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The Arrivals

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,923 Ratings  ·  316 Reviews
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 appear
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 25th 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Apr 27, 2011 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it did not like it
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
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Dale Harcombe
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
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Alison
Jun 30, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jan
May 31, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
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 myself...this is exactly what I'm always thinking.
Lorahl
Aug 10, 2012 Lorahl rated it did not like it
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.
Lilac Wolf
May 11, 2012 Lilac Wolf rated it it was amazing
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I'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
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Stacy
Apr 16, 2012 Stacy rated it it was ok
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
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Vickie
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!!

Tatiana
Jun 08, 2011 Tatiana rated it liked it
Shelves: women-fiction
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, particu
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Tami
May 11, 2011 Tami rated it really liked it
Haven't received yet, just received notice I had won. 4/25/11
Received last night, hope to start soon. 5/4/11
Started yesterday. 5/10/11

Empty 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
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Cheryl
May 23, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it
THE ARRIVALS by Meg Mitchell Moore
Published by Reagan Arthur Books/Little, Brown and Company
The Hachette Book Group
ISBN 978-0-316-09771-0
At 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
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Patty
Jun 08, 2011 Patty rated it it was amazing
The Arrivals
By
Meg Mitchell Moore

Why 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. They a
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Krystal
Jul 21, 2011 Krystal rated it liked it
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 ...more
Michael
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
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Ngan
Aug 07, 2013 Ngan rated it it was ok
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
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Emily
Sep 27, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Julie Allyn
Jun 20, 2011 Julie Allyn rated it liked it
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 ...more
Rachel
Jun 28, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
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 ...more
Carolyn Russett
May 10, 2016 Carolyn Russett rated it liked it
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
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Marialuisa Miceli
Cosa devono fare i genitori quando i figli adulti, sposati e grandi si rintanano come bimbi piccoli nella loro casa, con i nipoti al seguito, non uscendone più e pretendendo tutto l'aiuto necessario per affrontare i loro problemi?
Questo è il tema di questo ennesimo romanzo con un alimento nel titolo (scelto in linea con gli obiettivi della challenge a cui sto partecipando! ).
Ginny e William, in pensione, pensavano che il loro ruolo di genitori si sarebbe fermato all'età matura dei loro figli.
Qua
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Megan
Jul 09, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
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 ...more
Susan Becraft
Sep 09, 2015 Susan Becraft rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once a parent, always a parent

Meg Mitchell Moore's debut novel is a delight to read. Having already read The Admissions, I knew she was a great storyteller, as she is in The Arrivals. The story flows so easily and the characters are vividly drawn.

Ginny and William Owen live a quiet life in Burlington, Vermont. Their three adult children have been long out of the nest and from all accounts, lead happy, successful lives. Within a matter of weeks, this illusion is shattered as, one by one, the chil
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Alissa
Apr 14, 2011 Alissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped-reading
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
Siobhan Fallon
Apr 22, 2011 Siobhan Fallon rated it it was amazing
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.
Naomi
May 31, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it
What a great debut...I must say though that for some reason, I keep thinking of the movie "The Family Stone" with this book...not 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
Holly
Jan 31, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok
Meg Mitchell Moore's book So Far Away was such an interesting read that I wanted to read another of her works. The Arrivals details the life of a family when, one summer, all the grown children have different reasons to come back to their parents' home where they grew up. It is an accurately detailed look at the issues that a modern family has.

However, I rated the book two stars ("it was OK" in Good Reads) because I couldn't get into the characters. It seems all the reader got to see were the do
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Romancing the Book
Jan 05, 2014 Romancing the Book rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Reviewed by Kate
Review copy provided by SheKnows Book Club

I was very interested to read this story, as our three girls have just recently left for college...what do I have to look forward to? While the premise of this story is a good one, and at first I loved it, I found that the author tried to tell too many stories at one time, and didn't allow the reader a chance to really feel anything for any of the characters. This story should have been a character driven plot, as the action of the plot w
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Andrea Sachs
Jun 10, 2012 Andrea Sachs rated it really liked it
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.
Meeghan Kummer
Mar 17, 2016 Meeghan Kummer rated it liked it
I have now read 3 of her books within the month. It was my least favorite. Focused on a family with the three grown children returning for different reasons.Looked at parenting issues and marriage at different stages. I did take away some bullet points. Sometimes we are to tired to enjoy watching your children turn into people. Also all parenting is HARD. another thing they said was once you become a parent the rules you live by are different. One thing that the Mother Ginny said was if they are ...more
Debbie
Aug 17, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it
This is the debut novel by Moore...and I found it very interesting, but also a little confusing in being able to keep up with the comings and goings of everyone in the family, the coming apart of their individual lives, and the inability of them to really talk to each other about what was happening in their lives.

Ginny and William Owen, emptynesters, suddenly find themselves with a house full...their children, plus their grandchildren who are all dealing with problems in their own little familie
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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 ...more
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