Liar's Winter: An Appalachian Novel

The choices you make determine who you are No 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 tThe choices you make determine who you are No 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.
Liar s Winter An Appalachian Novel The choices you make determine who you are No 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

  • Title: Liar's Winter: An Appalachian Novel
  • Author: Cindy K. Sproles
  • ISBN: 9780825444531
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. It's been far too long since I've read genuine Appalachian grit-lit that spins a yarn which stirs the soul, awakens one's cultural sensitivities, tantalizes with suspense, and haunts one's mind for a good while after turning the last page. Liar's Winter was just such book. Extremely well written; I am enamored with Ms. Sproles storytelling - and even more so with her writing style. Steeped in atmosphere and culture rich. Suspenseful and respectably gritty. I greatly enjoyed this clean written, c [...]

    2. Reviewed at The Power of Words: bit/2x4uYjZLiar’s 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 Marshall’s Christy, I’ve been drawn to Appalachian settings, and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s a combination of elements – for instance, the raw beauty of [...]

    3. For me, novels set in the Appalachian Mountains have this unique quality about them. And Liar’s Winter by Cindy K. Sproles was no different—it was intriguing, heart wrenching, and very much an adventure of a certain mystery, danger, and drama.Dealing with superstition, hate, prejudice, and an abused, naïve girl named Lochiel who has the “devil’s mark”, this book snags your attention and keeps it to the end. It had me guessing and wondering. It made my heart squeeze painfully within my [...]

    4. Once I picked this up I couldn’t put it down. It was sad but it was also very encouraging. I highly recommend it!

    5. Liar’s Winter is a book that will warm your heart and bring tears to your eyes. A baby snatched from those who loved her and taken to be raised as more or less a slave with no comfort from other humans, ah but that is just the beginning.The author makes you think about the injustice of all that happens to Lochiel, and we wonder with all that transpires to her if she will survive until the end of the story. A powerful read if there ever was one, and you will not want to put it down, and then yo [...]

    6. Liar’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 [...]

    7. About the Book:The choices you make determine who you are. No 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 [...]

    8. Like MERCY’s RAIN, LIAR’S WINTER chronicles a difficult time in history and in the life of a little girl. Set in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1800s—a time when people grappled to survive—Lochiel Ogle is raised in a dark world of hatred and fear. Literally marked since birth, Lochiel is stolen away from her mother and raised by a family that treats her like she is the plague incarnate. Called the Devil’s child because of the red-wine birthmark on her face, Lochiel is abused physical [...]

    9. Sproles takes readers to the Appalachian Mountains over a hundred years ago when myth and superstition held more sway than logic objective knowledge. Into this culture a girl was born with a wine-red birthmark on her cheek and neck. Many thought her a daughter of the devil and fearfully treated her as an outcast. How she survived is a brutal story framed by parental love.I live far away from the Appalachian Mountains and this novel was a very interesting journey to another time and another place [...]

    10. I 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 b [...]

    11. This book was great! It was my first Appalachian Novel and I really enjoyed it. This writer was able to portray the story as if you were taken back in time and you were really there watching the events unfold.

    12. "Kindness if from the soul. It's gived 'cause it can't help but be gived."That about sums up Liar's Winter by Cindy K. Sproles who has given us the first novel in her Appalachian series. It is about judging people simply based on their looks without looking at their heart. For poor Lochiel Ogle, she has had to endure the cruelest kind of abuse at the hands of those who raised her. Being found by Gerald, her 'brother' and given to his Momma in hopes it might help with the loss and grief she had b [...]

    13. MY THOUGHTSWhat 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 begin [...]

    14. It never ceases to surprise me how beauty and tragedy can not only dwell side by side, but can be so intertwined that the full beauty could not exist without the tragedy. Today I get to review a book that powerfully depicts such an intertwining.Liar’s Winter by Cindy K. Sproles is the story of a young woman who has known nothing but shame her entire life. For the superstition-ridden mountain folk among whom she lives, any little anomaly is the sign of evil, and Lochiel Ogle is living proof of [...]

    15. Liar's WinterBy Cindy K. SprolesI read the author’s first book Mercy’s 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 tradition [...]

    16. What would it be like to have a birthmark on your face that makes people think you are a devil's child? How would it feel to never be loved and hidden from everybody? Lochiel knows what it feels like since birth to have everyone hate you and abuse you. The story is very emotional and I cried the entire time. Lochiel has been treated so badly all her life and for some reason her brother wants to kill her. The author grabs your heart with intense words and peels away each layer as the story digs d [...]

    17. Monday, September 25, 2017Liar's Winter: An Appalachian Novel by Cindy K. Sproles, © 2017An incredibly beautiful story woven in the truth of revealed overcoming love.1893 East Tennessee ~Lochiel Ogle has been hidden away from Love, unaware of the touch of life that will enfold her and expose beauty.Climb the mountains of Appalachia and view the sunrises and sunsets high above the valley glens beneath. The movement in this story will bring you along, sad to leave them behind at the end. The auth [...]

