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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.

Follow the Quinn family through the entire Winter Street
Series:


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4

Jan 13, 2019

Oh, the family drama is high in this one! It's a hot mess and I'm over here like...


Needless to say, I found this first installment of Elin Hilderbrand's Winter series to be flat out entertaining, but I can't dismiss the palpable emotion that popped up unexpectedly. Lots of characters with both individual and connected crises, but I could handle it...and I'm ready for more! On to the next!

My favorite quote:
"Ten more soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Margaret is breathless with horror, followed by Oh, the family drama is high in this one! It's a hot mess and I'm over here like...


Needless to say, I found this first installment of Elin Hilderbrand's Winter series to be flat out entertaining, but I can't dismiss the palpable emotion that popped up unexpectedly. Lots of characters with both individual and connected crises, but I could handle it...and I'm ready for more! On to the next!

My favorite quote:
"Ten more soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Margaret is breathless with horror, followed by shame. She has been anchoring the national news for over twenty years, she has reported on thousands of deaths of American soldiers, and yet it is only this week, now that her children's brother has been deployed, that she truly understands how scary and dangerous it is. The sacrifice these kids make (and they are kids—Bart is only nineteen; the last time Margaret saw him, eighteen months earlier, he was in New York City on his senior class trip) is astonishing—as are the sacrifices the parents make, sending their sons and daughters into battle." ...more
3

Oct 01, 2014

3.5 stars

It is starting to feel like winter outside; the wind is blowing hard, the skies are gray, and the weather guy is predicting snow. Furthermore, I have just finished reading several very intense thrillers. So what could be better at this point than a fluffy Christmas book? I hit the library and came home with Winter Street, which proved to be just what I needed.

Winter Street is my first experience with an Elin Hilderbrand book. Other reviewers state this isnt her best work. Though it does 3.5 stars

It is starting to feel like winter outside; the wind is blowing hard, the skies are gray, and the weather guy is predicting snow. Furthermore, I have just finished reading several very intense thrillers. So what could be better at this point than a fluffy Christmas book? I hit the library and came home with Winter Street, which proved to be just what I needed.

Winter Street is my first experience with an Elin Hilderbrand book. Other reviewers state this isn’t her best work. Though it does not provide as much depth as some other women’s fiction novels I have read, I still found it entertaining. Probably the features I liked best were the likeable characters, all the different family dynamics, and Ms. Hilderbrand’s humor that is laced throughout the story at just the right moments.

We are introduced to Kelley Quinn and his wife Mitzi who run the Winter Street Inn on Nantucket Island. Between them they have 4 grown children, an ex-wife, and a lover. The story runs from December 23 to Christmas evening as the family and their significant others gather. Within the group, there are multiple issues going on, leading to a wide swath of emotions ranging from sheer joy to utter agony. One might say that it is a bit unbelievable that so much drama could be happening at once, but that didn’t bother me, and I went with it. The ending did not tidy everything up, but I learned there is a sequel titled Winter Stroll that has been recently released that I put on reserve at my library. Since I don’t have to wait a year for it, I’m happy.

I recommend Winter Street to anyone looking for a light, but warm family Christmas drama to read over a cold wintery weekend. I enjoyed it.
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4

Nov 05, 2014

Kelley Quinn owns a local B&B with his second wife Mitzi and is looking forward to the holiday, despite concerns about the B&Bs finances. Kelleys first clue that this Christmas will be different begins when he walks in on his wife kissing Santa Claus. The two have one child, a son Bart, who is stationed in Afghanistan. His oldest son Patrick a highly successful broker and happily married father of three is in trouble. His daughter, Ava a local schoolteacher is in a stalled relationship Kelley Quinn owns a local B&B with his second wife Mitzi and is looking forward to the holiday, despite concerns about the B&B’s finances. Kelley’s first clue that this Christmas will be different begins when he walks in on his wife kissing Santa Claus. The two have one child, a son Bart, who is stationed in Afghanistan. His oldest son Patrick a highly successful broker and happily married father of three is in trouble. His daughter, Ava a local schoolteacher is in a stalled relationship and not at all-happy. His youngest son from his first marriage is having an affair with their French-maid. His ex-wife a wildly successful news broadcaster is planning to spend the holiday on a nice warm beach far, far away.

The tale that unfolds in Winter Street is not your typical holiday story, but takes us into the lives of this close-knit family as Hilderbrand shares a not so perfect Christmas. Delivered from each of the Quinn’s perspective we follow each of the stories as we move through the holiday, discover truths, and band together. Quirky, heart-felt, and genuine I enjoyed learning about this family.

Winter Street takes place between the 23rd and 25th of December and it was a delightful listen thanks to Erin Bennett who did a lovely job with the narration. While I became caught up in all of the many threads, I would have liked more depth to the characters. This is not a warm fuzzy holiday listen, nor is it dark it is simply a glimpse into one family’s not so perfect holiday. Because the tale ends soon after Christmas dinner, there were unanswered questions. At first, I thought I was missing part of the audio. However, I have learned that these characters and their story will appear again. It is my hope we see each character further developed.

Winter Street was an enjoyable listen and despite wanting more, I thoroughly enjoyed spending the holiday with the Quinn’s of Nantucket.

Audio provided by publisher ...more
4

Nov 18, 2017

I breezed through Winter Street, a fairly short book centered around The Quinn Family, who owns and operates The Winter Street Inn in Nantucket. The story takes place during the week of Christmas.

Family dramas are right up my alley, and Winter Street was no exception. Each member of the family is dealing with their own struggles, but they come together to celebrate Christmas back home at the inn. There were definitely a handful of obvious and predictable moments in the story, but I still really I breezed through Winter Street, a fairly short book centered around The Quinn Family, who owns and operates The Winter Street Inn in Nantucket. The story takes place during the week of Christmas.

Family dramas are right up my alley, and Winter Street was no exception. Each member of the family is dealing with their own struggles, but they come together to celebrate Christmas back home at the inn. There were definitely a handful of obvious and predictable moments in the story, but I still really enjoyed it, especially reading it around the holidays. I look forward to reading the rest of the Winter series. ...more
3

Dec 23, 2016

I like to occasionally read with the seasons the way I seem to plan my meals with seasonal foods in mind, so when I saw a few GR friends had rated this book fairly high, I thought it sounded good and would give it a try for the holidays.
Years ago I might have found this to be something I would enjoy, but the older I get, the less this genre appeals to me. Overall, it was a light so-so read...and it ended with a cliff-hanger, making me want to at least skim the next book to see what happened.
5

Dec 07, 2017

I LOVED this book. Elin Hilderbrand has woven together a juicy cast of characters with lots of drama for this Christmas-themed family treat. The Quinn family is your typical American family in many ways. Kelly and his first wife Margaret are divorced. They have three grown children, Kevin, Patrick and Ava. Kelly has one grown son with his second wife, Mitzi (who can't help but draw the comparison of ditzy when in the opening pages of the book, she announces she's leaving her husband for their I LOVED this book. Elin Hilderbrand has woven together a juicy cast of characters with lots of drama for this Christmas-themed family treat. The Quinn family is your typical American family in many ways. Kelly and his first wife Margaret are divorced. They have three grown children, Kevin, Patrick and Ava. Kelly has one grown son with his second wife, Mitzi (who can't help but draw the comparison of ditzy when in the opening pages of the book, she announces she's leaving her husband for their bed and breakfast's "Santa Claus" from the annual Christmas party.) Kelly is oblivious to their affair, and oblivious to the drama of his oldest three children, including a relationship that is going nowhere, another relationship carried on in secret, and a workplace secret that could land someone in hot water. When all parties show up at the inn, there is merriment and lots of interesting drama. I really enjoyed this one. It had great notes of Christmas and was well-paced. Definitely reading on to the next book in the series.

