Book Review: Saving Abby

Saving AbbySaving Abby by Steena Holmes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Saving Abby was not impressive. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: good writing goes a long way at saving a predictable book. This book was not well written and it left a lot to be desired in the character-development realm.

It initially drew me in but I quickly became lost in Claire Turner’s obsessive behavior. Clare desperately wants a baby — almost to the point of being neurotic. Josh, Clare’s husband, wants Clare to be happy and he convinces her that a baby is just not in their cards. After trying for 7 years, she and her husband decide to give up on this dream and it starts to completely destroy her. I could not relate to this insane need to procreate at any cost.

Despite their prolonged infertility, Claire and Josh discover they are unexpectedly pregnant and shortly thereafter, they learn Claire has a terrible illness. Claire becomes completely unhinged when her need to protect her child outweighs her own need to live. Clare will stop at nothing to save her baby regardless of her husband’s wishes. I’m sure you can figure out what happens from there. The ending can be seen pretty much from page one. I like a book that stings but I also like to be surprised by that ending.

Holmes gets too wrapped up in the love story here. The love of the mother for her child. The love of the husband for his wife. The love of the community for one of their own. It was just too much.  I finished the book regardless and it ended exactly how I envisioned. For those who enjoy a good Romeo and Juliet tragedy, this is the book for you. For reading addicts, this might be one to pass up since it’s just another in a long line of sob stories.

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