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Monday, 12 January 2015

Believe Like a Child by Paige Dearth

Believe Like a ChildBelieve Like a Child by Paige Dearth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At the start of this book quite a few chapters in, I was finding this really hard going. I knew there was abuse in this, its quite graphic and not easy to read. I even said to a couple of my book buddies at times it was a struggle. I considered putting it down.

Then I thought.......the author is doing her job well because I am 'feeling' things, so I carried on. I am glad I stayed with this book because here is a very little girl Alessa being abused by her uncle. Her Mother took him in because he paid his way. You could tell she knew exactly what was going on even before Alessa grew old enough to understand what was happening to her and she told her Mother. Her Mother's reaction was terrible towards her daughter.

When I actually got up to the place where Alessa finds a good friend and the Mother of that friend is so sweet and kind to Alessa not even having the knowledge of what was going on with Alessa behind closed doors, I felt the story taking a better turn. However, not all was plain sailing. Things happened to her friend, tragic things happened to change the friends Mother.

Going on a bit down the line, there was a homeless shelter mentioned. I couldn't get my head around the smoothness of it all. It just all turned too nice too quickly.

Even come across another potential friend/her brother/safety and refuge. That is why for me it has the rate of 3 stars. Yes I know its fiction, but it also has to be real to life or it becomes fairytale like.

In my humble opinion if certain tweaks were done in this book it would have rated a 4 star from me.

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.

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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 more twisted, until the abuse has become almost a daily ritual, with the unspoken involvement of the girl’s mother. 

At the age of sixteen, after the death of her only friend, Alessa finds herself at the mercy of her real-life monster, with no relief in sight. She flees her home to escape this hell, only to find herself descending into a more dangerous one. Alone and helpless in the streets of North Philadelphia, she encounters more human predators who want to take over her life and devour her. About to hit rock bottom, Alessa manages to break away from her new tormentors and finds refuge in a shelter for homeless and abused women. 

Wherever she goes, however, trouble keeps seeking her out, until she meets three people who change the course of her life forever. Though Alessa’s bittersweet journey is perpetually fraught with challenges, she does, nevertheless, manage to find fleeting moments of joy along the way. But as she begins to settle down, a ghost from the past comes to haunt her again, threatening to destroy the very foundation of her small world and plunging her back into an abyss of despair, until she makes her final bid for escape.

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