I’ll start by saying this should probably be called the “first four” because it’s about a series, but since I finished the first on New Year’s Eve, we’ll go with the first three of 2018.
First let me say, I am already a big fan of Elin Hilderbrand. Each book that I have read, I’ve enjoyed (The Identicals_ made it on the 2017 challenge list), so when my sister brought the 2 newest books in this series home over Christmas, I was ready to read. Plus, Hilderbrand’s novels all take place in a beach town, usually Nantucket, so what isn’t to love (despite my tendency to burn in the sun, I love the beach).
So on the eve of 2018, I picked up the first book and started the series again.
Hilderbrand’s Winter Street series follows the Quinn family over the course of 3 years, each escalating to the holiday season. Lead by patriarch Kelley, the Quinn’s navigate through relationships (both old and new, the good and the bad), running an inn, a TMI Facebook post involving the town Santa Claus, deployment, jail time, rehab (house rehabs or addiction rehab? I’ll never tell), and the emotions that come with realizing both you and your parents are growing older.
Each book is broken into sections (usually in a timeframe, like a day, month or season) and then split into parts based on the character Hilderbrand is focusing on. You may have 10 pages about what is happening in Kelley’s life, followed by 5 pages about Ava, his only daughter who has to put up with 3 brothers. Each section keeps you wondering what is happening to the other characters, all while you are enticed by the current.
Throughout the series, Hilderbrand introduces new characters – some even get their own sections – and continues to re-introduce others from the first books. You will be wondering “Who do they end up with? Will they retire? Will they overcome this? What kind of tattoo was that?” all while keeping your fingers crossed the outcome is good. With each page, you’ll be rooting for the Quinn family.
If you love an easy, quick read that will still have you wondering if everything will turn out in the end, this series is for you. As soon as you finish one, you’ll be itching to start the next. You may even find that after finishing Winter Solstice, you’re trying to send mental messages to Hilderbrand requesting a 5th. But, make sure you start from the very beginning with Winter Street to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Bonus tip: read Hilderbrand’s acknowledgements and author notes at the end of each novel. A great read inside a great book.
Next Read: Unqualified by Anna Faris