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader. ...more
4

Jan 10, 2019

Great read! It was easy to get involved with the characters and their lives. The ending leaves you ready to read the next book in the series. Theres something about Hildebrand's books that I like! Great read! It was easy to get involved with the characters and their lives. The ending leaves you ready to read the next book in the series. There’s something about Hildebrand's books that I like! ...more
5

Jan 19, 2015

I'm not usually big on Christmas stories, but I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I hope there's more to come for the Quinn family. There were too many things left unanswered at the end.
3

Aug 02, 2018

What better way to cool off from the humidity than reading a book set at Christmas? I have really enjoyed Elin Hilderbrand books in the past and have long been curious to try her Winter series. Winter Street introduces readers to the Quinn family. This is the kind of family that puts the FUN back in dysfunctional. At a mere 200 + pages, patriarch Kelley, his first wife, Margaret, and their children Patrick, Kevin, and Ava take turns telling readers about their wacky Christmas when youngest What better way to cool off from the humidity than reading a book set at Christmas? I have really enjoyed Elin Hilderbrand books in the past and have long been curious to try her Winter series. Winter Street introduces readers to the Quinn family. This is the kind of family that puts the FUN back in dysfunctional. At a mere 200 + pages, patriarch Kelley, his first wife, Margaret, and their children Patrick, Kevin, and Ava take turns telling readers about their wacky Christmas when youngest brother, Bart is in Afghanistan and second wife, Mitzi takes off with Santa Claus( aka friend George).

Is it one of EH's best novels? Not particularly, but it was quite easy reading and I loved the mad as a hatter antics of this family. I shall keep a look out for the rest of the series. ...more
5

Nov 30, 2019

I loved this book and completely adored all the characters... I'm super excited that I have all 4 books at the bookstore, because I will be reading these back to back.
4

Nov 22, 2017

What a great book! Right before the holidays, this was what I needed. I read a lot of relatable topics, and just fell in love with the Quinn family! I can't wait to read the rest in this series! Loved it!
2

Dec 24, 2017

Not my cup of Christmas tea. I would prefer not to read about war and infidelity this time of year.
3

Mar 19, 2019

Kelley Quinn, owner of the Nantucket's Winter Street Inn, is looking forward to Christmas--a time full of traditions at his Inn. But then he walks in on his second wife, Mitzi, kissing Santa Claus. Or at least George, the burly man who plays Santa each year at the Inn. Suddenly, Kelley's life is as upended as that of his children's. His three eldest children with his first wife--Patrick, Kevin, and Ava--are each embroiled in turmoil and dramas of their own. And Bart, his spoiled son with Mitzi, Kelley Quinn, owner of the Nantucket's Winter Street Inn, is looking forward to Christmas--a time full of traditions at his Inn. But then he walks in on his second wife, Mitzi, kissing Santa Claus. Or at least George, the burly man who plays Santa each year at the Inn. Suddenly, Kelley's life is as upended as that of his children's. His three eldest children with his first wife--Patrick, Kevin, and Ava--are each embroiled in turmoil and dramas of their own. And Bart, his spoiled son with Mitzi, deployed to Afghanistan right before Christmas. And now it's Christmas and the entire Quinn clan finds themselves together for Christmas: a dysfunctional, dramatic, and potentially heart-warming Christmas.

I've been on an Elin Hilderbrand kick lately, especially after reading WINTER IN PARADISE, the first book in her new Paradise series. I loved that one immensely. I didn't love this one quite as much, but still found it a really easy, quick, and enjoyable read. I read it in one day--half while I was at the hospital with my daughter and half when I got home that evening. Because it's so enjoyable with such great characters, I found it a great diversion.

The characters are classic Hilderbrand: a messed up family that immediately pulls you in. I love how easy it is to get entangled in her tales. There's Kelley, of course, who is completely befuddled as his second marriage is falling apart. Ava, a music teacher, lives at the inn, and is struggling with her current relationship. Kevin, works at a bar, isn't living up to the family's high standards, and is in love with the housekeeper. Patrick, the eldest, is a very successful hedge fund manager with a secret (or two). Bart comes across as spoiled in the past but is now worrying the entire family as they haven't heard from him since his deployment. And then there's Margaret: the eldest three kids' mother. She's a successful newswoman and tv anchor and Kelley's first wife. I really liked her.

Somehow the book seamlessly weaves these characters together, along with their various love interests, spouses, and, yes, George the Santa. It's funny, heartbreaking, and well, completely intriguing. I love Hilderbrand's series because they suck me in and transport me to another place for a few hours (2 hours and 38 minutes, per my Bookly app).

I nabbed all the books in this series from Paperbackswap.com, and I've been hoarding the next three for when I go on vacation in April -- I'm looking forward to seeing what is next in store for the Quinns. Especially since, in true Hilderbrand fashion, this one ended in a cliffhanger!

