Winter Street

Winter Street

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by Elin Hilderbrand
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Ladies' Home Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316376112
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Series:
Winter Street Series , #1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(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 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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Winter Street 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 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.
Ashley DePasquale 22 days 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.
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A great Christmas story about a family coming together. The ending left you hanging and wanting more...hope she writes a sequel for next Chistmas. Enjoyed the story!
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars:  Overall: 3  Narration: 4  Story: 2 I was excited to see a holiday story set on Nantucket, I love the islands and coast, and the setting itself is a lovely place for the holidays.  I was not expecting a super heart-warming story from the blurb, but the ‘chatter’ about Hilderbrand’s characters being intriguing and engaging was a major selling point.  A story that focuses on a dysfunctional family that has come together over a 3 day span ending with Christmas dinner had many places where scenes and issues will feel familiar: those particular issues that are year-round but seem to become more acute in the holidays. Whether it is the ‘Rockwell-esque’ imagery we all hold as ideal and can never attain, or the issues are so all-encompassing that we are destined to fail, I’m never quite sure, but this story is one long downhill slide of everything you shouldn’t have happen in the holidays.  Sadly the Quinn family felt more ‘close knit’ because of blood and obligation, rather than true sharing and caring. Sure, they love each other, but there wasn’t a moment when I felt a true connection or emotion from any of the characters: each was aware of their own failings and issues, but none had a plan or a solid thought as to how to improve things.  Insets from each perspective, we see the three days unfold with their own prejudices and judgments, and behind their own veils of self-absorption.  What I didn’t get was any sort of emotional pull or draw – in a crafting technique that is usually unfailing in the impact for a reader.   Even more discouraging for me, as a listener, was the lack of solid conclusion – the book ended with no resolutions to speak of, hinting at more to come as each of the family members starts to deal with their issues.  As a reader, this is a disappointment, not having a sense that anyone found resolution.  The saving grace in this AudioBook for me was the narration from Erin Bennett. Her modulation, tone and clarity were spot on, with gradual and subtle inflections, pitch changes and addition of emotional overlay to highlight the characters and words on the pages.  My first encounter with her work, and it will not be the last.   In short, this was a miss for me in all but narration.  I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.