The Winter Sisters: A Novel

The Winter Sisters: A Novel

Folklore, medicine, witches, and superstition in the Georgia mountains. Dr. Waycross knows bleeding and blistering, the best scientific medicine of 1822. He arrives in the Georgia mountains to bring his modern methods to the superstitious masses. But the local healers, the Winter sisters, claim to treat yellow fever, consumption, and the hell-roarin' trots just as well as...

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Title:The Winter Sisters: A Novel
Author:Tim Westover
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The Winter Sisters: A Novel Reviews

  • Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from QW Publishers - Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

    From the beginning I was intrigued with this book and the concept behind this book. Some of my many friends are herbalists and find natural healing from what is found on this earth but back in this setting some are seen as witches and performing magic. When a well-known doctor s

    This book was received as an ARC from QW Publishers - Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

    From the beginning I was intrigued with this book and the concept behind this book. Some of my many friends are herbalists and find natural healing from what is found on this earth but back in this setting some are seen as witches and performing magic. When a well-known doctor such as Dr. Waycross gets called into a mysterious town in Georgia and everyone is telling everyone they know, locals will be talking especially The Witch Sisters who believe that they can treat any disease better than any doctor. I also love stories where uncommon people now have to team up to save their town and/or complete their mission and that is exactly what the Witch Sisters and Dr. Waycross had to do in order to cure rabies and save their town from this dreadful disease. Fascinating from beginning to end and I could not put this down. This is definitely a book that will take you away and you will not want to stop reading.

    We will consider adding this title to our Historical Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  • Helen Cargile

    I was drawn into this story from the first few pages. It is a beautifully crafted tale of the “modern” medical practices in the 1820’s versus mountain herbal medicine and superstitions. The two collide and the tale that unfolds is part truth, part seemingly magic (to some) and all utterly perfect. I was just sad to get to the last page because I wanted to spend more time with these interesting characters!

    Tim Westover has a way with words that are perfect for delivering this nov

    I was drawn into this story from the first few pages. It is a beautifully crafted tale of the “modern” medical practices in the 1820’s versus mountain herbal medicine and superstitions. The two collide and the tale that unfolds is part truth, part seemingly magic (to some) and all utterly perfect. I was just sad to get to the last page because I wanted to spend more time with these interesting characters!

    Tim Westover has a way with words that are perfect for delivering this novel. I heartily recommend this book! And, this story would translate into a wonderful movie💜

  • Denice Langley

    A very good story written in a style that introduces the characters and their community as if you are a new comer who has just joined the neighborhood. The new neighbor in this story is a doctor practicing his vocation during the 1800's when "modern" medicine still meant bleeding a patient to cure an infection, among other methods that would prove to be more harmful than not. Tim Westover has done an excellent job of describing the community and the residents, building the story so that you feel

    A very good story written in a style that introduces the characters and their community as if you are a new comer who has just joined the neighborhood. The new neighbor in this story is a doctor practicing his vocation during the 1800's when "modern" medicine still meant bleeding a patient to cure an infection, among other methods that would prove to be more harmful than not. Tim Westover has done an excellent job of describing the community and the residents, building the story so that you feel part of it. The naturalist healers in the book have proven their abilities over time so the doctor is forced to work with them. As the story progresses, readers will find themselves drawn to the drama and tension while watching a community in need get help from every corner.

    I was really not sure what I would get when I started this book but found myself drawn into the story further with every chapter until I could not have paused my reading for anything.

  • Tanya Riley

    I'm not usually a big of historical fiction but this book interested me. I really liked the characters, Dr Waycross, and the Winter Sisters. I was intrigued by the struggle of Dr. Waycross to gain the trust of the folks who were superstitious and accustomed to the remedies provided by the sisters. The people feared amputation, blood letting and surgery more than their ailments. As the doctor sees and hears of the cures performed by the sisters, his desire to turn them to science becomes a urning

    I'm not usually a big of historical fiction but this book interested me. I really liked the characters, Dr Waycross, and the Winter Sisters. I was intrigued by the struggle of Dr. Waycross to gain the trust of the folks who were superstitious and accustomed to the remedies provided by the sisters. The people feared amputation, blood letting and surgery more than their ailments. As the doctor sees and hears of the cures performed by the sisters, his desire to turn them to science becomes a urning to understand their ways of herbs, lore and seemingly miracles.
This book has mystery, some humor, a few ghost stories and is an overall enjoyable read.
I'd give 5 stars except I didn't like that the story perspective changed from the Dr. to the sisters mid page and it was confusing at times.
Thanks for the review copy Netgalley and QW Publishers.

