LIAR’S WINTER by Cindy Sproles paints a tale of extraordinary beauty colored with all shades of humanity. Set in the Appalachian Mountains of nineteenth-century East Tennessee, a newborn, stolen from the arms of her mother, is raised by an abusive couple. The absence of parental nurturing, coupled with constant chores, is the only existence Lochiels known. A superstition, long-held by mountain folk, breeds fear and prejudice towards the teenager, known to locals as “the Devil’s daughter.” However, guided by Edna and Walton, she journeys along a path of self-revelation, exposing secrets that forever bind the three together. But, driven by vengeance, the man she called brother threatens to destroy her new family.
The author’s portrayal of dialect is remarkable. As a fast reader, I found myself slowing down to grasp the language and thoughts of the characters sufficiently. The dialect represents the period as well as its location, providing richness and depth to the story. Beautiful!
A message of love, healing, and forgiveness is gently packaged within this novel. The author’s words bleed heart and soul. A true gift. Historical fiction readers will appreciate Sproles’s style, but Lochiel’s story is the real star.
“The choices we make are what makes us who we are.”