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

“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.

“The charm of Michael Baron’s writing brings a special polish to a poignant story, making it sparkle and enchant like October leaves in New England.”
– Long and Short Reviews



Lou Aronica




“I confess I’m hooked.”
– The Romance Dish

“Mr. Baron’s other novels remind one very much of Sparks, with the amount of emotion and compelling looks into real people’s lives. Leaves is – yet again – one of those truly great novels.”
– The Feathered Quill

“This wonderful blend of irony, love and humor is one of my favorite books this year.”
– Cheryl’s Book Nook


Leaves is one of those books that you want to read on a rainy fall afternoon while you have the house to yourself for a few hours.”
– Romancing the Book


“Beautifully written, memorable and realistic, you will not want the books to end once you start it. Everyone will be anxiously awaiting the next book. Do not miss Leaves by Michael Baron.”
– Single Titles

“Definitely a great book that everyone should check out!”
– Book Lover Stop


“I loved everything about this story, and can't wait to read the next installment in the Gold family.”
– Impressions in Ink


“I think this book had quite some substance, so if you are looking for some meaty family drama, this book is perfect to curl up with during a winter weekend.”
– Kritter’s Ramblings

“A lovely story about the love of family and the ability of memory to sustain us.”
– Cayocosta 72


“Romance, drama, tensions, and unforgettable characters who love and long to be loved will keep you reading and wanting more. You will be part of the grand Gold Halloween Party minus the costume, unless you become so engaged you dress up too. We won't tell. The story is that inviting and that engaging.”
– Writing And Other Ways Into The Heart


“The characters are ones you may find in any small town, they have real issues, yet there is something special about the family and Oldham, that you want to be part of!”
– Bless Their Hearts Mom

“This is a splendid read.”
– Wanted Readers

“I really loved this book and I am so glad that it will be a series. I cannot wait to see where the Gold family goes, they have so much potential and they each have a story of their own.”
– Turner’s Antics


“I loved all the characters and their stories…. Get your copy, you won't be disappointed.”
– Celtic Lady’s Reviews

“What a book! This one really captured my heart.”
– Every Day is an Adventure

“A great book that focuses on family and what sometimes happens with families that were once close.”
– Melina’s Book Blog

“Each time I picked up the book, it was like a visit with old friends. I couldn't wait to find out what was going on in their lives.”
– The Self Taught Cook


“I was completely captivated by this story!”
– Britt’s Book Nook

“After reading this I felt really connected to the Gold family. Their closeness and troubles can resonate with many of us. Although there is a large cast of characters in the book you never lose track or get confused by it at all. To me that's a sign of a great writer.”
– A Southern Girl's Bookshelf

“Author Michael Baron's storytelling is reminiscent of my favorite author, Nicholas Sparks. His thoughtful creative style of writing simply captivates the reader and holds them spellbound. Leaves is an emotionally moving story about family relationships and life changes that will simply tug at your heartstrings.”

– Jersey Girl Book Reviews


Leaves is plainly a lovely, lovely story that will be enjoyed by all readers. Sometimes, potency is conveyed without a stick of dynamite because it is just so - like most of our lives – very real! Grand job, Michael Baron! Keep writing and thanks for the diverse characters you depict so well in all of your books!”

– Crystal Book Reviews

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.”