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Winter Street: A Novel
     

Winter Street: A Novel

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by Elin Hilderbrand
 

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In bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first winter 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 grown children: Patrick, a hedge fund manager; Kevin, a bartender; Ava, a schoolteacher; and Bart, who has recently shocked

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In bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand's first winter 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 grown children: Patrick, a hedge fund manager; Kevin, a bartender; Ava, a schoolteacher; and Bart, who has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines. As Christmas approaches, Kelley looks forward to spending time with his family at the inn. But when he walks in on his wife Mitzi kissing another man, chaos descends, and things only get more interesting when Kelley's ex-wife, news anchor Margaret Quinn, arrives on the scene. Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, a small house fire, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.

Editorial Reviews

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

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

If the Quinn family of Nantucket didn't see treetops glistening or hear sleigh bells in the snow in the snow this yuletide season, it was probably because their lives were swamped in chaos. Kelley Quinn, the owner of the Winter Street Inn, has just discovered that his second wife is cavorting with a hired Santa; his youngest son has disappeared into the maelstroms of Afghanistan; his middle son is blissfully entangled with their fetching French housekeeper; his oldest is a hedge fund manipulator; and his only daughter is waiting impatiently for her boyfriend to push the commitment button. Into this fine mess comes wife number one, who in this signature Elin Hilderbrand novel, is the first sign that messy things can get better.

Ladies' Home Journal
Praise for BEAUTIFUL DAY:

"A perfect summer read."

Booklist
"Hilderbrand has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood."
Boston Globe
PRAISE FOR SUMMERLAND:

"Summerland is as readable as any beach book, but with a much bigger heart."

Coastal Living
Praise for BEAUTIFUL DAY:

"A page-turner....She's the queen of the beach read."

Joanna Powell
"The Queen of the Summer Novel...Hilderbrand blends real-life issues - depression, teen alcoholism, bullying - with her signature soapy twists and illicit romances."
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-14
Hilderbrand leaves the beach for this Christmas novel—though it's still set on her beloved Nantucket. The whole island is looking forward to the annual Winter Street Inn Christmas party, except for the inn's owner, Kelley Quinn, who's just discovered the hired Santa kissing his wife, Mitzi. Mitzi and Santa inform Kelley of their 13-year affair and Mitzi's imminent departure from married life. Kelley, retreating to bed with smokes and booze, blasts Mitzi on Facebook and lists the inn for sale, its extravagant restoration having eaten through his once-sizable savings. Thankfully, he has grown children to help, though they have problems, too. Eldest son Patrick lives in Boston with his wife and kids, but the feds will soon be at the door to charge him with insider trading. Bartender Kevin, whose life was derailed by a bad woman, is now on track: He's in love with Isabelle, the Winter Street Inn's beautiful French manager. If only he can muster the courage to pop the question. And finally there's Ava, a schoolteacher with the perfect boyfriend, except that he's really not that into her. But Assistant Principal Scott is. Perhaps the only one who can tie up all these loose ends is Margaret Quinn, Kelley's first wife and mother to the three kids, who sacrificed her family life in order to become the most famous journalist in America but whose arrival on Nantucket just may save the day. Increasingly, best-selling authors are producing Christmas novels, family dramas in which the Christmas Spirit prevails. They often seem like rushed marketing ploys, though occasionally they hold up to the author's own standards. Hilderbrand's falls somewhere in between; her skill at creating character is present, but the plot feels constrained and a little predictable. A quick read to get you in the holiday mood, but not as strong as Hilderbrand's best.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316271547
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
09/27/2016
Series:
Winter Street Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
196,806
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Elin Hilderbrand made a paper angel ornament in third grade that is still in her family's custody. She celebrates the holidays by making batches of mustard and chive pine nut dip and gifting them to her lucky friends. Her favorite carol is "O Holy Night." Winter Street is her fourteenth novel.

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Winter Street 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! I am a Elin Hildebrand fan and this novel is now one of my favorites. The Winter Street Inn comes filled with lovable characters who had me laughing, cheering, and grinning from ear to ear. Everyone brings their own set of issues and opinions home for Christmas and we are lucky to see how they all play out. I was surprised again and again by the interactions and jovial attitude of Kelley, the owner of the Inn. I want a sequil and hope that we will be blessed by one. I won an advanced reader's copy of this book and I felt like I had won the lottery! A must buy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hated book. Didnt like how it was written. Boring! Agree with other review. Knew how it was going to obviously end. Dont waste,your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was terribly disappointed.  I knew what was going to happen within the first 12 pages.  Only 200 pages and weak story.
thatfickgirl More than 1 year ago
It makes me sad to say this but if I could give this book zero stars I would. I found Elin Hilderbrand earlier this year and fell in love with her books... I devoured all I could my hands on. And when I found out she had a new Christmas one coming out I was thrilled... So to say this book was disappointing is an understatement. The plot is cliched and boring, the characters don't grab you at all like ones in her previous novels and the ending somehow managed to be completely predictable while not even being an ending at all. I don't know what has happened to this awesome author but she definitely fell short on this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this short, quick read from Page 1. I always buy Elin Hilderbrand's annual summer beach read, and her first Christmas read did not disappoint me. It's light, fluffy, and enjoyable! Curl up by the fire and check it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and a charming Christmas story. I only hope there will be a sequel!
ewicksbluesfan More than 1 year ago
add another great book to hilderbrand's list
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Elin Hilderbrand's books. This one and Matchmaker are two of the best. You won't be disappointed.
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Anonymous 6 months ago
Cliched and formulaic.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Finished in 2 days! Couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading other works from this author
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Ashley DePasquale More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it couldn't put it down! I just started reading her books 2 months ago and this was my third one I've read! Read read read you won't regret it!
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Very true story line
samalama143 More than 1 year ago
So in love. Clear up until the last, heartfelt page. How can I be a Quinn?
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Wow, that book really ended on a bad note, so glad i didnt read this at christmas time.