Claire Turner always wanted to be a mother, but after six years she and her husband, Josh, accepted that it wasn’t going to happen.When Claire discovers she is finally pregnant, the Turners are thrilled—until Claire begins to suffer excruciating headaches, and other symptoms that can’t be attributed to her pregnancy. When Claire sees her doctor, she is given a heartbreaking diagnosis. Treatment could harm the baby, and Claire must choose between saving herself, or saving her baby.
This was an emotional read. Claire and Josh grabbed a piece of my heart right away, and the more I read, the larger it became. Learning Claire’s backstory made her pregnancy and health issues even more poignant. There’s so much I want to say about this book. I want to talk about certain scenes that were literally painful to read, not because the writing was sub-par, but because it was written so perfectly I had an intense emotional reaction to the event it described. But I’m holding myself to a strict ‘no spoilers’ policy in my reviews now, and I’m unable to find a way to write about it without giving away what happens.
What I can say is this: Holmes wrote a beautiful story that makes you want to rage against the capriciousness of Fate, every time something happens, or is said, that breaks your heart a little more. And—if other readers are like me—they will finish the novel and have a haunting realization about something (I can’t mention what it is or I’d be spoiling it) that will have them tearing up all over again.
If you enjoy reading novels filled with all the ‘feels’, you should put this one on your to-be-read list. It’s simply a great read.
I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing.
Author: Steena Holmes
Title: Saving Abby
Published: 5/31/2016 by Lake Union Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★ BOOK WORTH READING