Title: For Keeps
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: Aggie’s Inheritance, book 2
Major Themes: Homeschooling, Courtship, Large Families
Synopsis: Aggie is learning the ropes of raising a large family as she cares for her sister’s eight children and begins homeschooling them.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ready or Not, the first book in the Aggie’s Inheritance series, when I read it a good while ago, and have been saying for a long time that I’d sure like to read the other two books! I got my chance this week when I was given an Amazon gift card for Mother’s Day. No problem deciding what to use it for—I couldn’t wait to read For Keeps and learn more of Aggie’s story.
Aggie is learning to love her sister’s eight children more and more, and becoming even more of a mother to them. At the same time, two young men who are helping her in various ways are both learning to love her, as well. She is too wrapped up in her daily life caring for the children and finishing the remodeling of their home to realize that, however.
In this volume of Aggie’s story, we are shown the problems of trying to find modest clothing for the girls to wear to school—and as soon as that problem is solved, all except one break out with chicken pox just in time that they cannot start school! How will Aggie handle them being two weeks behind their classmates? She decides to homeschool! With the help of her best friend Tina, as well as Luke and his mother, she plunges into a new venture.
I won’t give away any more of For Keeps, but if you want a light read that is also very encouraging and uplifting, take a closer look at the Aggie’s Inheritance series. This is a very clean series. There is a little bit of hugging, but absolutely no kissing between unmarried people, and there is discussion about appropriate relationships between single people. I can’t wait to read the third book and see what happens next. These books are very well-written, although to be honest I did notice a few typos and a couple of inconsistencies. As fast as Chautona Havig seems to be turning out new stories, however, I’m impressed that there are not more.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults