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 vels about a world and a family that readers will want to make their own.
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.