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Winters Day

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Jolie Winters understands pain. From her mother’s murder to her abusive ex, she is emotionally and physically scarred. But, Jolie wants what most women her age want – love and affection.
However, nothing seems to work out.

When a devastating illness threatens a loved one, she finds comfort in a past relationship—a relationship which now puts Jolie in more danger than she’s
Kindle Edition, 1, 218 pages
Published January 2nd 2017
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Gordon Bickerstaff
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A compellingly raw drama, softened with touches of humour

This is a drama with anxious dark layers but also it's about love and hope. The main protagonist is Jolie Winters who has had difficult times, and craves for TLC. As her life unravels, it takes a downturn when her abusive EX arrives back in her life to carry on where he left off with more domestic abuse, manipulation and torment. A gritty and heart-breaking story unfolds as you understand Jolie's predicament and hope she can escape his clu
R.T. Graham
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
While "Winters Day" is a story most of us can relate to, its also a tale filled with emotion and intrigue; an intense and inspiring read that keeps you turning the pages as you literally beg Jolie to make better choices. And I laughed out loud about Peter's(?) unfortunate misadventures in the porn shop. This is a good book!
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A realistic slice of modern day ups and downs revolving around two cousins brought up as sisters. The book is fast paced and has a light fun atmosphere despite the dark issues faced by the two friends, a life-changing illness and an abusive relationship. Despite the difficult issues raised the characters maintain their humour and show the strength of their friendship.
While I liked the ending it did seem a bit abrupt and I wasn't convinced Dave would go that quietly!
Well-written with an even flo
Bill Ward
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an enjoyable book. I loved the first half where Jolie's relationship with her cousin and search for love is funny and heart warming. Jolie has had problems which are revealed bit by bit but the second half of the book is a completely different beast. Jolie's abusive and controlling ex reappears and her life takes a downward spiral. I was irritated at times by Jolie's responses to her ex's behaviour but am fully aware that such reactions are sadly not unusual in relationships. Some people ...more
Pamela Canepa
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Winter's Day is touted as a romantic comedy, and it starts out to perfectly deliver just that. However, the situations turn dire, and the character's relationship situation becomes downright upsetting. Still, I was hooked and drawn in to the drama of this circle of characters. I wanted to see how things would resolve; I wanted to see her make the right choice, and repeatedly, she didn't. Yet, many of us have to watch our friends go through that, so it's pretty realistic. It seems, at the end, th ...more
C.A. King
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 / 5 stars.

This is the story of scars, both emotional and physical. Jolie has had her share of them. All she wants is to find love. All that surrounds her is abuse. Can she break out of the pattern.

This book has a refreshing everyday charm to it, but still deals with dark subject matter and may not be appropriate for all readers. I laughed, got frustrated and teared up a little. An A+ read.
Johanna Craven
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and really struggled to put it down! The characters were what sold the story for me: they were all real and multi-layered, while Jolie's search and struggle to find love felt genuine. I really enjoyed the banter between both Debbie and Jolie and Debbie and her mother. The story has plenty of dark moments but a lot of lovely ones too. This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm looking forward to reading more. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Zoe Saadia
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A deep, compelling drama I enjoyed greatly, rooting for Jolie, touched by her lovely nature, her insecurities, her emotional turmoil and dilemmas that only she, out of all people, must solve - if only she has more courage or encouragement. A beautiful story!
Deborah McClatchey
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Winters Day by DM Wolfenden. It was well written, believable, with memorable characters. It has it all; drama, humor, emotional suffering. I couldn't stop turning the pages to find out Jolie's outcome. No spoilers here and I give it 5 stars.
Louise Rogers-Thomas
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first DM Wolfenden book I've read and it was very enjoyable. I was getting a little frustrated with Jolie but in a good way, the writing and story telling does keep you on your toes.
Nico Genes
A novel about life, friendship, family, love, and abusive relationships.

Jolie, the main characters, had had a hard past but things don't seem to change much in the present. At an early age, she was left without her mother without any information about the father, the closest family being her aunt May, her cousin Debbie and uncle Mike who was doing time. The traumatic events from her childhood left not only very visible scars on her face but deep emotional ones too. Jolie’s low self-esteem made h
Ellie Midwood
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Winters Day” is sad at times, and yet a very inspiring story that is set in present-day England. It starts off with a lighter note, with two cousins - Jolie and Debbie - living their lives and looking for romance. Well, at least one of them does - Debbie, while Jolie is still getting over the consequences of a rather painful break-up. I loved following the string of Jolie’s dating experiences, which were so terrible that it was impossible not to laugh. However, soon the story took on a much mor ...more
Kate Everward
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
is incredible, it really is. The synopsis itself caught my eye immediately. It has it all, the drama, the romance, the heartbreak, fear, suspense, the strong heartbeat you get when you feel that connection with Jolie the main character. However, the reason I gave it a 4 star review is that the ending is too abrupt and the beginning of the story is just dragged on and out of focus. Because of the blurb and the author’s writing skills (wow she knows how to write), I knew there was a good story in ...more
Camille Marino
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a woman who's recently begun exploring online dating, I need to note that Jolie Winter's experiences were just far too relatable in a laugh-out-loud-while-cringing kind of way. This was a fun read. In fact, I put the book down to go to sleep and woke up anxious to finish it the following morning.

