The Arrivals

The Arrivals

Meg Mitchell Moore / Dec 12, 2019

The Arrivals 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

  • Title: The Arrivals
  • Author: Meg Mitchell Moore
  • ISBN: 9780316097710
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 appearIt 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.

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      • Meg Mitchell Moore

        Meg Mitchell Moore worked for several years as a journalist Her work has been published in Yankee, Continental, Women s Health, Advertising Age and many other business and consumer magazines She received a B.A from Providence College and a master s degree in English Literature from New York University The Arrivals is her first novel Her second novel will be published by Reagan Arthur Books in 2012 Meg lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband, their three children and a beloved border collie.Find out on Facebook.


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    1. Family dynamics fascinate me so the premise for The Arrivals sounded good. All the adult children returning home at the same time and all in some sort of crisis. The problem was that not one of these characters is at all likeable. Well, except maybe William. The rest are whiny, complaining, selfish people. I finished it, hoping these characters might grow on me. Sorry, no. Predictably, they all resolve their particular issues and everyone goes their separate ways, leaving William and Ginny empty [...]


    2. Loved this one, here's my favorite part of the book"Because they're my life's work." says Ginny, the mother of three adult children who all wind up coming home for one reason or another. "If they're not happy-if they're not capable of living on their own, and being happy-it means I've failed.""This is what I've done with my life. They're my masterpiece, and they're broken."I couldn't have said it better myselfis is exactly what I'm always thinking.


    3. Ginny and William are empty nesters or so they thought. But then suddenly Lillian, who has left her husband after infidelity arrives on the scene with her two young children. Then Stephen and his pregnant and ambitious wife Jane arrive for what starts out to be a short visit and ends up so much more and then the youngest Rachel arrives. This is a novel about marriage and family dynamics. It does raise a lot of issues about parenting, grand parenting, marriage and attitudes of society. The charac [...]


    4. I really loved this book. There's no tragic or terrible event, it's just a story about a family, and yet it manages to be so entertaining because her characters are so well developed. Not only are they vivid, but they're also observant, smart, sensitive to one another--traits I think most people do have but few authors do the work of exploring. At different points certain characters act foolishly, but they come to their senses and that's what life's all about. The concept of parents worrying abo [...]


    5. It was ok. I think the author spent a lot of time trying to make the dialogue between the characters sound ordinary and natural. But it just seemed like it was choppy and unnatural and too much. Ended poorly and was predictable and left me wondering why some of the characters were even part of the story, because they weren't. The whole storyline with the priest was unnecessary.


    6. from Lilac Wolf and StuffI'm going to gush. I think this would be classified as "chick lit" but I would call it "just a story" which is my favorite kind of story. Ginny and William have settled into their retired life together when their adult children return home with their children, pregnant spouses or just alone. The house is filled to busting and William and Ginny take turns being annoyed by it. I loved this, because that's how it usually goes in a relationship. It's a good way to support ea [...]


    7. If you want to read a book that talks about breastfeeding and the life cycles of being a SAHM, then this is the book for you. If you prefer books with compelling dialogue and interesting people, this is not the book for you.The best word for this book is vapid - the characters, the conversations, the situations, the solutions, everything about this book is flat and dull.You might be wondering why this is a 2 star book instead of a 1 star, based on my review. Quite simply, it was actually readabl [...]


    8. What to do when the adult children move back home and bring their problems with them? Realize that although they are still your children, you can't fix their problems as if they were still your young children. Is it difficult? YES! Does it suck? YES! Love them, remind them they are adults, and pray!!!!!!Go Cards! L1C4!!


    9. This story revolves around the return home of three adult children at the same time - one with children in tow and marital problems, one with a pregnant wife needing bed rest, and one with a badly broken heart and spirit. Their parents, William and Ginny, strive to accommodate the physical and emotional needs of all three as their once-peaceful home is stretched to the limit. Their interactions are realistic given the inevitable generational differences that we all experience as children and as [...]


    10. Prima lettura del 2018 per niente eccezionale, ma avevo bisogno di una lettura leggera.Tanti cliché, personaggi un po' piatti e nevrastenici e del momento "Uccelli di Rovo" ne avrei fatto volentieri anche a meno.


    11. THE ARRIVALS by Meg Mitchell MoorePublished by Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and CompanyThe Hachette Book GroupISBN 978-0-316-09771-0At the request of The Hachette Book Group, a HC was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion. Synopsis: 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 [...]


    12. Ever wonder what would happen if an empty nest suddenly filled up again for a summer? That’s the premise of The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore, a straightforward, dialogue-heavy, italics-loving novel about the imposition and comfort of family that didn’t grab me until circa page 120. In the beginning, it was difficult to really like anyone. They were all so needy and petty and whiny, like children, which was the idea, of course. Once a parent, always a parent, and the same goes for kids, par [...]


    13. The ArrivalsByMeg Mitchell MooreWhy I read this particular book…I love books about families and their dysfunctions and relationships. This book was in one of my favorite places…Vermont…and had families as its main theme. Adult children came home to their parents and the house they grew up in one at a time over the summer. They brought baggage that included children, husbands, pregnancies, career issues and infidelities. They all came home to their old rooms and old haunts and old friends. [...]


