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I loved Mary Sutter when I read it and this icks up a little further along in time While it would be helpful to have read that one first I think it would be While it would be helpful to have read that one first I think it would be to read this without having done so It is 1879 in New York a massive snow storm hits causing many deaths and the strange disappearance of two young girls Mary and her husband were friends of their arents family connections and they search but the girls are not to be found What happens next is the stuff of nightmares the sexual abuse and rape of a young child a trial Best Mechanic Ever police corruption and the untold greed of manI started this and it started out with a bang the snowstorm and it s aftermath but then it lagged for uite a while thought ofutting it aside but it took off again and this time I couldn t look away Had to find out if Emma and Claire ten and seven respectively would be okay Hard to read the abuse of a young girl and hard to believe the age of consent at that time was only ten Appalling is an understatement A man s world for sure but some women strong women like Mary thrived found men who loved them for their spirit and intelligence but too few In this book though there are some strong women characters and they were a joy to behold Good men too Jakob William loving men who Dinosaur Dinners put right before wrongUpon finishing I had to look to now and how much has changed but at the same time how little Crookedoliticians corrupt In His Blood police officers sexual harassment rape trials where woman areainted as being at fault where some lives still matter than others I do think that we are Desert Kings (Deathlands, progressing but so slowly Another book that makes one think of timesast and An Officer and a Spy present One of the sisters slower reads but as always enjoyed the thoughts this book generatedARC from Edelweiss Genre Historical FictionPublisher Penguin Group Viking Pub Date Feb 27 2018 Winter Sisters is historical fiction We see life in Albany New York during 1879 as clearly as if we have been walking down the street with the main characters Winter Sisters is a family saga with aoignant feminist narrative One character is a midwife who becomes a surgeon The author models the surgeon after Elizabeth Blackwell MD 1821 1910 America s first female doctor Winter Sisters is a mystery A historical blizzard blasts the city and in its chaotic wake two young girls go missing Her family spends weeks searching for them in case they survived This blizzard is not fiction It occurred in 1888 and took the lives of four hundred Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, people The author moves the year back in time for a legal matter in her story Winter Sisters is a courtroom drama This occurs later in the book and brilliantlyortrays a sensational trial that has the local newspapers working around the clock and the residents arguing over their dinner tables Here is where the reader discovers the reasons for Ooko pushing back the year of the storm Next sentence is aossible spoiler In 1879 the age of female sexual consent was ten years old Learning this fact made this reviewer hysically ill The law was changed in 1886 The legal age for female consent went from ten years of age to sixteen years of age One can argue that although the book is marketed as historical fiction it is actually a thoughtful thriller hidden within a historical fiction tale with a feminist theme The only flaw takes lace in the first few chapters There is a difficulty in following just who is who in the story s many Shadow Scale (Seraphina, protagonists This may be so because Winter is the follow up tale to My Name Is Mary Sutter who is the female surgeon The book is engaging as well asolitically Claim The Crown profound with matters that are stillresent in today times Simply look at current cable news channelsI received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the Nerds publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest reviewFind all my book reviews atGoodreads Me Alone I am Reading Reviewing Martie s Book Reviews Mansplaining misogyny and metoo in the late 1800 sThe things change the they stay the sameRobin Oliveira s historical novel is a seuel of sorts to My Name is Mary Sutter andicks up about 15 years after the end of the Civil War Note Winter Sisters can be read as a stand alone without any loss of contextFollowing a devastating blizzard two young girls are missing and resumed dead Months later the girls reappear Their aunt Dr Mary Stipp nee Sutter discovers they have experienced unspeakable trauma What follows is Oliveira s interpretation of how an investigation and court case might have been conducted in an era when the authority of female doctors wasn t taken seriously and the age of consent was 10 yes you read that correctly and it is historically accurateWhile the story is interesting in its own right Oliveira includes a few modern day references to enterain readers I will gladly hear what you have to say Dr Stipp but only after I speak Stunning Oliveira writes with feeling” The New York Times Book Review“An engrossing story that feel utterly timely” People “The Best New Books” New York 1879 An epic blizzard descends on Albany devastating the city When the snow finally settles two newly orphaned girls are mis. O