Publisher: Little, Brown and Company + Hachette Audio
Release Date: October 04, 2016
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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.
Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand was supposed to be the final book of the Winter series, but it actually ended up being second to last. This does not mean it is any less emotional or funny than the other books though, and personally I felt it ended in a bit of a cliffhanger, so I was happy that it wasn’t the end! This book actually starts in the spring, so it isn’t just focused on Christmastime, and I really loved that it dug deeper into some of the character’s lives. The Quinns are now one of my favorite fictional families and I have become so attached to them through this series. Winter Storms is funny and heartwarming, but like the other books in the series, incredibly emotional as well.
There is some romance in this one, but I think the main focus is really just on the character’s individual lives and the romance takes a bit of a backseat to that. However, there are definitely still romance aspects and when they are there, they warm your heart and also make you gasp. There’s still family drama because how would this book be complete without it, but I thought it was a little tamer than in the first two. This is the perfect series to read around the holidays, and I highly recommend reading them in order. I did the audio and thought Erin Bennett did a great job with the series.