Gather under the mistletoe for one last round of caroling with the Quinn family in this heartwarming conclusion to Elin Hilderbrand's bestselling Winter Street Trilogy.
Some of the stormy weather of the past few seasons seems to have finally lifted for the Quinns. After a year apart, and an ill-fated affair with the Winter Street Inn's old Santa Claus, Mitzi has returned to rule the roost; Patrick is about to be released from prison; Kevin has a successful new business and is finally ready to tie the knot with Isabelle; and best of all, there's hopeful news about Bart, who has been captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan.
That doesn't mean there aren't a few dark clouds on the horizon. Kelley has recently survived a health scare; Jennifer can't quite shake her addiction to the drugs she used as a crutch while Patrick was in jail; and Ava still can't decide between the two lovers that she's been juggling with limited success. However, if there's one holiday that brings the Quinn family together to give thanks for the good times, it's Christmas. And this year promises to be a celebration unlike any other as the Quinns prepare to host Kevin and Isabelle's wedding at the inn. But as the special day approaches, a historic once-in-a-century blizzard bears down on Nantucket, threatening to keep the Quinns away from the place--and the people--they love most. Before the snow clears, the Quinns will have to survive enough upheavals to send anyone running for the spiked eggnog, in this touching novel that proves that when the holidays roll around, you can always go home again.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company
Three stars: A holiday book with a bit too much drama and another cliffhanger ending. This is not a cozy, feel good read.
It is the end of 2016, and things are still troubled for the Quinn family. After two years, Bart is still missing. Kelley is recovering from a serious illness. Ava is still conflicted in matters of the heart. Jennifer is still fighting her personal demons. Kevin and Isabelle are still unsettled. Will things ever settle down for this family or will this holiday season prove to be as chaotic as the last two?
What I Liked:
- This third and final book starts out in the Spring and takes you through the year. I liked getting a bit more time and perspective in this book and seeing things build up as the holiday season approached. I still am addicted to this family and all their issues.
- I was pleased that some of the big, overhanging story lines were settled in this one, and I was happy that I got closure.
- Margaret has remained my favorite character, and I loved the way she always came through for those she loved. I liked seeing her get a bright, happy future.
- I felt like the characters grew up a great deal, and I appreciated that they are were able to get back on their feet, find new paths and move forward.
- This one is packed full of holiday cheer at the end. I loved reading about all the holiday decor and everything related to the season.
And The Not So Much:
- Another cliffhanger! How can that be at the end of the third and supposed final book in the series? It really was a slap in the face. I know that not everything in real life ends on a happy note, but I hated that the fate of a dear character was left so uncertain, in fact, the future looked very pessimistic. I was so disappointed.
- I wasn't thrilled that we didn't get to return to Patrick's point of view. I would have preferred the original Quinn narrators. I didn't like the inclusion of Mitzi, George and Drake. I just didn't care about them as much.
- After all the buildup surrounding Bart, I was left wanting more from his character and story line. I felt like it was unfinished.
- I hated the inclusion of a love triangle in the second book, and I couldn't believe that it actually got worse. To have a character actively dating two people and then a third coming into the picture was too much. I was completely over this particular character and all the romantic drama in this one.
- This lacked holiday feel good and cheer. I especially hated when one of the character's health took a severe turn for the worse right before the holidays. I know that happens in real life, but having been through a similar situation this year with mother, it hit too close to home for me.
- I can't believe this is supposedly the finale when there was so much left unfinished. It needs another book.
Winter Storms was a book I was eagerly looking forward to, but I was quite disappointed after finishing. I felt like the book had too much drama, it lacked holiday feel good and ended abruptly with another cliffhanger. I wanted more resolution for the characters I had grown to love. I think there needs to be another book.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.