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This is a novel to get lost in, a great epic tale of human emotions—love and hate, hope and despair, shame and revenge. Johanna White is just like any other young woman, raised in a loving family with hopes and dreams for a bright future. When she meets Louis, she thinks she has met her soul mate and it will be forever—only to later find out that her only common denominato This is a novel to get lost in, a great epic tale of human emotions—love and hate, hope and despair, shame and revenge. Johanna White is just like any other young woman, raised in a loving family with hopes and dreams for a bright future. When she meets Louis, she thinks she has met her soul mate and it will be forever—only to later find out that her only common denominator with Louis are the children. As she struggles with guilt and remorse, Louis and his mother are determined to make her life a living hell. The unrelenting tests and trials Louis and his equally irrational lawyer have submitted Johanna to convince her that the only likelihood of undoing the wrong is if she takes action.


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This is a novel to get lost in, a great epic tale of human emotions—love and hate, hope and despair, shame and revenge. Johanna White is just like any other young woman, raised in a loving family with hopes and dreams for a bright future. When she meets Louis, she thinks she has met her soul mate and it will be forever—only to later find out that her only common denominato This is a novel to get lost in, a great epic tale of human emotions—love and hate, hope and despair, shame and revenge. Johanna White is just like any other young woman, raised in a loving family with hopes and dreams for a bright future. When she meets Louis, she thinks she has met her soul mate and it will be forever—only to later find out that her only common denominator with Louis are the children. As she struggles with guilt and remorse, Louis and his mother are determined to make her life a living hell. The unrelenting tests and trials Louis and his equally irrational lawyer have submitted Johanna to convince her that the only likelihood of undoing the wrong is if she takes action.

37 review for My Children, His Victims: A Mother's Quest

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Adkins

    Johanna's life was perfect. She had been given a new position at work and a raise. Excitement fills her as she explains to her best friend what's happened. If only she could find a good man settle down and in a few years, have children. Her life has been so busy she hasn't had time to date. Johanna's friend Marie sets her up on a blind date. Johanna had been on blind dates before and wasn't looking forward to another one. On that particular night Johanna's life takes on new dimensions. Terrific Johanna's life was perfect. She had been given a new position at work and a raise. Excitement fills her as she explains to her best friend what's happened. If only she could find a good man settle down and in a few years, have children. Her life has been so busy she hasn't had time to date. Johanna's friend Marie sets her up on a blind date. Johanna had been on blind dates before and wasn't looking forward to another one. On that particular night Johanna's life takes on new dimensions. Terrific writing and very defined characters will make you want to dive right in. It's romantic, loving, kind and wonderful. It's also dark, scary and evil. You'll need the tissues for this book. It really pulls at the heart strings. I enjoyed the fact this book takes on a subject we don't see often enough. The book will make you pause and reflect on friends and family. I became attached to Johanna, rooting for her all the way. Get this book and see how wonderful it really is. I did find one issue. The last chapter in the book starts out like it's going to wind things up. I found it left me hanging. I had so many questions when I closed the book the final time. I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 because of the way it ended. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette Y.

    Great telling of a difficult story! Ica Iova captured the joy of meeting the man of your dreams and the debilitating horror of realizing your error. I felt Johanna's desperation in trying to salvage her marriage through the mire of abuse, abandonment and infidelity. Louis used his position of power and Johanna's love for her children to extract his baseless revenge. Just as spiteful insanity ran through his family; faith, hope and strength ran through hers. Unsung Victims is well written. Great dialogue. A Bo Great telling of a difficult story! Ica Iova captured the joy of meeting the man of your dreams and the debilitating horror of realizing your error. I felt Johanna's desperation in trying to salvage her marriage through the mire of abuse, abandonment and infidelity. Louis used his position of power and Johanna's love for her children to extract his baseless revenge. Just as spiteful insanity ran through his family; faith, hope and strength ran through hers. Unsung Victims is well written. Great dialogue. A Book Club discussion dream! Bernadette Y. Connor Author of "He's Mine!"

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Stuart

    Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite Unsung Victims: Resiliency (Volume 1) by Ica Iova is Joanna Becali’s story. Jo is from a close-knit, loving, Romanian family now resident in Canada. At thirty, she is an unmarried and very successful career girl nagged by Mom to marry daily. Her friend Marie sets her up with a blind date: Louis, a young, equally ambitious, police detective. Can love at first sight happen? It does for Jo and Louis, which is why she gave in to his rejection of reliable Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite Unsung Victims: Resiliency (Volume 1) by Ica Iova is Joanna Becali’s story. Jo is from a close-knit, loving, Romanian family now resident in Canada. At thirty, she is an unmarried and very successful career girl nagged by Mom to marry daily. Her friend Marie sets her up with a blind date: Louis, a young, equally ambitious, police detective. Can love at first sight happen? It does for Jo and Louis, which is why she gave in to his rejection of reliable birth-control after their fairytale wedding. Two unplanned pregnancies, and two young children, later, Louis shows his true colours. Will Joanna’s divorce run smoothly and allow her to move on and find her happily-ever-after with another man, or are the unsung victims to be her innocent children? “Seeing the lawyer had set in motion the unraveling of what was left of my world” is just one sample of Ica Iova’s vivid writing as she sets out to untangle the threads of a pattern too many women recognise too late. Their man is not what he seems, but they don’t want to admit that to themselves, never mind the world. Louis is not only Joanna’s husband, he is the father of her children, and divorce is only the start of her troubles. After all, who will believe a frazzled woman over a policeman? Social workers? A judge? Unsung Victims is enjoyable to read for its clarity, its well-drawn characters, and its strong story, and it carries a powerful message from a very insightful author. Iva Iova is a writer to watch.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deb McEwan

