Winter Storms

Winter Storms

by Elin Hilderbrand
     
 

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Gather under the mistletoe for one last round of caroling with the Quinn family in this heartwarming conclusion to Elin Hilderbrand's bestselling Winter Street Trilogy.

Some of the stormy weather of the past few seasons seems to have finally lifted for the Quinns. After a year apart, and an ill-fated affair with the Winter Street Inn's old Santa Claus,

Overview

Gather under the mistletoe for one last round of caroling with the Quinn family in this heartwarming conclusion to Elin Hilderbrand's bestselling Winter Street Trilogy.

Some of the stormy weather of the past few seasons seems to have finally lifted for the Quinns. After a year apart, and an ill-fated affair with the Winter Street Inn's old Santa Claus, Mitzi has returned to rule the roost; Patrick is about to be released from prison; Kevin has a successful new business and is finally ready to tie the knot with Isabelle; and best of all, there's hopeful news about Bart, who has been captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan.

That doesn't mean there aren't a few dark clouds on the horizon. Kelley has recently survived a health scare; Jennifer can't quite shake her addiction to the drugs she used as a crutch while Patrick was in jail; and Ava still can't decide between the two lovers that she's been juggling with limited success. However, if there's one holiday that brings the Quinn family together to give thanks for the good times, it's Christmas. And this year promises to be a celebration unlike any other as the Quinns prepare to host Kevin and Isabelle's wedding at the inn. But as the special day approaches, a historic once-in-a-century blizzard bears down on Nantucket, threatening to keep the Quinns away from the place—and the people—they love most. Before the snow clears, the Quinns will have to survive enough upheavals to send anyone running for the spiked eggnog, in this touching novel that proves that when the holidays roll around, you can always go home again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/22/2016
The complicated web of familial turmoil created by Hilderbrand in this concluding chapter of her Winter Street trilogy is almost too much to bear as the Quinn family prepares for one last holiday season on Nantucket Island. This fictional depiction of a family working through the tragedies of loss, love, divorce, and addiction brings to the forefront the issues of living in a dysfunctional family and surviving the repercussions of each other’s decisions. As readers follow career-driven Margaret, romantically confused Ava, Jennifer, the interior designer addicted to pharmaceuticals, and Margaret’s ex-husband, Kelley, now undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, they become exhaustively entangled in the events that unfold. Unfortunately, Hilderbrand’s writing does not construct a thrilling plot line. By developing all of her characters at once, leaping from one character’s perspective to another, she leaves the story without a solid, defining climax. By the time the reader becomes invested in Jennifer’s battle against addiction, Ava takes over the story as she, once again, tries to sort out her tangled love life. Those already familiar with the series will find solace in learning the fate of the main characters, but readers looking for a light read will be disappointed by this emotionally-wrought, scattered conclusion to the trilogy. Agent: David Forrer and Michael Carlisle, InkWell Management. (Oct.)
Library Journal
05/15/2016
In this wrap-up to the Christmas trilogy begun with 2014's Winter Street and last year's Winter Stroll, all's well at Nantucket's Winter Street Inn, with Kelley having survived a health scare and wife Mitzi home after an unfortunate yearlong sleigh ride with the inn's former Santa. Then comes word of a terrible blizzard heading for them. With a 150,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
2016-07-04
In the last installment of the charming Winter Street trilogy, the Quinn family braces for the storm of the century.Unlike the first two novels, which span just a few days over two consecutive Christmases at the Quinn's historic Nantucket inn, the finale covers much of a year and shifts the focus from patriarch Kelley Quinn to his four children. Youngest son Bart is still missing in action in Afghanistan—the light in his childhood room has remained on for the past 18 months. Eldest son Patrick is serving the last few months of a prison sentence for fraud, while his wife Jennifer's patrician life is crumbling thanks to prescription drugs. Kevin, the flaky middle son approaching middle age, is finally coming into his own with a successful beachside eatery and a blooming confidence—he's finally proposed to girlfriend Isabelle. Lastly, Ava is in the enviable position (or not, depending on her mood) of dating both carpenter Nathaniel and vice principal Scott. Adding to her romantic confusion, she meets Potter, a professor at Columbia, who offers her a vision of a life beyond the island. As the Quinn children finally iron out their lives, Kelley confronts the end of his own—his cancer, thought to be in remission, has moved to his brain, with increasingly debilitating results. All is brought to a frantic head on Christmas Eve, the date of Kevin and Isabelle's wedding, when an impending snowstorm strands the guests off-island. If this all seems a bit soapy, Hilderbrand's tight pacing and breezy tone keep the story from heavy-handedness. But be warned: when Bart's MIA status finds resolution, tears may be shed. A series only works when the characters are worth following over the long haul, and Hilderbrand is a master, making for a satisfying conclusion to her Christmas at the Inn story.
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR WINTER STORMS:"

A series only works when the characters are worth following over the long haul, and Hilderbrand is a master, making for a satisfying conclusion to her Christmas at the Inn story."
Kirkus

PRAISE FOR WINTER STREET:"

A holiday package filled with humor, romance, and realism."—Jocelyn McClurg"

The holidays wouldn't be complete without a little family dysfunction, and Hilderbrand writes it well."—Library Journal"

Winter Street...[will] get you in the holiday mood."—Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE RUMOR:"

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer. Rich people behaving badly—perfect poolside."
Susannah Cahalan, The New York Post"

It wouldn't be summer without a breezy, sensual Nantucket tale from Hilderbrand, and her latest...doesn't disappoint. Intricately plotted and filled with fast-paced dialogue, it's as sweetly satisfying as a glass of Sancerre."—Kim Hubbard, People"

Queen of the beach read, and her latest [The Rumor]...is nothing short of a gift."—Lynsey Eidell, Glamour.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316261173
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/04/2016
Series:
Winter Street Series , #3
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
23
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Elin Hilderbrand's favorite things about winter on Nantucket are the first snowfall of the year on Main Street, watching her three children play basketball and getting good seats for Christmas Eve mass at St. Mary's. She wishes the most joyous of holidays to all her readers and gratitude to those who followed her into a different time of the year. Winter Storms is her eighteenth novel and the third book in the Winter Street trilogy.