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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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.

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Praise for BEAUTIFUL DAY:

"A perfect summer read."

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.
Boston Globe
PRAISE FOR SUMMERLAND:

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

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."
Booklist
"Hilderbrand has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood."
Coastal Living
Praise for BEAUTIFUL DAY:

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

From the Publisher
Praise for BEAUTIFUL DAY:

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

"Hilderbrand's surprisingly original take on the wedding disaster novel...A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing."—Kirkus Reviews

"Hilderbrand's latest is the perfect beach read....[her] straightforward style pulls the reader into the minds of her characters, and all the secrets and sorrows that create the universal messiness of major family events."—Publishers Weekly

PRAISE FOR SUMMERLAND:

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

"The Queen of the Summer Novel...Hilderbrand blends real-life issues - depression, teen alcoholism, bullying - with her signature soapy twists and illicit romances."—Joanna Powell, People

"Hilderbrand has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood."—Booklist

"A sensitive glimpse into the lives of damaged people groping their way toward healing."—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316376112
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 138
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elin Hilderbrand

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 homemade 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2014

    Fall into a holiday gone haywire!

    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!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2014

    Ugh!

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2014

    I was terribly disappointed.  I knew what was going to happen wi

    I was terribly disappointed.  I knew what was going to happen within the first 12 pages.  Only 200 pages and weak story.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2014

    Loved this book ! Great humor and awesome characters. Feels like

    Loved this book ! Great humor and awesome characters. Feels like your apart of the Quinn family. Read the book in 2 weeks. 

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    Posted October 23, 2014

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