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Publisher's Summary

“Stunning... Oliveira writes with feeling.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“[An] engrossing story... that feels 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 missing. 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 most powerful of Albany's citizens, risking personal and public danger as she seeks to protect the fragile, putting at risk loves and lives in her quest to right unimaginable wrongs. 

As contemporary as it is historic, Winter Sisters is part gripping thriller, part family saga, and ultimately a story of trauma and resilience that explores the tremendous good and unspeakable evil of which humans are capable.

©2018 Robin Oliveira (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Engrossing . . . a meaty historical novel that sensitively addresses issues - among them gender equality, the rights of minors, corruption and child abuse - that plague us even today.” (The Seattle Times)

“Oliveira crafts a complex, multifaceted historical novel that is both a captivating story and a commentary on the laws that have, for far too long, oppressed and endangered women. . . . Entertaining at times, deeply political at others; a perfect example of a historical novel that also illuminates present-day issues.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

“Oliveira’s beautiful, expertly researched novel showcases the lives of women overcoming societal constraints and living fearlessly.” (Publishers Weekly

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Winter Sisters

Loved this book. The characters were real and relatable. There was suspense and many emotions and a good ending. Read and listened all on one sitting!

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Worth a listen

Well done, interesting story. Excellent narrators. Historical in nature although not based on factual characters. Strong women

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A captivating story based on historic background.

A well told story that was hard to hear at times (due to subject matter) but otherwise held my attention

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Exceptional Storytelling

This is a wonderful story of courage and forgiveness. Loved it! Reader is very good.

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Everyone Should read this!

I lead a Book Club and we have read numerous
#1 over our eight years. When we discussed this book last month everyone said it was the best book we ever read.

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sad story/well told

The story was very sad but very well told. It will hold your interest till the very end.

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Couldn’t Put it Away

I absolutely loved this book. The story line was intriguing and held my interest. The characters were well established and lovable. The reader of the novel was easy to listen to. I was sad when it ended!

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A shocking piece of history.

I had read Robin Oliveira’s story about Mary Sutter when it was first published. The Winter Sisters is a brilliant sequel to the story of William and Mary. Even though the author changed the date of the blizzard for the purposes of the story, that did not detract from her tale. I had no idea the age of 10 was considered an acceptable age of consent. How tragic that was at that time.
The story is sad, tragic and haunting however the resolution is lovely.

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Great story!

Gripping is a good description of this story! What a great triumph of the human spirit and dignity, while also bringing to light the injustices in our laws and ideologies of old. I highly recommend this book.

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Heartbreakingly true

For anyone who has survived Childhood sexual trauma. This may be triggering for you to read or listening to.
But I still would advise reading or at the least listening to it. Everyone who has survived it has different reactions I am sure. I survived it both as a child and an adult. So this hit me on different levels. Gratefully Ms.Oliveira treats it with such grace and compassion just as her character Dr.Mary Sutter does.

There is not one single bit, of how many Authors would do, of graphic details in what happens to the survivors. There is concise, medical information given later in the book. There is also to my surprise information on exactly what the law was as far as what was considered consent during that time period.
This was an engaging story that flows in ways I as this listener did Brava to the Author and the Narrator both.