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When You Went Away

(The second book in the Hearts of Men series)
A novel by

The deeply emotional bestseller of fatherhood and loving again.


Only a few months ago, Gerry Rubato had everything he thought he needed from life. He was passionately in love with his college sweetheart after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had a bright, independent-minded daughter, and he had the surprising addition of a new child on the way. Then everything changed with stunning rapidity. With little explanation, his daughter ran away with her older boyfriend. Then, only a month after giving birth to their son, his wife died suddenly.

Now, Gerry needs to be everything to his infant child while he contends with two losses he can barely comprehend. And when a woman walks into his life as a friend and their relationship verges on something more, Gerry must redefine all that he knows about himself, about love, about loyalty, and about his dreams.

An emotionally charged story filled with warmth, humor, wisdom, and unforgettable characters, WHEN YOU WENT AWAY is a novel you will take to your heart.

“Lou Aronica writes with deep sensitivity of the power of love to transform and heal in the face of overwhelming tragedy. A lovely read.”
– #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 charged relationships. Tears of sadness and joy go hand in hand in this immensely satisfying story. 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

“WHEN YOU WENT AWAY is a very powerful tale full of laughter, tears, and romantic moments that keep you enthralled with the authors voice. I think every reader will fall a little in love with both this outstanding author as well as this amazing character!”
– Coffee Time Romance


Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"Michael Baron writes with deep sensetivity of the power of love to transform and heal in the face of overwhelming tragedy. A lovely read." - Susan Wiggs

Used availability for Lou Aronica's When You Went Away

Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback

Title: When You Went Away (Volume 2) (The Hearts of Men (2))
Author(s): Lou Aronica
ISBN: 1-61188-230-3 / 978-1-61188-230-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Story Plant
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June 2010 : Canada Paperback

Title: When You Went Away (1 Volume Set)
Author(s): Michael Baron
ISBN: 1-4587-8011-2 / 978-1-4587-8011-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

October 2009 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: When You Went Away
Author(s): Michael Baron
ISBN: 0-9819568-0-7 / 978-0-9819568-0-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Story Plant, The
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: When You Went Away (The Hearts of Men Book 2)
Author(s): Lou Aronica
Publisher: Fiction Studio Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU