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Ready or Not (Aggie's Inheritance #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,227 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Fresh out of college, Aggie Milliken thinks she’s prepared for anything life can throw her way. Think again, Aggie!

After the abrupt loss of her sister and brother-in-law, Aggie is stunned to find herself the sole guardian of their eight lively children. If learning basic parenting skills wasn’t complicated enough, she must also battle the children’s half-crazed grandmother
Paperback, First, 348 pages
Published March 27th 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Lydia Howe
I started reading this book two years ago. Sadly I didn't really like it. There were way too many characters which made it really confusing for me, plus the storyline wasn't all that interesting. A week or so ago I saw some people commenting about how much they liked the book, so I decided to give it another go. (I had it on my phone kindle, so I just started right where I'd left off.)

The amount of characters was still confusing - in fact since I didn't go back and re-read the beginning of the
This book was so good! I don't know why it took me so long to read it. This author did an amazing job developing her characters and making them feel so real.

I think my favorite part of the book is how unashamed Aggie was of her beliefs, and how seamlessly they fell into her life. The book wasn't preaching or over the top, but Aggie's high standards were there.

The whole concept of mid-twenties year old, suddenly inheriting her eight nieces and nephews was great. Watching Aggie learning to deal wi
Esther Filbrun
Aug 28, 2015 Esther Filbrun rated it it was amazing
This is by far the most favorite book I’ve been reading lately. Mom finally convinced me to read it after all her ranting, and I’ve got to say I’ve fallen in love with the story too. Aggie, mother of eight inherited children, is so real in all her struggles of learning to be a mother—let alone learning to deal with her inherited mother-in-law! Even though Ready or Not is a long story, I’m enjoying every word—and glad to know there are two more books in the series waiting for me to read them! Oh, ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I got this as a free book through Book Bub and loved it. I'm going to have to get the rest of the series to find out what happens with Aggie and all the kids. I can't even imagine having 8 kids (2 sets of twins) much less suddenly becoming the guardian of 8 kids at the age of 22. While it is sad in places it is also laugh out loud funny in other places.
Sherry Burney
Jan 17, 2013 Sherry Burney rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait to start the next one in the series.
Andrea Stoeckel
Aug 09, 2013 Andrea Stoeckel rated it it was amazing
I have written elsewere that when I look back on the past six months or so, some might think I am overdosing on Chautona's books. The thing is, I'm not. Each series, although tied by area (the fictious Rockland) each character arc is different and each storyline unique. That's what's so great about them :)

20-something Aggie inherits her eight nieces and nephews, a grandmother-in-law, and the wherwithall to be able to care for them. She had just graduated from college and was getting ready to tea
Nov 16, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Totally loved this book. It may be due to reading a book when I was in grade school about a family of children who lost their parents and did all they could to stay together and not get pulled apart in foster care. This author just pulls into wishing for the best for this young woman and the responsibility thrust upon her. With the good advice she is given, it seems to me to be a good book for a prospective mother to read. Looking forward to the sequel.
Jan 02, 2013 Kay rated it it was ok
College grad "inherits" her sister's eight children. She is unprepared and whiny.
Jun 27, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Interview I did with the author of this book:

Welcome to Cindy's Book Reviews (CBR) Chautona, tell us a bit about yourself.

*taps mic*
I am Chautona and I love to write..

Chautona... yeah. The name. Probably should explain that. It is my real name. It is not "Native American" or French and I am not "African American." It is 100%, totally adulterated, Okie. I was named after apartments in Bakersfield California. Yeah. Born in Oklahoma to an Okie father. Doesn't get much more Okie than that. Just say
Jennifer Newell
Mar 12, 2017 Jennifer Newell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and very true to life.

This is a great story about family and the struggles of children. It is only through faith in God that you can face life's trials.
Kate Willis
I try to avoid reading very many romance novels in the first place (they either send my head into the clouds with the delighfulness or into the wall with the drama), so it’s very unusual to find me recommending a series of them. These books by Christian author, Chautona Havig, are the best “romance novels” I’ve ever read; but they are also much more than that.

