wow. I really didn't know what to expect with this book. But by God i enjoyed it. I have had this on my kindle for quite a while, and have finally gotten around to reading it, when my mother in law told me she has just read it and really enjoyed it.
I have to say since reading it, I have been and bought two more books by this author.
It was a very quick and easy to follow story line. Despite the story line being about abuse, once you get past this, is fantastic to see how life can change, when you get the courage to change things.
How one person can make a difference in someone else s life.
Once I started this book, I really wanted to keep going, and for me I read it over 2 days, I really wanted to keep going, one of those books, that you get really annoyed when real life think's it should take over.
An emotional but gripping read. How kid's are forced to grow up before their time, but proof on how when you are so headstrong you can come out the other end. Emma's ways might not be the right way of dealing with things, but it work's for her, and I think it helped make the story more believable. We all like to think thing's like this don't go on in real life, but you only have to watch the new's daily to know how real it is.
Emma was unloved from the moment she was born. Her earliest memory is being severely beaten by her father, Pepper Murphy, when she was just eight-years-old. Seething with resentment over the sacrifice of his dreams for a woman he cares little about and children he never wanted, Pepper chooses to blame his older daughter. Her mother, Valerie, makes matters worse with her verbal abuse, leaving Emma isolated with a man that had no boundaries in punishing his daughter, taking his abuse to unimaginable levels.
Emma’s father’s coldblooded beatings and the ultimate abuse to which he subjects her, lays the foundation of the person she becomes. As she matures into a resourceful teenager, she is unwilling and unable to stifle her desire for revenge. Reaching her breaking point she can no longer control the impulse to fight back and finally takes matters into her own hands.
Having learned the art of hatred from her father and the mastery of manipulation from her mother, young Emma now sets out to make a better life for herself, leaving the memory of the abused child she had once been behind her. Hardened by the heartless brutality she encounters and the dangerous situations she must overcome in the course of her journey, she faces every challenge that comes her way in her quest for a normal life for herself and for those she loves.
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.
SOME DIRT ON PAIGE:
Born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, a small town west of Philadelphia, Paige Dearth was a victim of child rape and spent her early years yearning for a better life. 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. After two years of marriage during which she struggled to make ends meet, she became pregnant, only to discover that her husband was a heroin addict. Paige waited for the birth of her daughter and when the baby was just eight months old, moved back to Pennsylvania. With no formal education or money to fall back on, she courageously set out to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and make it whole once more.
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. BELIEVE LIKE A CHILD, the author's debut offering, is the darkest version of who she could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time.
WHEN SMILES FADE Paige's second novel is a tale of endurance, perseverance, courage and the overwhelming desire of one child to fight back.
Paige's novels always present a fine balance between what lives on in her imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.