    When the shine of first love wears off, true colours emerge. Johanna didn’t see the flaws in her husband’s personality until it was too late. After suffering numerous acts of cruelty, including infidelity, she eventually comes to her senses and decides on divorce. The trouble is that Louis is used to being in control and his ego can’t cope with rejection. In his determination to inflict the maximum amount of pain and suffering on his wife, he embarks on a bitter battle to obtain custody of their When the shine of first love wears off, true colours emerge. Johanna didn’t see the flaws in her husband’s personality until it was too late. After suffering numerous acts of cruelty, including infidelity, she eventually comes to her senses and decides on divorce. The trouble is that Louis is used to being in control and his ego can’t cope with rejection. In his determination to inflict the maximum amount of pain and suffering on his wife, he embarks on a bitter battle to obtain custody of their children and to destroy the reputation, and life of the woman he once loved, in his own peculiar way. This is a hard-hitting harrowing story of broken love, involving normal everyday people - one of whom elicited my sympathy and a number of others my intense dislike. The author has put her heart and soul into this book and it felt so real that parts were difficult to read. Although a work of fiction I recommend Unsung Victims as a great read and guide to any couple contemplating separation or divorce.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marcia Martins

    Well writen story about love and deception. Johanna thought she had found the love of her live but she could not be more wrong. Instead she learnt she had marry a violent and heartless man. She went through Domestic violence and the ugliness of a divorce. I recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy Proebstel

    Expect a Sleepless Night Unsung Victims is a hauntingly scary story of a dysfunctional family dynamic. Once I began reading, I stayed up all night to see what would happen next until I reached the last page…I still want more answers! Having lived through similar circumstances, I could feel complete empathy for the hopeless and helpless feeling Johanna faced as her estranged husband crafted one lie after another to cause trouble for her and her children, never once regarding his impact on the chil Expect a Sleepless Night Unsung Victims is a hauntingly scary story of a dysfunctional family dynamic. Once I began reading, I stayed up all night to see what would happen next until I reached the last page…I still want more answers! Having lived through similar circumstances, I could feel complete empathy for the hopeless and helpless feeling Johanna faced as her estranged husband crafted one lie after another to cause trouble for her and her children, never once regarding his impact on the children in his desire for revenge. Not only could this be based on a true case, I fear it’s all too real for so many families in the world today.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rubin Johnson

    Heart-felt emotions pour from the pages of Unsung Victims by Ica Iova. I hope penning this tale helped the writer process personal pain. I received a free copy in return for a review. To be clear, this is neither YA fiction, nor a romance. The book is a well-written, first-person tale of falling out of love into a messy divorce. Two young children are the unsung victims of this war between spouses. To me, this book reads more like a memoir of a dreadful split than a novel. Years of horrid experie Heart-felt emotions pour from the pages of Unsung Victims by Ica Iova. I hope penning this tale helped the writer process personal pain. I received a free copy in return for a review. To be clear, this is neither YA fiction, nor a romance. The book is a well-written, first-person tale of falling out of love into a messy divorce. Two young children are the unsung victims of this war between spouses. To me, this book reads more like a memoir of a dreadful split than a novel. Years of horrid experiences are recounted so vividly that pain and anguish hit my psyche, leaving me sadder for days. The horror of the deceit and pettiness outweighed any positives felt in the short falling in love period, or the relief after the ordeal wound its way through the courts. It is a tribute to the writer that this fictional story feels so true. Indeed, it feels too true. If not the author, I expect someone close to the author went through a painful divorce and custody battle. Unlike a traditional novel, it is hard to discern a constructed plot arc or character development. The book sounds like a recounting of events that really happened. In real life, it's typical not to understand what motivates others. In fiction, however, the reader is often made aware of character motivations. Understanding why others act as they do is a prime reason people read fiction. In this story, too many characters are evil for unknown reasons. The bad actors include a biased court-appointed counselor named George, a troublesome interloper at a baptism, and Louis—a Mr. Right who devolves into someone so, so wrong. A story in fiction is different from simply telling what happened. Characters and events are included because they matter. In the early part of the book, "Steve" is involved in a significant conflict, but he never appears again. At first, I wondered if he was the lawyer "Steven." He wasn't. Another lawyer, John, seemed so incompetent that the question of his loyalty is raised. Had he been bribed? This interesting question wasn't answered. The issue of smoking (tobacco) becomes a significant issue near the end of the story but it hadn't been mentioned earlier, not even in passing. To me, good fiction is not so much good versus evil, but playing out the conflict between characters with different goals. Sometimes, considering characters as protagonist and antogonist, adds insight and power to a story. It can help the reader get the big picture when the writer shows that each character thinks their actions are justified. Potential readers, be assured this is a powerful and emotion-filled piece. It is well-paced and has realistic-sounding dialog. Tension, conflict, and people acting with malice fill the pages. I finished the story exhausted and let down. The book blurb mentions the antagonist is the youngest detective on the force and takes part in triathlons. As a triathlete, I was disappointed to see no mention of triathlon in the book. The antagonist's career was not explored and nothing seemed to come of him being the youngest to have been promoted to detective. The author uses the storytelling technique of starting at the end, and then showing how life had unfolded. On the first page of the first chapter is this passage: "Some people believe that everything happens for a reason, but I had played the scene of our downfall in my head a thousand times. And each time I found myself asking the same question: what was the reason? Because sure as hell I couldn’t find the frailest one." After reading the story, I had no more insight than the protagonist. As such, I was left unsatisfied. There are copy-editing mistakes such as "thought" instead of "taught;" "inexistent" instead of "non-existent;" "bias" instead of "biased;" and "wave" instead of "waive." There were also a few missing words but, in general, the writing seemed solid as if the book had gone through several edits. My rating is based on feeling let down by the story, not by the writing. I suspect readers who've suffered through similar experiences might appreciate this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Antypowich

