Tuesday 19 September 2017

Book ~ "Winter Solstice" (2017) Elin Hilderbrand

From 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 Kelley is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. 

But it just wouldn't be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly.

Patriarch Kelley Quinn is dying and Mitzi, his wife, is trying to make his last days as nice as possible.  Though their children have their own lives, they are still there for their father.  Kevin and Patrick are married with children.  Ava has made a life for herself in New York with her boyfriend, Potter.  Bart is a former marine, now recovering at home after being captured in Afghanistan.  As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, they celebrate the holidays as they know it will be Kelley's last.

This is the fourth and last book of the Winter series.  Though I hadn't read the first three books, there was enough information to the background.  It would help, though, to have read the first three as I feel I would have been more emotionally invested in the characters.  Needless to say, I'm going to read them.

I liked the writing style of this book and found it an easy read.  The writing is in third person perspective with the focus on the different characters including Kelly, Ava, Jennifer (Patrick's wife), and Eddie (a man who lives in their town), what was going on in their lives and what they were thinking (the chapters are labeled).

There is a sad but happy ending and all the characters get their lives together as the series ends.

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