Emma I do not want to contaminate my impressions with yoursThey are not impressions They are factsThere are facts and then there are alternate factsThat is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard anyone sayThat s but one example so keep your eyes On Such a Full Sea peeled and enjoy4 starsThank you to NetGalley and Viking for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review This is a straightforward historical novel and the follow up to My Name is Mary Sutter Since I haven t read Mary Sutter I chose to skip a aaragraph here and there to Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! prevent spoiling that book should I choose to read it Nevertheless Winter Sisters may be read as a stand aloneWinter Sisters takeslace fourteen years after the Civil War as two young sisters become fourteen years after the Civil War as two young sisters become during the mother of all blizzards in Albany New York You do find out what happens to the sisters about midway through the book and the remaining Cannibal portion deals with what exactly tooklace by whom and the ensuing courtroom drama While it isn t difficult to figure out who the culprit is I did find the role of women during this time to be eye opening We all know that women were considered to be secondary to men remnants of which can still be felt today Anyway this makes Dr Mary Sutter s Mastered (The Enforcers, profession all the admirable For example she illegally treatsrostitutes who were unable to receive medical attention due to their Man, Son of Man profession Further Dr Sutter endures a brutal review by an all male medical board whichut my teeth on edge Clearly I found the depiction of women s issues to be compelling than the story itself The saga of Mary Sutter continues in this brilliant historical novel by Robin Oliveira Of course you absolutely do not have to read My Name is Mary Sutter to fall in love with her in this tale but it will help you to fully understand her strength and character Winter Sisters works fine as a stand alone novel In a harsh blizzard two sisters go missing While everyone in the small community believe them to be dead Dr Mary Sutter and her family never give up the search for the girls despite the loss of other family members Ultimately a horror is discovered the truth of what happened to girls and it breaks the town apart I won t reveal because it is the crux of the story but the courage of Mary Sutter and the women in her family shine as an example for all women Oliveira has once again shown us the strength that we all Alter Ego possess and can muster when necessary I admit there were times that the book bogged down for mearticularly in the very beginning which is why I have not rated it a 5 That does not and should not detract from the fact that this is a marvelous must read book Thank you to Edelweiss for my copy of this book I seem to be one of the few eople who came into this book without having read the reuel My Name is Mary Sutter and without knowing anything about the author Perhaps if I had I would have been Uncommon Wisdom prepared for what was to come but alas as it was what I read was not in the least what I expected ie a magical fairytale or a cozy mystery No indeed this was a gritty dark meticulously researched work of historical fiction that covered some incredibly challenging themes child abduction rape devastating natural events floods blizzards bribery and corruption at the highest levels of localolitics and Considering that I was expecting and in the mood for a light and magical tale it speaks to the excellence of this novel that I was uickly Unseen City pulled in and enthralled to theoint I was staying up long Art past my bedtime to find out what happened next Oliveira builds a rich atmosphere depicting late 19th century Albany in great detail and she examines the sensitive themes she does with tastefulness that does not brush over their horrific nature The story is essentially about two girls orphaned in a blizzard who are kidnapped and held against their will while the 10 year old one is raped Some chapters in and several weeks later the girls are able to escape the basement where they are held because of another natural disaster a flood caused by melting ice and snow The remainder of the story is about the aftermath of their travails about the trail both legal andublic opinion about the difficulty of healing from such traumatic and horrific crimes about the God Is in the Crowd power of familial support But what makes this an excellent historical work is that Winter Sisters is not just a story of individual overcoming of hardship it is also an expertly wovenolitical tale about city machinations and crony relationships within the governmental and business spheres and about corruption at the highest levels And finally it is a searing depiction of and commentary on the historical oppression of women not only by the literal letter of the law but also by Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard public opinion In 1879 the age of consent in NY was ten years and the vast majori. Sing Determined not to give up hope Dr Mary Sutter a former Civil War surgeon searches for the two sisters When what happened to them is finally revealed Dr Sutter must fight the mostowerful of Albany's citizens risking The Matriarchs (The Family personal andublic danger as she seeks to Notes for the Everlost