Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hilderbrand's Winter Storms and Jane Austen

Anyone who spends the entire day reading when Christmas is coming in three days is either very tired or a lunatic. I can admit to both. I felt myself a positively wicked person staying in bed all day with Jane Austen's Persuasion and while finishing Elin Hilderbrand's Winter Storms. But nobody knew except my next-door-neighbor, who delivered a New Year's Eve invitation at around half past noon. I went to the door in my nightgown--yes, I did, and confessed to being caught up in a book. His answer was that his wife was still lounging in similar attire! Good for Dottie!

I am indeed sorry to say that I was a bit disappointed by Winter Storms, the final novel in the Quinn Family Christmas Trilogy. I felt this final volume needed many more pages to deal with the weighty, complicated issues at hand: Kelley's worsening brain cancer, his son Bart's last-minute return from Afghanistan after being held hostage for over a year, Ava's choice of a man to spend her life with. The tying-up of all the loose ends could have benefited greatly from more detail--it all felt so, so rushed. The trilogy's issues desperately needed more resolution.

I also was perplexed that unlike the two previous books, Winter Street and Winter StrollWinter Storms devoted only a quarter of the book to the holiday season, unlike the previous two books. Oh, sigh. I really have to slap myself to avoid thinking that I wish I had been the editor. Down, girl!! A nasty habit of mine. But please note: Winter Street is absolutely pitch-perfect, Winter Stroll is lots of fun, and don't omit Winter Storms because of my input.
I still very highly recommend this trilogy for Christmas reading.

And I'm zooming along reading Jane Austen's Persuasion. It's historically interesting as well as great fun. I will leave you with a link to the Jane Austen Society of North America. Lots of great links and information at this fantastic website.


  1. I didn't realize this was part of a trilogy. I've enjoyed this author is the past. I like the setting of most of her books.

    Wishing you a happy holiday season Judith.

    1. Diane,
      I think you would enjoy this series. (As it turns out, indeed, a fourth book is in the works--so happy!)
      Winter Street, the first novel, is so much fun.
      I'm so sorry, Diane, that I didn't get the chance to return your good wishes during the holiday season!

  2. Judith - I put a hold on Winter Street after reading your recent post. Haven't been able to read/concentrate on much the past couple of weeks, but the library hold became available yesterday and I've already read a third of it! Seems to be just what I need this busy time of year. Thank you... and Merry Christmas!

    PS - I am very envious of a day spent reading in bed. LOL about your neighbor's visit!

    1. JoAnn, I have found that I've had no choice but to devour each book in the series!
      I highly recommend spending an occasional day in bed reading. When one is exhausted, or a wee bit sickly, it is just the thing.
      I still giggle when I remember that moment when Pete arrived to find me a la nightgown with a book in hand!