23 October 2018

Today's Read: The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

All about The Winters by Lisa GabrieleImagine falling madly in love with a very rich older man who was ready and willing to marry you. What would you do when your heady, joyful, breathless romance is visited by your soon-to-be husband's dead first wife and is slowly being poisoned by your new evil stepdaughter? These are the makings of a new retelling of Rebecca, set in Asherley, an isolated estate on Long Island in modern times.

Here's how the story starts:

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.
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele Way (Viking, October 16; page 1)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: modern times, mostly Long Island
  • Circumstances: New York senator Max Winter vacations in the Caymans where he meets a much younger and orphaned woman who is working at the foremost boat charter company of the islands. They have a hot romance, and before the vacation is over Max has proposed, and his unanamed fiancĂ©e moves into his luxurious estate on Long Island. She, understandably, feels out of her league; can't keep up with American politics; and is overshadowed by the many reminders of the first Mrs. Winters, Rebekah, who died in a terrible accident only 18 months earlier. Meanwhile, she has to cope with Max's many absences, which are made worse because his teenage daughter, Dani, is on a mission to derail her father's remarriage.
  • Genre: psychological thriller, Gothic mystery, classic retelling
  • Themes: secrets, lies, second marriages, crossing socioeconomic lines
  • Why I want to read this book: I really loved Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, and I almost always love retellings of the classics. This one has been getting pretty good reviews, so my expectations are high.
  • More about the book and the author: The publisher has a good interview with Lisa Gabrielle, in which the author talks about her inspirations, the setting, politics, and her background. The Author Stories podcast has an informative interview as well. If you're in a book club, don't miss the reader's guide to The Winters.
  • Acknowledgments: thanks to Viking for a finished copy of Lisa Gabriele's The Winters.


Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 10/23/18, 6:57 AM  

I've been eying this one but haven't read Rebecca yet and want to! So, I'm thinking reading this first will spoil Rebecca for me.

Daryl 10/23/18, 7:25 AM  

oooh .. sounds good ... thanks

Laurel-Rain Snow 10/23/18, 7:42 AM  

I love the sound of this one! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “UNDER MY SKIN”

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian 10/23/18, 8:46 AM  

It does sound like a compelling story. I'll have to move my ARC of this one closer to the top of the pile.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 10/23/18, 8:58 AM  

WOW, I'm hooked; thanks for sharing. (I'm one of those people who has the same dreams over and over, with only a few minor changes).

(Diane) bookchickdi 10/23/18, 10:41 AM  

I love a good retelling too. I didn’t know about this one, I’m going to look for it.

bermudaonion 10/23/18, 10:57 AM  

I'm excited about this book!

SuziQoregon 10/23/18, 11:56 AM  

This sounds really good!

Alice Audrey 10/23/18, 12:39 PM  

Sounds like an updated Wuthering Heights.

Mine: http://www.aliceaudrey.com/?p=16322

Nise' 10/23/18, 12:42 PM  

Hope this is a good as the originial!

Kathy Martin 10/23/18, 1:23 PM  

I am intrigued by this one. I read Rebecca years ago. This week I am featuring Wolf Rising by Paige Dixon. Happy reading!

Vicki 10/23/18, 3:35 PM  

Sounds really good. I haven't read Rebecca so I'd have to read it first.

Kay 10/23/18, 4:23 PM  

Interesting with the inclusion of a teenage daughter. I'm planning on reading this one at some point. Lovely cover.

sjhigbee 10/23/18, 6:23 PM  

I love the sound of this one, but I'm a HUGE fan of the original and I don't know if I want to read a retelling, in case it messes with the awesomeness of Daphne du Maurier's version... Thank you for sharing!

Jeanna 10/23/18, 8:56 PM  

I loved Rebecca as well and somehow Du Maurier got me into Sci Fi shortly after I read that book, this sounds like a good one, I hope I can get a Kindle sample to check it out.

Margot 10/23/18, 10:46 PM  

I'm so glad to hear about this book. One of my book clubs is reading the original Rebecca this next month. This current book will make a nice addition to the discussion.

sherry fundin 10/24/18, 12:24 AM  

Murder her again? Got my attention
sherry @ fundinmental

Sassy Brit @ Alternative-Read.com 10/24/18, 8:05 AM  

Totally love the sound of this, sounds like 'Rebecca' but ghostly! Looking it up now...

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Enjoy your week! (ha! Just realised it is a re-telling hence the name... doh!)

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