    14. People seemed to really like this book, which is surprising to me because I thought it was barely just ok. There is relatively little movement in the story--the grown-up kids come home with their problems and everyone sort of just sits around until the last chapter. The dialogue is so forced and stunted that it was hard to imagine anyone saying these lines in real life. A major obstacle to my enjoyment of the book was the characters themselves. While the like-ability of characters is not an esse [...]


    15. Three adult children converge on their parents in June and stay for the summer. Their baggage includes a crumbling marriage, a newborn, an adorable three-year-old, an endangered seven-month pregnancy, and a heart-broken, financially-strapped daughter. The storm of problems in one summer is unlikely, but the author draws the reader into the lives of the characters and makes it believable. Both Ginny and William Owen lovingly welcome them. When everyone is sleeping, Ginny stands contentedly, remem [...]


    16. Life in Burligton, Vt. seemed peaceful to the retirees, Wm and Ginny Owne. They are called by their daughter, Lillian and told she's coming to see them with her children age three and a newborn. She needs a break from her husband.OVernight the come was suddenly in an uproar. Even more so when William and Ginny's son, Stephen and his wife, Jane, arrive at their home unannounced. Jane is seven months pregnant and their intended weekend stay is prolonged when there is a complication her pregnancy a [...]


    17. Haven't received yet, just received notice I had won. 4/25/11Received last night, hope to start soon. 5/4/11Started yesterday. 5/10/11Empty nest to full house. Lillian, Stephen and his wife Jane, and Rachel all come for a "visit" to their parents house. The daughters are running away from life problems and Stephen and Jane came for the weekend, until she was required to stay for pregnancy complications. There were a lot of parts of this story that made me mad. I don't doubt for an minute that my [...]


    18. I picked this book up mainly because of the setting (Vermont, specifically the Burlington area) and the premise (a retired couple suddenly find themselves hosting all 3 of their grown kids at home for a summer), which is eerily similar to my summer spent home in Vermont. However, I had to force myself to read it, because NOTHING HAPPENED during this book, and I found it incredibly boring and tedious. The plot was nonexistent until the end, and most of the pages were filled up with pointless dial [...]


    19. The Arrivals is about a couple who has entered the empty nest season of their lives and suddenly has all 3 of their adult children and a couple of grand kids back living in their house. The story accurately portrays the struggles of parenting from the time our babies are developing in the womb to when they have their own children. Bottom line: It is never easy, it is never ending, and as tired as you feel at each point of the journey you need to remember to relish the moments because they are al [...]


    20. My son's writing teacher is always saying, "Show, don't tell." This book starts out with a bit too much telling, but by the end she's showing us a very intimate glimpse into the lives of the characters. I am tired of the premise of a whole family of adults being thrown together in their parents' house, but this one played better than most because each person came to the house for their own reasons and left with their own lessons. I almost quit this book about a third of the way through, but am g [...]


    21. So I think this is becoming a thing people write about now- 3 generations of a family ending up in the same house for the summer, mothers who did not want to be housewives and raise working daughters who wish they were housewives, and include both a young priest and a character from Boston. This was so similar to the book I just read (J. Courtney Sullivan's "Maine", which was a much better book than this one but I liked this one so much better anyhow). I really liked both books but omg how weird [...]


    22. I started this book, found it somewhat interesting, but didn't get very far into it when a new Maisie Dobbs came in, so I set it aside, then I picked it up again, for a day until another new book I wanted was in. Then I realized I really didn't care about the characters. I found the plot to jumbled, didn't like the multiple perspectives and it's not enough to hold my interest. 3 words to describe: (besides boring), family, new mom, returning to the nest, tedious


    23. A glorious book about family, the way we come together and the way we tear each other apart. What would happen if you and your grown siblings all found yourself back in your childhood home, living under your parents' rules again? Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always full of incredibly beautiful writing and insight, I am recommending this book to everyone. Loved it.


    24. What a great debutI must say though that for some reason, I keep thinking of the movie "The Family Stone" with this bookt sure why, but I do! Also, I must say that this book would be a huge nightmare for empty nesters!Final GR rating 3.5/5 Stars


    25. I really enjoyed this story of a family in chaos! So many problems in one summer that I felt for William and Ginny more than for their off-spring.




    26. Honest portrayal of adult children coming home out of necessity, for various reasons. There were many raw insights. I admire authors who are able to write from the perspective of so many characters, allowing us to see all the angles and tying them all together."But where did that come from, that change? How was it that our mothers' generation found some pride in MAKING A HOME, while for us the housekeeping part of the job seems like a slight?" (page 45)Lilian pushed open the door of the church. [...]


    27. Ginny and William have raised their kids, or so they thought. One summer all three children find themselves as a crossroads that leads them all back to their parents' house.A great story of a realistic family, with relateable problems and issues. I enjoyed all the characters, but especially liked Ginny as she navigated the changing dynamic of her household and struggling how much to 'mother' her adult children.


    28. I love family drama storylines and this didn't disappoint. Three adult children who all need their parents in some way but don't know how to ask. Lillian, who has left her husband after his affair, Stephen, who is expecting his first baby with his bread-winner wife, and Rachel - the baby of family who can't seem to catch a break. Nothing earth shattering in the plot but it was still a good read with very honest dialogue between characters.


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