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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
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Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by QW Publishers, LLC
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Anna Louise
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Although the premise was what brought me to this book, I felt that it could have been executed better. I really liked the Winter sisters as characters, and found them fascinating. If the book was told only from their point of view, I feel like I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

The Winter Sisters follows three sisters living on the outskirts of a frontier town in Georgia, America in 1822. They're successful healers, but all three have some varying degree of supernatural abilities when it comes
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Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic copy on August 26, 2019, of this ARC from Netgalley, Tim Westover, and QW Publishers. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this historical novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my personal, honest opinion of this work. The Winter Sisters is an especially compelling tale. There is a little history, a little SiFi, a little medical lore, a lot of herbal, native American, and even Creole approaches to healing, one persistent medicine ...more
Karen Kay
Dr. Waycross knows the best scientific medicine of 1822. He arrives in the Georgia mountains to bring his modern methods to the superstitious masses.

An okay read, some slow moving parts, although it was interesting to read some of the superstitions and local beliefs. I have to admit, Waycross was irritating and pompous and frustrating.

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Stella
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Three sister, exiled to the woods of a small Georgia town, are the 'healers' of a community. With some supernatural elements - as well as science of the time/day, the sisters are well known in the community. As time and circumstance changes - as well as the attitude of the community, the sisters find themselves the target of a glorified witch hunt.

The Winter Sister would be a great book....if it was only about the sisters. The addition of a new town doctor as another plot but honestly was it
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MaryannC. Book Freak
3.5 Stars

An enjoyable and humorous read about Dr. Waycross who is lured to a small town in the Georgia Mountains in 19th century under false pretences that a rabies outbreak is plaguing the town. When he arrives rumours run rampant that there is a panther on the loose and 3 local healers known as the Winter Sisters are witches who cast spells and wreck havoc amongst the town folk. When Dr. Waycross begins to understand that the sisters heal by means of herbs and natural methods he imparts the
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Dele Haynes
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy book about Georgia. This book takes place in Lawrenceville in 1822. A young doctor, Avery Waycross, is employed by the town because they need one to qualify to be the county seat. When Waycross arrives he finds the town is in turmoil over the "witches" who practice medicine. Waycross, who was ready to leave the backwards town found himself embroiled in the conflict. Thinking the "witches" were old crones who practiced magic. What he found was 3 young "wise" women. They sisters ...more
Rachel
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Richard Myers
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

Just like Tim Westover’s first book I began to write down town names, river names, and plant names. I live in LaGrange, Georgia and this story brings early Georgia history to the public in a wonderful way. The Sisters descriptions are fantastic and the characters are true to the time in Georgia. A wonderful book for everyone to read.
Amie's Book Reviews
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
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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
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Louise
3.5 stars. Very enjoyable historical fiction, set in the early 1800s in northern Georgia. The characters are drawn well, from the main ones (the young doctor and the three Winter sisters), to the minor characters (various townspeople). We see the limited knowledge of doctors at that time and the handed-down traditional knowledge of the herbalist, along with some mystery abilities of one of the sisters. My main complaint is about how the author keeps switching from first person narrative (Dr. ...more
Lindsay
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this book. I love the sisters but the story seemed crowded with other characters and details. So I guess I can say I enjoyed this book but had to wade through a lot to find the parts that really resonated with me.
Kimberly
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Amazon:

“A stuffy big-city doctor. Three rural folk healers. An unexpected partnership could put lives on the line…

Georgia, 1822. Dr. Aubrey Waycross puts his faith in science, not superstition. So when he moves to a remote mountain town, he’s dismayed to see the townsfolk reject his scientific blood-letting methods in favor of potions and witchcraft. And with a rabid panther stalking the area, he’s running out of time to convince the citizens of the error of their ways.

Confronting the trio
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Elaine
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I learnt so many things from this book. Essentially, it is a book that compares between healers and doctors. But it's so much more than that.

Dr Aubrey Waycross has been summoned to a village in the Georgia mountains. He is expected to bring modern scientific methods to help treat the masses, but it is not easy. They have come to trust the Winter sisters, who have as good a knowledge to heal them. The only thing that differs is that their methods are not scientifically proven, which makes Dr
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Susan Campton
Welcome to Freakish Friday my Fellow Book Dragons! Another week has passed and we are again late in the evening and looking toward the witching hour. Our Gem this evening is akin in color to amethyst. But look deeper and it’s color runs closer to that of Sanguinarine, also known as Bloodroot, a deep, deep russet. Our Gem Maker is Tim Westover. Not a Southerner by birth, but a Southerner by choice.
This is “The Winter Sisters: A Novel” and I loved it. This is Southern Gothic at it’s best. The
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Kristine Donahue
Entertaining but flawed.

In 1822, a young doctor is summoned to a practically frontier town, under false pretenses, only to find himself competing with the Winter sisters, healing women who have been there for generations and who had recently been run out of town for being witches by the priest and an angry mob.

Addressing common issues of the time, including medicine, witchcraft, and small-town living, Mr. Westover should be praised for how well researched the book is. His use of accurate
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Grady
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Superb Novel!

