19 May 2011
The Arrivals, Book Review
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.
And now for my review:
The Arrivals was everything I anticipated from the publisher's review and more! The biggest surprise of it all is that this is Meg Mitchell Moore's first novel and all I can think of to say is: Bravo!
When one reads a book is should be for either entertainment or knowledge. This one is definitively in the first category and I enjoyed every minute of it! This is the kind of novel some of us can truly relate to (when you are my age at any rate!)
The dialogues are vivid and expressive, the book develops as the script of a good movie and who knows?
The Owens quiet and peaceful life is challenged in more ways than one by the return of their children - and grandchildren - to the family's home.
Problems develops, emotions flies, difficulties arise yet through it all the family faces each challenge because they love each other no matter what. Theirs is a typical middle class family who just wishes for everyone to be happy and don't we all wish this as parents?
Perfectly flowing, this first novel is well written and a delight to read! I am looking forward to more of Ms. Mitchell Moore's work! Her book was at times funny and others sad but always enthralling! I will admit to want to read "just another page" when bedtime came.
An excellent book to pass on to your best friend and why not, your Mum or Dad!
I give it 5 stars!
I received this ARC free from Little, Brown and Company as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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