena chose. I am anxiously awaiting her next release!
Mengel2 More than 1 year ago
Claire and Josh have tried unsuccessfully for years to get pregnant. Trying to come to terms with the fact that they won’t have the child they so desire, they decide to take a trip to Europe in hopes of easing some of their sorrow. After returning, Claire begins to experience headache and fatigue. She goes to her doctor only to find that they conceived during their vacation. Their joy is short-lived when she’s diagnosed with a condition that if she chooses treatment could very well put her child at risk. But as Claire’s symptoms get worse, they’re forced to make the hardest decision of their lives … start treatment for the illness and potentially harm the baby, or do nothing and risk her own life. As a parent, you can’t help but put yourself in Claire and Josh’s shoes. What would I do if I were them? Would I save myself? Or would I do everything I could for the child that I never thought I’d have? What I love about Steena’s books is that she makes you think. You are given a tough challenge, but it’s delivered in such a way that you can’t help but relate to the characters. And, with this novel in particular, you will leave the story with a better appreciation of life and those around you. It’s no secret to those who know me, and even to many of my blog readers, that I had a daughter who was totally blind that passed away. In Saving Abby there is a character by the name of Sami who is blind. Her name and likeness were taken from my daughter Samantha, who we all called Sami. I want to thank Steena for not only forever memorializing my daughter in this amazing book, but in writing her character so true to life that I felt like I was given extra time with her through this character. Heartwarming, powerful, and honest. Saving Abby is a book that you will take with you long after you finish the last page.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Saving Abby is the story of how the decision to save your unborn baby's life or your own life will change everything around you. Claire and her husband, Josh who write children's books for a living and desperately want a baby. After six long years of trying to get pregnant, they finally get the miracle they always wanted but it comes with a price. The first few weeks of the pregnancy goes smooth until debilitating headaches and fainting spells makes the couple question, what could be wrong. After receiving a horrible diagnosis to these problems, Claire and Josh have to make a life changing decision that will effect them and their family. With a plan in place for Claire, it all leads to a heart-breaking ending that will have you smiling through the tears. This book will grab your heart and not let go until the last word is read on the last page. It hit home for me for what Claire's diagnosis is because my uncle died of the same thing and even though I was too young to remember him, the thought of having today's technology in the 80's would have been so cool to have just to see your loved one everyday even while they are gone just like in the book. The ending to this book was perfect in every sense and it will make you have happy tears by the last page knowing that Steena does it again and reaffirms my love for her books!! Thank You to Steena Holmes for writing a book that had me actually read a book in one sitting!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I received this book from the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2016!
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting and human story. I've never had fertility problems so it was hard for me to relate to Josh and Claire's story. But the wanting of a child is a deep down desire that is put in most of our hearts, otherwise what would happen to the human race? Claire is a children's book illustrator and her husband Josh writes the books. It is a wonderful collaboration for the two of them that sends them traveling a lot. Part of the book follows their travels in Europe where they get ideas for their stories and have a bit of relaxation as well. When Claire finally lets go of her dream of having a baby, she finds out she is pregnant. Shortly afterward she also finds out she has a growing cancerous brain tumor. The weeks following are stressful for the two of them and also for her mother and very close friends. Claire's severe headaches are debilitating at times but she struggles to carry her miracle baby as long as she can no matter the cost to herself. I was mesmerized with their struggles and drawn into their story as I turned page after page. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to find out what would happen next. This was one of the most emotional, true to life stories I've read in a long time. The characters seemed so real it was like I was reading a non-fiction story instead of a fictional one. This is the first book I've read by this author but it won't be the last. I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for my honest opinion, which I have given.
dlvandruff More than 1 year ago
As I am writing this feedback, I am still wiping tears off my face. A story written about passion, honesty, heartwarming and heartbreaking feelings. A truly spiritual journey in the life of a couple. How trials of any kind can be survived through love of family and friends. I absolutely adored this story. The characters are all amazing and hold true to their role in the book. I absolutely recommend this book. Read it!! 5 Stars