Thursday, December 29, 2016

Review: Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand (audio)

Title: Winter Storms
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Series: Winter, #3
Narrator: Erin Bennett
Published: October 2016, Hachette Audio
Length: 6 hours 31 minutes
Source: Library
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.

My thoughts: I just love Elin Hilderbrand's books and love that she now has been writing a winter series in addition to her "summer" books. These books are quick, fun reads that definitely get you in the holiday mood!

I just love the Quinn family - they are a totally dysfunctional family and I love them for it! Each of them have their own personal issues and we get to see them as they figure out their way through their problems. But, as this was the final book in this trilogy (at the time of writing), it did have that wrap-up feel to it at times. Some of the characters finally figured out their problems that they had been struggling with since the first book

This has been such a great series and while I was sad that this was going to be the final book in her Winter trilogy - I heard musings (after the book came out) that this might not be the case - apparently she is writing another Winter book that will also connect to a Summer book??? This is why Elin Hilderbrand is such an awesome author - she definitely listens to her fans!

Audio thoughts: Erin Bennett does a great job narrating this story. She gives each character their own voice and really sets a good pace. She is able to use just the right tone and emotion when need and adds just the right amount of humor, too. This was a fun book to listen to and the only one of the series that I did.

Books in this series: 
  1. Winter Street
  2. Winter Stroll
  3. Winter Storms



  1. This sounds just right for now!

  2. You have really persuaded me to experience this series and hope to try the audio version which - joy- is available to me at Audible.

  3. I'm a big fan of Elin's books. I have not read the Winter series yet. After reading your review I have to read it.

  4. Kristin,
    I'm glad you're enjoying these winter books. I haven't read anything by this author yet. Have a wonderful New Year's.


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