Skip to main content

Book Review: Leaves by Michael Baron


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 Baron is an exploration of family, their interactions and the impact of change on them. For Deborah, who has been chef at the inn for her entire career, the future is uncertain. Where will she work? What will she do with her life? Corinna is stressed about the party, while dealing with a workaholic husband and a stepson who is pushing the limits. Maria is working through the empty nest syndrome and rediscovering her love of music. Then there's Maxwell who is considering a political run, but his wife has very different ideas about their future. And finally, Tyler, a recently single artist who is trying to find his groove.

But it's not just the five siblings that we get to know. We also meet their significant others and children who have their own issues going on. Each character seems very real and clearly defined, but I will say there were a few too many for me. I found myself struggling to really keep track of who was married to whom and how they related to all the others. In the end, I got it down and found that I enjoyed most of the storylines. But I do think Baron might have taken on a few too many characters in this one!

Leaves is a wonderful novel to read during the Fall; I could just picture the beautiful, colors of this New England town. It is written as the beginning of a series, and these stories definitely need to continue. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger in some respects. Now that I know all of these characters, I am anxious to read what happens next in their lives.

Rating: 3.5/5

Read an excerpt from Leaves
Visit the author's website

Leaves is the fourth book I've read by Michael Baron. You can read my other reviews here:
Crossing the Bridge
The Journey Home
Spinning

You can also read my interview with Michael Baron 

This review was written based on an ebook copy of Leaves that I received from The Story Plant in exchange for an honest review.

Comments

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

April Reading Review

Where exactly did April go? I swear it was just the middle of March and now it's May. Once again, I'm going to provide a quick review of each of the books I read last month. For the last two weeks of the month, I participated in the Spring Into Horror Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. The only rule was that you had to read at least one book that was horror, thriller, etc. I read one book that qualified. With the exception of the first book in my list, the books I mention below were read during the readathon


My book club's May selection was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I had started reading this nonfiction book about the author's work representing men, women and children who were on death row in March but finished the book in April. This is an eye-opening story that everyone at my book club discussion agreed should be required reading for law schools and police officers and even legislators who are making the laws related to judgements. I learned to…