Review: Leaves by Michael Baron

Title: Leaves
Author: Michael Baron
Publisher: The Story Plant, September 25, 2012
Genre: Fiction, Family, New England,
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 332
Rating: 4 Stars Very Good
Synopsis: The Sugar Maple Inn in Oldham, Connecticut has been owned by the Gold family for decades. After the parents death the adult children sell it. The siblings gather one last time for a Halloween party before the inn is sold. The tourist area is home to vibrant leafy trees in the autumn: hickory, beech, sumac, sassafras, maple, and oak. "Leaf peepers" travel to this area of the Connecticut River Valley in order the see the colorful show of leaves each autumn. The inn is where the five siblings grew up, they have wonderful memories of a close-nit family. Their grief is evident as the closure to this last bit of their parents and family history come to an end. Marie is the eldest of the siblings, she is a parent facing an empty nest. Maxwell the eldest son has a rising political career, and a wife who still thinks of herself as the "it" girl from her high school days. Deborah is head chef at The Sugar Maple Inn. Corrina is married to an attorney and has an angry step-son. Tyler the youngest of the Gold family, is a photographer of these famous autumn leaves.
Each sibling has angst over career choices, parenting roles, marriages, the unknown after the inn sells, and grief after their parents death and the sell of their beloved childhood home.

Positive Points:
  • This is a story that most readers will be able to relate to in some way. Whether it is through the various issues that the adult children have, or plainly through their loss of what they held most dear. 
  • This is an endearing story. I felt invested and involved in the outcome of these characters. Even though I did not always agree with their choices, I had compassion for them. 
  • There is a nostalgic quality in this story. Each adult child looks back on their past with fond memories, all of them contemplate a future with the absence of this inn. 
  • There is a bit of magic in this story. The author calls them "hauntings." I call them epiphany moments---meaning a vision of their past with a teaching principle. 
Negative Points:
I'm ready to read part two! I could not find any negative points in this story, I tried. I loved everything about this story, and can't wait to read the next installment in the Gold family. 

Thank you to Michael Baron, The Story Plant, Providence Book Promotions for my free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  1. Wonderful review and posting. Thank you! Great job! Like you, I am anxiously waiting the next book and revisit the Gold family.

  2. Thanks for the great review, Annette. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    Warmest regards,
    Michael Baron

  3. Thanks so much for your review! It was wonderful to read how much you enjoyed reading this selection!


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