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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.In the Context of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz
Published by Buddhapuss Ink LLC on July 7, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Women
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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.
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?
Biggest cliché – My love can totally reform him.
Have you read In the Context of Love, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge