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Ready or Not (Aggie's Inheritance Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in Aggie's Inheritance
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- File size : 3179 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : March 27, 2010
- ASIN : B003H4QYEC
- Print length : 406 pages
- Publisher : Havilah Press Publications (March 27, 2010)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #507,715 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Okay, so the writing style was not my favorite. I don't mind omniscient POVs in general, but this one didn't feel like it was executed all that well, and it really distracted me. Also, the narration was very heavy on telling vs. showing, which added to my discomfort with the style. I haven't had that issue with other books I've read from this author, so I'm not sure what happened here, but it bugged me to the point that I would probably have knocked it down to three stars or less, except...
The character and situations were so believable and hilarious! I laughed out loud several times and had to share several scenarios with someone else so they could laugh with me. The big-family and little-kid dynamics were spot-on, and I absolutely lost it over Laird's answer to the "you have eight kids?" question! X'D I thought the other characters were handled really well, too, with a lot more nuances than they might have shown at first.
I did notice a few inconsistencies in the storyline, but they were pretty minor, and I liked the way the plot dealt mostly with day-to-day life (and day-to-day crises!), except...
Aaaaargh!!! The love triangle!!! Why?!? Okay, so here's where my reaction gets wacky. I absolutely despise and abominate love triangles. With a passion. And I do not like this one. At all. But...aaargh, I don't know...I kind of don't really want to throw the book, even though it was in there?! And while I'm tempted to go read summaries/spoilers for all the other books to make sure she ends up with the guy I want before I continue (yes, I've done it before *hides*), I also kind of don't want to, which really confuses me! :P And at the same time, I'm on pins and needles to find out because while I think there's only one possible right guy for her, I'm really scared that the author might have other ideas... And I don't really dislike the other guy, although I really wasn't a fan at first, but I still don't necessarily want him with Aggie and...help!!! XS
Yeah, so, that was on the incoherent and rambling side, but that's kind of where my thoughts on the book are at the moment. :) But it's very telling that even with a style I didn't really like and a boatload of worry about how the love triangle is going to come out, I can't help giving this the extra half-star to bump it up over "I liked it." The next book will be going on my list, and I will be holding my breath. ;)
Content--awkward comments; mentions of physical and emotional abuse; mentions of wounds and blood (not graphic); mentions of spanking children; mention of a girl starting her period
The amount of characters was still confusing - in fact since I didn't go back and re-read the beginning of the book I wasn't quite sure how old some of the children were, or even how many girls and how many boys. (They have names I've never heard of before, like Tavish and Laird.) And, there were parts that were unrealistic of that I didn't quite agree with, but overall I was amazed at how the family kinda drew me in after I got to know them.
I wanted to keep reading - not because the story was gripping, but because it was every-day-life-ish and interesting and made me feel like I was friends with the characters. It's a long book, and it does drag at times, but in the end I liked it so much that I right away bought the second book in the series and began reading it.
So, it took me two years to get into it (I tried to read it several times during that period), and in the end, it was worth it.
Set at first in an expensive, Victorian era town home and later in an ramshackle, rural farmhouse, these books really come to life. Not too much description, but enough to give you the perfect feel of everything. (And remodeling sounds really fun…)
The Story (make that “Stories”):
From reading the synopsis, you’ve probably already guessed that the story is a bit of a ride. : ) Funny moments (like accidentally feeding the baby coffee instead of formula, oh horrors!); Spiritual lessons on trusting God, dealing with grief, and leaning on Him every day; lots of day to day life; and, yes, some healthy, God-centered romance combine to make these books awesome!
I just loved Aggie. She’s realistic down to her meltdowns over nothing, but she had an encouraging faith in God. She was such an inspiring and spunky character! The children were awesome—always full of surprises. ; ) I also really enjoyed their friends neighbors including William, Luke, Tina (Go, Tina!!), Uncle Zeke, and Libby. (One downside though, was that the Love Interest was a leeetle too perfect, but don’t let me get ranting about writing. We’ve got a review to do, folks!)
Sigh. Parents should have caution in considering these books for younger readers because, well, they are technically romance novels. (Though I am happy to say there are no bedroom scenes or kissing before marriage except a light kiss between two side characters.) Other concerns include crazy, scary grandmother-in-law who SPOILER ALERT! engineers a kidnapping of one of the children (child is found unhurt and returns home safely!); discussion of death; and SPOILER ALERT! backstory of a side character and his baby sister being beaten as children by a drunken mother. Potential readers may also want to note discussion of lingerie as bridal shower gifts; short discussion of adult themes in movies (particularly sexual immorality); and passing mention of a background character having a child out of wedlock. Also, there is a view of pants vs. skirts that some families may not agree with.
How in the world do I explain how awesome these books are??!! Well, try this. Take a freshly graduated college student dealing with grief; add eight kids (ages 12 to a baby!) for her to feed, clothe, homeschool, disciple (remember, they are dealing with grief too!), and take to the ER a few times; mix in two suitors—an imposing police officer and a very handy handyman; remember the aforesaid crazy, scary, loopy, controlling, nuts grandmother-in-law; and stir in a seven bedroom farmhouse to remodel. Now you have what I’m talkin’ about!! (And they are really long books too! Delightfully so!!)
So, if you’re looking for more of a sensible, God-centered “romance novel” with a good story that isn’t just filler between the mush parts (Lorna and the picture frame is really cute!); I suggest you read these books! ; ) Enjoy!!
Top reviews from other countries
So much of this book is so authentic, I felt myself empathising with her frustrations and despair.
Although it is clear that eventually this tale is going to end in a romance, and there is a definite undertone of "which man will it be?" this book is not a romance, it almost defies categorisation but remains simply a story of a family struggling to maintain and rebuild their life together after suffering a horrendous tragedy. I found it compelling reading and a very sweet, piquant story, which I became very absorbed in. So absorbed was I in this book that I immediately downloaded the next book in the series and am about to download the third.
The plot itself is simple, but the development of the characters is very well done and subtle, giving the story the richness and readability to keep me hooked. I genuinely want to know what happens to these characters. The female protagonist is sweet without being saccharine perfect and the male characters are interesting - and flawed. In other words, real ! Only one character seems to have got lost by the end of the book and I assume her story is picked up in the next books. There are a couple of very minor glitches - probably typos - in the book, hence a dropped star, but not enough to make me give up ( and, as a teacher, I am really fussy about that kind of thing !)
I picked this book as it was a freebie. I read books very fast and had made a decision to only pick from the free lists on Kindle. However, I suspect I am about to break that promise by giving in and buying the rest of the series - I need to know who Aggie marries !!