Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-661188-230-8

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-0-9841905-0-8

Publication date: October 6, 2009

352 pages

When You Went Away is a very powerful tale full of laughter, tears, and romantic moments that keep you enthralled with the authors voice. I think every reader will fall a little in love with both this outstanding author as well as this amazing character!”

– Coffee Time Romance

Gerry Rubato is living life in a cloud. Within a short period, he's become a widower with a new baby and a runaway daughter. Gerry cares deeply about the people in his life, and he's having a very tough time coming to terms with the blows life has dealt him. When love surprises him, Gerry isn't sure how much his heart can hold.

Ally Ritten prides herself on her creativity and resilience. She's allowed herself to expect less from love, but that doesn't mean she's unwilling to give it everything she has.

Tanya Rubato is a young dreamer who lets life affect her in profound ways. Her decisions lead her to follow her heart to surprising places.

Reese Rubato is two months old when the story begins. However, his personality is already beginning to emerge and that personality just gets bigger as the days go by.

Only a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with stunning rapidity. With little explanation, his daughter ran away with her older boyfriend. Then, only a month after giving birth to their son, his wife died suddenly.

Now, Gerry needs to be everything to his infant child while he contends with two losses he can barely comprehend. And when a woman walks into his life as a friend and their relationship verges on something more, Gerry must redefine all that he knows about himself, about love, about loyalty, and about his dreams.

An emotionally charged story filled with warmth, humor, wisdom, and unforgettable characters, When You Went Away is a novel you will take to your heart.

When You Went Away is one of the best books I have ever read. I absolutely, 100%, loved this story. Michael Baron’s writing is amazing. When You Went Away is an absolutely beautiful story.”

– Mom-Musings


When You Went Away 

Lou Aronica

“Nicholas Sparks fans will rejoice to hear there’s a new male author on the scene who writes beautifully about love and emotionally charged relationships. Tears of sadness and joy go hand in hand in this immensely satisfying story. Outstanding!”

– Romantic Times Book Reviews

“Simply breathtaking! When You Went Away is an exquisite literary nugget not to be missed!”
– The Book Resort


“A gem. I couldn't put it down. The characters are people I'd like to know.”
– Peggy Webb, author of the Southern Cousins Mystery Series


“Michael Baron writes with such depth that the emotions were tangible. It is rare that a talent like this comes along. This will be a classic. This is one to read and recommend.”
– BookreviewsRus

“Touching, tender and gentle, the moments between father and son in When You Went Away pull at the heartstrings and the tear exceptional read, and one that makes me want to watch for more works by this author in the future.”
– Freelancing and Fiction

“I truly loved this story. It is so well-written that it's hard to keep yourself separate from the fictional characters. I absolutely recommend this book and plan to read every other work written by this author. Triple-A reading!”
– Fresh Fiction

When You Went Away really surprised me with how much I enjoyed reading this book. Gerry and Reese stole a place in my heart. Mr. Baron is going on my must read list of authors.”
– Cheryl’s Book Nook


“If you want to get into the heart and soul of a man, BUY THIS BOOK!”
– The Bradford Bunch

“I loved it....It was truly a fantastic bit of writing.”
– Once Upon a Romance

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.”