by Elin Hilderbrand
Series: Winter #2
Published by: Hachette
Narrator: Erin Bennett
Length: 6 hours and 58 minutes
Genres: Women's fiction
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Another Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn reflecting on the past year as he writes a holiday letter to friends and family. Though the year has had its share of misfortune and worry, the Quinns have much to celebrate. Kelley, now single, at least is on better terms with his first wife Margaret, who is using her celebrity to lure customers to the inn in record numbers. Their son Kevin has a beautiful new baby, Genevieve, with the Inn's French housekeeper, Isabelle; and their daughter, Ava, is finally dating a nice guy--her devoted colleague, Scott. Now the Quinns are looking forward to celebrating Genevieve's baptism, welcoming Isabelle to the family, and enjoying the cheer of Nantucket's traditional Christmas Stroll. But just when a peaceful family gathering seems within reach, Kelley's estranged second wife, Mitzi, shows up on the island after souring on her relationship with the inn's former Santa Claus. Soon Kelley isn't the only Quinn entertaining a surprise guest from Christmases past as lovers old and new gather beneath the mistletoe. With jealousy, passion, and eggnog consumption at an all-time high, it's going to take a whole lot more than a Christmas miracle to get the Quinns--and the inn--through the holidays intact.
Last year I listened to Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand and loved meeting the Quinns and spending the holidays in Nantucket. What I did not like was the major cliffhanger and abrupt ending. You can just imagine how excited I was to begin Winter Stroll. While the ending was not quite as abrupt, there are still many unresolved issues and once again, I will be counting the days until I am back in Nantucket with this slightly dysfunctional, sweet and chaotic family.
Kelley Quinn owns the Winter Street Inn on Nantucket and the family is gathering to celebrate not only the holidays but also the baptism of the newest Quinn. Hilderbrand quickly catches us up on what has happened since Christmas. It has been a hard year and a joyous one. I slipped right back into the story and loved the familiar surroundings and inn.
Kevin and Isabelle have a beautiful new baby. Ava is dating Scott. Kelley is now single and getting along with both of his ex-wives. Mitzi shows up unexpectedly. The past year has been hard on her. Her relationship is on the fritz and thoughts of her son are foremost in her mind.
Things get complicated when the past interferes with the present and unexpected guests arrive. Hilderbrand deliciously weaves jealousy, love, personal growth, passion and the joy and pitfalls of family into her tale. She allows us into each of the characters’ lives as we experience their joy, sorrow, fears and love for each other. Life can be complicated and we might not always get along but family and hope bind us.
Hilderbrand made me giggle; yell at characters, cry and most of all care for this crazy, chaotic, beautifully complicated family. Winter Stroll left us with unanswered questions and one in particular haunts me. However, I am more than willing to wait another year and look forward to my return trip to Nantucket and the Winter Street Inn.
Erin Bennett narrators Winter Stroll and I was delighted to see her return. It is my hope she continues to narrate the series.
Elin Hilderbrand had a trying year personally both with her own health issues and the loss of a loved one. Her powerful, heartfelt message at the end of this novel about broke my heart and at the same time filled me with the holiday spirit. As she reminding readers what truly matters. Have truffles on hand.
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