Friday Reads: The Winters

Friday Reads

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing a few quotes from The Winters by Lisa Gabriele. I am only a little ways into it, but I am already enjoying this perfect fall read.

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.


Friday Reads: The WintersTitle: The Winters
Author: Lisa Gabriele
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: October 16, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

A spellbindingly suspenseful new novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that can't be escaped.

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter--a wealthy politician and recent widower--and a life of luxury she's never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max's beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman's imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman--alive or dead--to interfere.

As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family's dark secrets--the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family's ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.

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Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again. It had been a while since I’d had that dream, not since we left Asherley, a place I called home for one winter and the bitterest part of spring, the dream only ever recurring when Max was gone and I’d find myself alone with Dani.

Friday 56

She gave me a look, one eyebrow up, mouth set in a weary, crooked line. I wanted to believe she was jealous. Here she was, a woman who had worked all her life to build her wealth, and I was lazily marrying into it.


Seasonal reads are always big favourites of mine, and while this is is a thriller that can be read at any time of year, fall is the perfect time to dive into a book like this. I haven’t read du Maurier’s Rebecca, but I have seen Hitchcock’s film adaptation and it is one of my favourites. I look forward to finding out how Gabriele spins this classic story.

About Lisa Gabriele

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Lisa Gabriele is an author and a award-winning TV producer, writer and director. Her writing has appeared in Vice, Nerve, New York Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, Globe and Mail, National Post, Elle and Glamour. Her essays have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Non-Required Reading. She’s also the author of the international best-selling S.E.C.R.E.T. trilogy, under the pseudonym L. Marie Adeline, a series that’s been published in more than 30 countries.

26 thoughts on “Friday Reads: The Winters

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    Usually adult novels don’t capture my attention, but this one doesn’t sound too bad. And the cover is very pretty!

  2. Sophie says:

    I haven’t read Rebecca either or seen the movie but this does spark my interest a lot! Quite the curious quotes there… I might need to check this out soon before the Halloween season is over (though I do have a lot of books to read already hahaha)

    Great post! 🙂

  3. Nancy P says:

    As a single, working mom there were YEARS I didn’t read a book. I know…GASP! But now I can read anytime I want. YAY!

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