Saturday, February 8, 2020

Book Review: The Winter Sisters, by Tim Westover

About the book:
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 of spell-peddling sisters, he’s stunned to find their herbal remedies may contain the missing ingredient he needs for a cure. But with the local pastor hellbent on driving them out and the youngest sister unwilling to share her mysterious abilities, he worries he could lose the sick to madness and death.

Can Dr. Waycross discover the right combination of science and sorcery to save the townspeople?

The Winter Sisters is a spellbinding frontier-America historical fantasy. If you like unique twists on history, complex characters, and a touch of enchantment, then you’ll love Tim Westover’s richly woven tale.

The Winter Sisters is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indiebound.

My thoughts:
The Winter Sisters is a fascinating blend of historical fiction and fantasy. It's based in a real place (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and incorporates actual medical practices and misperceptions in the early 1800s. Dr. Aubrey Waycross comes across, to our "modern" sensibilities, as a quack at first, with his firm belief in blood-letting and frequent amputations as the best courses of treatment for most diseases. But when he begins to be won over by the Winter sisters' herbal and natural remedies (with plentiful use of the power of suggestion) as he sees their effectiveness, he becomes more open-minded to the idea that what he's always believed may not be the best approach. However, this novel goes beyond historical fiction by blending in fantasy elements, such as a mysterious black panther roaming the area (where panthers are not known to roam) and the rumor that the Winter sisters' healing powers, especially those of youngest sister Effie, go beyond the natural and into the supernatural. The Winter Sisters is a delightful adventure that will make you question conventional wisdom and perhaps even believe in a little magic.

**ALL AUTHOR PROCEEDS FROM THIS NOVEL COLLECTED THROUGH 12/31/2019 WERE DONATED TO CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA -- CHILD LIFE DEPARTMENT. Over $47,000 was raised from August 9 to December 31, 2019! **

About the author:
Tim Westover is an adopted Southerner, arriving in suburban Atlanta via Rhode Island, England, and Russia. He's perfected a family recipe for biscuits after dozens of failed attempts, learned to play the clawhammer banjo, and traveled all over the South looking for new stories. The Winter Sisters is his second weird Southern novel.

You can find Tim at:
Website: www.timwestover.com
Facebook: @timwestoverauthor
Twitter: @timwestover
Instagram: @timwestover
Goodreads: @Tim_Westover

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review.

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