Publication Date: February 27, 2018
ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Viking
“It’s either hide forever or see forever. He wanted to say, You need to choose. He wanted to say, Follow me, I’ll show you.”
–Thoughts from Dr. William Stipp
Winter Sisters is the poignant story of two young girls and their struggle to survive after being caught in a snow storm and disappearing. In March of 1879 a raging blizzard hit Albany, New York leaving Emma and Claire O’Donnell stranded outside their school. The young girls, seven and ten years old, were picked up by a stranger offering to help them make it home. Little did the girls know that they were not headed home nor would they ever see their parents again.
The O’Donnell sisters’ story sadly unfolds as Mary Sutter Stipp and her husband, William, begin their search for the lost girls. The story of their kidnapping and subsequent time in captivity is one of absolute horror for any parent to imagine. The details are disclosed as the novel tells the tale of the girl’s release and their life following these difficult events. Three families’ lives are entwined in this novel; the Sutter-Stipps, the Van der Veers, and the O’Donnells. The weaving of their stories and the complexities engages the reader from the very beginning of the novel.
This book will appeal to readers of historical fiction. It is a very deep and not very happy story. The historical detail is interesting and the characters are extremely complex. I enjoyed meeting characters from Ms. Oliveira’s previous novel, My Name is Mary Sutter. In spite of the subject, the novel is an excellent, well told story. The subject is handled with honesty and dignity. I highly recommend the book.
This ARC copy was received from Viking and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.