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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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 fal ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Story Plant, The (first published September 21st 2010)
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Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read
My Thoughts and Opinion:
Michael Baron has been compared to Nicholas Sparks, but since I have not read any of Mr. Sparks books I can't compare, but what I do know is that when I first went public with my blog, Mr. Baron's publisher contacted me to read the author's book Crossing The Bridge and I instantly became a fan. However, I did recommended his books to another book blogger, Ann from Ann's Reading Corner who has read Mr. Sparks' novels and she stated "personally I like Michael's novel much b
 Gigi Ann
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I discovered this author, Michael Baron, about a year ago while visiting Cheryl @CMash Reads. I read her review of "Spinning" by Mr. Baron, it sounded so good I bought the book, read it and loved it. This past year I read two more of his books; "When You Went Away" and "A Winter Discovery." I also enjoyed those books. So...when "Leaves" was released I knew I just had to read it as well. I was not disappointed.

"Leaves" is the first in a series of novels about the Gold Family and some unforgettab
Teena in Toronto
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Ruth Hill
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, 2013-reads
I feel like I should be giving this a much higher rating than I did. After all, this is basically a clean book. Hardly any profanity--very, very mild. No bedroom scenes although implied sex scenes. It is all about a quaint place, and it is a nice story. There was really nothing wrong with it. I just did not connect with it, and I wish I had been able to. This will be a book that many people would like. It has romance, memories, and sweetness. I found myself only interest in two portions of the b ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp...

“…they’d exchanged the sense of intimacy they always had between them for the assumption of intimacy.” This profound remark is a theme that resonates throughout the story.

Even though this is a remark made about one couple’s relationship, it is evident in many of the ‘so-human’ characters’ relationships. The change from one type of intimacy to the other happens so subtly that it is hardly noticeable until suddenly despair and disconten
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Gold family's Sugar Maple Inn has been a popular tourist destination in Oldham, Connecticut for thirty-two years. Autumn in New England, where the leaves change their glorious colors, draws a faithful legion of "leaf peepers" to the area every fall season. But for the five Gold siblings, this is the final autumn that they will own the inn. After the death of their parents, Joseph and Bethany, who had moved their family from Long Island to Oldham to start a new life, the five Gold siblings: M ...more
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog
Leaves (Gold Family #1) by Michael Baron
Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Publisher: The Story Plant
Page Count: 366
Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

The five Gold siblings' lives – their loves and losses and new beginnings – in their parents' wake come alive in Baron's newest novel. We unravel their deepest of fears and strongest of desires as we follow their daily proceedings leading up to the annual Halloween party the Golds have bee
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Leaves is set in the Connecticut River Valley during the month of October, when the leaves on all the trees there turn into a vivid array of assorted colours and hues as autumn arrives and they begin to fall. Here we meet the Gold family siblings who were brought to the valley from Long Island thirty two years earlier by their parents. After they arrived Bethany and Joseph Gold decided to stay in the Valley with their five children and to open The Sugar Maple Inn .

The Inn has been the cornersto
Romancing the Book
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Reviewed by Angie
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

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. Curl up in your favorite reading spot with your favorite drink and a comfortable blanket and you’ll instantly be transported into the Northeast where we have the most beautiful changing of the leaves.

This is probably the first review I’ve written in a long time tha
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After decades of being a family-run business, the Sugar Maple Inn has been sold and will soon transfer to the new owners. The Gold siblings, Maxwell, Deborah, Maria, Corrina, and Tyler, are hosting one last Halloween party at the Inn. October has arrived and the family members are dealing with the changes in their lives in their own individual ways. As it looks as though they may go their separate ways, unexplainable happenings trigger memories of happier times and remind them of their family bo ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 sibl ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
'Leaves' is a story of love and loss, of family and friends and of the fluidity of relationships. The Gold children were raised in Oldham, CT, learning the ins and outs of small town life. They grew up in and helped their parents run The Sugar Maple Inn. Now that both of their parents are gone, the kids have decided it's time to sell the inn and move on. Before the sale goes through the family is going to throw one last huge Halloween bash, after all the Sugar Maple is famous for them. That is i ...more
Julie Barrett
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Leaves by Michael Baron
ISBN: 9780984190546
Foliage of autumn leaves along Connecticut, breathtaking!
That and other things made me want to read this book as I love being able to see the colors now and love the scenery.
The siblings sat around the kitchen table to discuss plans for the annual tradition. No spouses or children, just the immediate family. Everyone would have a job to fulfill.
The Sugar Maple Inn had a yearly October Halloween open Inn event that both Bethany and Joseph Gold had taken
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-books
The Sugar Maple Inn has been a fixture in the small town of Oldham, Connecticut for 32 years, but the era is coming to an end. After the death of their parents, the Gold children have decided to sell the inn and move on with their lives. But first, Corinna, Deborah, Maria, Maxwell and Tyler are hosting the last annual Halloween party. And as the party preparations commence, each of them faces not only their memories of the inn but also the anticipation of a future without it.

Leaves by Michael Ba
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Originally posted on my blog...

