Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Holiday Fiction
Goodreads: 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.
Ope’s Opinion: This was such a good winter / holiday read. It is part of a series, but you can read it alone. Each year, Elin HIlderbrand writes another book about the Quinn family. I look forward to each book.
Each chapter was written from a different persons perspective to move the story along. It was great to see the whole families perspective. The story brought a good conclusion to each member of the family.
It is sad to see this series come to an end. I hope she start another series like this one next year.
Author: Sara Zarr
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads: It’s time to meet your new roomie.
When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.
As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.
National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.
Ope’s Opinion: This is a realistic look at two girls getting ready to leave home and go off to college. The story went through all the emotions from the students, parents, and friends perspective. This won’t be everyones experience, but I think it is a good representation of many students.
I would recommend this book to a junior or senior in high school who may be concerned about what it will be like to leave for college.
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Genre: Holiday Fiction
Goodread: Gather under the mistletoe for one last round of caroling with the Quinn family in this heartwarming conclusion to Elin Hilderbrand’s bestselling Winter Street Trilogy.
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.
Ope’s Opinion: This is the third and last in the series. I liked how all the characters were in this last book. As you read, you are reminded where we left everyone from the last book, which is good because it has been a year since I read about these characters.
The ending was very satisfying. Everyone’s story was complete.
If you get a chance, reading all three in a row would be a fun holiday read.