The Setting:
Set at first in an expensive, Victorian era town home and later in an ramshackle, rural farmhouse, these books really come to
Chrissy Stoll
Oct 08, 2013 Chrissy Stoll rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I read this book very slowly over the course of about a month while waiting in the after school pick-up line. I don't think I could have handled it all at once, so I'm glad it worked out that way.

What I liked about this story:

1. Aggie's attitude and quirkiness. Her patience and sense of humor remained, for the most part, even when she was exhausted. She enjoyed the kids, which was nice to see. She was slightly clueless about housekeeping and cooking, which helped her seem a little more real as
May 03, 2014 Bekah rated it it was amazing
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Nov 24, 2012 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A young woman in her early twenties is left to take care of her 8 nieces and nephews after their parents die.

I felt like the book was a never-ending cycle of the same scenes:

The children misbehave and she deals with it.

Her sister's mother-in-law shows up and makes a scene so she has to call the police.

She chats with her best friend online.

She has an emotional breakdown and other people come to her rescue.

A very heavy Christian theme. She wears skirts all of the time, no pants at all. She pr
Jan 08, 2013 Kjirstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story; you want Aggie to survive and thrive, and each step forward (followed, as often as not, by a step back) is a delight. I kept cheering her on and it was good to see her in a good place by the end of the book. (Though with a lot of ends left untied. You know that Grandma-from-Hell isn't going to just disappear...)

I will say that I wondered when the story was written, because the technology described didn't seem up-to-date (or the styles). And Aggie being a 22-year-old
Jamie Dubois
22 year old Aggie had dreams of becoming a high school teacher but those dreams came to an end when she finds out her sister and brother-in-law were killed as a result of a car accident. Aggie finds out she "inherited" all EIGHT of her sisters children.

This is a story of how Aggie survives the first 6 months of motherhood... taking care of the children, refurbishing an old house, strengthening friendships... with the help of many new friends. She has Luke- the do-it-all handyman, William- the to
Oct 24, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book one in the Aggie's Inheritance series by a new-to-me author, Chautona Havig. I got this one for free, and I believe I have at least two more in this series also on my Kindle. It got a little overly wordy and descriptive in places but overall, a very enjoyable book. Aggie Milliken has just finished college when her older sister and brother-in-law are tragically killed in a car wreck. They've left Aggie the awesome responsibility of raising their EIGHT children. His mother wants the children, ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aggie's Awesome Adventures are just beginning

What a life a 22-year old Aggie has suddenly inherited: the guardianship of 8 children ranging in age from four months to 12 years old.

Having just graduated from college and planning on teaching high school history to becoming a "mom" of 8, the 180 degree life change is one she finds overwhelming, frustrating, fun, peaceful, aggravating, happy, enjoyable, and full of challenge and love. She struggles, yet positively grows into her role quite quickly
Mandy Moore
I enjoyed this book.. Not so sure I could have handled this situation, had I been in Aggie's shoes!

This story contained alooot of detail, kind of exhausting as you read every detail of a situation.. but if you think of it.. I think that may have been intentional from the author to give a insight to Aggie's daily routine.. She's completely dead on her feet after a day of struggling to maintain leadership & care for 8 kids, and you are too! lol

I would have liked a little more closure in the en
May 26, 2016 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A daunting task!

Picture yourself going to bed, a recent college grad in search of your first ever teaching position, and waking up as guardian and mommy-aunt to your beloved sister's children. EIGHT children. Eight children ranging from a baby to nearly teen. Stick in a couple sets of twins and a perfectionist grandmother in law for good measure. Follow Aggie as she struggles with being an instant mommy to her late sister and brother in law's children. Hymns are her prayers as well as her battle
Emma Filbrun
Jul 25, 2015 Emma Filbrun rated it it was amazing
I have found very few modern fiction books that I really liked, far fewer that I was interested in reading twice. Ready or Not is one of those very few. I got it free for my Kindle, and now I want to read the rest of the series! I first read it a year or so ago, but decided to reread it now, to decide if it was as worth reviewing for this website as I remembered. It sucked me in just as much as on the first read, and once again I was highly impressed. This is an author I’d like to read more of!


