If you don't like baby books, don't bother with this one. The title, the
cover and the back blurb warn you that there are lots, and I do mean lots,
of babies in this story.
Thirty-five-year-old Casey Fairchild is ready to be a mother. An infection
left her incapable of getting pregnant in the conventional way. Her best
friend, a fertility doctor, knows her stuff. Casey gets pregnant . . . with
twins. Following her friend's advice, she relocates from the high pressures
of New York to the bucolic joy of Kansas. She'll be helping a minister
who's organizing support groups.
Casey might have been expecting twins, but she certainly wasn't expecting a
hunk for a boss. Pastor Stephen Dubois is a single, desirable, attractive
man. Stephen finds Casey equally attractive. Her plain spoken manner
appeals to him. She's also got a wisecracking sense of humor that keeps him
Casey is reluctant to tell Stephen of her pregnancy. No, she's more than
reluctant; she's scared. What will his reaction be? She's really afraid
that he'll lose interest in her. What throws a monkey wrench into both
their plans is the arrival of five toddler girls. It's sorta complicated
but Stephen's foster sister has sent her stepchildren to Stephen, knowing
that he'll take good care of them.
Stephen is now the guardian of quintuplets, soon to be their adopted
father. Casey is pregnant with twins. Suddenly she's really concerned that
Stephen might not want to become involved with her. I'd say that's a
And Babies Make Ten reminds me of older category novels, ones
written when realism could be gently ignored. The five toddlers arrive via
a delivery man, after they'd been brought to the states by missionaries.
That didn't ring true. Nobody's going to hand over five kids to Speedy
Next, out of nowhere came a plot line that was silly and unnecessary. Casey
decides to protect herself. She'll let Stephen see the real her. She'll
gross him out so that he won't be interested. Here's how she does it. She
flosses in public, complains about her mother's sciatica and
even...horrors...belches in public. Luckily this dumb stuff didn't last
In a realistic scene, Stephen is stunned when he learns about
Casey's pregnancy. And why shouldn't he be? Here's a man who's gone from
being single to caring for five toddlers. With Casey's news, his world
tilts even more.
Okay, so this story wasn't terribly realitic and was high on the Pollyanna
scale. Parts of it are silly. Parts of it are implausible. My pragmatic
side knows that this story is a saccharine overload. My emotional side,
however, won the day. I really liked this book Yes, overall it's a sweet,
self-effacing 'life in a gentler way' story. Sometimes those tender,
rose-colored tales are just what we need.