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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As Ben Franklin said: These stories merely skim the surface of what might be happening to a child. Alessa finally came to understand the true meaning of love and knew that the hell of a life she had had was finally over. This one is just not for me. I can tell u if it weren’t for the wonder of self-publishing this book would never have been published This is what it is I thought this book was a bit better written than her other book, even though this one was the first one.

At night he begins to psychologically manipulate and rape her, which continues for years unchecked.

It was extremely inconsistent and it made me feel that I couldn’t get a good grasp on Alessa’s personality. In Lucy she finds unconditional famy love. Before the others could rape her, Tasha’s brother shows up with a gun and his gang and they rescue Alessa. Once she was registered in school under her own name, wouldn’t someone from her old school know she had been missing? 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I would be less than honest if I didn’t mention them. 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.


Finally a person emerges from within that guides her toward a better life until she learns of a secret that sets her on the path of ultimate redemption.

Paige Dearth – Writing Real Life Horror

I will review soon. At age seven, she b Believe Like a Child is a pauge coaster ride of emotions, hurt, pain, anger, hope, love, and trust all wrapped up into a neat little bundle that will open your eyes to something that actually happens every single day all around the world.

It is very graphic in parts but I honestly believe it has to be to make it what it is. Though she does have an MBA, Paige didn’t feel fulfilled until writing this first novel at the age of There was no one she could turn to, even after she told her mother of the abuse. Pull up a beach chair and stick your toes in the sand as the Jersey surf rolls in and out, now open your book and let your imagination take you away. I had a terrible foreboding the whole way through that it wasn’t going to end well.

It was a long, tiring road, but I was determined to set an example for my daughter and earn a living that would afford her opportunities. I’ve been blessed where I have never had to live on the streets and even I can figure out that this was a trap Refresh and try again. My first marriage ended when my husband became a heroin addict shortly after my daughter was born.

But little Lucy can’t go see her in the hospital bc it would be too traumatic This is something I can’t agree with and she kept on being victimized from every angle.

By specifically stating what happens, Dearth is plainly laying out the facts and forcing us to deal with the gravity of the situation.

Nov 02, Cassi rated it it was amazing.

Believe Like a Child – Paige Dearth – Google Books

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. Its filled with many emotions: Oh and this had all the drama that you can think of. An Arc was provided through NetGalley. Reaching her breaking point she can no longer control the impulse to fight back and finally takes matters into her own hands.


She is forbidden to chld go to Zoe’s house again. You will shed tears of joy, grief, rage and horror. Alone and helpless in the streets of North Philadelphia, she encounters more human predators who want to take over her life and devour her. Could have been good if someone had edited it down and taken out some of the unnecessary parts. First off I should warn you that this book will not be for everyone.

But within a few months of staying there, her uncle raped Alessa, and the sexual abuse believs for ten years. My writing space is quiet, no music or noise and I just let the words flow from my imagination to the keyboard.

The writing so shocking and intimate that even if it had been elementary; tied down by grammatical errors and sloppy structure; it would have gone by completely unnoticed.

Although she does nothing to deserve it, Alessa is beaten by her mother with a wooden spoon. Lists with This Book. Oh let me add, the ending was superb and something that was so unexpected! Finally Alesssa finds light at the end of the dark Tunnel she meets Remo, chjld love and yearns to help others and help them from their depths of despair.

In the past three years I have been reading several Indie authors and have enjoyed many good stories.