by Steena Holmes
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Buy the Book: Amazon
Goodreads: Twenty-year-old Abigail Turner has only known her mother, Claire—who died shortly after she was born—through letters, videos, postcards, and journals. Abby’s father, Josh, has raised his precious daughter himself, but his overprotectiveness has become stifling. Abby longs to forge out on her own and see the world after a childhood trapped indoors: she suffers from bronchopulmonary dysplasia, which means a case of the sniffles can rapidly escalate into life-threatening pneumonia.
But when Abby’s doctor declares her healthy—for now—her grandmother Millie whisks her away to Europe to visit the Christmas markets that her mother cherished and chronicled in her travel journals. Despite her father’s objections, Abby and Millie embark on a journey of discovery in which Abby will learn secrets that force her to reevaluate her image of her mother and come to a more mature understanding of a parent-child bond that transcends death.
Kritters Thoughts: The second in the series and it is imperative that you start at square one, so if you haven't read the first book, stop now go read and then come back. I will ultimately spoil something for you.
Ok. First let me say I completely adored the first book. I am pretty sure it was one of those books that made me cry OUT loud which rarely happens. So this second book had a lot to live up to which may have been a little impossible!
I adored that we got to read where Abby went and what became of her after the first book. I like that it recapped the years that we missed and jumped to the perfect spot to tell a full story. I have to say that it didn't make me feel all the feels like the first one, but it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it.
I am a hardcore Steena Holmes fan and this book lived up to the rest of her bookshelf. it was heartbreaking to read about what Abby's mom dreamed of her life and then to know what may have fell short, I was absolutely rooting for Abby to find a happiness in the small things.
A great book and I would encourage all of those who read book one to continue, its so worth the read.
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Ebook 2017 Challenge: 4 out of 50
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.