  • Sheri

    What an enthralling book, a combination of both folklore fantasy and fiction. The characters were engrossing - extremely well written, complex with layers of goodness/ambivalence thrown in for good measure. The author has researched his subjects well.

    The setting, early 1800s rural Georgia was interesting for me as I hail from the North and am not familiar with the customs, legends, etc.

    The ending was satisfying and I really liked how the author added medical aspects from the 1800s. Excellent boo

    What an enthralling book, a combination of both folklore fantasy and fiction. The characters were engrossing - extremely well written, complex with layers of goodness/ambivalence thrown in for good measure. The author has researched his subjects well.

    The setting, early 1800s rural Georgia was interesting for me as I hail from the North and am not familiar with the customs, legends, etc.

    The ending was satisfying and I really liked how the author added medical aspects from the 1800s. Excellent book.

    I would like to thank the author/publisher/Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

  • Rachel F

    The Winter Sisters by Tim Westover is an interesting novel that is part fiction/part fantasy. It intertwines both genres to create a quick, engrossing read.

    I enjoyed the characters and felt they had multiple layers which led to a nice complexity.

    I enjoyed the location/setting 1800s Georgia and I also enjoyed the cast of characters.

    I enjoyed the ending, and also the aftwerward that the author wrote to add some historical significance from a medical aspect. As someone in the medical field, that pa

    The Winter Sisters by Tim Westover is an interesting novel that is part fiction/part fantasy. It intertwines both genres to create a quick, engrossing read.

    I enjoyed the characters and felt they had multiple layers which led to a nice complexity.

    I enjoyed the location/setting 1800s Georgia and I also enjoyed the cast of characters.

    I enjoyed the ending, and also the aftwerward that the author wrote to add some historical significance from a medical aspect. As someone in the medical field, that part, as well as how alternative treatments were dispersed between what “traditional medical treatments” were widely accepted at that time, added a layer of interest for me.

    A great read. 4/5 stars

    Thank you NetGalley and QW Publishers for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

  • Tanya Riley

    I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction but this book interested me. I really liked the characters, Dr Waycross, and the Winter Sisters. I was intrigued by the struggle of Dr. Waycross to gain the trust of the folks who were superstitious and accustomed to the remedies provided by the sisters. The people feared amputation, blood letting and surgery more than their ailments. As the doctor sees and hears of the cures performed by the sisters, his desire to turn them to science becomes a urning

    I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction but this book interested me. I really liked the characters, Dr Waycross, and the Winter Sisters. I was intrigued by the struggle of Dr. Waycross to gain the trust of the folks who were superstitious and accustomed to the remedies provided by the sisters. The people feared amputation, blood letting and surgery more than their ailments. As the doctor sees and hears of the cures performed by the sisters, his desire to turn them to science becomes a urning to understand their ways of herbs, lore and seemingly miracles.
This book has mystery, some humor, a few ghost stories and is an overall enjoyable read.
I'd give 5 stars except I didn't like that the story perspective changed from the Dr. to the sisters mid page and it was confusing at times.
Thanks for the review copy Netgalley and QW Publishers.

  • Stina

    A city doctor is called to a rural town where “witches” are only healers available to the people.

    Dr,Waycross strolls in thinking he’s going to banish these crazy healing ideals from people’s heads, only to realize he might actually be able to learn a valuable thing or two from the sisters.

    Rabies, sisterly strife, medicine, and just a splash of something other all mix together in Lawrenceville and it’s up to Waycross to sort himself and anyone else he can help, out.

  • Corrine Cassels

    I really, really enjoyed this book. It was such a refreshing change of pace from what I've been reading lately and felt so relaxing to be swept up in such a fun world. This story is a mix of fantasy and folklore- already such a fun combo-with all sorts of southern charm thrown in. The characters aren't always relatable, but they're fairly well developed and surprising at times. Anyone who enjoys magic, historical fiction or just fantasy in general will find this book entertaining and worth the r

    I really, really enjoyed this book. It was such a refreshing change of pace from what I've been reading lately and felt so relaxing to be swept up in such a fun world. This story is a mix of fantasy and folklore- already such a fun combo-with all sorts of southern charm thrown in. The characters aren't always relatable, but they're fairly well developed and surprising at times. Anyone who enjoys magic, historical fiction or just fantasy in general will find this book entertaining and worth the read.

  • Bonnye Reed

    Netgalley

    pub date August 6, 2019

    received August 25, 2019

    QW Publishers

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