Winter Solsticeby Elin Hilderbrand

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
4.5 Stars

Synopsis: 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.

My Review: This was the finale, the good-bye, the tying up the loose ends in the Quinn family dramas. I loved this group of characters. They were so real. They were a family with drama, humour and a lot of love. The series takes place over the last 4 years with each book set a Christmas. This one was bittersweet and I finished it with tears, but I still loved the story.

This story finds the Quinn family in transition. Margaret, aka, Maggie is retiring from her career as a CBS news anchor, Bart who was rescued from Afghanistan in the last book is suffering from depression, Jennifer and Patrick are trying to put their lives back together again after his release from prison, Kevin and Isabelle have a successful business and a new baby and Ava has moved to New York to be closer to Potter. That being said, Nantucket is still home and the family is drawn back to Winter Inn on a couple of occasions.

I devoured this book very quickly. I wanted to find out what was going to happen to all of the family and was both happy and not so happy at various points. I was sad to say good-bye to the Quinns, but this book tied up the loose ends nicely. Each chapter is written from a different characters point of view of similar events. I enjoyed Margaret’s chapters very much as we got to know her much better in this book. I recommend that you read these books in order so you will understand the story and get to know the characters. A fitting conclusion to a great series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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