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To me this book is about hope. A hope that even in the chaos of it all there are safe havens to be found, love to be shared, and the chance at a better tomorrow. This book is about the humanity that keeps me sane and the empathy and friendship that binds us in the darkest of places. More deeply, it is about the call to see past our differences and embrace our shared family in the universal siblinghood of humanity.

My Book


Dear Reader

If you are a war survivor, you will find compassion for your experiences and inspiration for a happy and fulfilled life. 

You are not alone!


If you have been a refugee, you will find inspiration on how to make those lemons of the past into a tasty lemonade. 

You will love the selfies you take slurping it from a colourful glass!


If you are someone who feels helpless seeing the horrors of war on TV or the internet, you will find a true connection to the people experiencing them. 

The book will empower you so, yes, you can help!


If you are a food lover, you will find original recipes created in times of great need and nevertheless delicious. 

Try them out!


If you are a person who loves life, you will find a celebration of humanity and love.

"Where the Roses Grow is a riveting story of loss and resilience during the Bosnian War. Nikolina Ivankovic is among the strongest and most determined woman I've ever known. Faced with unimaginable difficulties and life in a war zone, using only her wits and limited resources, she is able to save herself and her family. She tells of her traumatic experiences with a grace and beauty that leave the reader with hope that there is still good in the world. This book is a must-read!"

Susan Roe

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Nikolina Ivankovic

I am a wife, mom of two, a daughter and a sister, a refugee, a war survivor, IT professional, new author, speaker and coach. AND I have learned to love every bit of myself.


By sharing my experiences, I want to help you love every bit of yourself too.


Fasten your seatbelts because this is going to be a wild ride.

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