In the Context of Love

Fiction - Womens
272 Pages
Reviewed on 12/21/2015
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Author Biography

Linda K Sienkiewicz, author of In the Context of Love, attributes her creative drive to her artistic mother, who taught her to sew, and her father, who let her monkey around with the gadgets in his workshop. She is well published in fiction and poetry, has a poetry chapbook award, a Pushcart Prize nomination and an MFA in Fiction. IN THE CONTEXT OF LOVE is her debut novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

In The Context of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the story of Angelica Schirrick. The novel opens with Angelica talking about her children and how she is dreading meeting their father, Garrick. After a disastrous marriage, Angelica is trying to find her footing. Her life is not what she thought it was, and things are getting worse. This made her reflect on things, things that were in the back of her mind. She remembered her first true love and how that love is still on her mind and how he still keeps her company at night. Was it her bad decisions or was it just bad luck that lured Angelica away from her true love? No matter what the catalyst was, Angelica wants to rise from the ashes and change her life. She wants to stand tall and proud and create a better life for her children and for herself.

This is one of those novels that inspires you and makes you want to do better. Angelica is the type of protagonist that everyone can relate to. She depicts our fears and our anxieties. The story itself is different and fast paced. The reader gets all the information they need at the moment. There is a fulfilling quality to this novel that makes you feel satisfied, but at the same time it makes you want more. Another thing I noticed was that the novel was written in a very lyrical way. I could sing the dialogues and descriptions if I wanted to. This added a lot more fun to the story line and my reading experience.

Dayna Leigh Cheser

Review – “In the Context of Love” written by Linda K. Sienkiewicz

Angelica brings her children to see their father in prison. That has its own set of ramifications, but seeing her ex brings back years of memories.

Her thoughts take her back to her high school years, when she met Joe, her first love, and how life had spun out of control with him before he vanished. It was during that time she discovered a secret that tore her birth family apart.

Between Joe’s disappearance, and her family’s secret, Angelica is blown off course, changing nearly everything about herself. It was a dark time for her – she’s lost her innocence, and the love of her life. A good student, she’s accepted at two top colleges, but her sense of self-worth is shattered, so she passes.

She meets her future husband in a bar. They marry soon after. Gavin starts a business, and the children arrive. Then, her life crashes around her. Readers witness her struggle to find herself.

Angelica is a survivor, and life gets better. She finds a way to help herself and others like her. Then there’s a big surprise; something she always dreamed about but never expected.

‘In the Context of Love’ is an unusual book in many ways, including great characters, but the most impressive is the descriptive writing. It was very easy to feel I was right there; feeling what Angelica felt, seeing what she saw, being part of her life. The raw emotions are out there for the world to see.

I definitely recommend this gritty, dark, and very moving love story. I give it 5-stars, and will be watching for more from Ms. Sienkiewicz.

By Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author

Daria Anne Giovanni

Women's Fiction Admired for Heart:

In "In the Context of Love", hope springs eternal even under the worst of circumstances. Once I started, I simply couldn't put this book down as I followed its main character Angelica through a complicated personal journey of spiritual, emotional, and physical maturity. The author's vibrant descriptions of complex characters, adolescent longings, Midwestern winters, social mores, and cultural traditions underscored a heart-wrenching plot centered around flawed humanity and the unintended consequences of well-intentioned decisions. Without giving away spoilers, the story hinges upon a horrific event from the past which, once discovered by the protagonist, shatters everything she thought she knew and understood about her family and romantic relationships. Its ripple effect on other characters weaves a compelling tale that will keep you guessing until the end. Kudos to the author for keeping hope alive, balancing good and bad with relatable characters, and abstaining from the temptation to paint an entire sex as evil because of the despicable crimes of one individual. In The Context of Love will leave you feeling as if love always finds a way to prevail, no matter how difficult the obstacles.

Daria Anne Giovanni, Writestream Radio
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