In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand's first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.



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Elin Hilderbrand does her best writing on the beaches of Nantucket, as well as on the charming streets of Beacon Hill in Boston. She has three magical children who beg her not to sing along to the radio or dance in public. The Matchmaker is her 13th novel.

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In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand's first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.



48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance. Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.



A digital edition short story about young lovers at separate colleges, exploring the early years of the central relationship in Elin Hilderbrand's novel, The Matchmaker. Ever since their first kiss, Dabney has known that she and Clen are an unsplittable unit - essentially the same person in two different bodies. But when she arrives at the tailgate to see sparks flying between Clen and Jocelyn, a girl with dark blue eyes and luscious black hair, Dabney fears the collapse of a bond she has never questioned before, a bond so important that she'll be lost without it.



The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event--but in reality, things are far from perfect.



A digital edition short story about a wife coming to terms with her fading marriage, based on a subplot from Elin Hilderbrand's novel BEAUTIFUL DAY. Margot Carmichael's reservoir of romantic feelings for her husband Drum is running dry. But while the family is on vacation in Nantucket, Margot finds an opportunity to potentially regain her romantic love for her husband - in the form of Hadley Axelram, his ex-girlfriend.



A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. What begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny's boyfriend, Jake, and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt--but the emotional damage is overwhelming. Questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.



Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars. Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike.



After a year of upheavals Birdie Cousins, her daughters Chess and Tate and her sister India head to beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store - a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles. But throw sisters, daughters, ex-lovers, and long-kept secrets onto a remote island, and what might sound like a peaceful getaway becomes much more. Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known.



Greg and Tess MacAvoy went out on their sailboat one early-summer day to celebrate their wedding anniversay, hoping the roughest waters were behind them. But in an accident off Nantucket, they mysteriously drown, leaving behind two small children as well as the three couples who have long been their closest friends.  Tragedy brings to the surface long-simmering conflicts and emotions  and the MacAvoys' six grieving friends find themselves unprepared for the revelation of secret upon secret as they struggle to answer the question: What happened to Greg and Tess?



Claire Danner Crispin, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala. Claire is asked to chair the benefit, in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of rock star Max West. Max agrees to play the gala and it looks like smooth sailing for Claire-until she promises a "museum-quality" piece of glass for the auction, offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose-to-nose with her Manhattan socialite co-chair, and begins a "good-hearted" affair with the charity's Executive Director, Lockhart Dixon.



Three women arrive at the local airport, observed by Josh, a Nantucket native home from college for the summer. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women--two sisters and one friend--make their way to the sisters' tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They're all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, learned her husband was having an affair, and then discovered she's pregnant; Brenda embarked on a passionate affair with an older student that got her fired from her prestigious job as a professor in New York; and her sister Vicki, mother to two small boys, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, lover.



Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hot spot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade.  This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite’s goddaughter, Renata Knox.  Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of Renata’s mother, Candace Harris Knox, fourteen years earlier.  And now that Renata is on Nantucket visiting the family of her new fiancé, she takes the opportunity, against her father’s wishes, to contact Marguerite in hopes of learning the story of her mother’s life—and death.  But the events of the day spiral hopelessly out of control for both women, and nothing ends up as planned.



When the desirable Thatcher Smith, owner of Nantucket's hottest restaurant, offers Adrienne Dealey a job at Nantucket’s hottest restaurant, she wonders if she can get by with no restaurant experience. Thatcher gives Adrienne a crash course in the business...and they share an instant attraction.

But there’s a mystery about their situation: what is it about Fiona, the Blue Bistro's chef, that captures Thatcher's attention again and again? And why does such a successful restaurant seem to be in its final season before closing its doors for good? Despite her uncertainty, Adrienne must decide whether to open her heart for the first time, or move on, as she always does.



Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow, Beth, can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died.



For 20 years, Kayla, Antoinette and Val have performed their own special summer ritual. Once a year, the old friends put aside their daily, separate lives to drink champagne, swap stories and swim naked under the Nantucket stars. But on one of those bonding nights, one of their trio swims out from the shore and doesn't return. After the surviving friends emerge from their grief, they realize that the repercussions of their loss go far beyond their little circle, and they begin to uncover layers of secrets--and their connections to each other--that were never revealed on the beach. What has made their friendship strong now has the power to destroy--their marriages, families, even themselves.



Gorgeous Nantucket is an island where memories are made, friendships begun, passions ignited. Now, during one unforgettable summer, the exclusive Nantucket Beach Club and Hotel will shape the fates of the men and women who walk through its doors.


November 20, 7pm | Wellesley Books | Wellesley, MA

November 25, 7pm | Book Passage | Corte Madera, CA

November 29, 11am | Copperfield's Author Brunch | Napa Valley, CA

December 1, 6pm | Hampshire House | Boston, MA

December 2, 7pm | Weymouth High School | Weymouth, MA

December 9, 6:30pm | Nevins Memorial Library | Methuen, MA

December 13, 4pm | Towne Book Center | Collegeville, PA

December 14, 1pm | Moravian Book Shop | Bethlehem, PA

February 14 | Savannah Book Festival | Savannah, GA

Much more to come!

Bucket List: Nantucket- A Weekend with Elin Hilderbrand

January 16-18, 2015 at The Nantucket Hotel & Resort


All accommodations for this event are sold out at The Nantucket Hotel. Accommodations are still available at nearby inns and should be booked as soon as possible if you are interested in attending - see the list below. If you book at a nearby inn, you must separately book your Events Package with us at The Nantucket Hotel- otherwise you will not be eligible to participate in any of the meals or get-togethers with Elin Hilderbrand. The Events Package for those guests staying at The Nantucket Hotel is normally $199 per person, but for those staying at nearby inns, the package price is $169 per person. The reduction in price reflects the deletion of the island bus tour with Elin Hilderbrand as these trips are sold out and there are no pick-up/drop offs at the boat wharves for guests staying in nearby inns unless arrangements are made directly with the inn you select. (It is an easy walk to the docks from the inns listed below).

The $169 per person Events Package Price includes:

  • Book Signing with Elin Hilderbrand on Friday Evening
  • Cocktail party with Elin Hilderbrand on Saturday Evening
  • Dinner with Elin Hilderbrand on Saturday Evening
  • Book Signing/Reading of Elin Hilderbrand’s yet to be published new book on Sunday morning
  • Complimentary use of The Nantucket Club at The Nantucket Hotel all weekend long - yoga classes, full gym, outdoor hot tub, saunas.
To book your Event Package please contact Carolyn Hills, Concierge, The Nantucket Hotel at: 508-901-1296 or at

Closest Inns to The Nantucket Hotel & Resort- within a couple of block walk

Carlisle House Inn | N. Water Street | |508-228-0720 |
Centerboard | 8 Chester Street | | 877-228-2811 |
Cliff Lodge | 9 Cliff Road | | 508-228-9480 |
Martin House | 61 Center Street | | 508-228-0678 |
Regatta Inn | 78 Center Street | | 508-901-5740 |
Seven Sea Street | 7 Sea Street | | 800-651-9262 |

Nearby Inns to The Nantucket Hotel & Resort- within a 10 minute walk

Chestnut House | 3 Chestnut Street | | 508-228-0049
Hawthorn House | 2 Chestnut Street | | 508-228-1468 |
Jared Coffin House | 29 Broad Street | | 508-228-8549 |
White House Inn | 48 | Center Street | | 508-228-1996 |

Travel to Nantucket

Use the fast ferry service from Hyannis, MA. Pick-up is available. Just sign up with the online concierge.


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