Monday, July 11, 2011

The Arrivals

I love reading debut novels and discovering new authors. The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore was everything I could have hoped for in a debut novel - women's fiction at it's best.

Ginny and William, parents of three grown children, spend a summer where their children come back home for a variety of reasons. Lillian, their oldest daughter has returned home with her two young children, Olivia and Phillip. She is exhausted from motherhood and angry with her husband and in no apparent rush to return to her life as a stay at home mother. Stephen, Ginny and William's son, has arrived for an impromptu visit with his very pregnant wife Jane. While there a medical emergency necessitates Jane remaining on bed rest- at the home of her in-laws- until her child is born. Rachel, the youngest daughter is also having her own problems. After a break-up with her live-in boyfriend Marcus, Rachel faces financial problems as she is unable to pay her bills on just one salary and is emotionally devastated as well. Her arrival home completes William and Ginny's family and fills the house once again. Each child struggles to find their way as the summer passes and the family adjusts once again to living together.

There is so much I loved about this novel. I loved the Burlington, Vermont, setting. I love the cover on this book. I love Moore's writing which allowed me to feel as though I could have been sitting in the Owens' house with the family taking everything in. Moore created an entertaining story of something easily imaginable.

This may be the best debut I read all summer and is certainly one I am recommending to any women's fiction readers. After checking Moore's website I am happy to find that her second book will be published in 2012.


Jill said...

Yea! I didn't realize she had another one (so quickly) on the way. I really enjoyed this one, too!

Kay said...

I've read some good reviews of this book, but I think yours may be the best. It's on my list and I hope to read it before too long. Love the whole premise of the book and nice to know there will be another book coming.

Meg said...

The cover of this one definitely drew me in, too, and I'm always looking for prized women's fiction! Thanks for a great review -- adding The Arrivals to my wishlist.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This does sound fun. I love the cover too.

marnesandnoble said...

This was also one of my favorite reads so far this summer (which isn't surprising as we have very similar taste in books!).