The Arrivals is a refreshing reminder that no matter how independent we are, we always turn to those we love and depend on in moments of need. Readers witness how each character arrives at the family house and undergoes a gradual transition into a stronger, more loving and understanding adult by the book’s end. The novel is also sprinkled with minor tragedies that only reinforce the importance and impact family has on our lives.
William and Ginny are blissfully happy. They own a gorgeous house, tend a beautiful garden and have three adult children who have flown the nest and established families of their own. When one by one, each child comes back home to William and Ginny in the midst of new problems of adult proportions, this steadfast couple realizes that the job of parenting never truly ends. (REAGAN ARTHUR, May, 336 pp., $24.99)