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Learn what you need to know about Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter series here. This post shares the order, summaries, reviews, tips, and more. If you love Elin Hilderbrand’s books, you can’t miss these festive books in which the quirky Quinn family will get you in the holiday spirit with Christmastime drama at their Nantucket inn. Let’s get literary!

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Elin Hilderbrand Winter Series in Order

  1. Winter Street (2014)
  2. Winter Stroll (2015)
  3. Winter Storms (2016)
  4. Winter Solstice (2017)


Details of the Winter Series of Christmas Books

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As a longtime fan of Elin Hilderbrand’s books, I share everything you need to know about the Elin Hilderbrand Winter series. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by my reading experience of this entire series! It’s a must for fans of Elin Hilderbrand and/or festive reads.

I also learned this fun fact: It was first intended to be one book, then it became a trilogy, and finally, a quartet. I wasn’t expecting to learn this, as I felt all four books followed a very natural progression overall and seemed like a complete story split into four “parts.”

Warning: THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW. I try to limit them as much as possible, but in summarizing the plot points of each book in a series, some details are still revealed.

1. Winter Street (2014)

My Review: ★★★★☆

Winter Street is one of the most popular Elin Hilderbrand books. Kelley Quinn owns the Nantucket Winter Street Inn. He is the proud father of four grown children, all of whose personal lives are in a state of chaos as the holiday season approaches.

The oldest, Patrick, is a hedge fund manager dealing with a white-collar crime. Bartender Kevin has a secret relationship with the Inn’s housekeeper. Teacher Ava can’t get her dream boyfriend to commit. And Bart, the youngest, and the only child of Kelley’s second marriage to Mitzi, is fighting overseas in the Marines.

Christmas approaches, and Kelley walks in on Mitzi kissing the Inn’s Santa Claus, bringing all of the family drama to a head. It becomes up to Kelley’s first wife, famous news anchor Margaret Quinn, to attempt to save Christmas.

It’s a light yet heartfelt holiday novel filled with all of the family drama that can be characteristic of this festive season.

2. Winter Stroll (2015)

My Review: ★★★☆☆

Winter Stroll picks up during the following Christmas season after Winter Street, particularly during Nantucket’s Christmas Stroll. But, all is not as happy-go-lucky as it may seem.

Kelley is single, but he is getting along with his first wife, Margaret, who is using her fame to make the Winter Street Inn a hit. Kevin and the Inn’s housekeeper, Isabelle, have a daughter named Genevieve. Ava is dating Scott, her dedicated co-worker. Patrick is in jail, and his wife, Jennifer, is struggling. Lastly, Bart’s whereabouts are unknown.

The family looks forward to celebrating Genevieve’s baptism, but Kelley’s second ex-wife, Mitzi, makes appearances, along with another guest from Christmases past, to stir the pot. This year, the Quinns must find a balance between old and new loves in order to have a happy holiday season.

It’s a super quick read that keeps the storylines moving while also anticipating what may happen next Christmas.

3. Winter Storms (2016)

My Review: ★★★☆☆

In Winter Storms, Mitzi returns, Patrick is about to be released from prison, Kevin’s new business is thriving, and news about Bart in Afghanistan is hopeful. While all may seem well, the remaining family members struggle with really big issues like health, addiction, and a love triangle.

With all of this family joy and drama as a backdrop, this Christmas brings Kevin’s and Isabelle’s wedding at the Winter Street Inn, where a massive blizzard threatens their happy day.

In this third of four books in the series, I really felt like both the storylines of the characters and the festivity of the season all really reached a climax. There’s a lot more action in this particular book, and it kept me super engaged in the events and feeling all the feelings of the holidays as well.

4. Winter Solstice (2017)

My Review: ★★★☆☆

Winter Solstice concludes the Winter series of Elin Hilderbrand books. Bart arrives home safely from Afghanistan, and the remainder of the family is finally experiencing joyful times as well… that is, except for one very important family member whose health is in crisis.

It wouldn’t be Christmas at the Winter Street Inn without some drama in this epic finale to the holiday tales of the Quinn family. This book is filled with happiness, sadness, and change, as the solstice arrives and the days begin to get longer again.

This book truly felt to me like the end of the story of the Quinn family Christmases.

About Elin Hilderbrand


Elin Hilderbrand is one of the most famous book authors today. A Pennsylvania native and graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she also attended the University of Iowa writers workshop and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Notably, she has three children, lives on Nantucket island (which often serves as the setting for her beachy romance novels), is a breast cancer survivor, and has a twin brother.

She planned to retire after her 30th book, Swan Song, is released on June 11, 2024. However, she has already signed a deal to co-author two books set at a New England boarding school with her daughter, Shelby Cunningham.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the order of Elin Hilderbrand Winter books?

The order of Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter books is: 1. Winter Street (2014); 2. Winter Stroll (2015); 3. Winter Storms (2016); and 4. Winter Solstice (2017).

Is Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand a series?

Yes. Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand is book four of four in her Winter series of Christmas books.

Do you have to read the Winter Street series in order?

Yes. Since Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter series follows the same characters in a chronological storyline, it is recommended that you read them in the order they were published: 1. Winter Street (2014); 2. Winter Stroll (2015); 3. Winter Storms (2016); and 4. Winter Solstice (2017).


The four books in the Elin Hilderbrand Winter series make for a truly festive and enjoyable holiday reading experience in which you can indulge in both a Nantucket setting and the lives of the same characters over several holiday seasons. It remains a Christmastime favorite of both myself and Elin Hilderbrand fans worldwide.

To recap the most important point, you should definitely read them in order of publication in order to avoid spoilers:

  1. Winter Street (2014)
  2. Winter Stroll (2015)
  3. Winter Storms (2016)
  4. Winter Solstice (2017)

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