Georgia author Tim Westover earned his degrees form Davidson College in North Carolina and the University of Georgia and after traveling the world doing volunteer work and studying languages, he has returned to Georgia where he is employed by a medical software company in Lawrenceville. A touch of his nature is found in his biographical note – ‘I tell people that I don’t make up anything that I write. Generations before me have already found the best stories. I collect what I
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Tricia
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
If you enjoy a book that looks at questions surrounding life and death and love, not only romantic but also familial, The Winter Sisters is definitely worth the read. Science and superstition come together in a way that will change one small town and its inhabitants forever.

This is the story of Dr. Waycross, a young man trained in the latest advances in medicine of the day, who takes a position in a small town in frontier Georgia in 1822. He's lured by the prospect of patience who need a real
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Erica (ricci.reads)
~ I was given a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review, I'm not associated with the author or publisher in any way and the views expressed are completely unbiased and entirely my own. ~

'The Winter Sisters' by Tim Westover tells the story of city physician Dr. Waycross, who arrives in a town in the mountains of Georgia with the intention of enlightening it's superstitious locals with his modern medicine. There amongst the various townsfolk he encounters The Winter Sisters - local
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Tracy Heath
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I might classify The Winter Sisters as magical surrealism, but then again I grew up around "mountain healers," so it may just be fact. OK, it's definitely fiction, but it has some basis in reality, including reference to a real-life doctor who had a local hospital named after him, as noted in the Author's Note at the end.

I loved this story. Dr. Avery Waycross, the main character, is a "city doctor" who comes to rural (1822 rural) Georgia to help the sick and to deal with the community's rabies
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Sherry Sharpnack
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Winter sisters - Rebecca, Sarah, and Effie - are healers in a tiny community in frontier Georgia in 1822. They use their knowledge of herbs plus Indian lore to heal community members, or is there a little magic involved also?

The town minister decries the sisters as witches, and to decrease their power over the community invites a young doctor from Savannah to come practice in his town. He watched this doctor's sister die from hydrophobia - rabies - and figures this doctor can help prevent
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Stephanie
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Aubrey Waycross has been called to the small frontier town of Lawrenceville, Georgia in 1822. He readily goes into the unknown, since the mayor has hinted at hydrophobia, or rabies being present in the town. However, when Aubrey arrives he findsalmost no one in need of medical attention. All of the Lawrenceville residents would much rather take their problems to the Winter Sisters, Rebecca, Sarah and Effie. Aubrey attempts to out the sisters as quacks, but he finds that Rebecca's herbal ...more
Brian Aird
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do Miracles Still Exist

The Winter Sisters by T. Westover is a uniquely different novel that develops a plot of modern science, represented by Dr. Waycross, against the likes of three sisters who use "natural remedies" to meet the ailments of the residents of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

However, there is "something" about the sisters as it appears that each have their own particular special ability.

Shrouded also in mystery are the rumors that swirl around the Winter daughters. Some say that they are
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Catherine
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-tbr
This is closer to a 3.5 read than a 4, but I prefer to round up when a book is deserving of praise.

I enjoyed this book, though it had some unfinished business it never got around to. Only a couple of the characters really get resolutions. A third is mentioned casually, but having read from her perspective so often I felt like it was unfair how little attention was paid to her conclusion. There were no explanations for certain aspects of the mystical that are touched on in the story, though some
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Juniper
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, it took me a bit to settle into this novel, but once I did I had trouble putting it down. I read the second half of the book in one sitting.

Set in the early 1800s, The Winter Sisters revolves around four healers in Lawrenceville, Georgia: three sisters who had been driven out of town and accused of witchcraft after a mill fire and a doctor who had been brought in as a local physician on the hope that he'd learn more about rabies.

Each healer has their unique approach to dealing
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Patty
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that grabs you from the very first paragraph. It begins with a doctor moving to a rural area of Georgia where they are desparate for him to settle. There are tales of a panther roaming the woods and people are showing signs of rabies. Dr. Waycross arrives but he finds it’s not what he expected in so many ways.

The town had been relying on a family of sisters for their healing, the Winter Sisters, but the Preacher in town feels they are witches and so has used the power of his
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Rebekaneongirlyahoo.com
In this tale, Aubury Waycross, a learned doctor from Savannah, travels to the north Georgia countryside to conduct a promising rabies study in a town stalked by an infected panther. He quickly realizes that he has been hoodwinked into coming to a frontier town that has no real need of his historically accurate but otherwise unappealing medical services.

Aubury discovers that he was asked to come because the pastor in town has it in for the local healers (the titular Winters sisters) whom he
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Ileana Renfroe
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Katelyn
Free copy provided in exchange for honest review by Net Galley

I... don't know where I stand with this one. I don't think the book really knows what it is doing here either.

So lets start with the characters. We have a city doctor who gets manipulated into coming to this small frontier town. He's such an annoying prick I stopped reading pretty much anytime he started getting wound up about his humours. We have an over zealous priest. We have the rabid panther. And we have the Winter sisters...
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gwendalyn _books_
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

A wonderful intriguing colorful portrait of the frontier town of Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Rich descriptive atmospheric details that transports you immensely into this era and place.

The Winter Sister's is a fascinating historical fiction novel with elements of mystery and magical realism. Life in a frontier town was brought to life through Aubrey's eyes as
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