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Leaves by Michael Baron
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Oct 28, 2012

really liked it
Read from October 28 to December 10, 2012

This is the first book by this author that I've read and I really enjoyed it..

After their mother dies in the summer (their father died a couple years earlier), the Gold brothers and sisters decide to sell the inn in a small town their parents had started many years ago. A chain has bought it and will take over right after Halloween. It had been their parents' tradition to throw a Halloween party for the locals and this will be the last one.

We meet the Golds about a month before the party:

* Maria is married to Doug. Their daughter, Olivia, has just left for college. While Doug is embracing being an emptynester, Maria must find something to fill her time and returns to her love of music.

* Maxwell is married to Annie and they have a two-year-old son, Joey. While Maxwell is considering running for mayor of their small town, it's obvious to him that Annie is unhappy but she won't talk about it.

* Deborah has been the chef at the inn (it was her one and only job) and now must figure out what she wants to do with her life. She meets and falls in love with Sage and he helps her make some decisions.

* Corrina is married to Gardner, a busy lawyer, and stepmother to his 16-year-old son, Ryan, who is not a happy teenager.

*Tyler is a nature photographer who is still heartbroken because Patrice broke up with him last year. Things became better for him when he and Patrice find each other again.

As it gets closer to the night of the party, strange things happen to each of them, reminding them of good times as a family in the past. But will this be enough to keep them together once the inn is sold?

I liked the writing style and it kept me wanting to read more. The chapter headings are dates along with a countdown to the date of party.

I liked most of the characters. I found them to be believable. I didn't like Corrina, though. I know she had a lot going on with a workaholic husband and a 16-year-old stepson who she had no parental say over but I found her too nasty and bossy. She needed to chill a bit.

The ending leaves you wanting more ... there will be a sequel to this book and I look forward to checking it out and see what happens to the Golds.

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