Okay, guys, I am taking a little detour on the dark side with this next book called Believe Like A Child. I normally don't read a true story or in this case a partial true story but I was compelled to read this heartbreaking story. I had talked about it so much that my best friend read it after I did and we compared notes and here is what we thought about this wonderfully written book by Paige Dearth.
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. 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 frought 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.
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.
Believe Like A Child is available at Amazon.com
Connect with Paige Dearth:
E-mail Paige at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paige Dearth has agreed to offer the winner one of her books as part of my Leaping Lizards Prize Package that starts on February 23, 2012. Good Luck!
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. Mary Bearden and her cranky camera took the photo used in this review.