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Product Details

  • Series: Annals of Wynnewood (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449551270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449551278
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,912,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

When not meandering through the fictional forests of Wynnewood, Chautona can be found in her little California desert bungalow with her family and planning her next foray into medieval fantasy. The mother of nine, grandmother of three, and wife of the world's greatest husband, Chautona considers herself blessed beyond measure. Chautona's primary genre is contemporary Christian women's fiction, but enjoyed this flight into children's fantasy and is eager to continue the story of Dove and Philip in the Annals of Wynnewood.

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Chautona Havig began her love affair with words as a very young child. An early reader, she spent most of her childhood devouring books at the speed of a paper grocery bag full each week during summer vacation. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she often escaped into worlds of her own creation.

When asked about her first attempts at writing a novel, Chautona said, "The summer I turned thirteen, I wrote the most insipid, pietistic, self-righteous pile of wasted paper that anyone has ever attempted to put on paper. Looking back, I guess it was a good reminder of what I don't want to write! Twenty years later, in 2001, I suddenly felt compelled to write, and I haven't stopped since."

With over a hundred books in various stages of editing or completion and three in print, Chautona doesn't see herself ever running out of ideas.

Chautona strives to write about average people with genuine problems, and how they strive to live their lives to the glory of God. Some of their methods are unconventional and their situations aren't pristine and free from the taint of sin in this world, but all care more about serving the Lord and each other than obtaining some Utopian ideal.

She can be found at chautona.com

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A fun and interesting story that I would recommend to readers 9 years old and up.
Susieb
Adventure, twists and turns, loveable characters and a bit of suspense, all wrapped up in a distinctly Christian story.
C. Haug
Parents will appreciate Philip's loyalty, work ethic, unfailing integrity, and faith in his God.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sweetie B. on July 2, 2012
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Shadows and Secrets is wonderful read. It is a book about friendship, adventure, and mystery. And the great "I AM" is woven throughout the story. You will instantly be drawn into the lives of Philip and the creature. Chautona Havig does an amazing job of drawing you into the village of Wynnewood. We had great family discussion over Philip and the Creature. While this book does contain fantasy, it does not contain elements such as magic or sorcery. It does have dragons and such but is not offensive in any way. Shadows and Secrets is a beautiful story of Christian love and friendship.

We used it as a family read aloud and all ages enjoyed it. As soon as I finished the book, the children quickly grabbed it to read on their own. It has been read over and over again. I do need to give a warning. Once you finish Shadows and Secrets, you will want the other two books in the Wynnewood Trilogy. Annals of Wynnewood: Cloaked in Secrets and Annals of Wynnewood: Beneath the Cloak
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susieb on June 26, 2012
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Shadows and Secrets is a great book full of adventures, mystery, and even a dragon! A boy, who is struggling to learn anything from his master, and a 'creature' form an unlikely friendship. Together they foil a kidnapping, go on a treasure hunt, and explore dragon caves. A fun and interesting story that I would recommend to readers 9 years old and up. Thomas, 14.

From the Mom: I appreciate this book because it is fantasy book, which my children like, but it has no sorcery or magic in it. There are Christian themes throughout the book that only add to the story and are not a distraction. I would recommend it to others and we have bought the series to give as gifts. Susan - Mom
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers on July 1, 2012
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Creatures and dragons and unicorns, oh my! All those things and more are what you'll find when you enter the world of Wynnewood, a medieval village in northern England. You'll meet Philip, the young apprentice to the town's fletcher, and the Ge-sceaft, a frightening creature shrouded in mystery and superstition. Along with Philip, you'll discover the secrets of the Ge-sceaft and the meaning of friendship.

The Annals of Wynnewood include Shadows and Secrets, Annals of Wynnewood: Cloaked in Secrets, and Annals of Wynnewood: Beneath the Cloak, which make up the adventure-packed trilogy written by Christian author, Chautona Havig, for kids ages 9-12.

The first book in the series, Shadows and Secrets, introduces you to Philip, a boy of extraordinary character and integrity. Unwilling to accept the town's superstitious tales about the Ge-sceaft, he sets about to befriend the creature. Soon, Philip and "Dove" are fast friends who set out on a series of adventures together. Interwoven into their adventures are Philip's recounting of the stories and characteristics of his God, who is not fully accepted in an area filled with polytheistic beliefs. From answering the question about whether or not dragons exist, to embarking on an adventure to save the village lord's daughter, Philip and Dove find one adventure after another.

The characters in this Christian adventure series are engaging and believable. Parents will appreciate Philip's loyalty, work ethic, unfailing integrity, and faith in his God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colleen on January 10, 2013
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Transported to another time and place, I had to remind myself that this book was not written hundreds of years ago. The writing is contemporary, but the story is so compelling it draws the reader into Wynnewood, bringing the characters and places to life.

True to life in any time, it portrays the battles between superstition and truth, fear and courage, loyalty and betrayal. It shows how forgiveness and trust are important parts of friendship and follows the struggles of boys trying to earn the right to be considered men while the main character learns to appreciate the friendship of an outcast.

"Shadows & Secrets" is written in such a way to interest readers of all ages. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, but wished my kids could have read it when they were young. They will still enjoy it as young adults, but I see the value of this story in the character development of younger readers. While the book does contain Christian themes, even non-religious readers will appreciate the fresh look at stories from the Bible.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By faithful on July 2, 2012
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Shadows and Secrets is an amazing book! The historical accuracy is superb while at the same time the characters and style are natural, humorous, realistic, and absolutely captivating! Shadows and Secrets is the first book in a trilogy that holds such beautifully skilled work that it completely wins your respect for the characters and the author. Chautona's inspiring books speak directly to the reader in that they have characters that have real hopes, real fears, real feelings, and real challenges to overcome. When you finish the story the characters ultimately have become real to your mind. This book really grabs you and makes it so that you can't put it down. When my mother first read it to us as a family we were always trying to bribe for more chapters of reading time because it was so exiting and interesting. An added bonus is that this book is fascinating for such a wide age range--for example my mother was reading for an audience with ages ranging from the youngest being four and the oldest being twenty. It really is a must read! When you finish this book there is absolutely no way you will be able to resist buying the next one.

Emily, 14
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