Quick Review The last in a trilogy by Hilderbrand about the lovably dysfunctional Quinn family set in Nantucket.
The Quinn family is back with a whole new set of problems so I assume because I haven’t read the first two books. Winter Storms, however, I didn’t find that fact to hinder the understanding of the plot or characters in the novel. Hilderbrand does a good job of reminding readers who the characters and their pasts without sounding kitschy or dumbing it down for the reader.
Each chapter is devoted to a member in the Quinn family weaving their stories with those of the others. The Quinn family is incredibly dysfunctional in an endearing way. They have made mistakes and paid for them, but below the surface they are all good people.
The Quinn family is large and diverse. The characters range from blue collar to incredibly successful broadcast news anchor. You’d be hard pressed to find a subplot Hilderbrand hasn’t explored in some way: drug addiction, military hero, white collar crime, divorce, wedding, cancer, love triangle, dreams, and more. Through all the hardships, the Quinns are a family anyone would want to be a part of full of love and support through the good times and the bad.
It’s a sweet novel perfect for the Christmas season. It’s short with fairly large print. I would have loved to read it in front of a fire with snow outside, but alas, I read it in Houston. I sat down and read it in a few hours. It’s easy to see how Hilderbrand has a number of successful novels. She writes about love and struggle in a beautiful setting. She made me want to visit Nantucket for a summer or even a winter.
“He will simply enjoy this Christmas as though it were his last.”
Title: Winter Storms
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Publisher: Little Brown