Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
About the Book:
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?
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Steena Holmes brings us an unforgettable story of one woman’s courage and love.
Saving Abby is a compelling read that takes a look at the issue of a pregnancy that threatens the life of the mother. Even more, it is the story of people. Claire and Josh are an illustrator and author of a series of children's books about a young boy who has adventures. The boy has become their baby since their efforts to have one have been unsuccessful. Their best friends are Abby and Derek. Abby is Claire's long-time best friend and doctor. I liked the interaction between the couples and the way that they valued each other and their marriages, even when times got tough. I loved Claire and Abby's friendship.
I actually loved the whole book, except the ending. Actually the ending made me feel cheated. The whole question through the pregnancy was whether Claire's choice to continue it would mean sacrificing her life for her child's. The way the ending was written, that question was never answered. (once you read the book you'll know what I mean--and I tried to write this to avoid a spoiler).
I also found the medical aspects of the book unbelieveable. Abby is a small town family doctor who practices with the man who has been Claire's childhood physician. They are in Canada, so maybe things are different there, but once Claire's problem is diagnosed, the older doctor tells her what he would do if she wasn't pregnant, and that they won't do anything because she is. At least in the US, what would have happened is that she would have been shipped off to a specialist who would have developed the treatment plan, whether or not Claire chose to continue the pregnancy.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B+.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
About the Book:
Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.
While visiting her brother in secret, Julianne meets and befriends Kyle McCarthy, an Irish Catholic groundskeeper studying to become a priest. Caught between her family’s expectations, Kyle’s devotion to the Church, and the intense new feelings that the forbidden courtship has awakened in her, Julianne must make a choice: uphold the life she’s always known or follow the difficult path toward love.
But as war ripples through the world and the Blitz decimates England, a tragic accident forces Julianne to leave everything behind and forge a new life built on lies she’s told to protect the ones she loves. Now, after twenty years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her—will she be brave enough to face it?
I found this book to be a fascinating read. I really liked the way Camille DiMaio dealt with Catholicsm, priestly celibacy and the theme of vocation. I enjoyed the two separate timelines and how they came together. At the beginning of the book I liked Julianne and admired her drive, spunk, and compassion. I loved Kyle; the only problem I might have with him is that he was too perfect. However, something happened in the middle of the book that changed Julianne, and I found her behavior after that point untrue to who she was. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and would definitely read another by DiMaio.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B.