Overall, I enjoyed this one. It's a quick, dramatic read with interesting characters. 3.5 stars.

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I received my copy of this book through one of my favorite websites, Paperbackswap.com, where you can swap copies of all your favorite books (hardcover, paperback, and more). ...more
3

Jan 08, 2015

Oh Elin Hilderbrand. You are my crack. Your books are silly and predictable, but I look forward to them. I listen to them in my car as I drive to the gym, to work. For a week, they are enjoyable. That said, I can never give you five stars because, while I enjoy them, I can see what's going to happen from a mile away.
4

Dec 11, 2018

Im really enjoying this Christmas Series ????!!! I’m really enjoying this Christmas Series ????!!! ...more
4

Dec 27, 2019

Winter Street Inn, on the island of Nantucket, is famous for its holiday party. Kelley Quinn and his wife, Mitzi, run the inn and normally Kelley, along with all the Nantucket residents, look forward to the holiday party, but not this year. Kelley has found his wife in a compromising position with George, who plays Santa at the annual holiday party. Kelley finds out that Mitzi has been having an affair with George for years. To complicate matters further, she tells Kelley that their marriage is Winter Street Inn, on the island of Nantucket, is famous for its holiday party. Kelley Quinn and his wife, Mitzi, run the inn and normally Kelley, along with all the Nantucket residents, look forward to the holiday party, but not this year. Kelley has found his wife in a compromising position with George, who plays Santa at the annual holiday party. Kelley finds out that Mitzi has been having an affair with George for years. To complicate matters further, she tells Kelley that their marriage is over, so Kelley reacts by canceling the holiday party and drowning his sorrows in alcohol. Kelley even decides to sell Winter Street Inn, because after its expensive restoration, at Mitzi's whim, it has left him uninspired and broke. People haven't been flocking to the inn like they used to. Thankfully, Kelley's children (all from his marriage to his first wife Margaret) are around to help him this holiday season, because all of these events will sure make for a bumpy ride for the Quinn family in Elin Hilderbrand's Winter Street.
Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c... ...more
4

Sep 07, 2018

I have read other books by Elin Hilderbrand. All take place on Nantucket Island. All take place in the summer. All are about families.

This is my first Hilderbrand that takes place in the winter and at Christmas too.

The Quinn family is a blended family. Kelley is the owner of the Winter Street Inn and he and his famous wife Margaret Quinn had three children: Patrick, Ava and Kevin, all adults. Kelley and his second wife, Mitzi (short for Margaret), have one child, Bart, who has just deployed to I have read other books by Elin Hilderbrand. All take place on Nantucket Island. All take place in the summer. All are about families.

This is my first Hilderbrand that takes place in the winter and at Christmas too.

The Quinn family is a blended family. Kelley is the owner of the Winter Street Inn and he and his famous wife Margaret Quinn had three children: Patrick, Ava and Kevin, all adults. Kelley and his second wife, Mitzi (short for Margaret), have one child, Bart, who has just deployed to Iraq.

The stories of each of these individuals is told in alternating chapters, each named for the character being described. In this way we learn that the Inn is falling on hard times, Margaret is the anchor of the CBS evening news, Patrick is married and a stock broker, Ava is single and helps out at the inn, and Kevin is a barkeep in Nantucket. Of course, each of them has a story that is complicated, but plausible. The story, as a whole, is entertaining.

I listened to the audio deftly narrated by Erin Bennett.

So, yeah, it's chick lit, but a nice break from the serious and heart wrenching. It is the first of the Winter Series. Who knows, I may read another one.

3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 ...more
2

Dec 15, 2015

2/1 - This book isn't giving me the same kind of feeling as any of the previous Christmas books I've read over the past month. There is drama galore, and it's not ridiculous drama that is so dramatic it's funny, it's depressing drama that would be killing my Christmas spirit if it was still before Christmas. Cheating spouses, the success of Christmas dinner in doubt, and the tragic loss of a family member on Christmas day all add up to a book that definitely does not resemble any happy Christmas 2/1 - This book isn't giving me the same kind of feeling as any of the previous Christmas books I've read over the past month. There is drama galore, and it's not ridiculous drama that is so dramatic it's funny, it's depressing drama that would be killing my Christmas spirit if it was still before Christmas. Cheating spouses, the success of Christmas dinner in doubt, and the tragic loss of a family member on Christmas day all add up to a book that definitely does not resemble any happy Christmas book I've ever read before. To be continued...

