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?

My Review:

Claire and Josh Turner have been married for six years. They work together writing and illustrating a series of children’s books. Both have always wanted children of their own, but have been unsuccessful in starting a family.

Together they embark on a trip to Europe visiting many cities. They use this time to explore ideas for their next book. Together, they realize that their dreams of raising their own children is not in their foreseeable future.

After the trip they find out that Claire is pregnant. They are both overjoyed that their prayers have been answered. Claire develops debilitating headaches and exhaustion. At first Josh believes it to be due to hormonal changes from pregnancy. As the weeks progress, her symptoms remain unchanged and concern sets in. A visit to the doctor reveals an unsettling diagnosis.

If you have children or are embarking on this journey, this book will pull at your heartstrings. While I was reading this book I found that I became emotionally attached to the characters.

The sequel, Abby’s Journey, releases February 14, 2017.