Leaves

Lou Aronica

Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-9841905-4-6

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61188-011-3

Publication date: September 25, 2012

332 pages

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“Baron has the gift and ability to sweep you away from reality into the story like the winds of autumn sweeps the last leaves off the trees. The characters are so life like that they become one’s own family…. As the days kept getting crossed off the calendar and getting close to the end, I didn’t know whether to read faster to see what happened or read slower so that I could savor this book and not have it end.”

— CMash Reads

Maria has the soul of an artist. She also has the ache of an empty-nester. Maria understands that she needs to do something new with her life. She just doesn't have any idea what that might be.

Maxwell loves to lead and he's very good at it. He loves being a father, and he might be even better at that. He also loves being a husband, and he thought he was pretty good at that as well – but his wife has him reconsidering this.

Deborah feels about cooking the way most people feel about breathing. Now, though, she needs to find a new place to cook, and it's making it very hard for her to breathe.

Where Maxwell loves to lead, Corrina loves to be in charge. To Corrina, the world is a disorderly place and someone needs to bring it under control. Corrina is a pro at process. It's her own life that's proving to be a much bigger challenge.

Tyler is a romantic. He's sees romance in the nature that he photographs, and he saw romance in the long love affair with Patrice that recently ended. There's more to that story, though, and it might change the entire world for Tyler.

Welcome to Oldham, CT, a small town rich in Colonial heritage while being utterly contemporary. Situated along the Connecticut River Valley, Oldham bursts with color every fall, as the leaves on its trees evolve into an unmatched palette of scarlet, orange, purple, yellow, and bronze. For more than three decades, the Gold family has been a central part of Oldham in the fall, its Sugar Maple Inn a destination for “leaf-peepers” from all over the country, and its annual Halloween party a stirring way to punctuate the town’s most active month.

But this year, more than just the leaves are changing. With the death of their parents, the Gold siblings, Maria, Maxwell, Deborah, Corrina, and Tyler, have decided to sell the Sugar Maple Inn, and this year’s Halloween party will be the last. As October begins, the Golds contend with the finality that faces them, and the implications it has for a family that has always been so close. For some, it means embracing new challenges and new love. For others, it means taking on unimagined roles. And for others, it means considering the inconceivable. Complicating it all is a series of “hauntings” that touch each of the Gold siblings, a series of benign interventions that will remain a mystery until October draws to a close.

Filled with romance, tension, and unforgettable family drama, Leaves is the first in a series of novels about a world and a family that readers will want to make their own.

About the Author...

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.”

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