3/1 - Alright, I read another 11 pages but that's it. I'm done with this 'Christmas' book that's making me depressed instead of happy. DNFed after 105 pages. ...more
3

Feb 26, 2018

Certain parts were great, certain parts were way cheesy, even moreso than what's on the Hallmark Channel. And that ending??? Wahhhhhhhhh!

But I love kooky families, esp when it comes wrapped up in a neat little Christmas bow (this series is set at an inn during Christmastime), so I shall keep going with this. I need to know how everyone fares!
5

Nov 27, 2014

What a terrific ending!!!!
I laughed throughout this book.
Very good and highly recommended.
4

Dec 06, 2017

I honestly struggled with most of the characters until about 3/4 of the way through. That ending though, definitely brought it up to 4 stars.
5

Nov 08, 2016

December 26, 2018: I cannot possibly love this book any more. I read this every year. The Quinn Family feels like theyre my own family or at the very least, my friends. I feel like I know the Inn like the back of my hand. That ending gets me every time. So abrupt. It is a MUST for me to have the next book on hand or easily accessible so I can keep moving with the second part of the story.
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November 8, 2016: I love this story of the dysfunctional Quinn family, owners of the Winter Street Inn. As December 26, 2018: I cannot possibly love this book any more. I read this every year. The Quinn Family feels like they’re my own family or at the very least, my friends. I feel like I know the Inn like the back of my hand. That ending gets me every time. So abrupt. It is a MUST for me to have the next book on hand or easily accessible so I can keep moving with the second part of the story.
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November 8, 2016: I love this story of the dysfunctional Quinn family, owners of the Winter Street Inn. As they gather for their holiday at the Inn, the author gives us peeks into the craziness that they're all experiencing leading up to/during the holiday: Kelly and Mitzi Quinn and grown children along with the ex-wife Margaret Quinn.

I read this last year and liked it. I've just reread it and loved it. This is a pure escape for me, and I laughed throughout the story. There are some serious things that happen, but there isn't any heaviness. The ending is abrupt, so I have the second book on hand to start right away.

I love the way that this book just oozes the holiday like I know it, with the food and music and holiday cheer while everyone is individually scrambling around to make it all happen. ...more
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Jan 15, 2019

Actual rating: 0 stars
Also, DNF at 60 pages.

OMG this was the most dull book I've read in a long tim. Flat, boring, annoying characters, ridic plot, horrible writing.
I just can't.
2

Oct 16, 2014

I'm hoping that there is a sequel in the works. I would like to see how everything works out for all the characters.
4

Dec 05, 2019

This was an adorable family drama about the Holidays. Kelley Quinn is ready for the holidays to begin, but when he finds his second wife quite literally kissing Santa Claus, he's not sure what to do. His children are all in states of their own emotional upheaval as well. Patrick, the eldest, is facing felony charges. Ava has finally found the perfect guy, but she can't quite get him to commit. Kevin has been having a secret affair with Isabelle, the house servant at the Inn. And the youngest, This was an adorable family drama about the Holidays. Kelley Quinn is ready for the holidays to begin, but when he finds his second wife quite literally kissing Santa Claus, he's not sure what to do. His children are all in states of their own emotional upheaval as well. Patrick, the eldest, is facing felony charges. Ava has finally found the perfect guy, but she can't quite get him to commit. Kevin has been having a secret affair with Isabelle, the house servant at the Inn. And the youngest, Bart, has shocked everyone by enlisting in the Marines. When Margaret Quinn, Kelley's first wife, finds out horrible news about Bart, she may be the only one to soothe the family's worries.

The relationship in this book were so complex and visceral. I loved getting to know the various Quinns. Seeing how their relationships were changing was so fascinating. I think by the end Margaret was my favorite. She had this chemistry and I love hardworking women too.

I'm really looking forward to how the family will cope with the news about Bart. I'm sure things are going to get messy before they get better, but I am so ready for it. ...more

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