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Story of Engel

It’s 1882 in the Holy City of Charleston, where a beloved handmade Christmas angel named Engel has been safely stored year after year in the attic of the prominent Witte family. When a modern factory-made angel with feathered wings assumes her role at the top of the tree, Engel fears irrelevance and makes a wish for real wings. Through an ironic twist of fate, the little ornament is unwittingly discarded into Charleston harbor. During her year-long journey home, Engel encounters a delightful and sometimes terrifying cast of Lowcountry wildlife creatures inspired by local historical figures. Mentored by the likes of Francis Marion, Eliza Pinckney, and Quash Stevens, the little angel will learn to survive “according to nature” by identifying her strengths and eliminating her fears with empathy and courage. But it will take trying to save a nest of baby sea turtles during a hurricane for Engel to find her higher purpose and reveal the secret of the wings.

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It all started with a little handmade doll


That's the spark that led Cindy

to write and illustrate Engel.

Fascinated (and a bit obsessed)

with history, art, and nature,

Cindy drew on her years of

Lowcountry living and

numerous years as a teacher

to bring this story to life. 

When not writing, teaching

or creating beautiful artwork,

Cindy roams cobblestone

streets, tests global recipes,

kayaks on endless estuaries

and seeks adventure with her

amazing grandchildren. 


Cindy's work has been described as

"timeless storytelling,"

"nature encapsulated in history and heart" and a poetic style of writing that stays with you long after the cover is closed."


This book is meant to be read aloud. I wrote this story in twenty-three tiny chapters to encourage grandparents, parents, and children to engage with the colorful characters without feeling the need to race to the finish. The story of Engel is more than a plot; it's an intimate conversation, a fascinating observation, and a vehicle for learning no matter how old you are. I invite you to settle in for some magical coziness that will enrich generations to come. 

Cindy Andrews 

Who Grew into a World of Her Own

Meet the Characters

I DARE you to click on the crab

Events Around Town

Bookstore signing locations Buxton Books, Saturday, Dec. 16th, 1-3 pm 160 King Street,  Downtown The Village Bookseller, Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 6:30-7:30 761 Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant

 Signed by the author

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