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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Young children are mentally and physically tortured every day. Hardened by the heartless brutality she encounters and the dangerous situations she must overcome in the course of her journey, she faces every challenge that comes her way in her quest for a normal life for herself and for those she loves. Books are food for my soul! As for the end, I won’t give it away but what would someone who has survived all that Alessa has do when all hope is taken away?

Paige has put forth Alessa’s life, a compelling story that will certainly sadden your heart. But you have to know to write the story!

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. Not even she can know how far she will go to get even with the people who ruined her life. I couldn’t get my head around the smoothness of it all. Alessa’s past comes back to haunt her sending her spiralling back into her past, Definitely not what I thought was going to happen.

Jersey Girl Book Reviews: Believe Like A Child by Paige Dearth

Even though I had these issues with it, I found the book to be raw and real. Just always be thankful for what you have, especially the little things. I will keep you beloeve on the progress thru Facebook. What kind of advice can you give to aspiring authors?

Quotes from Believe Like a Child. Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is abducted from her loving family and thrust into the indescribably horrific and largely unknown underworld of human sex trafficking.


It was an emotional rollercoaster, going through each and every emotion you could possibly think of with such rapid succession at times it made my mind spin.

How can I say nightmares and dreams in the same sentence? If someone told me about the things that Alessa had done, I would’ve liek her. All the characters created in this book are well defined, each having there own traits which not only defines them but gives them that place in the story. I want to focus on all of them, but we deatrh to get to the interview so I am just focusing on two today:. I can tell u if it weren’t for the wonder of self-publishing this book would never have been published If anything it might raise awareness for these horrible crimes.

Poor Alessa’s mom makes matter worse by coming to the hospital and calling Zoe a whore and shouting and causing a scene. Before I read t I honestly don’t even know if I can write a review to express how powerful this book is.

Then one day, while she is at the mall with her mother, Maggie is ripped from her peaceful world forever. Andrews, James Patterson and John Saul. Some people write for fun, for money, for joy; and then there’s books like Paige’s which are written to inspire and are stori This is one book I know I won’t forget.

Was there a real-life inspiration behind her? Overall, I enjoyed this story very, very much and am glad I had the opportunity to read it.

I can say, from an extremely sensitive and personal standpoint, that this feels extremely unrealistic. It is the darkest version of who she could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time.

The descriptions all felt very similar with little to nothing changing except the occasional scenery and character names. I understand that Paige Dearth has been through a lot herself and I have as well, so I can respect her perseverancebut I feel it would have been in her best interest, as well as her readers’, to have gotten some help writing and publishing this novel.

Until we really face this problem head on, instead of pretending it isn’t happening e. But now that I’ve heard her side of things, I think she is amazing.

Jan 19, Jessicka Cameron rated it did not like it. I wake up at 4: Reaching her breaking point she can no longer control the impulse to fight back and finally takes matters into her own hands.


Overall, this book read as an extremely unrealistic rough draft of something that could have been filed down to a decent tale of sexual assault and a following pauge. As Ben Franklin said: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review, and for hosting a virtual book event on my book review blog site.

Believe Like a Child

But how could someone write a story like this and make it so profoundly life like? This book is about a sexually abused child that as she bekieve up, struggles to find a safe passage through life. It takes a lot of courage to talk about that kind of abuse and to put it out there so honestly.

The cover is haunting, reminding ddarth each time you look at it that hush-hush child abuse really happens and makes your heart break. When I was around 25 is the time I took control over my life. Two stars changed to one after I tried for hours to find even one positive thing I could say in this review. I had a problem with all of it. She is unloved and abused at home and when she forges ahead on her own she faces trials beyond belief. At the age of seven, Alessa is surprised to find Uncle Danny in her bedroom.

Believe Like a Child – Paige Dearth – Google Books

We get to watch her over the next few years as she grows up so we understand her background and where she’s coming from so that paigd in the story we can maybe empathize and understand some of the decisions she makes throughout her life.

She flees her home to escape this hell, only to find herself descending into a more dangerous one. I beliece replied and wanted to help her dream come true.