(Author Lisa Gabriele during the book launch of her new novel, The Winters, at Biblioasis in Windsor, Ontario, on Nov. 7, 2018. Photo above by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)
Rebekah, one of the characters in Lisa Gabriele’s new thriller spells her name with a “k,” for good reason. It emphasizes her Russian heritage. And it is slightly different from the more common Rebecca, first wife of George Fortescue Maximilian de Winter, featured in Dame Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name.
It is no surprise to see Gabriele name her third published work “The Winters.” Her main character is the rich widower Max Winters. It is here the similarities with du Maurier’s Rebecca depart, or do they? No doubt keen-eyed du Maurier fans will continually adjust their reading glasses as they plot the differences and similarities between the two works.
There are just enough suspenseful twists, and even turns, to ensure the work is original. It is also a departure for Gabriele whose first two books were slightly autobiographical. Her “Tempting Faith DiNapoli,” released in 2002, had Chatham-Kent as its locale. In 2008 her “The Almost Archer Sisters” was located in her hometown of Windsor.
The Winters has no hints of reflecting anything about its author who actually admits she is not all that enamoured with her characters. As in du Maurier’s Rebecca, Gabriele’s The Winters is a work in which nothing is as it seems. This is what keeps readers glued to a progression of revealed secrets, animosities and out and out rebellions of sorts.
As a matter of courtesy, she wrote to the famed author’s estate about her revisit. The response was underwhelming.
Nonetheless, she did try to reflect some of the Dame’s style including its first sentence. Du Maurier wrote, in iambic pentameter, “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
Gabriele spent a considerable amount of time finding a similar mix of long and short syllables to set the stage for her work, settling on, “Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again.”
On Wednesday night Gabriele, told a standing room only launch of her Doubleday published novel at Walkerville’s Biblioasis about her life as a consummate reader and the horrors of finding herself on vacation in Barbados without her packed books. They had went somewhere else.
For such a reader, it was almost intolerable causing her to read anything she could find, including a National Geographic from cover-to-cover, her first ever read of the magazine.
for a reader, a vacation without books, she concludes, is almost as incompatible as a potential boyfriend who had only read one book in his life. To his credit, she admits, he did read the book, an autobiography of Frank Sinatra, a number of times. But not enough for the relationship to flourish.
Being a published author almost belies the considerable success she has had with her career. From 2006 to 2012 she was the show runner on the popular Canadian reality television show “Dragon’s Den.”
Explaining her role, she summed it up simply enough saying she ran the show which brought her into contact with famed Mr. Wonderful, Canadian millionaire Kevin O’Leary. The man once considered a potential prime ministerial candidate, turned out to be a fabulous collaborator.
This proved fortunate given many of her best selling books are without her name on the cover including being the ghost writer behind O’Leary’s Men, Women and Money. She also wrote S.E.C.R.E.T, an erotic work under the pseudonym L. Marie Adeline.
Selling for $26.40, with tax, the book is available at Biblioasis and other booksellers.
For more information about Author Lisa Gabriele visit http://www.lisagabriele.com
For more information about Biblioasis visit http://biblioasis.com
Article and photos by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.