By Michael Baron
Amazon Buy Now
About The Author
About The Book:
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.
When five siblings come together to host an event for the first time since the death of their parents, their lives, motives, emotions, desires, fears, and much more are revealed. It's like five planets (the siblings) spinning around one sun (the annual event), each has it's own unique personality, shape, and destiny. I found this story a little hard to read, probably because I felt that each character needed the same amount of attention. But, then, on the other side of the picture, it was intriguing because I didn't know who was going to be happy, successful, or, who was going to benefit or be hurt by the cooperative task of planning the annual event. While the reading is a little slow, at times, overall, I think most readers would find this story to be one-of-a-kind. I'm giving it Three Stars!
LIKES AND TAGS ARE APPRECIATED