Alessa is just seven years old when her uncle rapes her for the first time. As the years pass, his sexual appetite becomes more voracious and his perversion. BELIEVE LIKE A CHILD. When Smiles Fade. AVAILABLE ON: Amazon US banner- final. Amazon UK banner – final. Read A Sample. A. lessa is just seven years. Born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, a small town west of Philadelphia, PA, Paige Dearth was a victim of child rape and spent her early years.

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That worry comes later during the editing process. Feb 14, Patricia Moren rated it it was amazing. Once I did, it felt very empty. This was a different story for me both in genre and gender. Paige waited for the birth of her daughter and when the baby was just eight months old, moved back to Pennsylvania.

Until we really face this problem head on, bepieve of pretending it isn’t happening e. Born into a family that is dirt poor, with only her Grandmother ever showing her any real love, her mother takes in Alessa’s uncle to live with them to help pay the bills.

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Wherever she goes, however, trouble keeps seeking her out, until she meets three people who change the course of her life forever. At times this book had me laughing out loud, and the next chapter over I would be in tears. I’m not even going to delve into the ending which led me tears, that is something you’re going to have to read about for yourself. How could someone suffer through such a horrific childhood? Believe Like a Child will take you on a ride that will open your eyes to the horrific truths to what does actually happen in the world — every single day….

Was there a real-life inspiration for John William? I love reading dark stories that can hit me at a visceral level. Catholic Church scandals, Boy Scoutswe can’t adequately treat it.

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Paige Dearth – Writing Real Life Horror

I chose Tony to be the main character in Born Mobster because I was more drawn to him. Oh, and I did find people to love along the way…and, I would do anything to protect them.

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The ending was severely unrealistic and almost insulting to actual victims of sexual assault, who end up with terrible emotional trauma, diseases, etc. No one will care about the belive of your book like you do. Finally, at age fourteen, she has a best friend named Rhonda, and Rhonda’s mom Zoe. In my opinion, had this book been written better, it would have been an extremely strong work.

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She loves both of them because of the love that is shown to her. Unable to take the abuse any longer, and with no support from mother, Alessa runs away from home at the age of sixteen to Philadelphia, where the vicious circle and disturbing odyssey continued to plague her life while living on the street. While I understand the intention of this book was to shine light on some extremely difficult to discuss topics I felt a majority of it was unnecessarily vivid in description.

In my humble opinion if certain tweaks were done in this book it would have rated a 4 star from me. When Joon is placed with a single mother, Aron, and her two sons, nothing could have prepared her for the cruelty and brutality she would be subjected to over the next four years. This is one book I know I won’t forget. When things start going well, something is always waiting around the corner to bring her down.

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Eventually, Alessa befriends a schoolmate and is able to escape Uncle Danny more often, only to end up in a situation where she must leave her home due to something that occurs with this schoolmate I won’t give too much away.


Then, I start reading all the raving reviews and it makes me cringe.

At the age of seven, Alessa is surprised to find Uncle Danny in her bedroom. I always know the beginning and end of the novel I will write. Most people would never, even in fiction, be as honest in brlieve really happens in life.

You will be emotionally invested in the outcome. Though there were some inconsistencies and grammatical errors, the writing was exceptional.

I would be less than honest if I didn’t mention them. That being said, I do have 2 other of this authors novels to read, and I will be doing with an open mind as each book tells a story of its own no matter what you read from the same author [if that makes sense] I would like to thank AuthorBuzz via Net Galley for allowing me to read and give an honest viewpoint.

I would recommend this book to beloeve, not always easy to read but these things do happen all the time. Read your manuscript many times pauge before sending it off to your editor. We’re often confronted with tales of sexual assault e. Abracadabra… my villain John William was born. By being a victim themselves. It just all turned too nice too quickly. The beginning of my debut novel, Believe Like A Child, is based on truth, but the majority of the story is fiction.

Living through the fear and isolation of her youth, Paige developed the ability to create stories that would help her cope and finally put them to use by embarking on a series of novels.

I def makes me have a different outlook on the homeless.

It showed the horror children live through, and what is possible to over come.