Michael Baron is the fiction pseudonym for a successful author of nonfiction books. He is the author of four previous novels, When You Went Away, Crossing the Bridge, The Journey Home and Spinning.
Anything (Hearts of Men Series #4)by Lou Aronica
Readers and reviewers alike have fallen in love with Michael Baron's work from the publication of his very first book. "Nicholas Sparks fans will rejoice," said RT Book Reviews of When You Went Away. "Mr. Baron touches my heart and soul," said Coffee Time Romance in its review of Crossing the Bridge. Genre Go Round Reviews called The Journey Home "a great family
Readers and reviewers alike have fallen in love with Michael Baron's work from the publication of his very first book. "Nicholas Sparks fans will rejoice," said RT Book Reviews of When You Went Away. "Mr. Baron touches my heart and soul," said Coffee Time Romance in its review of Crossing the Bridge. Genre Go Round Reviews called The Journey Home "a great family drama," while CMash Loves to Read said that Spinning was "an engrossing read that pulls on your heartstrings and doesn't let go, even after you read the last page."With Anything, Michael Baron again draws readers into a world of deep emotion, compelling relationships, and heartfelt humor, and this time he adds a touch of fantasy. Ken and Melissa are at the dawn of a magnificent life together. A passionate romance has led them to the doorstep of marriage. While searching for the perfect wedding present for Melissa, Ken stumbles into a mysterious shop. There, he is given an extraordinary opportunity – to look in on Melissa when she was a girl. Ken has always wished he could have known Melissa from the day she was born and this seems like an incredible blessing.Until he discovers a terrible secret in Melissa's past, one so awful she has found it impossible to mention to him.Now Ken has another extraordinary opportunity. He can go back in time and change the horrible event that has left an indelible mark on Melissa. He can free her of this burden – but doing so could change things so completely that they might never meet.Ken has repeatedly told Melissa that he would do anything for her. But would he truly do anything? At once a wildly romantic tale and a compelling human adventure, Anything brings Michael Baron's storytelling to a dramatic new level.
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This book was great! I thought the story was so neat and different from other books i've read! Kept my interest from start to finish.
In DC, lawyers Ken and Melissa are in love and marrying in under two weeks in spite of being on opposite teams in the heated Alaskan oil drilling debate. Ken vows he would do anything for his beloved and soon he will be tested on his pledge. While visiting her parents, Ken concludes someone in Melissa's teen years still leaves her filled with sadness; he believes that trauma is in the photos she avoids looking at as if they are haunted, but though he wishes he could help her, Ken knows he can only be there for his cherished Melissa. At a strange shop run by owner Stephon grants Ken an extraordinary wish with a warning. Ken will be abale to look at Melissa's past especially the big hurt, but what he sees may not be what he desires. He takes the ride and loves what he witnesses of Melissa's wonderful childhood until he learns the secret that still devastates Melissa and now him. She is despondent with her fiancé's new found knowledge. Knowing he must do something, he thinks of his vow and considers whether to ask Stephon for another trip back in time, but not as an observer. This is a terrific whimsical romance as caring Ken learns sometimes even a knight in shining armor regretfully gets what he wished for. Character driven, readers will appreciate Ken's heartfelt efforts to remove the big hurt from Melissa as Michael Baron provides a charming tale in which true love may not be enough to stand the test of time. Harriet Klausner
Ken and Melissa are two lawyers who have discovered each other and are about to be married. Melissa has dramatically changed Ken's life without trying to, and Ken knows his life is fulfilled in a way it could never have been with all the stereotypical women he previously dated. One evening, however, when they are visiting her parents, a few days before their wedding, Ken realizes there is something from her past that has taken the joy out of her life, a loss clearly evident in the way she avoids looking at pictures from her teenage years. Up to now, Ken has been buying her gifts from a strange man who runs a unique jewelry shop. Everything from there is always different and always delights Melissa. Ken returns to the shop and makes an agreement with Stephon, the owner. Ken is warned he may not like the outcome or consequences of the action he is about to take but refuses to heed the warning. During the magical trip he takes after that visit, he discovers the joyful childhood of his future bride until one fateful evening. He is devastated and on returning to the present, Melissa is appalled at his discovery as well. Ken, however, refuses to let go and returns to Stephon for one more trip to the past. To say more would be a definite spoiler but the story is far from over as Ken tries to change the past, which changes the present as well. Nothing, for sure, is solely as it appears. The remainder of the story is a quest for recovery, one Ken will not release even though an old acquaintance advises him of its futility. The power of enduring love moves beyond our wildest dreams as the novel ends with a most unlikely ending, one that is not just a happily ever after story, but one that touches the heart with its true essence, a miracle indeed. Michael Baron knows how to pull every string of a reader's heart. The plot may seem implausible but there is enough mystery, magic, and deep abiding love to make this novel a pleasing story that would make a lovely movie as well. Charming and well-plotted for sure, Anything is a beautiful romance novel that will engage every reader who loves this genre!