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Shadows & Secrets (Annals of Wynnewood, Book 1) Paperback – November 7, 2009
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Dreams are beautiful things, though; they never quite disappear. I began writing again, editing, writing, editing...more editing... and now I have over a hundred books in progress and a few dozen published. I write the stories of fictional people who have real problems, weaknesses, and triumphs. Through their stories, I try to share the Hope that is within me."
Chautona lives in a small, remote town in California's Mojave Desert with her husband and seven of her nine children. When not writing, she enjoys paper crafting, sewing, and the knowledge that someday she'll be able to retire from home education.
She can be found at chautona.com
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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
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.Read more ›
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
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great stuff! I tore through this trilogy. Great writing style. Don't remember finding any of the awkward sentences or silly grammatical errors frequently found in electronic... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Rain
By the time I read this book and trilogy, I had already read quite a few of Chautona Havig's books. I knew she intermixed and entwined wonderful spiritual, Christian principals in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ok now this would not be a book/series that I would normally enjoy or even be interested in but because I am such a big fan of Chautona's I thought I would give the first one a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by slg2
An interesting series. I don't really lean towards fantasy books, and struggled with the fact that it was better suited to young teenagers than adults. Read morePublished 15 months ago by odie
It took me a while to get into the characters. Maybe it was because the setting was so different from her other books. But once I did I couldn't put it down.Published 19 months ago by thebeloved
This is a good book about a girl that's being shunned because she is different. The midwife saves her life but doesn't know how to show her love or even give her a name. Read morePublished 21 months ago by B. Goetz
I loved the characters of Philip and Dove. They have a sweet and adventurous nature about them that keeps you reading and wanting to know more. What is Dove's secret? Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Allison Welch
Great book well written and I enjoyed reading it!!!! Glad that I read this book and I would highly recommend this book!!!Published on September 24, 2013 by M. Smith