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May 20, 2011

"The Arrivals" Book Review

About the Book:
"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."

About the Author:
"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."

My Take:
In The Arrivals the author truly captures the stresses (and pleasures) of living with your adult children. I could really relate with the character of Jane, since she was put on bed rest and constantly worried about whether or not she would deliver her baby early. Her husband's family, who they end up staying with for the summer due to her condition, is not pleased with their plans after she gives birth, and right now this is something I'm dealing with in my own life. Ultimately parents know what is best for their children, and the grandparents come to realize this. The family dynamic is so realistic that sometimes you wonder if maybe the author was somehow talking about your own family.

The Arrivals will hook you from the first page, and you will desperately want to know how everyone will fare when the summer is over. Will Lillian's marriage survive? Will Jane deliver a healthy baby? Will Rachel lose her job? You'll just have to read to find out!

Cost: You can buy The Arrivals for $16.32 from

Overall: We give The Arrivals a 9.5/10!

We received a copy of "The Arrivals" in conjunction with Hachette Book Group Blog Tours free of charge for the sole purpose of this review; no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.


Meg said...

Thank you so much for the lovely review of THE ARRIVALS, and for participating in the tour. I'm so glad you liked it!

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