Saving Abby by Steena Holmes
ISBN: 9781503934160 (paperback)
ASIN: B016A31ZWW (Kindle version)
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
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.
Claire Turner has almost everything anyone could want: a job she loves, a spouse she’s head-over-heels in love with and who’s in love with her, a beautiful home, loving and supportive friends, and a loving parent. The only thing she doesn’t have is a child with her husband. The overwhelming desire for a child and the steps she’ll take to ensure the safety of an unborn child are at the center of Saving Abby by Steena Holmes.
Claire Turner presumed, as did her parents, that because she had an unremarkable pregnancy as a teenager, it would be easy for her to become pregnant later in life. Sadly, that hasn’t been the case. Claire and Josh have been married for more than six years and even after in vitro attempts there’s been no viable pregnancy. Since Claire and Josh work together on children’s books — Josh writes the story and Claire illustrates them — they do a whirlwind tour of Europe to spark creative ideas for their stories. Upon their return home, Claire is struck by extreme fatigue and excruciatingly painful headaches. After being checked by her friend and doctor it is found that her fatigue is due to a pregnancy. A few months go by and the headaches are unrelenting and it is discovered that Claire has a brain tumor. Treatment isn’t possible during her pregnancy, so she two choices: wait until she can deliver her baby, saving the baby’s life and endangering her own, or pursue treatment saving her life and endangering her unborn child.
You might think that Saving Abby is a dark read because of the subject matter and you’d be wrong. Ms. Holmes has the uncanny ability to take dark themes and imbue them with light and hope. Her characters are realistic and relatable. The situations are easily taken from real life and don’t seem fantastical or farfetched. Yes, there are some serious issues dealt with in Saving Abby – child mortality versus parent mortality, cancer mortality, and more, but all are presented in a respectful manner. If you’re the type of person that enjoys reading HEAs (hopeful ever after), then you’ll definitely want to read Saving Abby. This was another enjoyable Steena Holmes reading experience for me and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
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