This story revolves around two cousins, Jolie & Debbie, who are best friends. Each has their own challenges to overcome, but find strength and support in the other. Debbie is the extrovert and jum
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that holds hardship, tragedies, friendships, and sacrifices within its pages. I love D.M. Wolfenden's style of writing, she pulls you in from the beginning with her believable characters and the situations you find them in. Nothing in this book was too far-fetched and I felt myself rooting for Jolie Winter to come out a winner.

Jolie didn't have a good upbringing, with an absent father and then the tragedy of losing her mother. She now had her one and only friend Peter and her fami
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
When I started this book, it took me a little while to figure out where the story was going. Maybe it was partially because the language wasn't what I'm used to. Also, it seemed very slow paced, and at times I really had to concentrate on getting through it. Now, I don't mean to say it was a bad story, because it wasn't. I did enjoy the story and I thought the characters were easy to relate to and likable. By the end of the story I felt like I was pushing Jolie toward Peter. It was so obvious to ...more
Sarah Northwood
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
In some ways, this book is a tale of two halves. The first fitting neatly into the romantic comedy section, the second not. Because of the themes of abuse, emotional and physical abuse, including rape, I would strongly recommend the categorisation be changed. At the beginning I found it hard to get into the story, in places it felt disjointed, jumping from one scene to the next. With mostly dialogue and little narration to paint a picture, I did struggle. As we move into the second half, the sto ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heartbreaking and uplifting...

This is a bittersweet story filled with anguish, and heartbreak counterbalanced by the love of family, friendship and humour...

The characters are sensitively written and the relationship between the two cousins felt genuine and was my favourite aspect of the story..Jolie is a victim and her decisions, which at times were frustrating were also understandable .. as the story progresses the strength and determination of this young woman, who has experienced more than h
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Janet E.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
DM Wolfenden offers a suspenseful story, perfect for this time of year, about a woman who sees a shadow that grows into something much darker . . .. Jolie Winters survived her mother's murder, an abusive lover. And she has the scars to prove it. Worst of all, she's lonely,craving warmth,s safety, affection . . . When more tragedy strikes near, she seeks comfort in what may be the most wrong of places. Sometimes, abuse can substitute for love, but not forever. Will Jolie realize in time that the ...more
Book Boyfriend Whoarder Mari
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually loved the story from the beginning. I was sucked in automatically, even with not always getting the slang used. Debbie was a great character. Even aunt May. Jolie, I liked her then I didn’t. I sw her struggle with DM. That was clear and the author did an amazing job conveying that from a victims point of view. But the spunky and fiery girl we met in the begging was nowhere to be found later on. That was a disappointment. The ending was beyond rushed and so many plot holes were left un ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Humour and Heartache

Jolie is looking for love but her troubled past threatens to get in her way. With the help of her protective cousin and a string of unbelievably bad first dates, she finally comes to see what is right under her nose.
From the comedic to the tragic, Winter’s Day plays with the emotions. At times the juxtaposition between between the two poles leaves the reader unsure whether they are reading a light romance or an exploration of domestic abuse. Despite this, the novel tackles th
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I liked the writing and story and I disliked it because of decisions the character made. You'll see what I mean. I

I do think the ending happened way too fast.

I'm going to have to look more closely at the books I get. I want to read more of a story than a 3 hour book. Write a book that's twice as long and charge more for your work! It's only fair to also say that I probably read 5 or 6 books a week. If the books are longer. I would read one and start a second, or so.
Max Power
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am hardly a chic lit type but I did enjoy Winters day largely down to the quality of the writing. It is a book that handles emotional conflict with sublime ease. Once again, for me at least my enjoyment is down to the ability of the author to maintain clean crisp story lines , excellent characterization and fundamentally focus on telling a clever and entertaining story. For me it was a four rather than a five star read but this may well be simply influenced by the genre. That being said, it is ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Winters Day is a well-written story with lovable (and not so lovable) characters. It will touch your heart, especially if you've ever been in an abusive relationship or know someone who has. But don't think the story is all doom and gloom. There are many hilarious moments, especially when Jolie goes out on dates. It's about love and hope and the support friends and loved ones give to each other. It's about letting go and living life again.
Brigitta Moon
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story that taps into all emotions.

This story's characters are well formed and believable. Reading it beings about a range of emotions. Jolie's story is touching and sometimes heartbreaking as she thinks back on her past as well as fight the past in her nightmares. I love the way the author lightens the story with a little humor underneath. I wanted to know if Jolie's story had a fairytale ending, so I had to keep reading. Definitely worth the read.
Charissa Dufour
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself really relating to the MC. Though I haven't lost like she has, I think most of us have someone in our past who was toxic and unhealthy, and many of us have found it hard to recover from such a relationship. Wolfenden writes very real characters, making for a great book. It is a little slow to get going, but hold out. You'll be glad you did.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I couldn't get into this story. I've read the reviews from others and I'm left wondering "Did we read the same book?"

To me it felt like this book said a lot of things but never settled on one. I finished it with more questions than answers.

Don't get me wrong, when the story focused on one area I was into it.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written storyline with a well planned out plot that pulled me right in from the very beginning and the well developed characters kept me totally hooked until the very last page was turned!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
William O'Brien
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Winters Day Kindle Edition
by DM Wolfenden

A superb and emotional story.

Well-written and wonderfully detailed book.

Winters Day is one to add to your collection.
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