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Winter Street: A Novel (Winter Street, 1) Paperback – October 13, 2015
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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.
Follow the Quinn family through the entire Winter Street Series:
- Winter Street
- Winter Stroll
- Winter Storms
- Winter Solstice
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“Just as the Quinns are about to converge for the year’s most stressful holiday, Kelley walks into Room 10 and finds Mitzi in the arms of the man they’ve hired to play Santa Claus. From there, we’re off to the dysfunctional family derby, with bottomless eggnog and evergreen garlands galore.”―Elisabeth Egan, New York Times
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
About the Author
- ASIN : 0316376108
- Publisher : Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780316376105
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316376105
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.55 x 0.95 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winter Street centers around The Quinn family. Kelley Quinn is the father. He owns a B&B with his current wife Mitzi. He's worried about the financial future of the Winter Street Inn but this concern takes second place when he finds his wife in a room with George, the Santa Claus who performs during the yearly Christmas party at the Inn. Before she leaves, Mitzi confesses that her affair with George has been ongoing for twelve years every single Christmas holiday.
Margaret Quinn is Kelley's ex-wife but she's also the most famous women on TV. She's part of America as she delivers the daily news. She's currently seeing a pediatric surgeon and is spending Christmas with him in Hawaii instead of Nantucket until she learns something that pulls her back to her ex-husband's home.
Patrick is the eldest son and Kelley and Margaret's favorite too. He's a broker and supposedly a great businessman except he let his greed take hold of him and now he's being investigated for inside trading. Patrick is married to Jennifer and they have three children.
Ava is the only daughter. She's a music teacher whose love life is a mess. She's in love with Nathaniel but he's not as serious with their relationship as Ava wishes it to be. She wants more from him. Ava does have Scott in her life. She knows he's in love with her but she doesn't think about him that way but maybe she should.
Kevin is living at the Inn. He's ex-wife Nora did a number on him. He lost trust in women but secretly he has been dating Isabelle, a French woman who works at the Inn too. He's going to be a father and he better get with the program before he loses his chance at happiness.
Last but not least is Bart. The youngest son of Kelley and the only kid by Mitzi. He was a loose cannon until he joined the Marines and now he has been deployed to Afghanistan. No one knows where he is at but they all hope he's safe.
Winter Street is full of drama. There are so many things happening all at once to this family that it should be impossible to believe it. Yet, I found myself being entertained by their angst, sorrow, persistence, and happiness.
I liked all the family members especially Margaret. She changed her plans to help her kids and ex-husband.
Winter Street ends up in a cliffhanger. I'm happy I didn't have to suffer through it for too long.
An enjoyable story about real life problems, but one where the characters realize that family is what is important.
For the last several years one of my friends and I try to read one Christmas book together and this is the buddy read she picked for this year. Winter Street is the first book in the Winter Street series. The book takes place over 3 days and it's a quick read.
The first half was really slow for me, the second half was great until the ending. The ending packed a punch, but not the happy, heartwarming, Hallmark-movie style that I like in Christmas books. I will read the next book to hopefully get answers.
wonderful stories / books written by Elin Hildebrand. I highly recommend this book. Wonderful Christmas book filled with great characters. When you reach the last page the only thing you want is to ask is what happens next?!!!! I am blessed that this is book 1 of a series & I do not have to wonder or, wait. I suggest you don't either. Read or, re-read this book as soon as possible. Or should I say devore?
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Kelley Quinn bought the Winter Street Inn for his second wife and lavishly restored it to the highest spec. Visitors loved their relaxed hospitality and returned year after year: all except for this Christmas, when there were no bookings at all, except one made by the same man who acted as ‘Santa Claus’ and who always came for Christmas and officiated at the annual shin-dig of a house Christmas party.
But all is not well this year aside from the lack of bookings. Santa brought with him a shocking revelation that was to change Christmas forever for Kelley, his second wife, his first wife and his four children Patrick, Kevin, Ava and Bart. Before the holiday period was over Kelley’s grown up family were to face a series of life-changing trials, but still find time to celebrate the season of goodwill with the usual slap-up party, gourmet food and sparkly wine. Revelations were made, secrets spilt out and exciting news imparted.
My only slight disappointment was that the novel was quite short and I was not at all ready for it to end. I felt that some of the story threads were not resolved and at the end I really wanted the story to go on. But that is just my personal opinion and I know that many other readers quite like to predict what happened next, and that a story must end somewhere. Not me though. I like it all nicely rounded off. I would then have awarded ‘Winter Street’ the full 5*’s.