I was really excited to read this book. 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. Each and everyone has a story of their own. Their stories intertwine and flow so seamlessly. The way the author describe
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review
This book was very well written, very enthralling. It is hard for me to describe how this book made me feel. I thoroughly enjoyed and I’m very glad that it is the first in a series. I feel like I know the Gold family on a personal level. This book really explored the feelings of the Gold Family very well.
The Gold family: Maxwell, Maria, Deborah, Corrina, and Tyler recently lost their parents and have made the decision to sell their parents Inn. The story focuses on each sibling and the
Kathleen Kelly
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Leaves tells the story of the Gold siblings who own the Sugar Maple Inn in Oldham, CT. The siblings, Maria, Maxwell, Deborah, Corrina and Tyler have decided that the inn is not the same as when their parents were alive. They have decided to sell the Inn and they will be having one more Halloween party at the inn. This party is the main premise of the story but it is also about each of the siblings and their respective family's. Oldham Connecticut draws 'peepers'(tourists) each fall for the beaut ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while a book that touches your heart comes along and that's what Leaves is for me. I loved every minute of this book. Each character is crafted in a special way that weaves a place in your heart. I found myself truly caring for these fictitious characters. I wanted to know what was going to happen to them.

The story moved along at a nice pace. I never felt one minute of boredom. I truly wanted to know what would happen to each character and if they would each get their happily-ever-aft
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Leaves by Michael Baron has the makings of a family saga, with its large Gold family in Oldham, Ct. Tyler, a budding nature photographer; Corrina, a controlling older sibling; Deborah, the resident foodie; Maxwell, who seems to have it all and leads the town’s Chamber of Commerce; and Maria, a young emptynester, must close a chapter in their lives and begin anew after deciding to sell the family business, the Sugar Maple Inn — a popular destination for “leaf-peepers.” Baron alternates between ch ...more
Athena Nagel
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Leaves was a comfortable story to read. Since I live in CT I was familiar with all the local small New England town references. That added a certain comfort with the story. Five siblings lose their parents and are faced with selling this small New England Inn which has long been a popular tourist destination. Characters are well thought out and relationships are very detailed. Each of the characters have very different personalities and very different issues to deal with. I have not read any oth ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fall is my favorite time of year and this book seemed like a light read about my favorite fall things, which was good as I am too busy lately to get too engrossed in anything too lengthy or serious. This cute tale of a family of grown siblings trying to find their own way in life after the deaths of their parents and upcoming sale of the family inn was just the right mix of drama, humor, and of course, the best parts of fall including the last Halloween party the family will host at the inn.

I di
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, owned-books
Overall Recommendation:

I would not hesitate to recommend Leaves by Michael Baron. In fact, I think I would not have a problem with reading other books by him in the future. At the end of the book Baron mentioned writing follow-ups or sequels for Leaves, featuring some of the characters and what happens to them. I probably wouldn't read it because I felt that the story had a prefect ending, loose strings and all.

Final Grade: B-

Disclaimer: I reviewed a free copy of Leaves by Michael Baron in e
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"LEAVES" leaves you aching for the next installment of the Gold family. The family is as colorful as the leaves that fall every year in Oldham, Connecticut. The characters are believable and you feel as though you have truly met them. These characters could easily be a part of your life. The events that occur with the Gold's keeps you turning the pages. This is a book that I can honestly say is amazing. Descriptions are vivid and true to the minds eye. You can almost feel the leaves crunching un ...more
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Michael Baron and the Gold Family. I enjoyed the story and the dynamics of the family. The characters were well developed and I always find it interesting to see the person from their perspective and then see them through another's eyes. The stories of their childhood showed how much they loved each other and the closeness they had shared. They all felt it was falling apart as their parents had died and the Inn, that had always been part of their lives was closing. They ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story about a family moving on after the death of their parents and selling their inn. Hosting one last party before the inn is turned over. This book was deep in CT information and foliage. I really enjoyed reading this book and the characters were great. This author reminded me of authors like Sherryl Woods and Debbie Macomber with the story telling. I also enjoyed how the story didn’t end which allowed for more to be written about the Gold’s. Definitely a great book that ever ...more
Karen Zelano
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
A charming New England Autumn story of a family with several adult children who have recently lost both parents, leaving them to be responsible for the quaint bed and breakfast. Family squabbles, marital woes, teenage angst and lots of romance ensue. An enjoyable read, which turns out to be the introductory piece to novellas which continue the plot of each of the character's lives which were intertwined here. This would be a great pilot to a Tv series, each week could chronicle an episode in the ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nook, abandoned
It sounded so good on the description, but it was so Boring! I lasted almost halfway through, it had so much promise, its well written, actually, prose-wise. But, even with so many main characters - there are like 6 siblings plus their significant others and children, I couldn't care less what happened to any of them, so sad! Corinna was a witch, Tyler a washcloth... its just not vivid enough emotionally
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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A family of five children and an inn that has been left in their possession as they have both passed away. Each has played their own role, but with the inn going to corporate hands, they must each give up a piece of their childhood. Throughout the book there are references as to memories in the past - I loved how each memory was introduced and shared by each character.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I found leaves very family oriented Joey is a little hyperactive but all in all very down home family story sounds much like how my own used to be until they all started to pass way thanks for the flash backs :-)
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I grew up in the New York area and I’ve lived there my entire life. I worked in retail and taught high school English before I got my first book contract. I have gotten several additional book contracts since then, which is fortunate because I didn’t have the patience to work in retail and, while I quite enjoyed teaching, my approach was a bit too unconventional for most school systems. One school ...more
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