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Wayward Winds #2 [Paperback]

Michael Phillips
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March 15 1999 Secrets of Heathersleigh Hall (Book 2)


Uncover THE SECRETS OF HEATHERSLEIGH HALL with Wayward Winds, the newest book from Michael Phillips and join the drama, the conflict, and the attempt of one woman to free herself from the clutches of a man yearning for power.

In Wayward Winds, Amanda Rutherford has left the family mansion on the shires of Devon and joined the suffragette movement in London. While in the bustling metropolis, she becomes romantically involved with Ramsay Halifax, a charming young man who has European roots. As World War I approaches, the suffragette movement wanes, leaving Amanda without much purpose.

In a hasty decision, she agrees to marry Halifax, and soon she is on her way to Eastern Europe. Little does she know the danger she is in, that all along she has been merely a pawn in an ideological scheme to gain influence and control in England. When she finally realizes that Halifax and his mother are not the people she thought they were, she finds herself far from home and a warring continent lays between her and the only place of safety she knows.

PRAISE for Wild Grows the Heather in Devon

"Entertaining and filled with spiritual insight. I'm looking forward to reading the other titles in this series." K.D., Minnesota Christian Chronicle

"Dramatic and insightful. Highly recommended." Library Journal.

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From Library Journal

In this follow-up to the first book in this new series (The Garden at the Edge of Beyond, LJ 9/1/98), Phillips continues the story of the devout Rutherford family. Dismayed by her parents' newfound religious beliefs, 20-year-old Amanda Rutherford seeks her own purpose in life, one that does not involve her parents or organized religion. She joins the suffragist movement and finds romance in the person of Ramsay Halifax. Realizing that her parents would not easily accept Ramsay makes him especially intriguing. Unfortunately, after the two marry, Amanda realizes Ramsay has a hidden agenda and a life she knew nothing about. Amanda's search, coupled with her questions about religion, makes this a touching and dramatic book with some intriguing historical details. Readers of historical fiction should find much to enjoy here.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Michael Phillips is an author, editor, publisher, and bookseller. He's written nearly 50 books, including many best sellers, and his current total book sales have capped five million.

He's also the editor of 25 books by 19th-century author George MacDonald (Bethany House). Sales now top l.5 million copies. Plus, he's the founder of Sunrise Books, which issues leather-bound editions of MacDonald's original works. At age 45, Phillips is responsible for nearly 100 titles that today circulate in the Christian marketplace.

This output stems from the printed page's greatest influence on Phillips' life. Besides the extensive library in his office, seven volumes perch in a place of honor on top of his desk. Each book represents a significant growth period in Schaeffer, C.S. Lewis, MacDonald, and Richard Foster. A key element in his work has been editing MacDonald's writings. "MacDonald has been a spiritual mentor for me," Phillips says, "exactly as he was for C.S. Lewis.

A Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelley, launched Phillips' career in bookselling. While in college preparing for what he thought would be a physics career, possibly with NASA, he read Kelley's book. "It had such a profound impact on my whole spiritual being, I began giving copies away," he says.

While searching for inexpensive ways to purchase this book, Phillips created a small bookstore in one corner of his student apartment. This small venture grew, but after a few years in bookselling, Phillips found his interest in books leading him to write.

Phillips has also co-written five best-selling Bethany House fiction series with fellow Eureka, CA resident Judith Pella: the HIGHLAND and two STONEWYCKE series set in Scotland, THE JOURNALS OF CORRIE BELL HOLLISTER, and THE RUSSIANS. The Phillips/Pella titles are now approaching 2 million in sales.

His most recent books, Wayward Winds, Book 2 in the SECRETS OF HEATHERSLEIGH HALL series, and Legend of the Celtic Stone, Book 1 in his monumental new CALEDONIA series, continue his fine tradition of bringing history to life with compelling plots and intriguing characters.

A versatile author, he's had 14 books named finalists in the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion award competition., and in 1993 he had the distinction of being the author of two of the top five fiction books- The Crown and the Crucible (Bethany) and Pinnacles of Power (Moody).

Phillips' life is a constant juggling of multiple objectives&operating a bookstore, a publishing company, and a home-school; writing some of the best-selling books in the industry; and maintaining a high level of confidence and enthusiasm for all God has given him to do&with family priorities on top of everything.

Phillips identifies his secret as focus: the capacity to keep his vision clear on a particular project in the midst of many vying for his attention.

Michael and Judy Phillips live in California. They have three grown sons.

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5.0 out of 5 stars this author an awesome discovery! Feb. 15 2003
In two weeks I have read books 2,3 & 4 of the Heathersleigh series. I am purchasing #1 to read. I got so involved in the characters of the series. The thing which impressed me was that, in the process of reading them, I began to be aware of people in my life - and myself - who suffered the same spiritual afflictions as the Rutherfords and their friends; and more painfully so, was brought to a point of reassessing myself and my motives in life. I would think "how could amanda be like that" and a gentle nudging of the spirit would remind me that I, too, have allowed such pettiness in my life.. Not only entertaining and full of historial and geographical knowledge, but full of spiritual awakening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great series about walking with God Feb. 4 2000
By A Customer
I appreciate how much detail about the way characters think Phillips includes in the Heathersleigh series. I've realized many things about God through my reading of these novels, and that's a rare gift.
However, sometimes the message can obscure the plot and the action bogs down in a mire of feelings, questions, thoughts and sermons. So this book isn't just light reading -- some parts made me think. You can only really understand the point of all the action if you understand the growth the Rutherfords are going through, and that understanding will vary from person to person.
I can't wait to read the final two books in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! July 10 2000
By Karen
Out of all of Michael Phillips' books, this one is my favorite! I haven't been able to put it down because it is so fasinating and captivating! If you want an excellently written book that has explicit research, this book is for you. The characters are interesting and very real, whether it is Catharine and George exploring Heathersleigh Hall, the McFees visiting, or Amanda with her seemingly endless problems. I studied World War I in school this year and all the events that happened previously are in this book, which makes the book very interesting for me as well. There is nothing in this book I did not like! Read it yourself!
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By A Customer
I expect great writing from Phillips and I wasn't disappointed. Those of us who know Jesus Christ personally are reminded of the choices and consequence of those choices we make everyday in this story. I particurlarly like the way he speaks to his audience. His skill as a writer shows us that although the time of the story is many year pass, people and conflicts never change. So many emotions were demonstrated in this book. I also enjoyed the history lesson.
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