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About the Book

Coal Black Lies

Title: Coal Black Lies
Cindy K. Sproles
Kregel Publications
Release Date:
June 18, 2024
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Believing the bitter lies you tell yourself leaves little room for the sweetness of truth 

Coal miner Joshua Morgan managed to do the impossible--he broke away from the stranglehold of the iron-fisted Barton family and the Company Store, to whom all the miners in the Appalachian Mountains are indebted. But it cost him the life of his young daughter, who was run down by a posse led by Thomas Barton while coming to collect Joshua's payment to the store. 

Five years later, a sweet but slow-witted young girl lands on his doorstep, and Joshua's desire to protect her from the clutches of the Bartons increases his thirst for vengeance. Joshua sets out to discover where the girl came from in order to take down the Barton family once and for all. 

His journey leads him to the truth about the day his daughter died, a reality he finds hard to accept. But when confronted by Thomas Barton himself, Joshua is forced to rethink the dark lies brewing in his heart. If he broke away, could Thomas have also? Despite his misgivings, can Joshua join forces with a man he once despised to free the miners from the tyrannical Barton family and forge a future of peace for both the young girl and himself?

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My Review:

Joshua Morgan broke free of the coal and the stranglehold of the company store, but finding a sweet child wandering his property, stirs up his quest for vengeance and unearths a motherload of secrets. 

A gripping and gritty read set in the mountains of Appalachia, Joshua and his wife Raney have fought for everything they have to make their own way and stay clear of the murdering Bartons who took everything precious from them. An engaging mountain tale, with so many winding twists, and strong themes of faith, justice, and forgiveness. 

Joshua is fortunate to have faithful friends, in Clive, Manny, and Cleda May. I admired Raney for her steadfastness, and her heart for Aughtie. Aughtie is the sweetest child. Prepare to have your heart stolen!

Overall, this book will have your head spinning with all of the plot twists and big reveals, I loved how this book had its suspenseful moments, balanced with more tender moments, and strong faith themes. Definitely worth the read!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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About the Author

Cindy Sproles

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.

Connect with Cindy at cindysproles.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.

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  1. This looks like a brilliant novel. Thanks for sharing and hosting this tour.

  2. Thank you for your reveiw and for being part of the blog tour for "Coal Black Lies" by Cindy K. Sproles.

    Amazing story told magnificently! Love this author's books!
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  3. i'm glad you enjoyed it! thanks for sharing your thoughts :)


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