Straight Uphill: A Tale of Love and Chocolate
After tragedy strikes, brokenhearted Gretchen takes a holiday in a hilltop Italian village to seek peace and solitude. Through chance, she meets Bettina, an elderly woman estranged from her legacy as a chocolatier. Gretchen soon finds herself wrapped in the aromas of chocolate and caramel and butter and wine, as villagers past and present, question all aspects of love that send her on a journey of self-discovery and healing.
But will Gretchen truly be able to leave the past behind and open her heart again to life and love, or will she be conent to drown her sorrows in chocolate?
“This book is a gem. It is delightful proof that a literary novel can be a deeply satisfying page-turner!” —Mark Wiederanders, author of Stevenson's Treasure.“Straight Uphill makes for a delightful read.” — Catherine Lundoff, author of Silver Moon “Complex characters, vividly rawn. Surprising twists and turns. A touching journey into the nature of grief and the astonishing capacity to heal the human heart.” —Karen X. Tulchinsky, author of the Five Books of Moses Lapinsky