The Arrivals is the debut novel from Meg Mitchell Moore. The story chronicles 3 months of the Owens Family – Parents Ginny and William and their three children – Lillian, Stephen and Rachel, who are all at different stages in their life. Ginny and William think that they are emptynesters, but are in for a surprise when their oldest daughter Lillian stops by for a visit with her children Olivia and Philip. Lillian’s husband has cheated on her and unsure of what to do, she goes running to her parents. Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane stop by for a visit, but when Jane has complications with her pregnancy their visit becomes much longer as Jane is advised to be on bed rest. Their youngest daughter, Rachel, was in New York City but decides to come home after breaking up with her boyfriend, finding out she was pregnant and then suffering a miscarriage.
At first the amount of characters in the book was a bit overwhelming, but quickly you find out about each of them and by the end, you feel like you are a member of the family. The story is broken down in to 4 sections – June, July, August and After. While there are 4 different storylines going on, it is one big (not so) happy family and the dynamic is truly great. They confide in each other, keep secrets from each other and help each other through all the problems they are having over the summer.
I also liked that when Olivia and her Grandfather and Aunt went to Ben & Jerry’s, it was noted that Olivia spent all their change on the penny smashing machine! I collect those pennies so it was nice to see the mention of the machine in the book! 🙂
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.
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