Title: THE WINTER SISTERS
Author: TIM WESTOVER
Genre: FICTION, HISTORICAL FICTION
Length: 322 PAGES
Publisher: QW PUBLISHERS
Received From: NETGALLEY
Release Date: AUGUST 7, 2019
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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 he can. Some folks call the sisters “Herb Women;” some call them “Witches.” Waycross calls them “Quacks.”
But when the threat of rabies—incurable and fatal—comes to town, Dr. Waycross and the Winter sisters must combine their science and superstition in a desperate search for a remedy.
Can they find a miracle cure, or has the age of miracles passed?
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1811 in the mountains of northern Georgia, three sisters stand upon a bare mountain plateau. These women are the Winter sisters. They are using wax to try to determine their futures.
Ten years later, the Winter sisters are no longer living in the village. The new Preacher has succeeded in turning some of the townspeople against them, successfully running them out of town.
The Winter sisters are sometimes called healers and sometimes called witches, it depends on the person who is speaking, and also who might be listening.
Art by SUSAN FARRELL
The sisters might be young, but they know herbal remedies for most ailments and have ministered to the residents of their small frontier town for years.
When the town recruits a doctor from the city, he arrives ready to educate these backwater hicks as to how science and the latest techniques of medicine will cure all their ills.
However, when he arrives and keeps hearing about the Winter sisters and their supposed cures, he sets out to discredit them.
What happens next surprises the doctor, the Winter sisters and everyone reading this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that you are unable to predict what will happen at any given moment in this story. It kept me guessing, which is rare.
National Park Service Photo
THE WINTER SISTERS is a fabulous book with terrific characters and a story that will stay with you long after the final page.
The descriptions both of people’s lives and of the sceney and setting are so vivid that readers can picture tem so clearly it is almost as if you create a movie in your head as to how everything and everyone looks.
Photo by John Rice Irwin, Sept. 1979
I rate this book as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book. ***
“I never treat hopeless cases. The age of miracles is past.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tim Westover, a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Georgia, lives in suburban Atlanta. Born in the north, educated in England, and frequent visitor to Russia, he found his home in the North Georgia mountains.
Russell Farm Historic Site –
Mountain Rest, SC
The foundations of a nameless old house on the backstreets of Lawrenceville
In addition to writing, Westover enjoys programming, playing the clawhammer banjo, and raising his three-year-old daughter to be a modern American eccentric.
Tim playing the PANjo
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