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In the Context of Love
     

In the Context of Love

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by Linda K. Sienkiewicz
 
Is it ever too late to leave your past-and the secrets that haunt you-behind?

Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With her two children in tow, she leaves her felon husband and begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home to Ohio. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held, that time before the

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Is it ever too late to leave your past-and the secrets that haunt you-behind?

Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With her two children in tow, she leaves her felon husband and begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home to Ohio. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held, that time before the disappearance of her first love,and the shattering revelation that derailed her life and divided her parents. Only when she finally learns to accept the violence of her beginning can she be open to life again, and maybe to a second chance at love.

"With tenderness, but without blinking, Linda K. Sienkiewicz turns her eye on the predator-prey savannah of the young and still somehow hopeful."
~ Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller, Deep End of the Ocean

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"With tenderness, but without blinking, Linda K. Sienkiewicz turns her eye on the predator-prey savannah of the young and still somehow hopeful." ~ Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller, Deep End of the Ocean

"Sienkiewicz's powerful and richly detailed debut novel is at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey. In the Context of Love should be required reading for all wayward teenage girls and their mothers, too." ~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of the National Book Award Finalist American Salvage, and the National Bestseller, Once Upon a River

"Absorbing, heartbreaking, compulsively-readable and insightful, Linda Sienkiewicz's In the Context of Love casts a hypnotic spell. This is storytelling at its best." --Lewis Robinson, author of the critically acclaimed, Officer Friendly: and Other Stories, and Water Dogs

"In her dynamic first novel, Linda K. Sienkiewicz takes you on a wild roller coaster ride through love's lowest lows and highest highs, from dark acts of sexual violence to kisses that taste like freedom. In her boldly compelling narrative, Sienkiewicz captures her heroine's harrowing journey with both compassion and passion. Sienkiewicz is a wise, vivid and vital new voice in fiction."

~ Elizabeth Searle, author of the Boston Globe Bestseller, A Four-Sided Bed

"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. . . . There is a fulfilling quality to this novel that makes you feel satisfied, but at the same time it makes you want more. . . . Written in a very lyrical way which added a lot more fun to the story line and my reading experience." ~ Rabia Tanveer for Readers Favorite

