Unsung Victims is a novel of the mind as it plumbs the psyche of Johanna's husband Louis after she files for divorce. Compounding the chaos, the mother-in-law and legal system turn Johanna's children into pawns as Johanna struggles to gain custody. Unsung Victims is psychological drama at its best. ~ Karen Hulene Bartell, author of the Sacred Journey Series ~
From the Author
Though no longer the ugly word it once was,divorce must be one of the hardest words in every language. Your entire worldcrumbles with that single word. Everything comforting and stable andreliable, crumbles with that single word, and the decision to part ways is always painful because itaffects those around its epicentre - children, parents, in-laws, friends andacquaintances.
UnsungVictims was not an easy book to write. I went through every emotion with mycharacters. I cried with them and laughed with them as we traveled from abeautiful beginning, true romance really, to open hostility.
InUnsung Victims art imitates life. Even under the best of circumstances, whilegoing through a divorce people are compelled to act in a way they wouldn'tnormally act under any other circumstances.
Hereare a few facts few people think about: Divorce happens every day. We allknow someone who is divorced or divorcing. We might have seen someone rise fromthe ashes of their divorce and forge ahead. We might have seen others never whonever get the strength to move on and start a better life, yet the pain anddiscomfort of divorce is only known to those who went through it.
(A friend of mine once said, "If you'rewidowed you get all the sympathy going, death benefits and all the familyassets. Divorced, and you're suddenly perceived as a danger to other people'sspouses, lose most of everything you've worked for, and have to sink or swim onyour own.")
Thereis no justice, no sense of equality, in Family Court. One spouse has the house,the other one doesn't. One parent has the kids, the other one doesn't - even ina fifty/fifty custody - when the children are with the mother, they don't havea father; when they are with the father, they don't have a mother.
InUnsung Victims, both, Johanna and Louis make mistakes. Johanna is railroaded byLouis' anger and by the system, her children are put in jeopardy, and theymight not love her with the same innocence as before the divorce.
I like happy endings, however, in real life one is never guaranteed. Unsung Victims has a sequel, Resilience, whichis expected to be released before the end of the year.