Raise one last glass with the Quinn Family at the Winter Street Inn.
It's been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that's about to change. With Bart back safe and sound from Afghanistan, the Quinns are preparing for a holiday more joyous than any they've experienced in years.
And Bart's safe return isn't the family's only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she's finally found the love of her life; and Kelly is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But it just wouldn't be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly.
A celebration of everything we love - and some of the things we endure - about the holidays, WINTER SOLSTICE is Elin Hilderbrand at her festive best.
Praise for Winter Solstice
'A holiday package filled with humor, romance, and realism' - Jocelyn McClurg
'The holidays wouldn't be complete without a little family dysfunction, and Hilderbrand writes it well' - Library Journal
'A page-turner' - Coastal Living
'A series only works when the characters are worth following over the long haul, and Hilderbrand is a master, making for a satisfying conclusion to her Christmas at the Inn story' - Kirkus
'[Hilderbrand] expertly meshes everything together so that peace exists within each character and within the family dynamic . . . The queen of the romance novel is on top of her game, and she won't let you down' - Book Reporter
Hilderbrand's engaging 20th novel follows the Quinn family and their loved ones as patriarch Kelley Quinn succumbs to cancer. After he and his first wife, Margaret, divorced, Kelley quit his high-paying trader job and moved their three children from Manhattan to Nantucket. He later married Mitzi, with whom he ran the Winter Street Inn and had a fourth child, Bart. As a child, Kelley and Margaret's daughter Ava clashed with her stepmother. Now that she's grown, Ava turns to Mitzi for advice on how to deal with her boyfriend's difficult son. Meanwhile, after Mitzi and Kelley's Marine son, Bart, went missing as a POW in Afghanistan for two years, he returns home with PTSD. His parents find a ray of hope in 22-year-old Bart's romantic interest in 19-year-old Allegra Pancik. Bart's disgraced decorator sister-in-law, Jennifer, who overcame a pill addiction, ditches a high-paying client after he propositions her sexually, but her family's precarious financial situation requires her to find another gig fast. The clan attempts to navigate their issues as Kelley's situation worsens, and the family must find a way to come together in a time of need. Hilderbrand is a quality storyteller who keeps the reader riveted, and her characters come alive on the page. Though she's skilled at building up tension, problematic situations are sometimes too easily resolved (for instance, Allegra's love seems to miraculously cure Bart of his PTSD). Readers who enjoy bittersweet family stories will be charmed.