When Smiles Fade by Paige Dearth Book Review

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Book Summary: Emma was unloved from the moment she was born. Her earliest memory is being severely beaten by her father, Pepper Murphy, when she was 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 oldest 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. 

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About the Author

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.

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My thoughts: When I received the email for this book tour I was super excited as I have had Paige's first book on my to-be-read list on Goodreads for awhile and was just waiting for a time to slip it in between reviews. I knew this would be a very emotional read but I thought I was ready for it. Paige has a way of roping you into the story from the get go. This book was written in a third person point of view. It jumps around to different people and can be choppy but once you realize that it isn't hard to follow and you get used to Paige's writing. It really helps get to know all the characters in the book. 

Be prepared for an emotional ride, this book will take you through a really hard topic that a lot of people don't go into depth with. You will be faced with anger over how someone can physically harm someone, or even how someone can stand by and watch it (the girls mom just walked away and turned a blind eye), you will be also in tears for the girls as they face the most horrific events that seem to follow them around during their life. There were times I was crying with the girls and other times I was shouting at the bad people, I was hoping and praying for them to be left alone and make it out alive. I just couldn't put this book down, through anger and tears I made it to the end and can't wait to read more from Paige. 

If someone was to ask if this book affected my life or way of thinking, I would have to say yes, it really made me stop and think about the horrible creatures that walk among us. I found myself watching people while out with my children at a family water park the other day, wondering who these people really are. I remember my mom always saying "behind closed doors you really don't know what goes on" and it really is true. 
I give this book 5 out of 5 Stars.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn on behalf of Making Connections Blog Tour. I received a copy of this book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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