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Saving Abby Paperback – May 31, 2016
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“Saving Abby tells the story of how a community of family and friends help her come to terms with a tragic diagnosis with bravery and love.” —Toronto Star
“An exceptionally written, heartfelt story that will pull at your heartstrings.” —Authors on Air
“A compelling novel from beginning to end, Saving Abby by Steena Holmes is an unforgettable and deftly crafted story of one woman's courage and love—a story that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book is finished and set back upon the shelf.” —Midwest Book Review
“Holmes gives us characters that are strong yet vulnerable...She takes you to the highs and lows of life with the flick of a pen, and yet she holds out hope as an enchanting chain, daring cancer to break it...If you enjoy romance and family, woman’s literature, and contemporary drama, you will find this to be the perfect work for your library.” —Blog Critics
“Saving Abby is a book you won't want to stop reading. I tried to put it down and do some housework...It didn't happen. I just had to keep reading until the end. So be prepared!” —Fresh Fiction
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 www.steenaholmes.com or follow her journeys over on Instagram @steenaholmes.
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This is their love story. It's a story about family. About their best friends. And a close-knit community rallying around two of their own. But at its base, it's a true testament to the bond and love between a mother and her child.
I loved everything about this book and can only say excellent things about it. Please read it for yourself! 5 of 5 stars, unquestionably.
Writing books that come straight from her heart to her readers heart is a rare talent for any author; but one that Steena Holmes has mastered.
At the beginning, Josh and Claire are abroad researching for the childrens books Jack wrote and and Claire illustrated. They are also using the time to find the perfect place and time to say goodbye to one of their dreams as a couple: to have a child of their own. They have a bucket list they had been keeping for when they had a baby, and despite trying everything over the past six years they were still childless. Eventually, on the last night of their trip, Claire finds the perfect place and time and she and Josh let the sheets of paper containing their bucket list fly through a moonlit night into the water from the deck of their cruise ship.
Once they return home, several weeks later, Claire is still feeling like she is suffering from jet lag, despite it being a month or so later. She is sleeping almost all the time, not hungry, and is having massive headaches. Eventually she agrees to see her best friend, who is also her family doctor. Claire is told she is pregnant. And while there is some concern with her severe tiredness and lack of appetite as well as the headaches, they are all thought to be related to her pregnancy.
Intermingling Josh and Claire's trip abroad to the present day, with little minor hints here and there, ones the reader doesn't notice initially, the author creates an air of uncertainty around Claire's health that is not related to her pregnancy.
The mysticism created by the author is done in such a way that the reader is just as concerned as Claire's husband and her doctor/best friend Abbie as to what is truly going on. When the diagnosis is finally provided, the reader is as shocked, worried, and as full of questions as the characters. The realism of the storyline and the characters is so honest and so raw, that from the beginning the reader is right there with them from the very beginning....and that bond just grows stronger throughout the novel.
No matter the storyline, the personal and/or social issue, Steena Holmes has the reader immediately drawn into the novel and into the hearts of her characters. There is so little separation, that the reader truly can identify with each character, their thoughts, feelings and actions. She writes with such strength and honesty, realism and depth that the reader is a part of the novel long past the final words. The reader is left thinking and moved to such a degree that any loss, gain, feeling, question, or interpretation is still being worked through.
"Saving Abby" is yet another amazing, moving and absolutely incredible novel by Steena Holmes.
her predictable but delayed diagnosis. Did I mention I hated the ending?