Author: Meg Mitchell Moore
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings
Goodreads: 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 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.
Ope’s Opinion: At first I thought the mother of the adult children was intrusive and overbearing. She said what she thought without taking into consideration of how other people might be effected by her opinion. As I read the book she grew on me. I saw that she really did love her children and wanted what was best for them. Late in the book her husband asked her why she took how the children were doing so personally – she said “Because they’re my life work.” It made me realize how deeply she loved each one of them.
The reason I was most effected by the mother in this book is because I have been in her position. My husband and I had an empty nest. Our children came home with their significant others. It was a wonderfully hard time for all of us. Once again, we are back to our empty nest. I love my adult children – they are now my friends.
I think no matter your place in your family, you could see yourself in one of the characters in this book.
Rating: 4 – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.