Not a Word

Not a Word

by Chautona Havig


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I'm saying that I'm not going to trash someone else's reputation in a futile attempt to restore mine. Everyone would believe her. Why shouldn't they? It's probably the only lie she's ever told in her life. Just happens to be the lie that ruined mine.

Words have power. Add a solid reputation behind those words, and they have the power to destroy.

It began with a lie.

Mac's life changed irrevocably with a false accusation. Blissfully unaware of the carnage she left behind when she moved from Brant's Corners, Savannah Forrester is back and when Mac sees her at church-with a boy-he wants answers.

For eight years he's lived under the cloud of her accusations-without defending himself. He kept her secret. He endured the shame and the life-altering consequences.

Savannah can set the record straight. Mac says no. The ultimate question remains: what is best for Rory.

And who is Rory anyway?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482694635
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/24/2013
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

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 trying to get the last four of her children educated so that she can retire from home education.

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Not a Word 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book. At 401 pages, I got to know the characters and understand how they felt, especially Mac. It was a well paced, not slow. Rory was fun and funny. This was my first book by this author. I just bought my second and will buy more.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a hard book for me to read. I hated what Savvy pulled on Mac to make herself feel better. Mac did some no no’s himself but he did not deserve what he was put through. I liked how the book ended and almost liked Savvy towards the end. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
This is me reading the book: Aww – he is so sweet (cue romantic music, birds singing) Oh! She likes him too! Sigh… Huh? What is she thinking? Wait! What? No Savvy!! Oh, that is scary. What will she do now? ???!!!!!! (screech of needle on record as the music abruptly stops, birds go silent) No no no no no no no no no no no!!!!!!!!! I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut. How could she have done that????? And that is just the first 25% of the story! What might you be driven to do because of fear of what people will think of you? To cover your sin? What would you do if you were slandered by someone you love? Chautona Havig’s books tend to be uncomfortable. They shine a light on the corners of your heart where you keep dark things hidden. Or dig at a wound that hasn’t quite healed over. Not with the intention of hurting you, but to allow healing to take place. Not a Word does exactly that. It is a compelling story that has you cringing, smiling, snickering, sighing and thinking. With beautiful Spiritual truths shared in a compelling way, this story is possibly my very favorite of all books by this author. I really like Luke in the “Aggie” books, but seeing him here in this way, being a friend to the piranha, um, I mean pariah (read the story!), the way he is so thoughtful before speaking, and the way he doesn’t push in Spiritual matters just made me appreciate him all the more. Of course, my favorite character in the book is Rory. Few authors create children characters like this author does. Rory is six and is feisty, funny and vulnerable. He will steal your heart! And then there is Mac. He is a broken hero who knows how to love in ways that not many do. This was my second time reading this book. I think I loved it even more than the first time. If you are looking for a romance book that is all about steamy kisses and sweet nothings shared, this is not the book for you. Though this is a love story, it is all about the relationships. This book is not part of a series, but it does take place in the world that this author has created, the Greater Rockland area, and so there are characters who appear here from other stories she has written. There is no need to read the other books first, but if you felt so inclined, you might want to read the first three Aggie’s Inheritance books before this one. There is a more mature topic in the story, but I wouldn’t hesitate to let my older teenaged niece read it. This review was originally posted on
bigmlady More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting take on the whole "unequally yoked" subject. I really enjoyed this book... And I always love Chautona Havig's writting!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end. I could really identify with the different types of Christians in the book. It was very convicting to see yourself in many of the characters. If you don't want to think about spiritual things, and don't want to be "preached at" maybe this book is not for you. BUT, for those of us who call ourselves spiritual and need to re-examine what that means from time to time, this is a great fictional story that prompts a heart check. The only thing I didn't like is that the main character was a little too perfect. I think everyone I know would have told someone off eventually. That is why it is fiction, I guess.
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