Winter Stroll is the sequel to Winter Street, which was our December 2014 book club choice. Like all of Hilderbrand’s novels, it is set on Nantucket Island. This novel resumes the story of the Quinn family who are dealing with a multitude of issues as they prepare to celebrate the holidays.
Kelley (the patriarch of the family) runs an Inn and guests include his first wife, Margaret and her partner Dr. Drake. Kelley is still coming to terms with the fact that Mitzi, his second wife had left him for George while Mitzi is realizing that she may have made a mistake.
Kelley and Margaret shared 3 children together. Their eldest son is in jail for insider trading leaving his wife to care for their 3 defiant and angry sons and treating herself with prescription medications. Their second son, Kevin, is preparing for the baptism of his new baby when his ex-wife arrives only to cause problems in his relationship with his fiancee. Ava, their daughter, has 2 men that she cares for and has to sort out her feelings and Bart (the son of Kelly and Mitzi) has been in Afghanistan, missing for the past year.
Each member is dealing with their own issues as they come together to celebrate the baptism and the holidays. In the end, none of the issues are resolved so I can only think that there will be a 3rd holiday book in 2016. This book was an easy read but not the most engaging novel by Hilderbrand.