Book review: Degrees of Love

Jan 11, 201820 comments

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What more would you want when everyone thinks you seem to have it all? Degrees of Love is a women’s fiction that follows the life of Susan Sinclair and her journey into self-discovery after spending almost a decade and a half trying to be there for her family and proving she could do it all. Did she really have it all? Read ahead to know more.

About the book

Degrees of Love

Book Name: Degrees of Love

Author: Lisa Slabach

Genre: Fiction – Drama

Characters: Susan and Matt Sinclair, Reese Kirkpatrick

Setting: California, The USA

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from iReads book tours.


Susan, a devoted mother of two, is smart, successful and creative and just been promoted to the senior vice president. She doesn’t regret that she had to give up her acting career and her dreams to live in New York for the family. The price she had paid for that doesn’t seem too high when Matt, her husband offers the stability her life had been missing before she met him.

But with every hike in her salary and her career, Matt has been growing distant and indifferent. Of late she has started to suspect that Matt has been keeping her boys away from her and putting her down whenever possible. She craves for the feeling of being needed and appreciated by them. Her increased load at work and work-related travels are the only things that keep her sanity.

And that changes when she meets her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. With the fiery chemistry and whirlwind romance, Susan cannot stay away from Reese and her feelings are reciprocated manifold. Ridden with the guilt she is forced to take a decision that might change not only her life with Matt but also that of her young children. Find out what ensues by reading Degrees of Love.

My initial thoughts

Degrees of Love is a realistic and poignant novel that follows the life of Susan Sinclair and the difficulties in marriage. Lisa Slabach’s down-to-earth portrayal of its characters will be relatable to all women. Despite the book being 340+ pages I finished it in two days, (nights, rather) mainly due to the engaging narration and the writing style.

Though it would be easier to blame Matt and Susan, I was able to understand the circumstances and try to be not judgmental of them. There were times when I wanted to strangle Susan’s choices but that is how real life is, confusing and chaotic.

Bottom – line

I will recommend Degrees of Love to anyone who likes reading women fiction about strong women. I just want to warn off those who strongly react to books about cheating.

Meet the Author

Degrees of Love

Degrees of Love is Lisa Slabach’s debut novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and has two daughters, who are both pursuing careers in film. In her free time, she enjoys drinking wine with friends and cooking in her pink kitchen.

Connect with the Author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~ Facebook 

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  1. Katiria Rodriguez

    Great review, this book and author are new to me and the book looks and sounds really intriguing. I’m glad you enjoy this book fully, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

    • Gayathri

      Let me know if you ever read this one.

  2. Cia Black

    This seems like a book I could really get into.

    • Gayathri

      Let me know if you ever try it.

  3. Tasha

    This is a new book to me. Your review has me intrigued.

    • Gayathri

      Glad you approve of my post.

  4. Nicole Pyles

    Oh this looks like a conversation starting book!

    • Gayathri

      It seems so too!

  5. Amanda McGill

    Great post! I don’t know if I would enjoy this one.

    • Gayathri

      I understand!

  6. Nikki @ Saturday Nite Reader

    I hadn’t heard of this one before your review and it sounds very interesting. I may need to add it to my long TBR list.

    • Gayathri

      I am glad you like it.

  7. DJ Sakata

    I think it shows signs of investment in the story if I want to smack them with my Kindle

    • Gayathri

      Let me know when you read it.

  8. Jennifer

    I think this was probably a good book, and I would read it. Maybe 2019.

    • Gayathri

      I understand the TBR battle.

  9. Megan @ Ginger Mom

    I read this one and I totally agree with you wanting to strangle her for her choices. So frustrating, yet an incredibly intriguing read. I knew I didn’t agree with Susan, yet I wanted to keep reading and find out what was going to happen.

    • Gayathri

      I know right? Why do these characters from books frustrate us so much with their stupid stupid choices? sigh

  10. lilkadykitty

    This sounds like a good book!

  11. terriluvsbooks

    This sounds like a book I would like. I like stories with complicated, but honest relationships.



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