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Title:
Winter Stroll

Winter Series, Book 2
Author:
Hilderbrand, Elin
Subject:
Fiction
Literature
Description:
"Happy Holidays 2015! It has been a rough year for the Quinns, but I would like to start by saying thank you for all of the well wishes and positive missives sent our way."A second 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. Follow the Quinn family through the entire Winter Street Series: Winter Street Winter Stroll Winter Storms Winter Solstice
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Date:
2015/10/13
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Language:
English

Summary

Summary


"Happy Holidays 2015! It has been a rough year for the Quinns, but I would like to start by saying thank you for all of the well wishes and positive missives sent our way."

A second 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.

Follow the Quinn family through the entire Winter Street Series:

Winter Street Winter Stroll Winter Storms Winter Solstice


Author Notes

Elin Hilderbrand grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa. Her first book, The Beach Club, was published in 2000. Her other works include The Blue Bistro, Barefoot, A Summer Affair, The Castways, The Island, Summerland, The Matchmaker, Winter Street, The Rumor, and Winter Stroll. Elin's novels, Here's to Us and Winter Storms, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Kirkus Review

In a sequel to last year's holiday novel Winter Street, Hilderbrand improves on the first by delving deeper into the emotional lives of the Quinn clan. A year has elapsed and the events that closed the first novel have developed: thanks to the generous $1 million loan from his first wife, world-renowned newscaster Margaret Quinn, Kelley can keep his Winter Street Inn open, although it's lonelier now that his wife, Mitzi, has left him for George, their one-time holiday Santa. Kelley and Mitzi's son, Bart, is still MIA in Afghanistan, and Mitzi is falling apart; unhappy with George, she spends most days drunk. The lives of Kelley and Margaret's three children are also in crisis. Patrick is now in prison for insider trading, while his wife, Jennifer, tries to hold their family together with the help of illicit prescription pills. Ava seems to have found "the one" with vice principal Scott, if only she could stop thinking about wild Nathaniel. And middle son Kevin has made good with girlfriend Isabelle and their infant, Genevieve. Hopefully he can avoid his first wife, the troubled Norah, who has returned to the island. This year's Winter Stroll, a Nantucket Christmas tradition, coincides with Genevieve's baptism, bringing together all the Quinns and their issues. Also on island for the festivities is Margaret's beau, Drake, a pediatric neurosurgeon and about as perfect as can be, if only Margaret and he could bow out of their schedules and enjoy each other's company. In the ensuing few days, everyone has life-altering decisions to makeeven Ava, now that Nathaniel has returned to the island to propose. Only Nantucket itself is left unscathed by the juicy drama. Described in all its magic (after all these years, one hopes Hilderbrand is on the tourist board's payroll), it seems impossible for such turmoil to exist on the charmed island. Although some of the Quinns' problems are resolved, many are not, happily promising a third installment next year. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

On Winter Stroll weekend, Nantucket comes alive. The Quinns are trying their best to get in the spirit. But youngest son Bart is MIA in Afghanistan, oldest son Patrick is in jail for securities fraud, and patriarch Kelley's second wife, Mitzi, is regretting running off with Santa (or a guy playing Santa). Daughter Ava is glad to have the support of her boyfriend, Scott, until he favors an injured colleague over family commitments. Her ex, Nathan, is there to pick up the pieces, if she will let him. Despite all of this (with a pill addiction and a marriage proposal thrown in), the family comes together to celebrate the christening of baby Genevieve. A slice of holiday life (if your life is the genteel poverty of hardworking Nantucket family innkeepers with extraordinarily wealthy relatives) from a master of domestic fiction, in which nothing feels tawdry, and the pages fly. Readers who missed the first Quinn outing, Winter Street (2014), might feel left out in the beginning, but this short, addictively readable novel is the perfect size to squeeze in during the holiday rush.--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2015 Booklist


Library Journal Review

The Quinn family returns in this sequel to the best-selling Winter Street. Their inn on the lovely island of Nantucket, MA, is flourishing again, and the family has mostly recovered from the drama of last Christmas. However, the holiday season seems to be a magnet for former spouses and lovers, whose reappearances cause all kinds of strife and uncertainty among the Quinn clan. As the family gathers to celebrate the baptism of Kevin and Isabelle's baby, Kelly's ex-wife Mitzi (who ran off with Santa last year) pays a return visit. Also threatening to ruin the holidays are Kevin's former wife and Ava's ex-boyfriend. VERDICT Fans of the first book will clamor to read this follow-up and will also be pleased that the conclusion indicates another installment. [See Prepub Alert, 4/6/15.] © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.