Liar's Winter
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Liar's Winter   -     By: Cindy K. Sproles

Liar's Winter

Kregel Publications / 2017 / Paperback

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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.

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Title: Liar's Winter
By: Cindy K. Sproles
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 0825444535
ISBN-13: 9780825444531
Stock No: WW44453X

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Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Winner

"The choices you make determine who you are. Not no mark."

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.

Author Bio

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. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.

Editorial Reviews

"[This] powerful novel about life in 1893 Appalachia is deeply affecting in its depiction of human cruelty and the strength of faith to overcome such brutality. Readers who enjoy character-centered stories with an edge will find this compelling." -- Library Journal

Liar’s Winter is delicious Southern storytelling. Cindy Sproles’s excellent use of dialect along with the realistic setting and story line combine to tell the second of her Appalachian stories in a don’t-miss-it way.” -- Eva Marie Everson, best-selling author of The One True Love of Alice-Ann & over 20 other books

“In Liar’s Winter, Cindy Sproles proves again that her storytelling ability rivals that of the mountain women she writes about, those whose lives and loves depended on their stories. I held my breath for most of the novel, aching with the main character, what happened to her, and the lies burned into her soul. This is a story that will resonate with many who will see their own hurts etched into the pages, their own disillusionments spelled out, their own voices in the dialogue . . . and their faith awakened as the tale unfolds.” -- Cynthia Ruchti, award-winning author of As Waters Gone By & over 20 other books

“As with Cindy Sproles’s first novel, Mercy’s Rain, Liar’s Winter captures flawlessly the voice and setting of a nineteenth-century Appalachian mountain valley along with a powerful redemptive message. One oft-repeated word evokes the story’s theme—choice. The choice to love instead of hate. To return kindness for cruelty. To believe, despite all appearances, that in this world’s darkest valleys there truly is a Good Shepherd who guides, comforts, restores, and ultimately leads us home. In the end, the liar’s winter proves its own illusion, leaving the reader—and the protagonist herself—with spring’s new life. No light read this, but worth every inevitable tear and smile.” -- Jeanette Windle, award-winning author of Veiled Freedom & over 10 other books

“You will love the voice, the characters, and the compelling story Cindy Sproles has spun in Liar’s Winter. You will long remember it. You may be haunted, even changed, by it.” -- Bob Hostetler, award-winning author of The Bone Box and coauthor of the Northkill Amish series

“Infused with the rich culture of Appalachia, Liar’s Winter is a vivid journey into a world many of us will never experience firsthand. Lochiel, a girl born with a birthmark that many mountain folk interpret as the devil’s handprint, lives a lonely and loveless existence. Through her realistic and sometimes tragic search for acceptance, we witness the strength of family and the power of a loving God demonstrated through His people. Sproles not only stays true to the beliefs and dialect of the mountain people, she immerses us in their society so completely we feel as if we’ve walked in Lochiel’s footsteps.” -- Virginia Smith, best-selling author of The Amish Widower & over 30 other books

“Beneath the hardness of life lies something beautiful. This is the theme of Liar’s Winter. The story clings to your senses and won’t turn you loose, like Cindy’s own description of being caught in a spider’s web that ‘stuck to her like molasses.’ Cindy has a unique voice and shockingly wonderful ability to tell an Appalachian story while weaving the magic of her mountain metaphors. This is another winner, like her best-selling debut novel, Mercy’s Rain.” -- Yvonne Lehman, director of Blue Ridge Novel Retreat, and best-selling author of over 45 books

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