    18. Liar's Winter is the latest book by Cindy Sproles and it is wonderful. I had the pleasure of reading her book, Mercy's Rain, so I was thankful for the opportunity to read this book. As a fan of Christian Historical Fiction, this book was appealing. I found myself drawn in by the the cover art and when I started reading I couldn't put it down. Cindy Sproles writes with authority on the United States especially East Tennessee during 1893, The Appalachian Mountains, superstitions, Mountain Folks, t [...]

    19. When I read Cindy Sproles’ debut novel a couple of years ago I found it easy to give it five stars. Second novels are either equally as brilliant or fall flat in comparison. I wasn’t sure which I’d get with the next of Sproles’ Appalachian novels, but I’m happy to say I was not disappointed. Lochiel (pronounced Low-Kill) has encountered very few people in her 19 years, having been kept hidden away by her adoptive parents. She thinks their treatment of her is normal and, therefore, some [...]

    20. If you only read one book this year (besides your Bible), PLEASE make it LIAR'S WINTER by Cindy K. Sproles. It is that good. In the Tennessee mountains in the late 1890s-early 1900s, folks were scared senseless of anyone born with a birthmark. They sincerely thought: "The devil marked you when you was born. Burned his mark on that cheek and neck." So poor, innocent Lochiel [pronounced lo-kill] Ogle was shamed and hidden all of her nineteen years. When her evil brother mistreated her for one too [...]

    21. I couldn’t wait for Liar’s Winter to be available after reading Mercy’s Rain. I waited for the right time to read it. I knew interruptions would be difficult to bear. Liar’s Winter focuses on the solid truths of choosing good over evil, love or hate, universal reminders for all of us. Although the story takes place in the Appalachian Mountains back in the 19th Century, the message of forgiveness resonates today. Lochiel (pronounced low kill) was born with what we often referred to as a s [...]

    22. Liar’s Winter explores the boundaries of abuse, slavery, and prejudice, that, while set in the 19th century, unfortunately still hold true today. This is my first experience with Cindy’s works, but I found myself utterly captivated by the way she brought the Appalachian people to life, the vividly disturbing bigotry, and the redemptive truths flowing throughout the plot. I also loved Cindy’s style of writing. I’m not sure who, if anyone, I could compare her to in order to describe the wa [...]

    23. Cindy 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 [...]

    24. What a great book! I loved everything about it…the setting, the characters, the storyline…amazing. People in that era believed a birthmark was a sign of the devil marking the baby and they were afraid of that person. How terribly sad for a child growing up to think she belonged to the devil, people being afraid of her for fear of being hexed. Lochiel’s worst enemy is her brother who vowed to kill her because of a port wine birthmark on her face, the misery this child went through makes one [...]

    25. Always on the lookout for fresh new voices in fiction, I wanted to give this one a try, especially because of its Appalachian setting which, for some reason, I’m often drawn to. As the cover, title, and premise imply, Liar’s Winter is not a cozy read. It is, however, a compelling one. It’s a powerful story, practically vibrating with energy.Liar’s Winter is for those who relish atmospheric novels with a creative voice and standout setting. For those who want stories that champion justice [...]

    26. Liar’s Winter: an Appalachian Novel by Cindy K. Sproles is a beautifully written and inspiring read. From page one, Sproles brings to life the heart-wrenching emotions and stories of her characters. This fresh Appalachian Mountain story deals with prejudice and abuse of an innocent girl because of huge facial birthmark, as well as has mystery, danger, and adventure. It is a story that will speak to the heart and truly inspire its readers.Genre: historical, ChristianPublisher: Kregel Publicatio [...]

    27. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat to the end. Lochiel was born with a large birthmark on her face and in the days the novel is written is the sign of the devil. Adding to this, she was stolen at birth and brought up with a family where they made sure she wasn't seen by anyone. They would travel into town and tie her up at the homestead, leaving her alone, with enough rope to get to the outhouse and into the house and made sure she knew to hide if anyone came around. The story get [...]

    28. I had previously read Sproles' Mercy's Rain and fallen in love with her writing so I had to read this book as soon as I saw it. Liar's Winter was not a disappointment! Sproles' ability to develop characters that connect with your heart and soul is spot on. Her characters' experiences, emotions and struggles are easy to identify with and their journeys are inspirational. I have found myself in tears, having to laugh and smile with the characters as well as reflecting on the lessons of the story d [...]

    29. Cindy Sproles is a fantastic storyteller, and between this book and her first novel (Mercy's Rain), I have an understanding of a location and a time in our nation's history that I didn't have before. She writes hard things in a lovely way, and I loved the development of the main character, Lochiel, throughout the book. Sproles shows us Jesus without trying to wrap the Gospel up in a perfect little package. If I were to critique anything it would be that it almost felt like too many things worked [...]

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