Sunday, December 6, 2015

(84)Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand

It is that time of year again and we are back in Nantucket catching up with the Quinn family.  Kelley starts the book out with his annual Christmas letter and it is obvious that the past year has not been easy for the Quinn family.  Bart is still missing, Patrick is in prison,  Kelley and Mitzi have divorced and Kelley is not enjoying single life.  Ava is still dating Scott, but is torn between two men.  The one bright spot is Kevin and Isabelle's beautiful baby girl, Genevieve.  The family has gathered in Nantucket for baby Genevieve's baptism, which should be a joyous occasion, but the stress of the past year has taken it's toll.   Depression and addiction are taking it's toll on the respected Nantucket family, will they be able to put all of their concerns aside to celebrate together as a family?

I first met the Quinn last year when I read Winter Street.   The characters are comfortable and familiar and at different stages in their life.  Once again we get to read the story through all of the character's eyes.   Kevin appears to have grown up and his whole world revolves around his baby daughter.    When Nathaniel reappears in Ava's life she is torn between the two men.   Mitzi and Jennifer are complete train-wrecks and it is concerning to see they way they lean on their addictions.  What is more concerning is that everybody in the family is so wrapped up in their own problems they don't see the danger right under their noses.   I think my favorite couple in a story full of couples is Margaret and Drake.  Their relationship took a nice step in the right direction.   At the end there  is some light at the end of tunnel, but we are left not knowing how things turn out.   Obviously the author set it up for a third book coming next holiday season, I am sure.  

Bottom line - I was a little late to the party with Christmas stories this year, but I was sure to start with one of my favorite authors.   Winter Stroll lacks the Christmas "magic" I tend to love in my stories, but I know the author is building to a great conclusion to the trilogy.  I am willing to wait her out. 



Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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