What makes us step back to examine the events and people that have shaped our lives? And what happens when what we discover leads to more questions?
Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With two children in tow, she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home to Ohio. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held and the shattering revelations that derailed her life.
Can she face the failures and secrets of her past and move forward? Somehow she must learn to accept the violence of her beginning before she can be open to life, and a second chance at love.
“Linda K. 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 National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters.
“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
“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
Linda K. Sienkiewicz is a published poet and fiction writer, cynical optimist, fan of corgis, tea drinker, and wine lover from Michigan. Her poetry, short stories, and art have been published in more than fifty literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Clackamas Literary Review, Spoon River, and Permafrost.
She received a poetry chapbook award from Bottom Dog Press, and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine. Linda lives with her husband in southeast Michigan, where they spoil their grandchildren and then send them back home.
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At first, not knowing what to expect, I wondered if this book would be just another chick-lit book with a HEA. How wrong could I have been?
The language of this story is quite beautiful, heart-wrenching yet managing to drive the plot at the same time. It's a coming of age story that will resonate with everyone as we watch Angelica's story unfold.
How many of us can look back on our lives and wonder about our first love? Angelica was a golden child, yet one who made some choices which would follow her throughout her life. I was interested to know how the author would resolve the story and it's this which keeps the reader engrossed to the end. I enjoyed reading about her adolescence as well as becoming part of her modern day family. The characters are well-drawn and the writer manages to portray a slice of American life.
Interesting though Angelica's story is, there's also the back story of her parents. If anything I found her mother equally fascinating and their stories will remain with you long after you finish the book. At times the book is quite sad as it plucks at the heartstrings. It is this all-pervading sadness about missed opportunities, lies and deception that make you hope for a happy ending. This is no easy-read but one which will make you run the gauntlet of emotions as we watch Angelica try to come to terms with the past in order to move forward.