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New Book Release from Fireship Press - “Straight Uphill: A Tale of Love and Chocolate”

In a hilltop Italian village, women chocolatiers work the improbable magic of love and chocolate.

Tucson, AZ, February 14, 2020 --( 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 content 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 drawn. 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

About the Author
Jess Wells is the author of five novels and five books of short stories, and is the recipient of a San Francisco Arts Council Grant for Literature. Her work is included in more than three dozen anthologies and literary journals, has been reprinted in the UK and translated into Italian. Wells teaches writing at schools and conferences nation-wide.

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Pages: 200 • Fiction: Literary, Romance, Women
Trade paperback: 978-1-61179-394-9 / $17.95 • eBook: 978-1-61179-395-6 / $5.95
Available through booksellers worldwide
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