Here We Come Aggie is the third book in a series, and I think it might be better to read the others first. The story revolves around Aggie and her efforts to keep a large brood in check while she plans her wedding. Aggie’s vow of abstinence is mentioned a few times, and there are hardly any interludes – romantic or otherwise – between her and Luke, her husband to be. Oh wait! They do chat every night and send each other text messages where they bear their innermost feelings which are mostly frustration and self-doubt from Aggie, and motivational support from Luke.
I gradually gathered that Aggie somehow ended up with her sister’s eight kids after the untimely demise of their parents. There is a whiff of prior trouble with the paternal grandmother. Aggie’s parents live in Yorktown which is a 7-8 hour drive away. We plough through a period from November to March watching Luke propose, Aggie home school 8 kids, juggle housework and wedding planning, and agonize over whether she is a good enough ‘parent’ to the kids. The book drags a bit and I found myself hitting the Next button a bit too frequently. There is no element of surprise – we know Aggie will be married by the end of the story.
This is a Christian romance. Aggie breaks into song in praise of the Lord as she does her work. There is not enough background here for someone who just picks up this book. So things can be confusing. For example, there is something about Aggie feeling sad because she does not feel like singing. It takes a while for the reader to comprehend that Aggie is supposed to like singing, and that she very often makes up hymns as she goes about her work, and sings them out loud.
I generally love a story about a large family and kids, but I have read better. Maybe this story will make a great Christmas time movie.