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Winter Storms

Winter Storms
Elin Hilderbrand
Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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. 

I think older teens will find this adult book trilogy fascinating - and everyone needs to make sure they start at the beginning. I accidentally read the second book first, and boy was that a mistake.

I absolutely loved the Quinn family’s soapy story, and I don’t think that it should be over. While a majority of the storylines from the first book were wrapped up, I felt like there could definitely be more books exploring Ava’s new life and explaining more about what happened with Bart. Maybe there could be a spinoff series?

This wasn’t my favorite book in the trilogy, perhaps because I knew it was ending. But also, a majority of the book did not take place at Christmas or even in winter, and that just wasn’t the same. And it was just cheesy when Elin Hilderbrand had one of her characters give away one of her own books as a shower gift. I didn’t like it.

In spite of the negatives, I enjoyed Winter Storms and read it in less than a day. I wish I had more books to look forward to, but instead, it looks like I’ll have to go back and read the first two books.