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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? Which 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 choice.
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
CafinatedReads20094 Stars Out Of 5Stunning and a new favorite author!October 1, 2017CafinatedReads2009Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Cindy Sproles is a new to me author and she brings us an amazing story with this book! When I sat down and opened the pages of this book, I was instantly hooked. I felt every emotion of the characters, every heart wrenching moment within the pages. These characters were wonderfully chiseled and absolutely took my breath away.
Lochiel's character is stunning. She is has so many secrets to deal with and so much pain. Lochiel will work her way into your heart, and you'll want to reach out and wrap her up in a hug!
Ms. Sproles writing style is unique and a fresh breath of air for this reader! This book will captivate the reader and take them on an emotional roller coaster ride, leaving them wanting more! This book is definitely worthy of 4 stars and two thumbs up. You don't want to miss it!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Mesmerizing and compellingSeptember 30, 2017Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Liars Winter is a powerful story written by an equally powerful storyteller. Cindy K. Sproles writes with a fresh voice in Christian fiction and spins a mesmerizing, character-driven tale as hauntingly beautiful as its Smoky Mountain setting.
From the time in my youth when I read Catherine Marshalls Christy, Ive been drawn to Appalachian settings, and Im not sure why. Maybe its a combination of elements for instance, the raw beauty of an untamed land isolated, an area unto itself and the naivet, superstition and innocence of its people. The lyrical voice of Sproles captures the essence of late nineteenth-century Appalachia and its people in this story of faith and redemption. The dialect and ungrammatical language of the mountain people is easy to follow, even bringing back memories of my own north Georgia ancestry.
If a character has ever stolen my heart, its Lochiel. With her horrifying background of abuse, brokenness and abandonment, concepts of love, trust, tenderness and caring are unimaginable to her. Liars Winter is raw and gritty, just like Lochiels life. But contrasted with that is Lochiels moving response to honesty, compassion, and grace.
Im more of a fan of drama than suspense and adventure; but although those elements are present, they fit the storyline. Strong secondary characters like Walton, Edna and Silas also captured my heart. Liars Winter is a story of prejudice and choices; its not a light read, but a compelling and memorable one. Highly recommended.
I was provided a free copy of this book from Kregel Publications. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Surviving abuseSeptember 29, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Liar's Winter is a story that took me by surprise. From the prologue to the epilogue this story drew me in and had me reading in a rapid pace. Set in the Appalachian's in the early 1900's we are given a glimpse of a young woman's life, one that has been abused and lied to for almost 19 years. One where superstitions and hate run deep, deeper than the birthmark that has marked Lochiel (Low kill) believing that she is worthless and the devil's daughter.
Lochiel was rescued by a kind man who begins to reveal the truth of whom she is and where she is from. This man and his mother treat her as though she matters, with kindness and love and show her about a God who loves her even more. I felt her impatience as the truth was slowly revealed to her and she had to weigh that with the lies she always believed. I wanted these kind folks to tell Lochiel her entire story in one sitting, but as the story unfolded I saw as the author did that that would not be best for Lochiel. Receiving the truth had Lochiel hanging on to the lies she believed her whole life for a little bit longer as the ramifications of the truth swirled inside of her head.
I saw so many life lessons in this story and marveled with Lochiel as she finally saw who she really was. This was my first read by author Sproles and I found it unique in its setting and authenticity in the characters.
I received a copy of this book for free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful! Not To Be Missed!September 26, 2017SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I am just sitting here trying to think of a way to review this powerful novel. It has moved me greatly and taught me something wonderful. It deserves more than the 5 stars allowed. Truly, it does.
Lochiel Ogle was born with a red birthmark on her face, the Devil's mark, folks called it. Stolen away from her parents, hidden away and abused, she has never known the love of anyone, never known what a hug feels like, never felt as if she mattered to anyone. Lochiel is 19 years old now and abandoned by the people she has known as her family all her life. Beaten and bruised, she is rescued by a mountain peddler and shown such care and love that she is wary of it. Will Lochiel trust this peddler and allow some measure of peace in her life? Or will she, as she begins to piece together her past and what it means to her, reject the only love she's ever known?
Set in the beautiful and wild Appalachian mountains of the late nineteenth century, this book is breathtaking in its telling. This is a book that is very, very hard to read at times. Often I was in tears during the reading. How could one person endure such pain, abuse and shame? But God has a purpose for all things. And one old granny woman teaches Lochiel some very valuable lessons. Choice. That's what this book is about. Our life is about choices. All our life. I thank God for the lesson I myself learned here.
This is a powerful book and one I highly recommend. It will stay with me a long time. Boy, what a tale! Don't miss this one.
Moonpie5 Stars Out Of 5An Incredible Story of Forgiveness and Love!September 26, 2017MoonpieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Liar's Winter
By Cindy K. Sproles
I read the authors first book Mercys Rain and could not wait to read this one! She is an incredibly talented writer that not only entertains but rivets your heart and mind to the story, bringing home incredible biblical truths.
The Appalachians and the unique people that live there have long fascinated me. Ms. Sproles was raised in the Appalachian mountains so her stories have a realism inherent from understanding the people, their ways, and their traditions.
Lochiel Ogle was born in the Tennessee mountains during the late 1800s. Through no fault of her own, she had a large red birth mark on her face and neck. The superstition of the hills deemed it a mark of the devil. Due to the fear associated with this belief she suffered isolation and abuse by her adopted family.
As a young boy, her brother Gerald came upon the cabin where her mother had just given birth to her. The mother, in deep sleep was assumed dead by the boy. He was hoping a baby would ease his mothers grief from the babies she had lost. Of course because of the mark, the infant was rejected and became a young woman filled with anger, hurt and confusion. She truly believed the curse and that the devil controlled her.
When she was 19 years old her brother tried to kill her and left her for dead. A compassionate Christian man named Walton found her and took her to his elderly mother, Edna. There for the first time in her life Lochiel, experienced love, kindness, acceptance and nurturing. While these were all very important needs, the greatest gift Edna gave her was to introduce her to God and His Word. Gently and lovingly she began to teach Lochiel that there was no curse and that she was not evil. Slowly Ednas Christ like ways and teachings began to change Lochiel. It brought home that what we see has a horrible situation is God working to bless us.
This is an incredible story of forgiveness and love beyond what most of us cannot even begin to grasp. I saw Gods power working in Lochiels life in unimaginable ways. Suspense and surprise do not even begin to describe this novel. You will not be able to put it down! If you only read one fiction book this year, this is the one!
I received this book from Kregel Publishing. This is an honest review and the opinions stated are my own.