SAVING ABBY by Steena Holmes ★ Book Review ★

by Steena Holmes
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Paperback: 272 pages


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.

"What a wonderful read! The characters are so lovable and the plot with its twist and turns keeps you guessing." —Joyful, Amazon Reviewer

*Cove Member Nicole Reviews*


Claire and Josh have an incredible marriage, a joint career writing and illustrating children's books and a passion for travel that unfolds throughout the book. 
The one thing they are missing, that they believe would make their lives complete, is a baby. 
Many months and frustrating cycles later they are rewarded with a pregnancy that starts off rocky and creates some health questions for Claire that unfold and test all of the relationships in the book. 
To protect her unborn baby, Claire is forced to make some very trying decisions that will affect their lives from there on out. 
I thought Ms. Holmes writing was fantastic, but the story was a little slow going in the beginning. As we learn about Claire's medical issues and the discussions around how to proceed for the sake of all involved, it picks up. 
The ending was not a surprise at all but the story is told well and wraps up with a warm feeling, even though you might not like how it ends. 
I can recommend this novel and I'll definitely be looking for more from this author in the future!


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.

To find out more about her books and her love for traveling, you can visit her website at or follow her journeys over on Instagram @steenaholmes.

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