Winter Street

Winter Street

eBook - 2014
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In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand's first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.

Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
ISBN: 9780316334778
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Aug 26, 2018

Tolstoy could have written: "All happy families are all alike--no one writes books about them." The Quinn family is coming apart, even as Christmas approaches. Kelley Quinn has already been divorced once and it looks like he's heading for divorce number two. Kelle's four grown children also have their problems, small and large. The family, including Kelley's former wife, Margaret, gather around to support each other in their time of need.

I've never read a Christmas novel, so I can't say for sure, but I suspect this is not a traditional one. Hilderbrand draws the reader in with well-developed characters, interesting dilemmas, and the setting on charming Nantucket Island. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already checked out Winter Stroll, the second book in this series, so I can spend more time in the company of the Quinn family.

Dec 27, 2017

This was a fun read for the holidays. Enjoyed the many story lines going on with the family members and some of the humorous situations. It is the beginning of a series, so it ends with a cliffhanger. Will save the second one for next year and find out what happens.

ArapahoeKati Nov 27, 2017

There are almost too many characters to keep track of, but the drama will keep you reading.

Nov 20, 2017

An enjoyable read, that leaves you hanging and wanting more.

Jan 22, 2017

I loved this book - the first in the trilogy. The characters come alive from the beginning - a great read!

Oct 21, 2016

I read the third book in this trilogy before reading this first one. I must say however that this did not detract from the story in any way. Although I knew what would happen I enjoyed reading the novel as the characters 'spoke to me.' A good start to a very good trilogy.

Sep 01, 2016

This is the first time I've read anything written by Elin Hilderbrand. It was not the typical magical Christmas story you would expect. The whole family was in crisis with one problem or another. It was an OK quick read.

May 04, 2016

2/1 - This book isn't giving me the same kind of feeling as any of the previous Christmas books I've read over the past month. There is drama galore, and it's not ridiculous drama that is so dramatic it's funny, it's depressing drama that would be killing my Christmas spirit if it was still before Christmas. Cheating spouses, the success of Christmas dinner in doubt, and the tragic loss of a family member on Christmas day all add up to a book that definitely does not resemble any happy Christmas book I've ever read before. To be continued...

3/1 - Alright, I read another 11 pages but that's it. I'm done with this 'Christmas' book that's making me depressed instead of happy. DNFed after 105 pages.

sharonc_65 Dec 21, 2015

a well written good story especially around Christmas time.

Jun 30, 2015

This book was a charming & sweet read. It isn't deep but it has a bit of magic in it & it is light but readable.

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