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Courage in Patience (The Patience Trilogy #1)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  126 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
After six years of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse from her stepfather, 14-year-old Ashley finally finds the courage to reveal the painful details of her experiences with her mother, who refuses to acknowledge the problem and turns her back on her daughter. After confiding in her teacher—the only adult whom Ashley can trust—she is removed from her home and sent to li ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Kunati Inc.
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Paula  Phillips
Jun 27, 2016 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off , this is an edgy YA read that features sexual, mental and physical abuse as well as racism. When I first opened up , I had a feeling from the first page that it was going to be a heavy and emotional driven read but I didn't realise just how much it would be. In the first few pages we meet Ashley who is fourteen and lives with her mum and stepdad Charlie. It comes across in the first chapter that she is being abused , but during the first part of the book - you do wonder whether she is ...more
Sep 13, 2008 Dave rated it it was amazing
I approach issue-oriented fiction with some trepidation. This one, a debut novel by English teacher Beth Fehlbaum, made me re-think my apprehension. Courage in Patience is about some difficult issues, certainly, but it's also about the quite believable characters who have to deal with them. It is those characters, particularly the empathetic protagonist Ashley Asher, who make this book worth reading.

Ashley lives in a small Texas town with her mother and step-father, but life is not at all cozy i
Sep 06, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it
Ashley Asher has been sexually abused by her stepfather since she was nine years old. When Ashley finally finds the courage to expose her abuser, her mother turns her back on Ashley and insists that Ashley is lying. The only person that takes Ashley’s claims seriously is her high school English teacher, who in turns gets Ashley the help she needs.

Ashley moves to Patience, Texas to live with her biological father, his wife and his adopted son. It isn’t surprising however that Ashley has a hard ti
Jul 21, 2008 Patty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspiration
A wonderful book for anyone who's ever suffered from child abuse or known someone who has. Follow Ashley in her lonely world as she suffers at the hands of a step-father and a mother who chooses to look the other way for selfish reasons. You are able to feel the emotion and how she escapes from the pain. Watch the darkness recede as she finally finds the courage to do something about it and to trust again. Ashley is able to look around her and see others suffering their own abuses while no one n ...more
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Josie's Review 4.5 STARS

Courage in Patience is a touching and captivating story of sexual, physical and mental abuse, child abuse, racism and parental neglect. The subject matter the author touches on felt real and every page was just so emotionally moving. What I liked the most about this book was how these topics are not the center of this book. There was so much more to this story. Courage in Patience’s message is clear, there is no question as to why this author told this story. This a story
Jason Pettus
Aug 19, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

So before anything else, I want to make it clear that I liked this book, and consider it just as good as any other mainstream release when it comes to the building blocks of literature, things like complex characters and believable dialogue. No, it's the premise of the book itself that makes it diffic
LaQuisha Hall
Nov 30, 2013 LaQuisha Hall rated it really liked it
I finished. December 31st. The last day of 2010. My review as a general reader: EXCELLENT. My review as a survivor of sexual abuse: Nerve wrecking...

I chatted with the author of this book, Beth Fehlbaum, about a year ago via the comments section on her blog. We did not discuss the details of our experiences as survivors--just that we did survive. However, while reading this book, I felt as if she stepped into my life and recorded the exact relationship between my mother and I and the abuser. The
J. Goodman
Sep 09, 2008 J. Goodman rated it it was amazing
This is a heart-wrenching, yet compelling tale of sexual abuse, child abuse, racism and even religious dogma taken to the extreme. The story takes place in small-town Texas, but could really happen anywhere.

Yes, the subject matter is heavy and at times infuriating (I couldn’t help but be angry as I read about the horrific conditions and environment the protagonist was subjected to), but this is really a story of hope.