    I was totally captivated by Unsung Victims. For me this book felt so real, so heart-wrenching, that I felt Johanna White could be a real person and I was reading her biography. I watched her relationship with Detective Louis White blossom and become the envy of many women. Everything was so perfect. Louis was the man any woman’s romantic heart would desire. Until his other side began to come through. Then I watched the marriage crumble, and Louis become a nightmare to live with. When Johanna decid I was totally captivated by Unsung Victims. For me this book felt so real, so heart-wrenching, that I felt Johanna White could be a real person and I was reading her biography. I watched her relationship with Detective Louis White blossom and become the envy of many women. Everything was so perfect. Louis was the man any woman’s romantic heart would desire. Until his other side began to come through. Then I watched the marriage crumble, and Louis become a nightmare to live with. When Johanna decided she wanted a divorce, he did what many abusive people do. He begged for another chance. I could feel how torn she was, but I really hoped she wouldn’t take that route. Logic told me it was too risky, but little did she (or I) realise how risky sticking with her decision would be. All Louis’s charm totally vanished, and a sadistic, vengeful man who would stop at nothing less that ruining Johanna’s life took center stage. He portrayed her as having poor parenting skills and made everyone (including herself) doubt her stability and sanity. And he used his influence and power to try to gain sole custody of their children with the intent to shut her out of their lives entirely. It became clear that the children didn’t really matter to him, they were simply a means of destroying the woman who dared to try to take back control of her life. The unsung victims were the poor children. Divorce affects children at any age, but this book clearly portrays what a vicious, acrimonious divorce can do to young children. My heart bled for them and Johanna. It became very easy to despise Louis and those that marshalled behind him in his underhanded deceitful ways. Johanna’s story is written in first person, and once again Ica Iova did a masterful job of creating and developing the characters in this book. This is the 3rd book that I have read of Ica Iova—she has become one of my favorite authors. I have already downloaded “Resilience” (the sequel to this book) and I can’t wait to read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Bryn

    Unsung Victims 5* I would have said this story was unbelievable if a friend's daughter hadn't been through the same thing with very similar dirty tricks and the same dismisive attitude of those who are there to protec tthe vulnerable. This heart-breaking account of an abused wife's attempts to escape her controlling partner for the sake of her children shows the best and the worst of human nature. The story is a little slow to start, but don't let that put you off: it gathers momentum as Jo reel Unsung Victims 5* I would have said this story was unbelievable if a friend's daughter hadn't been through the same thing with very similar dirty tricks and the same dismisive attitude of those who are there to protec tthe vulnerable. This heart-breaking account of an abused wife's attempts to escape her controlling partner for the sake of her children shows the best and the worst of human nature. The story is a little slow to start, but don't let that put you off: it gathers momentum as Jo reels from one dirty trick to the next in the fight to keep her children. It's heart-rending, uplifting, incredible, heart-warming, and at times harrowing. Best of all, having been through divorce, it's authentic, both factually and emotionally. A recommended read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen Branson

    While the story was all too familiar and struck home with me, the book was so rife with spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors as to make it very frustrating to read. This author needed a professional editor.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Martha

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ica Iova

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alec Hawkes

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alec Hawkes

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ica Iova

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ica Iova

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alicia P

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna Vish

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zuleika Noguera

  20. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sally Ember

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Fletcher

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jen Lyman

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally Ember

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stuart

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katie Bananas

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  31. 5 out of 5

    Ginny Lee

  32. 4 out of 5

    Angela Montgomery

  33. 5 out of 5

    Lenita Sheridan

  34. 5 out of 5

    BookishBelle

  35. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Miller

  36. 4 out of 5

    Christina Browne

  37. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Mcgee

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