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Winter Street

(Winter Street #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  47,240 ratings  ·  3,927 reviews
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 s
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Back Bay Books (first published 2014)
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Lorraine Patty is not the American version of the name Patrick. Normally, the nickname in the U.S. would be Pat (Pat could be male or female.) In the version I…morePatty is not the American version of the name Patrick. Normally, the nickname in the U.S. would be Pat (Pat could be male or female.) In the version I read, he was sometimes called Paddy, and I always had to stop and think who "Paddy" was.
Patty/Patti would be a female nickname for Patricia. Glad I didn't read the version where he is Patty - it was confusing enough remembering that Kelley was a man.(less)
Pat I just finished the audio of Winter Street, which is the first. I requested the second, on audio from my library and it is Winter Stroll. There is a t…moreI just finished the audio of Winter Street, which is the first. I requested the second, on audio from my library and it is Winter Stroll. There is a third too.(less)

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Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was there an ending and I missed it??
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
I have a confession to make...

I don't usually like Christmas stories and/or novellas.


Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas and the holiday season just as much as everyone else who loves Christmas and the holiday season. I have just never been all that in love with all the holiday novellas and Hallmark movies which accompany it all.

I guess I have just always found them to be a little too...sweet and sugary for my tastes.

Now, maybe it's because one of my real life friends loves this series...may
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 s
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spending time with family during the Holidays is always tricky! It is especially true for the Quinn family this year who are all spending time in Nantucket at their Inn together.

Their life is in shambles and yet somehow, being together makes everything better, almost.

Kelley and Mitzi’s marriage disintegrates when she is discovered kissing Santa Claus whom she has been having an affair with for years.

Enter Margaret, Kelley’s ex-wife.

Thank goodness, Kelley and Margaret’s kids are at the Winter
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 doe
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-4, christmas
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
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
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. ...more
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
I absolutely loved this book!! ❤️ Review to come
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining Christmas story. Classic Hilderbrand writing. If you have liked other books by her, you'll like this one, particularly at this time of year. ...more
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 bro ...more
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! ...more
Not my cup of Christmas tea. I would prefer not to read about war and infidelity this time of year.
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, ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
I enjoyed this light seasonal read about a dysfunctional but loving family centered around holiday happenings on Nantucket Island. Winter Street is the family owned B&B. Each family member has a voice and perspective on the current family and business situation. And thrumming in the background is the the anxiety of missing a family member currently serving overseas.
This book did exactly what I expected it to do. It gave me a time out from my own holiday madness. It was good to let someone else
I have finally read my first Elin Hilderbrand novel! And what a better way to start than with Winter Street, the first book of the Winter series. I've had this series on my shelf for a while and since it is December, I thought it would be the perfect time to get to them. Winter Street has a dash of romance, some holiday cheer, and a whole lot of family drama. It ended up being a lot more emotional than I had expected it to be, and this definitely goes above and beyond a Hallmark movie.

I started
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2020
Winter Street is an inn in Nantucket. Kelley Quinn has run the inn and kept it in his family for years. He walks in on his wife Mitzi in the arms of George- the Santa for the annual holiday event.

And so begins the drama of the Quinn family during the holidays. Four siblings and an ex wife, add in secret affairs, engagements, a deployment, and an insider trading scandal. This book had it all-- and while sometimes that seemed a bit overwhelming, it worked. Hilderbrand creates family drama like no
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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. ...more
Alissa Patrick
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!
Susan Crowe
What a terrific ending!!!!
I laughed throughout this book.
Very good and highly recommended.
Fiona MacDonald
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Elin Hilderbrand's way of writing is so lovely that I feel within the first few pages I already know the characters and am in amongst friends; family even. We meet the Quinn family: Kelley, who is the owner of the Winter Street Inn in Nantucket and his four children, all in various stages of their lives. A bad experience for Kelley comes when he catches his wife Mitzi kissing another man, and she packs her bags and leaves him - just before Christmas. Can the family come together over the festive ...more
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
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
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 ...more
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Winter Street gives you all the warm feelings for Christmas.

This book plunges you in the life of a family amidst crisis.

We follow every character on that Christmas eve and day, beginning with the father Kelley whose second wife Mitsy just left after he found her cheating with Santa!

He is shocked and dead set on burning her clothes in their bathroom ...while they are an inn and have guests.
Ava, music teacher and kelley's daughter barges in the room and stops the fire, taking it upon herself to s
Asheley T.
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.

November 8, 2016: I love this story of the dysfunctional Quinn family, owners of the Winter Street Inn. A
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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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Winter Street (4 books)
  • Winter Stroll (Winter, #2)
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  • Winter Solstice (Winter #4)

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