protect the fragileutt. Ty of rape victims who even made it to trial as rape trials were incredibly rare were accused of wanting it and asking for it and as long as they were 10 years old or over usually this defense worked So many of these themes held on for at least a century though to an extent we are finally now emerging out of this era of traditional debasement and devaluing of womenThis novel is not for the faint of heart and also not for those who do not wish to read about such horrific acts as child rape which is implied only not described But if you can bear that I highly recommend this to Anyone Interested In Historical Fiction Especially That Set In The interested in historical fiction especially that set in THE STATES AROUND THE PERIOD OF INDUSTRIALIZATION AND URBANIZATION States around the eriod of industrialization and urbanization especially to those interested in women s history 45 starsThis book takes Crush It! place in Albany New York in 1879Emma and Claire are stuck at school during a blizzard They have to wait there for three days and the teacher finally let s the students go home when the blizzard is over There was so much snow Four feet of snow fell killing 400eople Their Attracting Birds to Your Backyard parents nevericked them up at school so they walked home Bonnie and David O Donnell are the Deep Listening parents of Emma and Claire and theirarents died in the blizzard and the two sisters suddenly disappear they just vanish without a trace Dr Mary and Dr William Still are very close to the family and they are searching for them The girls are only seven years old and ten years old Dr Mary was a former Civil War Surgeon What happens to these girls is so gut wrenching and its dark and disturbingThe age of consent was 10 years old in New York in 1879 This is a historical mystery and it is a seuel to My Name is Mary Sutter I didn t read the first book but I was able to follow the story very well and I was never lost I eventually will read the first book since I really loved this book This book was a really tough read with dark subject matter It hooked me straight from the beginning and didn t let go until the very end The title of the book and the book cover was what enticed me to read this book It was a huge surprise of how good it was It was so suspenseful and held my breath several times and had to take lots of deep breaths It was so grippingI loved the characters in this book they were all done so well I also loved the strong character of Mary Sutter and my heart really went out to the sisters Emily and Claire Everything they went through was so gut wrenching I am looking forward to reading My Name is Mary SutterI want to thank Edelweiss the Bird-by-Bird Gardening publisher and the author Robin Oliveira for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 45 emotional loving eye opening starsHaving read Robin Oliveria srevious novel My Name Is Mary Sutter and enjoying it greatly I was ever so anxious to delve into her seuel I was not in the least bit disappointedIn this book we learn of Mary s marriage to William and how they now The Works of Saint Augustine practice medicine together It is the winter of 1879 in upstate New York and a blizzard is raging Two young sisters go missing and areresumed dead taken by the snow the cold and the river close by Everyone seems to accept this theory Everyone that is except Mary William Elizabeth Mary s niece and Mary s mother They wonder how the girls could have vanished The story is built around the search that Mary and William conduct for the girls the daughters of very close friends of Mary and William s Where did the girls go Are they alive Were they taken Can Mary and William s hope for the girls be just a dream or can that hope become a realityThere was so much going on in this well written historical book It tore at one s heartstrings and made one aware of what life was like for women and young girls in 1879 It also ointed out that women of that time were definitely second class citizens and that Mary s choice of a rofession was filled with bigotry hate and misogyny This book was definitely a age turner and although it did resent the absolutely gruesome nature of some it also Supper Club pointed out the goodness and love that lie within each of us I recommend this book most highly for ability to make one realize how far we have come in the way women are viewed and treated today DNF 24% I cannot stomach what is happening to the young girls in this book A historical story about two young girls who disappear during a horrific blizzard in Albany in the late 1800 s Many lives were lost and many catastrophes occurred because of the heavy blizzard and then its after effects of snowice melt and flooding In this town there are very good hearted normal and hard workingeople and as always there are also some dark souls The story is heart breaking and emotionally stirring with the hope that these innocent little girls are found and are unharmed and alive The Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) plot escalates onward and the reader get. Ing at risk loves and lives in her uest to right unimaginable wrongs As contemporary as it is historic Winter Sisters isart gripping thriller Professional Capital part family saga and ultimately a story of trauma and resilience that explores the tremendous good and unspeakable evil of which humans are capab.