by Steena Holmes
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Buy the Book: Amazon
Goodreads: 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?
Kritters Thoughts: Another home run for Steena Holmes. From series to stand alones, I have loved reading Steena Holmes for awhile now. This book focuses on a couple who have had difficulties conceiving and when a miracle happens they are excited to celebrate; of course, their joy can't last long or what would be the book! Claire is diagnosed and this couple must face some extreme decision making.
First, I loved this couple - they felt real and authentic, yet not completely flawed or dramatic. I also loved the people that they were surrounded by; each character added something to the story instead of just being there. The secondary characters are both a part of the main story, but also have their own that doesn't detract from the main but supports it in just the right way!
I didn't love the ending for this one and I will of course not divulge any details, but that didn't take away from me overall loving the book. I would absolutely have picked a different ending, but can live with the one Steena chose.
I am anxiously awaiting her next release!
Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.