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A Winter Discovery [Kindle Edition]

Michael Baron
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Reviewers have rejoiced in Michael Baron’s “emotionally charged relationships” (RT Book Reviews), “deep sensitivity” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs), and “talent and depth” (Romance Writers Reviews), while calling his work “a masterpiece” (Book Reviews R Us), “unforgettable” (Fresh Fiction), and “beautiful” (My Book Retreat). Now Baron presents us with his first novelette and his first holiday story, a touching, luminous, and openhearted tale of love, wonder, and revelation.

Returning to the characters of his first novel, When You Went Away, Baron takes us again into the world of Gerry Rubato, a man who has been marked by loss and revived by love, and his son Reese, now five, who celebrates life at a remarkable level but is only now starting to understand that he was robbed of the chance of ever knowing his mother. Reese is old enough now to get caught up in the excitement of the Christmas season and he throws himself into it with abandon. His sense of celebration takes on entirely new levels of meaning, though, when it leads him to an unexpected and most remarkable discovery.

At once buoyant and poignant, and filled with irrepressible spirit, A Winter Discovery is a story of that will take you to new places in your heart.

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About the Author

Michael Baron is the fiction pseudonym for a successful author of nonfiction books. He is the author of five novels, When You Went Away, Crossing the Bridge, The Journey Home, Spinning and Anything.

Product Details

  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611880270
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OVTMOA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable! November 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This novelette by Michael Baron draws the reader in immediately and immerses the reader in a warm, wonderful blanket. This is not a sicky sweet read though. It has substance, real characters and a plot that is perfectly drawn. Reece Rubato, a five year old who has endured so much in his short life, believes in Santa, Frosty and miracles and we are drawn into his world, as he copes with the loss of his mother.

I love this little book. It's message of hope and love will stay with me. I can see myself rereading this book every year to remind me that miracles unseen by most of us, can still happen. Highly recommended!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED this book! December 21, 2011
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Very nice, easy to read book. First book I read from the author. I liked it so much I am reading When You Went Away. A Winter Discovery is the sequel to When You Went Away. I got both books either free and very inexpensive. I am very excited to have found another author who I enjoy very much!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished feeling (wait, did it start?) February 16, 2012
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Like every reviewer, I agree this book was very sweet. It's a lovely, humoristic and tender insight into both the parents' and a child's mind around Christmas time.
It felt a bit however like the beginning of a longer story, or it could have been. As it stands, my only complaint is it is a bit "thin".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! December 5, 2012
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Michael Baron has a way with words. He creates beautiful stories that are straight forward, simple in their message and so very heart-warming to read!

A young boy who struggles with having never known his mother, teaches everyone around him about the magic of Christmas and believing in love with his innocent ways.

A beautiful short read for the Holidays!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short! October 24, 2012
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I read the book that preceded this one so was looking forward to reading more from this author. The story was going along and just seemed to end abruptly. I was shocked to turn the page only to find there was no more to the story! It was definitely a dissapointment. I wouldn't recommend bothering with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Winter Discovery September 24, 2012
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After reading When You Went Away and finding out that A Winter Discovery was the continuing story, I had to read it right away. I absolutely love this author. So much so, I wish his stories were longer. They are the type I do not want to put down. Now I just ordered Spinning for my Kindle. I can not wait to start reading it and probably will read through Michael Baron's whole published library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice addition to the first book. February 5, 2014
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Story was great. Could have been a little less predictable, but still fascinating to see things through a child eyes. Barton captures this well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet December 16, 2013
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This was a series of cute vignettes in the life of a family, mainly a soon-to-be-six year-old. His excitement and belief in the magic of Christmas is endearing, and making a connection to his mother who died when he was a tiny baby made this Christmas special. The story was too short for character development or much of a plot, but it was a sweet read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Sequel
Very good short story..I hadn't read the first book but it didn't alter this story for me. Nice read before the holidays :) Reece reminded me of my grandson when he was that age :)... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Veronica Dorval
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect ending ...
this book was the perfect ending after "When you went Away" ( which I also loved). Gives us just that little bit more and I strongly suggest whoever read the first book... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lila
5.0 out of 5 stars That was a sweet joy
of a book. I wanted to just hug Reese to death. He was written with such sweetness and caring of other people. So enjoy this writer. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winter Discovery by Michael Baron
A special short story about Reese finding a way to remember a mother he never knew and bring her memory alive at Christmas time
Published 13 months ago by NOW PMW
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book
I really enjoyed the book, however, it just seemed to have an abrupt ending. Perhaps that was because I was reading on my Kindle, saw that I had only read 78% and thought there... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Vickie
4.0 out of 5 stars a "Feel Good" story
a five year old finds the true meaning of Christmas - The characters come to life and you hate when the story ends
Published 15 months ago by mjw
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes "Sweet" is GOOD~
What a great little peek into the (supposed)
mind of a little child!!
I really enjoyed the tale! Just found it too short!1
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short to be much value for me
Was disappointed with this short story. The writing was good, but just as I began to enjoy the story, it was over.
Published 16 months ago by Carmel M
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story. Living characters. Very nice
This was more a vignette than a story, but the characters were very cozy. It got 3 stars only because the narrative from the point of view of the kid was at times a bit forced. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lfmiller
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Ok
I was excited to read more about this family after reading his first book. This was just an afterthought and not much to it. It's ok as a quick, easy read.
Published 17 months ago by Melissa Taetsch
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More About the Author

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 administrator told me that, "there are more important things than being a dynamic teacher." Since I couldn't name any of those things (at least in the context of school), I figured I didn't have a long-term future in the profession. Hence, I became a writer, where I believe people appreciate a certain level of dynamism.


Though I started with nonfiction, I have always loved fiction and I have always wanted to write it. I've always had a particular affection for love stories. In fact, the very first book-length thing I ever wrote, when I was thirteen, was a love story. Mind you, it was the kind of love story that a thirteen-year-old boy would write, but it was a love story nonetheless. I have a deep passion for writing about relationships - family relationships, working relationships, friendships, and, of course, romantic relationships - and I can only truly explore this by writing fiction. These novels have given me a way to voice the millions of things running through my head.


My wife and kids are the center of my life. My wife is the inspiration for all of my love stories and my children enthrall me, challenge me, and keep me moving. One of the primary reasons I wrote my first novel, WHEN YOU WENT AWAY was that I wanted to write about being a father. Aside from my family, I have a few other burning passions. I'm a pop culture junkie with an especially strong interest in music, I love fine food (and any restaurant shaped like a hot dog), and I read far too many sports blogs for my own good.


You might have noticed that I haven't published a photo of myself. This isn't because I'm involved in the Witness Protection program or because I have an innate fear of cameras. It's because Michael Baron is a pseudonym. I'm writing these novels "undercover" because they're not entirely compatible with the nonfiction books I write and I didn't want to confuse readers. We're all different people sometimes, right? I just decided to give my alter ego another name.


My fourth novel, SPINNING, has just come out. It's a love story, too. Naturally.

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