Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore - Library Journal Review

 I review women's fiction for Library Journal. Here's the review that ran in the March 1 issue, reprinted with permission.

Moore, Meg Mitchell. The Arrivals. Reagan Arthur: Little, Brown.May 2011. c.336p. ISBN 9780316097710. $24.99.

William and Ginny Owens enjoy a quiet retirement in Vermont until their adult children return home one summer. Their oldest, Lillian, flees from a cheating husband, bringing a three-year-old and an infant. Thirty-five-year-old Stephen only planned a spontaneous weekend visit with his pregnant wife, but a medical emergency puts her in bed for the rest of the summer. Ginny picks up Rachel, the youngest, who’s had a miscarriage, left New York, and feels as if she’s failed at her job and her life. Glad to be needed, Ginny and William initially welcome their children home, but over the summer, they become tired and angry. When selfish people who haven’t grown up harbor secrets and spend too much time together, it won’t be long before the household is torn apart. VERDICT Reading about angry, immature adults can be tedious. With more sympathetic characters, Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters is a better choice for a story about adult children returning home. This debut novel is recommended with reservations for readers who enjoy family stories.—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ 

Copyright 2011. Library Journals, LLC.  Reprinted with permission.

FTC Full Disclosure - My copy was supplied by Library Journal in order to review the book.


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

This is one that I might be interested long as there is character growth in the book and they don't remain angry and immature. :)

Lesa said...


There is some growth to the characters, so you might want to try it. I just preferred The Weird Sisters. This one has a gorgeous cover, though. And, I'm afraid I'm shallow enough to be attracted by teh covers.

bermudaonion said...

Sometimes I'm in the mood for a book like this, so I'll keep it in mind.

Kris said...

I have a feeling that, due to my mood lately, this book would just end up pissing me off. lol! I think it's best I don't pick this one up.

Lesa said...

It is sort of a keep it in mind book, Kathy. And, of course, it doesn't come out for a couple months anyways.

Lesa said...

That's funny, Kris. Now, I liked The Weird Sisters, but, with this one, I just wanted to tell those adults to grow up, and take care of their own lives.