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781941523049
Publisher:
Linda K. Sienkiewicz
Publication date:
09/08/2015
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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In the Context of Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
I love books about family relationships. And even though I don’t like family drama or betrayal in real life, I love it in books. This book had it all, and Angelica is devastated when the truth comes out. This is an emotionally charged book that keeps you turning the pages even when you know you should close the book and get other stuff done. The characters and situations are believable and you can’t help but feel for Angelica and want so much for everything to turn out ok. I haven’t been reading many “heavier” novels lately, but I’m glad I decided to give this a try. I don’t know how anyone could read this and not get emotional, but like I said before, you won’t want to stop until the end. There’s so much more to this book than what I’ve mentioned. It is definitely a winner and I would absolutely recommend it. It’s going on my “Best of 2016” list.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
DaynaLC More than 1 year ago
Review of ‘In the Context of Love’ 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
MelissaGrunow More than 1 year ago
Angelica may seem like an ordinary teenager with strict parents, but there is more complexity to her character, her family situation, and her heart. IN THE CONTEXT OF LOVE plunges the reader deep into this complexity as Angelica narrates the story, told in second-person retrospect to her first love, Joe Vadas. As a teenager, Angelica falls hard for Joe, her love simultaneously innocent and on the cusp of a sexual awakening. We experience the emotion with her and come to adore Joe, too, though there is a ominous outcome looming. After Joe disappears, Angelica spirals downward until she meets Gavin, an unlikely love interest. While we're rooting for Joe's return, the reader is not as naive as Angelica and knows that, eventually, our choices do catch up with us. This is a coming-of-age story of a young woman who seeks the love she deserves. She finds the strength in herself to make her life her own, even after some hasty decisions force her into a life she never wanted. The sentence-by-sentence writing is engaging and beautiful. This story will live within you long after you've finished the book. Highly recommend!
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
I really am a sucker for covers drawing me in. This one is beautiful and screams innocence at me .. what lies within is a story of heartbreak and betrayal. It loosely follows a coming of age plot, how we live our life as humans with the inevitable bumps in the highway. Sometimes life events are beyond our control but the consequences remain forever. Angelica finally finds out the family secret .. the book then examines via her thoughts the events in her life, the choices made, wrong roads travelled, chances missed, young love and with raw emotion the relationships between the family members etc. The fact her husband is in jail gives it an underlying edge at the beginning and the impact it has on their children. I figured I could see where it was going but it’s not a book to make assumptions with. It’s quite a tough read but written sensitively and with depth. The type of story you don’t particularly want to be aware of but once involved it’s almost impossible to put down as the painful memories are explored and unravelled. It’s very much a case of ‘If I had taken another path would that have happened’ realisation. Thanks to the author and iRead Book Tours for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars - Original review @ 125Pages.com In the Context of Love is described by some as a romance, by some as contemporary fiction and by some as women’s fiction a la chick-lit. I put it firmly in the contemporary fiction category. I saw some romance in it, but that was not the driving plot point to me. Angelica is the center of the story, which begins as she visits her (soon to be ex) husband in jail. She narrates a history of her life as if she is speaking to her high school love. Navigating a past full of dark secrets and her own anger with how her life as progressed, Angelica needs to reconcile her past to create her new future. Linda K. Sienkiewicz has a way with words. I enjoyed her writing and the way she was able to create a remarkable scene with just a few words. The world built was real even though it was mostly memory. There was a lot of emotion packed into her tale as well. The plot was interesting, and had some real high points, but also seemed disconnected at times. The characters were where I had some trouble connecting. Angelica was angry at everyone and everything, but never really did anything to change her circumstances. The others all had similar plot lines, they were trapped into situations of their own making and never really worked at fixing it. In the Context of Love was a book I wished I had connected with more. The Amazon and Goodreads reviews are amazing for it, but I just didn’t love it. I liked it and thought Sienkiewicz’s writing was great and the story line was unique. I just didn’t click with the characters or the emotions. So take this review as it’s not you it’s me and hopefully Sienkiewicz’s next book will resonate with me, as I did really enjoy her writing. Favorite lines – What do you remember most about growing up? Was it your mother’s kindness, or your father’s anger? It isn’t easy to look at the past without seeing the hurt, but is it a falsehood if you choose to remember only is what is good? What if you don’t want to remember? I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Catherine_Carrington More than 1 year ago
In the context of love is a beautifully written book by the author Linda K Sienkiewicz. The main character Angelica wonders how her life has gotten so far off. This is the journey of herself discovery. She has to learn to accept her pass so she can continue to move forward, which is difficult for someone who has been through what Angelica has been through. The author tells this story in second person. It is a sort of a letter to Angelica's first love. It is a different reading style but it worked for this book. It was actually a perfect writing style for this book. Linda knows how to draw her audience into this book. The story was so honest and down to earth. It is so rare for a book to grab its reader in the first chapter let alone the first page. This book will do that to you. Angelica is a character one can identify with. Many of us have wondered the same thing she wondered. Why are we where we are? Why have we gotten so far off in life? The one issue I had with this book was its profanity. It had quite a bit of it. This had way too much for my taste. It does mention rape, domestic violence, sex, and drugs. This is certainty no children's or early teen's book. This is a very human story, down to earth and so forth. Something that lacks in many of today's books. Sometimes it is nice to have a relaxing read. A book that you can just read and enjoy. If this is what you are looking for than this book would be one I recommend. I still want to caution the readers about some of the tough topics that this book does contain. It would feel wrong if I did not mention them. It is still a good book. Recommend: Yes for adults I received this book from iRead Book Tours for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story had me interested on page one, hooked by page two. I was helpless to resist. It heaved me in and yanked me forward. Sweet. Compelling. Rough. Raw. It’s the best kind of love story, an honest one. Love. Love. Love. In any context. I’m a fan of the author for life!