Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays.....Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Fall is here.  Even though in Arizona, I don't get much winter, I love a good Christmas book.  Elin Hilderbrand's first holiday novel looks like it will have everything I love - Christmas, dysfunctional families trying to survive the holidays, and Nantucket.  I'm a sucker for chick lit set in the Northeast, and if it's in a beach town, so much the better.  This book comes out on October 14, 2014, but I won an early copy from Goodreads.  I'm just waiting for it not to be 100 degrees out.  It's hard to read about Christmas when you're sitting by the pool.

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 sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.

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