The Winter Sisters by Tim Westover Review

I don’t want to jinx my luck, but I have read a lot of great books recently. The Winter Sisters was definitely one. I loved it from the beginning. The chapters titles are great. Chapter one is titled, “Hot Damn and Pass the Pepper Sauce.” My husband and I thought it was hilarious.

Dr. Waycross is a doctor based in science. The kind of doctoring that was around in 1822. Bleeding and blistering are his relied on remedies until he is called to Lawrenceville, Georgia. His patients favor the healing of the Winter sisters even if they fear they are witches. When rabies comes to town, Doctor Waycross realizes he has a lot to learn from these herbal women.

In the beginning, Dr. Waycross is pompous and self righteous. He believes his way is the only way to heal and all other is superstition.He has a fall from grace and becomes more open minded toward the Winter sisters’ cures.

The book is dual perspective of Dr. Waycross and the sisters. The way Sarah was introduced was hilarious. I wished there was just a little more from the sisters’ perspective though. I loved them as characters.

This is a story that caters to a specific audience. It is historical fiction and deals with a lot of superstition. But more than that, it deals with medicine. If you don’t already know the history of medicine and the practice of bleeding to balance humors you would think Dr. Waycross was outlandish. However, that was common medical practice of the time. Since I already have a knowledge of herbal medicine I found several parts humorous. Without that knowledge it would have lost its charm. In once part Waycross was going to bleed himself to cure his chronic headache. Rebecca offered him willow bark and he went through a monologue of how silly and unscientific it was. Since I knew willow bark was the predecessor to aspirin I thought this was hilarious. Rebecca also treated infection with molded bread. Penicillin is an antibiotic made from bacteria that can be found on molded bread.

There was a mysterious event between Effie and Rebecca that happened in the past. When it was revealed it felt slightly anti-climatic. I already guessed what had happened.

The ending was shocking. It took a turn I did not expect. Effie was a mystery through the entire book and the end really focused on her.

The Winter Sisters was a unique read. I have never read anything like it and I loved every minute of it.

Follow Me on Goodreads and Goodreads Choice Award Picks.

I have decided to make it a goal to be more active on Goodreads. I have used it in the past, but I haven’t utilized to its full extent. I hope it will help me stay on track with my yearly goal of 75 books. If you use Goodreads follow me! I would love to see some familiar faces!

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It’s also time for the Goodreads choice awards results. There were some great choices this year. I am so glad that a few of my favorites won.

Best Fantasy: Ninth House

Best Historical Fiction: Daisy Jones an the Six

Best Graphic Novel: Pumpkinheads

Best YA Fantasy: The Wicked King

Those are the ones I have read from the list. I am interested to read the rest. If you want to check out the full list of results click here.

The Bear and the Nightingale Review

The Bear and the Nightingale is stunning. The writing is beautiful. I could not put it down.

It follows the story of Vasilisa and her siblings living in the depths of Russia’s forests. Vasya grew up with tales of Frost, the winter demon. Frost is feared by most. They honor him and the demons that protect their homes form evil. Until Vasya’s father brings a new wife from forbids them from honoring the spirits. Misfortune begins to strike, causing the stepmother to grow harsher. As the village experiences turmoil, Vasya calls upon her gift to protect her family.

The books starts before Vasya is born. I really enjoyed that. It actually follows her while she grows. I think it helped me connect with her. Obviously, a lot of the action doesn’t happen until she is older but it helped me understand her powers.

Once the action started, I knew someone was being deceived but I wasn’t sure who. I ended up guessing right and I am glad.

Frost was an interesting character and I would really love to know more about him. I hope that comes in the next book. I can’t wait to continue this chilling winter series.

2019 Wrap Up

2019 was a great reading year for me. This is the first year that I ever tracked what I read. I joined Litsy at the end of 2018 and it inspired me to start a blog. I found out I can be a little long winded so I couldn’t get my entire review in the number of characters Litsy allows. I still absolutely love it though. It was also my first year to complete a reading challenge. I can’t wait to do another one next year! Let’s talk about stats.

Books Read: 61

5 Star Reads: 25

4 Star Reads: 17

3 Star: 12

2 Star: 7

Challenge Completed: The Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge.