Can the secrets that haunt you ever be left behind? Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life was turned upside down. With her two children in home, she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held and the shattering family secret that derailed her life. She must learn to accept the violence of her beginning before she can be open to life, and a second chance at love.
Finalist: 2016 Sarton Women's Book Award
Finalist: 2016 Readers Choice Award, Fiction
Finalist: 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Fiction
Finalist: 2016 USA Book News Best Book Award, Women's Fiction
"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