Book: Chocolate for Breakfast by Martha Reynoldscategories: Book, Switzerland, Fiction, Virginity, Study Abroad, First Love, Loss, Bereavement, Choices, Coming of Age
Martha Reynoldsabout this book: I spent my junior year of college at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. I lived in a tiny little room and, while I was there, a family member died unexpectedly. (This was before cell phones, Skype, and the internet). I always wanted to write a story about it, but the rest of my life was boring! So I made up a character named Bernadette and sent her on a journey.
"Chocolate for Breakfast" is about a young woman who makes adult decisions. There are consequences to our choices, some that last a lifetime.
The book is classified as "contemporary women's fiction." But I know many men who have read, and enjoyed, this novel.
The title just came to me one sleepless night. I knew it was the right title. In Switzerland, I'd often see the little children on their way to school. They'd be holding a small roll in their little hands, and inside the warm roll was a thin "branch" of Swiss chocolate, soft and sweet. It was a typical breakfast for a child!
I credit my editor with pushing me to go deeper. Some of the scenes were difficult to write, and I'd be emotionally drained afterwards. But that's a good thing! And the feedback I've received from readers, both friends and strangers, has been very touching.
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