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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A few of my favorite authors are: I have read some nelieve reviews about how dark this book is. The nature of the story I was very unsure about, normally I would not read something along this line.

Paige Dearth was a victim of child abuse. To write this book, I often sat quietly and let my mind wander to all of the children who are taken every day. The beginning of my debut novel, Believe Like A Child, is based on truth, but the majority of the story is fiction.

The subject matter of deatrh book is very important and will always demand to be addressed, there’s no doubting that. A random act of kindness in and of itself. I’m sure they were written this way to highlight what kind of hell children as well as adults face in these situations.

Believe Like a Child

The writing so shocking and intimate that even if it had been paigd tied down by grammatical errors and sloppy structure; it would have gone by completely unnoticed. View all 3 comments. However, I do not feel as if this book did that very well. 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.


If you are being abused or you know someone who is, you must tell someone that can help.

These are the children of the streets, who have learned pain and suffering before they paie had a chance to experience life. The important thing is to focus on all the people who love your work. I am moving on to her other book in the hopes that it will be more impressive.

You will not be able to put this book done. My writing space is quiet, no music or noise and I just let the words flow from my imagination to the keyboard. Then you get a glimpse of her living a happy normal life only to be thrown right back into hell.

But you have to know to write the story! Her Mother’s reaction was terrible beliebe her daughter. Beliwve made everything else insignificant.

Believe Like a Child by Paige Dearth

As far as Debut books are concerned, this has got to be one of the very best. I know most people will hate me for saying she didn’t invest herself in this story. At age seven, she b Believe Like a Child is a roller coaster ride of xearth, 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.

I did read the entire book, as I felt like I was so far in I needed to know how thing turned out. 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 using very vulgar language and crude descriptions. An Interview with Paige. I feel the real horrors of life are far scarier than any paranormal type horror that I could contrive.


I am thrilled you loved Born Mobster.

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But how could someone write a story like this and make it so profoundly life like? Before I read this book, I thought of people differently. Paige has written several novels, all dealing with important issues. Alone and helpless in the streets of North Philadelphia, she encounters more human predators who want to take over her life and devour her. As for the end, I won’t give it chil but what would someone who has survived all that Alessa has do when all hope is taken away? I get satisfaction from creating new recipes through trial and error.

I always know the beginning and end of the novel I will write. I thought, particularly toward the end of the book that the characters said some of the silliest things and I really didn’t need the author to be walking me through luke obvious explanations or thought processes the characters were having.

This is what it is to be in the life the characters in this book find themselves in. So, albeit in a small way, I decided to review this book and promote it as best I could here on the blog.

Once Born Mobster is off to my editor I am already brainstorming with myself about my next book, it is going to be about a young homeless girl on the streets of Philadelphia.