Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand


Kelley and Mitzi Quin are the owners of Winter Street Inn in Nantucket.  Kelly has three adult children from his first wife, news anchor Margaret Quin;  and together he and Mitzi have one son, Bart who recently joined the Marines.

As the holiday season approaches and Kelley anticipates having the Inn filled with his children and grandchildren, Kelley walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus.  Literally kissing the man they hired each year to be the Santa for the Inn…

let the dysfunction begin.

Each of the three Kelley’s children coming to the Inn come with their own troubles.

Patrick is a hedge fund manager that may have made some deals that are not all on the up and up.

Kevin has secretly been seeing the French housekeeper of the Inn, Isabelle.

Ava is in a relationship which makes her heart pound, but has the inkling that he is not as committed as she is.

All of this as well as the news of Mitzi is going to make for a very interesting Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.



I read very few Christmas related stories mainly because they tend to be a little too sweet and a little too neat for my liking.  I decided to give Winter Street a try because I have enjoyed this author in the past, and by reading the synopsis I felt this book might just have some meat to it.

And Winter Street does have meat.  Dysfunction surrounds this family as they gather for the Christmas weekend.  Relationship statuses change like the wind and do not blink because a break up one second is a new (or renewed) relationship the next.

While I did enjoy the story line, I found the books pacing to be too fast.  As things fell apart on one page they were fixed by some thing else on another.  On one hand someone may be heartbroken over a messy breakup and the next minute they are welcomed to dinner.  I had to wonder how deep love went within this family as relationships truly were interchangeable.

The book also leaves you right on a horrible cliffhanger.  You know there has to be more to this story and I imagine that there has to be a sequel as things are no where near being wrapped up.

Personally I am not sure if I will pick up the next book.  Some of the characters are not very likable and one in particular I wanted to slap.  I know life is messy but the Quins have more stock in messiness than most.

Delightfully narrated by Erin Bennett.

  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 51 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Release Date: October 14, 2014

17 thoughts on “Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

    1. I agree that I like my books to flow along but in this case it was the pace of the relationships what caused me to go “wha???” It could have been a greta read, it had wonderful potential. I would like to rewrote it…lol

  1. Great and balanced review! I don’t typically read holiday books around Christmas, but do love Elin’s work. I’ve noticed some sequel books do leave major cliffhangers and it’s impossible to read one independently of the other.

  2. Does everything have to be a trilogy now? 😉 I think this sounds a bit like a Penny Vincenzi novel, which I usually like, but can they can be a bit much in large doses.

  3. I just finished listening to the 1st disc. I wrote down too many characters. I am disappointed in this book, I have liked her others better. Nantucket is an island of rich people any more. My ancestors lived there. Everyone has troubles but Christmas in Nantucket has to be better than that!!!

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