May 30, 2011

The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore

It's early summer when Ginny and William's peaceful life in Vermont comes to an abrupt halt.

First, their daughter Lillian arrives, with her two children in tow, to escape her crumbling marriage. Next, their son Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane show up for a weekend visit, which extends indefinitely when Jane ends up on bed rest. When their youngest daughter Rachel appears, fleeing her difficult life in New York, Ginny and William find themselves consumed again by the chaos of parenthood - only this time around, their children are facing adult problems.

By summer's end, the family gains new ideas of loyalty and responsibility, exposing the challenges of surviving the modern family - and the old adage, once a parent, always a parent, has never rung so true.


Meg Mitchell Moore worked for several years as a journalist. Her articles have been published in a wide variety of business and consumer magazines. She received a master's degree in English literature from New York University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their three children. The Arrivals is her first novel.

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This might be Meg Mitchell Moore's first novel, but it is a winner. I loved this story of an older couple who were enjoying retirement, and everything changes when their kids come home.

First their daughter arrives with two small children.  Then their son arrives with no notice, along with his very pregnant wife.  Circumstances in both young families cause them to stay for a very long extended period of time. When things get almost too much to handle, another daughter arrives, and she is suffering from a broken heart and broken dreams.

Ginny and William love their children and grandchildren, but they miss their normal routine, and they miss their quiet and orderly house. Tempers flare at times, words were spoken that were hard to bring back, and in the midst of it all, the family actually grew stronger.

The Arrivals is a great summer read, and I highly recommend this one!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book courtesy of Hachette Books, in exchange for my honest review.

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