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Monday, January 11, 2016

Women's Fiction Admired for Heart-Wrenching Plot

Title:  In the Context of Love
Author:  Linda K. Sienkiewicz
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
ISBN:  1941523048
Where people can purchase the book:  Amazon or Barnes and Noble
Reviewer’s Rating: 5 Stars out of 5
Reviewed by Daria Anne Giovanni, originally for Amazon 

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.

More about the Author: 
Linda K. Sienkiewicz 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. Her poetry, short stories and art have been published in more than fifty literary journals. She has a poetry chapbook award from Bottom Dog Press and an MFA from The University of Southern Maine. In the Context of Love is her debut novel.

More about the Reviewer:  
Daria Anne DiGiovanni owns and manages the Writestream Radio Network and Writestream Publishing, LLC. A talented interviewer, she welcomes diverse authors to her radio shows to share their books and insights with listeners. DiGiovanni released her debut novel Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, in 2008. The second edition is due out in January, 2016, with a sequel to follow.

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Linda K Sienkiewicz said...

Thank you Carolyn - I appreciate all you do for authors and their books - and thank you Daria for the review.

In the Context of Love is a Finalist in The Great Midwest Book Festival Awards. Writing the novel was a joy, and I'm pleased to hear women call it "inspiring." It's an important book for women and or anyone who's been silenced by shame. Our stories are important!

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