Book Review #226: Abby’s Journey: A Novel

Author: Steena Holmes

Genre: General Fiction

Language: English

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Date of publication: 14 February 2017

No. Of pages: 237


Abby idolized her mother. All she had ever known about her were the memories people shared with her, the letters, the journals. Abby’s father, Josh, has raised his precious daughter himself, but now she finds his overprotectiveness to be 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.

Finally, Abby’s doctor have declared her healthy—for now. So 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.


This was one of the most beautiful book that I have read. The story can simply be described as heartfelt and poignant. While the plotline may be simple and reminds you of P.S. I love You, the depth of emotiona that have been poured into each page simply reaches you in a place that can only happen with a good book. The filial bonds described are way too many to count, but each add a dimension that is imperative for the book. While the lead character takes a journey, which literally becomes a journey of lifetime, the fact that the readers also tag along with her is something that is unique and immensely pleasurable. The Wanderluster in me completely feels a bond with Abby’s passion and as a doctor feel for her as a young patient. 

My opinion: Everything about this book defines and redefines perfect simplicity. Much recommended!!!

My rating: 5 out of 5


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