Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Women’s Fiction


Little, Brown and Company

Release Date:
October 14, 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Review

It’s Christmas in Nantucket and the Quinn family is gathering at their Winter Street Inn to celebrate. Kelley Quinn owns the inn, but things aren’t going well for him this holiday. It all starts when his wife leaves him for the man playing Santa Claus at the Inn. His children are in the middle of their own problems - one is the midst of legal issues, another is having an affair with an employee and his daughter is involved with a man who isn’t ready for marriage. The most disturbing thing is his youngest son Bart is in the Marines and stationed in Afghanistan. Nobody has been able to contact him.

Kelley isn’t sure how he is going to make it through the holidays.  Then, his first wife (and mother of his three eldest children) arrives in Nantucket to lend a helping hand. Craziness erupts for the Quinns this holiday season.

This is the first book in Elin Hilderbrand’s winter series. It’s a good one with intriguing storylines and a cast of characters that will both drive you crazy and make you laugh. The situations are realistic and the book moves along at a steady pace. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.

Disclosure: I borrowed the e-book from my library. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Sounds like quite the house full for Christmas. I trust everything gets resolved in time for the Big Day!

  2. I liked that series, I thought she drew things out a bit too much, but in the end I thought it was a decent series.


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