Leaves: The Gold Family Book 1

by Lou Aronica

The Story Plant | September 25, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Leaves: The Gold Family Book 1 is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8 × 5 × 1.75 in

Published: September 25, 2012

Publisher: The Story Plant

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0984190546

ISBN - 13: 9780984190546

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Cozy read Oldham, Connecticut is your classic New England tourist town. When the leaves begin their autumn display of colour, the ‘leaf-peepers’ come out in full force. The Sugar Maple Inn is one of Oldham’s most popular tourist destinations, and their annual Halloween party is always the highlight of the season. But after the death of their parents, the Gold siblings have decided to sell the Inn and this year’s Halloween party will be their last. With frayed nerves and sibling squabbles straining their relationship, the last month at the Inn isn’t as memorable as it should be for Maria, Maxwell, Deborah, Corrina, and Tyler. Leaves introduces readers to these 5 siblings, along with their families and community as they struggle with letting go, moving on and starting anew. Michael Baron always fills his novels with wonderful characters and Leaves is no exception. The Gold siblings are unique and well-developed and their relationship is complex but realistic. The lush New England setting is described in rich detail, bringing the brilliant fall colours and pleasant small-town to life. Making this book a little different that his other novels, Michael Baron has added a touch of fantasy as each of the siblings experiences brief encounters with the paranormal. Despite being a big fan of the genre, I felt that the supernatural elements brought me out of the story rather than adding to it. The story starts out a month before the party and counts down to the big day, chronicling the sibling’s lives as they move towards this significant event. The conclusion is left somewhat open-ended, ensuring readers will want to come back and find out where life will take each of the siblings. Though the story is a little slow-paced for my tastes, Leaves is an enjoyable fall read with likeable characters and a cozy, romantic setting.
Date published: 2012-11-20

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Leaves: The Gold Family Book 1

Leaves: The Gold Family Book 1

by Lou Aronica

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8 × 5 × 1.75 in

Published: September 25, 2012

Publisher: The Story Plant

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0984190546

ISBN - 13: 9780984190546

About the Book

The first novel in a new series by Baron, "Leaves" is the story of a once close-knit family of siblings losing connection with one another after their parents die. Original.

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The River Edge Café had been open for business since the late ‘90s, when a husband-and-wife team made a killing during the tech stock boom and decided to “chuck it all” and follow their passion for fine food. Located on the water between Oldham and Essex, it was popular for its ambitious menu, its beautiful setting, and its attentive staff. However, it had recently lost two executive chefs in quick succession, leading to rumors that the owners were impossible taskmasters and maybe even a little abusive. Deborah didn’t necessarily believe these unfounded stories, but they made her wary through the entire interview process, and even now, in her third meeting with the couple, she wondered if there was something less than genuine behind Carla Bonner’s ubiquitous smile or Vince Travers’s persistence.“We want you here, Deb,” Vince said. People didn’t really call her “Deb,” but Vince seemed to insist on it. He had been doing so since they first met half a decade ago. “There are maybe two dishes on the menu we think we need to keep. The entire rest of the menu would be yours.”“It would be like having your own restaurant without the hassle of ownership,” Carla said. Deborah had been in precisely that situation her entire adult life, so she wasn’t sure why Carla thought this was a selling point.“I’m completely willing to wait until the middle of November if you want to take a couple of weeks off between jobs,” Vince said. “Trina’s an excellent sous chef and she’s doing a great job of h
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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

Michael Baron is the pseudonym for a successful nonfiction writer. He is the author of five previous novels, When You Went Away, Crossing the Bridge, The Journey Home, Spinning, and Anything as well as the holiday novella A Winter Discovery.

Editorial Reviews

“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.”
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“Mr. Baron's tender, masterful and descriptive writing style allows the reader to be transported and become part of the story line."
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