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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Believe Like a Child

When I was 21 my real beelieve Ebby a character in Believe Like A Child after hearing several of my childhood stories told me that someday I should write a book. Mar 29, Denise MacDonald rated it liked it. There was a lot of graphic rape scenes so those who can’t read that type of thing, this book probably isn’t for you. My hope is that awareness through fiction will create prevention.

The social worker found them a place to stay and got her set up with a therapist who helped Alessa heal, both emotionally and physically. I commend her for that. Uncle Danny flawlessly took the place of grandma in Alessa’s world.

Paige Dearth – Writing Real Life Horror

The story itself ok chidl plausible but not the best Bullied by his classmates and tormented by his father, Tony was alone and hopeless, an outcast among his peers. Kidnapped and forced into human sex trafficking, Maggie has only one way out.

I guess I understand where the author was trying to go with it but it really just failed.

It was not always easy to read but it is worth it. As far as Debut books are concerned, this has got to be one of the very best. This hauntingly powerful story is told in a straight forward, graphic and realistic way that cjild the reader’s full spectrum of emotions. I want to focus on all of them, but we have chi,d get to the interview so I am just focusing on two today:. I know children are abandoned but wouldn’t someone be looking for her?


Paige Dearth – Jessica’s Reading Room

The novel’s main character, Alessa, has the most heart likr story and I was drawn right into it. I wake up at 4: Cooking is one of my passions. The beginning is very powerful.

Once I did, it felt very empty. Jan 09, Sharon L rated it did not like it. It is not that easy and would never have gone that smoothly. This is one book I know I won’t forget. There are lessons of pauge that could be learned from reading my novel s. Remember that when you write, the important thing is to focus on keeping readers engaged in your story. And I got irritated with Alessa throughout the story bc I felt that as someone who was supposed to have b The writing is incredibly amateur, I felt like I was reading a story written by a fourteen year old trying to be edgy by chid very vulgar language and crude descriptions.

I would love to know what year this is supposed to be set in. Years after Maggie is abducted, a strange man approaches her with a dangerous proposition and she risks everything to break free of the network of unsavory characters that control her. Going on a bit down the line, there was a homeless shelter mentioned. To escape the unwanted attentions of her molester, a pedophile uncle who lived with the family, she married at the age of nineteen and moved with her new husband to Chula Vista, California.

The experience is spelled out. Do not ignore their cries for help, for all they wish is that you will rescue them. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Not even she can know how far she will go to get even with the people who ruined her life.


I wanted to create a heroin in Maggie that would be strong and loved. I always know the beginning and end of the novel I will write. I get satisfaction from creating new recipes through trial and error. So when grandma passes away; when Alessa is six, she is devastated.

Paige Dearth – Writing Real Life Horror – Suzanne Jenkins

Alessa’s strength and resilience is encouraging and you can’t help but root for her chi,d over come everything thrown her way. But upon reading the first few lines Believe like a Child is a haunting part Fiction part true story of Alessa, a seven year old likw who is sexually abused by her uncle as a child, abused for ten years of her youthful life this not only defines Alessa, but also makes her grow in more ways than one. She writes real-life horror and refers to her work as: More needs to be done to help innocent children from these kind of things and stronger punishments need to be upheld.

I am thrilled deartu loved Born Mobster. Once you are in that place, only then can you take the journey with the characters. I write my stories without worrying about fine tuning the manuscript.

The story is an impressive tale that covers a topic most people shy from. It is harsh, it is assaulting to the senses and it is real.

Tasha’s brother then killed the boy and then cut the other boy’s penis off then poured kerosene over him and set him on fire! As I got further along, I really struggled to continue.