Dorothy Timm
Jan 15, 2016 Dorothy Timm rated it did not like it
For me, this was one of the most boring and unrealistic books I've read. I spent the first third of the book wanting to stop reading, but rereading the reviews and finguring it must get better (which it didn't). Then I spent the middle third of the book saying to myself "I can't believe I'm reading this", and the last third I skimmed through, waiting for the book to end. Eight children whose parents had died. yet they weren't in therapy and acted very well-behaved, despite all they'd been throug ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Recommended to Julie by: amazon kindle - free book
The format has traditional third-person narrative mixed in with text conversations. The text conversations annoyed me: they speak using outdated lingo (at least lingo that I do not use) and from an outsider's perspective, I don't think anyone wants to read "lol" in a book.

That withstanding, the book's ending (no spoiler here) was different than the standard Christian book, and for that, I think it says something good about the author and her willingness to explore realities of life within light-
Jul 16, 2015 Ryoko rated it it was amazing
I found myself enchanted with the characters. I delighted with them, was hurt, frustrated, encouraged and challenged. So glad to learn there were more books about this family. I didn't want to say goodbye. I found myself wanting to learn more hymns to be able to sing with Aggie to rejoice or change my attitude.
Would be a great read aloud for family with many opportunities to talk about how would you have handled this, how do you think this child felt, which child do you think you are the most
I started this book with certain expectations that I think tainted my enjoyment. With those expectations, it ran very slow. I had reached a point that I just wanted to finish, which I'm glad I did. It is not a "typical" romanace, but it is quite humorous and so accurate with the drama and comedy that accompanies "large" families. When I got to the end, I though for sure, I wouldn't care what happen to the characters, but I was so drawn in that I just had to buy the other two books in the series.
Jan 15, 2013 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
There was a strong Christian theme running through the story, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment, it was simply an aspect of the tale & not at all preachy. I enjoyed this tale of a young 22 year old woman who inherits her 8 nephews & nieces when her sister & brother in law die in am accident. She meets the challenge of dealing with grief, becoming an instant substitute parent, moving house etc with little if any time to seriously consider any romantic involvement. Would recommen ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I love how all the character grew throughout the book. I even enjoyed some of the most dramatic moments, laughing at the weirdest experiences that Aggie had as a first time mother. I do recommend this book to everyone who is old enough to be around with kids, or thinking about working in a job that has children (15 and up). There are lessons about parenting and working with children that help me see a new perspective in dealing with problems everyday. Most enjoyable, ad fun ...more
Linda Rainey
Jul 27, 2016 Linda Rainey rated it it was amazing
Erma Bombeck scoot over, here comes Chautona Havig.
Angie becomes the mother of eight children at the age of twenty two after the death of her sister.
There hilarious moments as well as lots of crying and holding each other, as she struggles to create a home for them.
Her coping mechanism is to sing old hymns.
I loved every character, the storyline and the setting.
I look forward to the next book in the series and more by this author.
Oct 01, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the tone of this book. My disappointments were: 1) A few important scenes were told about instead of shown. Also, 2), I did not realize this is the first book in a trilogy. The ending seemed abrupt. Even being part of a trilogy, I think Havig could have left us hanging on some counts (enticing us to read further) while still finishing off the threads of book one. (Grade: "B".)
Yolie Gachelin
Nov 19, 2013 Yolie Gachelin rated it liked it
A crying shame. Yes, a crying shame. I started reading this book 2 months ago on my Nook. I just now completed the book. It wasn't because it was a bad book or because it was a slow read. On the contrary. This book was a nice easy flow read. I think that is where the problem was. When you read this book you read an easy average pace. There are no grabbers with this book. However, the book is not a bore either. Just a long easy flow read. Over all a cute simple book to read.
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