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September 24, 2017

LIAR'S WINTER by Cindy K. Sproles


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An Appalachian Novel
Cindy K. Sproles

Lochiel Ogle was born with a red-wine birthmark-and it put her life in jeopardy from the moment she entered the world. Mountain folks called it "the mark of the devil," and for all the evil that has plagued her nineteen year existence, Lochiel is ready to believe that is true. And the evil surely took control of the mind of the boy who stole her as an infant, bringing her home for his mother to raise.

Abused and abandoned by the only people she knows as family, Lochiel is rescued by a peddler and given the first glimpse of love she has ever known. The truth of her past is gradually revealed as is the fact that she is still hunted by a brother driven to see her dead. Unsure if there's anyone she can truly trust, Lochiel is faced with a series of choices: Will she continue to run for escape or will she face her past and accept the heartbreaking secrets it reveals will truly free her?

Set in the wild and beautiful Appalachian Mountains of nineteenth-century East Tennessee, Liar's Winter is an unflinching yet inspirational exploration of prejudice and


 Cindy K. Sproles is the author of devotions published in newspapers across the country and a teacher at Christian writers conferences. She spent her formative years showing off her beloved Appalachian Mountains to others, and she and her family still live in the mountains of East Tennessee.

What would an innocent child, a baby do, when born with a birthmark that changes her life forever?   Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, Lochiel is considered evil, all because of the birthmark.  The mountain people called it "the mark of the devil."  But superstitions were very often believed and still are.  Now being nineteen years old and having lived those nineteen years being constantly in battle with the evil believed has been bestowed upon her by her people, she is beginning to believe it.   She wasn't raised by family, which only added to the problem.  She had been taken w hen an infant and raised by another.  Then being abandoned by what she believes is her family, a poor peddler saves her and she now believes she is loved.  But she knows she still is being haunted by a brother who wants her dead because of the so called evil she carries.

 The author gives the reader a heart breaking story of a baby raised to believe she is nothing but evil, pure evil, because of a birth mark. Nothing she did, but what she was born with.   The setting in a way, counter acts the heart break since it is so breath taking and yet wild.  The people of these mountains were extremely prejudice in their thinking. Not only that, but they were willing to kill to get rid of this superstitious belief that this child was evil.  But what is really behind this prejudice, this so called belief of being born filled with evil?  Will Lochiel be able to bring out her strength to face her past, to face the hidden secrets that could possibly free her?  Or will she continue to run away thinking everyone is right. She is evil?   The writer of this book did a wonderful job of writing of what happened back in the deep mountains of Tennessee.  The back hills were and are still, filled with these superstitions.  People were and still are prejudiced about certain things and probably always will be.  But will Lochiel  bring all of her nineteen years plus out in the open, even if, it may mean, facing things she didn't know and may not want to know?  The author gives inspiration to those who have been and are plagued by similar situations.  Don't kid yourself.  IT happens, even in today's society.  True this is fiction but sometimes fiction is just a fine line before you enter reality and the author puts this forth magnificently.  You won't have a chance to pause because you must turn the pages to follow Lochiel and what is happening to her.   This all started because of being born, being born with a birthmark, considered a "mark of the devil."  We all have choices, it's what we do with those choices that matters.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Kregel Publications and voluntarily decided to review it. I was not required to post a review and I was not influenced in any way.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 


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