Praise for When You Went Away

“Michael Baron writes with deep sensitivity of the power of love to transform and heal in the face of overwhelming tragedy.”

– #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs


“Nicholas Sparks fans will rejoice to hear there’s a new male author on the scene who writes beautifully about love and emotionally charge relationships. Tears of sadness and joy go hand in hand in this immensely satisfying story. It’s hard to believe that this is Baron’s first work of fiction. Outstanding!”

– RT Book Reviews


"A gem. I couldn't put it down. The characters are people I'd like to know."

– Peggy Webb, author of the Southern Cousins Mystery Series


"Michael Baron writes with such depth that the emotions were tangible. It is rare that a talent like this comes along. This will be a classic. This is one to read and recommend."

– BookreviewsRus


When You Went Away is a very powerful tale full of laughter, tears, and romantic moments that keep you enthralled with the authors voice. Between the wonderful scenes of Gerry being a father, his journal entries to his missing daughter, and a look into his past, I think every reader will fall a little in love with both this outstanding author as well as this amazing character!”

– Coffee Time Romance


”Touching, tender and gentle, the moments between father and son in When You Went Away pull at the heartstrings and the tear exceptional read, and one that makes me want to watch for more works by this author in the future.”

– Freelancing and Fiction


“Michael Baron creates an unforgettable tale....I truly loved this story. It is so well-written that it's hard to keep yourself separate from the fictional characters. I absolutely recommend this book and plan to read every other work written by this author. Triple-A reading!”

– Fresh Fiction


When You Went Away really surprised me with how much I enjoyed reading this book. Gerry and Reese stole a place in my heart. Mr. Baron is a prolific writer. He is going on my must read list of authors.”

– Cheryl’s Book Nook


“More than a novel about grief and fatherhood; it's a novel about being lost and the journey to find the right path.”

– Savvy Verse & Wit


“Baron creates characters the reader can empathize with as if they were friends or neighbors....Michael Baron is an author name I will look for in the future.”

– Long and Short Reviews


“If you want to get into the heart and soul of a man, BUY THIS BOOK!“

– The Bradford Bunch


“Simply breathtaking! When You Went Away is an exquisite literary nugget not to be missed!”

– The Book Resort


When You Went Away is one of the best books I have ever read. I absolutely, 100%, loved this story. Michael Baron’s writing is amazing. When You Went Away is an absolutely beautiful story.”

– Mom-Musings


“So moving, so real, and so touching. The realism reminds me of Elizabeth Berg's Open House with an ending that brought the entire story together nicely.”

– J. Kaye’s Book Blog


“This is a beautifully written book about one man’s journey through grief. In the process he is forced to resolve his relationships with his teenage daughter, his sense of self, and what he wants in his life.  Baron’s writing is lyrical and quietly powerful as he takes us through each step of Gerry’s thinking and feeling.  While fiction, Gerry’s life experience has a strong ring of truth readers will find appealing.  This is one I’ll be thinking about for some time.”

– The Romance Reader’s Connection


“Michael pulls you into this book in the very first chapter and does not release you until finish the book. This is the first book by Michael and I can’t wait until the next one comes out. Michael could easily become one of my favorite authors.”

– Moms Love Reading


“I loved it….It was truly a fantastic bit of writing.”

– Once Upon a Romance


“If you are in need of a good cry (and don't we all need one occasionally?) or in the need of a good story, pick up When You Went Away. It will touch your heart in more ways than one.”

– Charlotte’s Web of Books