Monday, June 20, 2016

Saving Abby - Review TLC Book Tour & #SRC2016

Review by Marlene Engel
Claire and Josh have tried unsuccessfully for years to get pregnant.  Trying to come to terms with the fact that they won’t have the child they so desire, they decide to take a trip to Europe in hopes of easing some of their sorrow.  After returning, Claire begins to experience headache and fatigue.  She goes to her doctor only to find that they conceived during their vacation.  Their joy is short-lived when she’s diagnosed with a condition that if she chooses treatment could very well put her child at risk.  But as Claire’s symptoms get worse, they’re forced to make the hardest decision of their lives … start treatment for the illness and potentially harm the baby, or do nothing and risk her own life.
As a parent, you can’t help but put yourself in Claire and Josh’s shoes.  What would I do if I were them?  Would I save myself?  Or would I do everything I could for the child that I never thought I’d have?  What I love about Steena’s books is that she makes you think.  You are given a tough challenge, but it’s delivered in such a way that you can’t help but relate to the characters.  And, with this novel in particular, you will leave the story with a better appreciation of life and those around you. 

It’s no secret to those who know me, and even to many of my blog readers, that I had a daughter who was totally blind that passed away.  In Saving Abby there is a character by the name of Sami who is blind.  Her name and likeness were taken from my daughter Samantha, who we all called Sami.  I want to thank Steena for not only forever memorializing my daughter in this amazing book, but in writing her character so true to life that I felt like I was given extra time with her through this character. 

Heartwarming, powerful, and honest.  Saving Abby is a book that you will take with you long after you finish the last page.

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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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