A brief summary from 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? 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.
Born with a birthmark on her face that the locals deem of the Devil, Lochiel Ogle has spent her entire life believing she’s the Devil’s daughter. Kidnapped at birth, Lochiel spends 19 years in an abusive home, unloved and barely taken care of. When her so-called brother, threatens Lochiel’s life, she finds herself on the run in the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains, unsure how she’s to survive.
But when a kind peddler stumbles upon Lochiel’s body in the woods, he revives her and gives Lochiel a glimpse into what a loving family is. And with her brother pressing down on all sides of the mountain in a mad hunt to find her, Lochiel must depend on the kindness of strangers if she’s going to live.
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 way she writes, but it completely captivates and is incredibly refreshing. I’m really interested in reading her other works now!
If you love 19th century historical novels, especially those set in the Appalachian Mountains, I highly suggest reading Liar’s Winter. Its a novel that will soak in your bones, and leave you contemplating its themes long after you’ve closed the last page.
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.