post written by Esther Filbrun
Title: Ante Up!
Author: Chautona Havig
Major Themes: Motherhood, Faith
Synopsis: Aggie’s about to add her second child to their large family, but when disaster threatens to upset her carefully made plans can she turn it over to God—or will her faith fail her?
Whew! Ante Up! is certainly a different book compared to the first three in the Aggie’s Inheritance series! In the first three, Aggie was single, caring for her eight nieces and nephews, enjoying life as much as she could and relying on the Lord in the hard times. Now married, pregnant with her second child and still caring for her sister’s children which are now her own, Aggie is playing with a completely different set of marbles.
After an extended month away from home—two weeks on vacation and then another two weeks at Willow’s place while their home was fixed up after vandals broke in—she is more than ready to settle into a regular routine again. However, life seems to conspire against her with new traces of vandalism, dangers regarding the pregnancy, and Vannie and Laird’s struggles as they start to emerge into the adult world. Can Aggie keep her faith, even when all her dreams for her family seem to be crumbling around her? Will the songs and prayers that she is so well known for be enough to bolster her and their family through the dark days?
In some ways, Ante Up! was a difficult book to read. Having known and loved Aggie’s story before this book, it was quite a shock to me to see another side of Aggie—the side without the constant infusions of Jesus. While very realistic (don’t we all struggle with our faith sometime or another when things don’t work out as planned?), it was hard to see a once-vibrant Christian become a sad, angry shell. This story was just as good as the previous ones, only a little different in its tone. I also loved Vannie and Laird’s struggles with life as an adult—it was completely understandable, and definitely relatable, and the advice they received was good. Overall, this is a great book. I loved the theme that came out through the pages about our walk with the Lord, and found the ending quite enjoyable (although I can’t wait for Vannie’s story to be written!).
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults
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Keywords: Moms, Motherhood