Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-61188-231-5

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-0-9841905-1-5

Publication date: January 5, 2010

336 pages

“Mr. Baron touches my heart and soul with his book. Telling a romantic story from the male perspective is not only a unique one, but breathtaking as well. I am looking forward to putting this on my shelf and re-reading this for many years to come.”

– Coffee Time Romance

Hugh is a man in search of his present. Since his brother died ten years ago, he's been moving from one temporary situation to another. Hugh is a deeply sensitive soul, but he's become a master at operating his defense mechanisms.

Iris has dedicated herself to two things in her life – her production work in the theater and Hugh's brother Chase. She has always had a special place in her heart for Hugh, but her heart hasn't been the same since Chase died.

Chase was possibly the most charismatic person in his circle, with an almost supernatural ability to delight and engage. That wasn't all he was, though.

Hugh Penders has been stuck in neutral for nearly a decade since his brother Chase died in a car accident. He carries with him two secrets that he has never been able to share with anyone: that he believes he might have been able to prevent the accident, and that he was deeply in love with Chase’s girlfriend, Iris.


When Hugh’s father suffers a debilitating heart attack, Hugh must return to the New England home he’s been running away from for the past ten years. One day, he encounters Iris – who has long since moved away – on the street. They begin a friendship and Hugh believes he’s falling in love with Iris all over again.


But the ghost of Chase haunts both of them. And when each reveals a truth the other never knew, their lives, their vision of Chase, and their chances for a future together will change forever.

Charged by the power of desire and the impact of loss, Crossing the Bridge is a soulful, romantic novel that will speak to you deeply.

“Michael Baron is an exceptionally gifted writer who is clever in delving into the inner feelings of his characters. ”
– Fresh Fiction


Crossing the Bridge 

Lou Aronica

“Michael Baron has another hit with Crossing the Bridge. So rare is his talent that I do not consider him to be a writer; he is an artist who just happens to use words as his medium.”
– Book Reviews R Us

“Baron’s exquisite writing is a joy to read.”
– Long and Short Reviews


“There are few things better than discovering a new author whose writing you fall immediately in love with. And that’s just what’s happened with Michael Baron and Crossing the Bridge!”
– With A Good Book

“Writing eloquently about life, death, loss and love, Baron has a firm grasp on human frailty. This emotional story is about a man coming to terms with his past and trying to figure out his future. Excellent!”
– Romantic Times Book Reviews


“This book was very emotional and really made me feel for the characters. It was hard to put down because I was so involved with the story that I needed to find out what happened next. If you like love stories that will make you cry, this is certainly one for you to read.”
– Confessions of an Overworked Mom

“I am pleased to say that it stole a place in my heart – as well as on my shelf. The settings, details and characters are beautiful created. If you enjoy romantic novels, this is one for you!”
– Book Crazy

“A masterpiece in character development. Baron has done well with this novel and I will certainly be looking forward to more from him in the future.”
– A Good Addiction

“A beautiful story of personal growth and love.”
– My Book Retreat

“There is something intoxicating about Mr. Baron's writing. A heartfelt story of remembrance, loss, forgiveness and love that satisfied me to my core.”

– Polishing Mud Balls

“A love story that tugs on your heart from page one. The characters came to life to the point I didn't want the story to end. I highly recommend this warm and touching love story.”

– CMash Loves to Read

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lou Aronica is known for the uncommon depth of emotion to his stories and the vivid realism of his characters. New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips called The Forever Year “pure pleasure from beginning to end, beautifully written and emotionally rich” and Blogcritics said that Blue was “like experiencing a lucid dream with depth and detail that play on all five senses.”