No child should have to endure such pain and sorrow, but this book shows us t
Jan 20, 2009 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
A brave and scary story exceedingly well told. Choice of detail is Maupassantian. Here is one line that tells so much about a town in East Texas:
"It was one of those book stores that put books about Catholicism and Buddhism in the 'cult' section."
I haven't finished reading this book, but I will.
Jun 19, 2017 Donna rated it it was amazing
Perfect writing of an extremely difficult storyline. This book was so realistic, I was amazed. This is something I've survived myself and the main character's need to hide or to dissolve was spot on. I recommend this book to any woman who is a survivor of childhood molestation; AND to any absentee father whose pride, self-disappointment, or embarrassment prevents him from pursuing a relationship with his child. Absentee dad's need to realize that their presence in their child's life may be the o ...more
Jas Harvelle
Jun 25, 2017 Jas Harvelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to what's next

While I am looking ahead to see what book 2 has in store for the reader, I have to admit, the one question I have is what happened to the puppy? It's like you know what is going to happen with Ashley, but all I cared about was the puppy.
I'm also glad the "Ashley Asher" thing was explained because I was like, "....really? "
Danielle Coleman

Her mother is awful! I've never hated a character more than her and that monster Charlie. Absolutely hope he gets his just desserts in this series and she can be happy again.
Jun 20, 2017 Krista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful and emotional journey

This is a hard read and may be a trigger for some. But what an incredible story of heartbreak, strength and courage.
Sep 17, 2008 Zinta rated it it was amazing
It is apparent author Beth Fehlbaum knows her subject matter - sexual and emotional abuse - beyond study in a textbook (her bio at end of the book confirms this). I applaud her, and applaud her again, for her own courage in tackling such a difficult and painful topic. But it must be tackled. It must. Because abuse such as this is a constant in our society, and it is becoming ever more prevalent. Blame the Internet with all that it makes so readily available (and I am referring to adults here, fa ...more
Sep 02, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing
Since she was only nine years old, Ashley Asher has been sexually abused by her stepfather Charlie. Not knowing what to do about it and ashamed she’s somehow responsible, Ash keeps this a secret until she can finally no longer keep it in, six years later. However, when Ash finally confronts her mom with the details of how her husband hurt her, her mother denies it, not willing to believe the man she loves could do such a horrible thing. The only people who offer any type of support are her best ...more
Rae Sontheyon
Jun 21, 2016 Rae Sontheyon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking But Honest. . .

This novel is truly raw, brutal, but real in helping readers understand abuse and the healing process. The author writes from the heart and gives realism to her character's situation. Reading this novel has enlightened me in so many ways.

Night after night, day after day fourteen year old Ashley Asher is frightened by her secret. Her home is not a safe place. No matter how many times Ashley tries to tell her mom that she is being abused and molested by her stepfather,
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Through Ashley, the main character of Courage in Patience, Beth weaves a heartbreaking, powerful tale. I think that it can give hope to those who have suffered abuse, or it can give a first look at those who have not, but may have someone in their life who can.

There are really dynamic characters in this book besides Ashley herself. One of my favorites is Bev, her stepmother. She has so much wisdom, patience, and individuality. I wish that a mold of her could be made. Ashley's biological father,
Nov 09, 2009 Storm added it
This book was reccomanded by my english teacher, he explained what the story was about and the major issuse it dealt with; sexual abuse. These types of stories really catch my intrest and the title alone made me want to devour the pages. The beginning was filled with heart ache,emotions,and pain I've never read before. The main charcter, Ashley Asher was such a lost and helpless little girl who was stunted in emotional growth from the years of sexual abuse she encountered from her step-father Ch ...more
Feb 20, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing
I'm not even sure about where to begin about this book. It was wonderful, marvelous, excellent, outstanding, plus any more of these kinds of words you can think of. I've never read a book quite like this one: it explores many ideas, with the abuse being the major part of it, and the racism close behind it. When I was reading the back of the book when I received it, I was wondered whether this book would be any good, because it deals with all those areas that are listed. It turned out wonderfully ...more
Oct 27, 2008 mari rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
As the title implies, this book is about courage. The courage to be yourself, to love your self and others, to fight for what is right and the courage to survive.

Ashley Asher survives one of the most horrible things that could ever happen to a young girl, sexual abuse by her stepfather. When her mother chooses to believe him and stay with him, Ash goes to live with her father whom she has never met. She visits with a counselor and enrolls in her stepmother's summer school english class where she
Sep 24, 2016 Caprice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gritty Read

This is one of the best books I've read about recovery from sexual abuse. It is very graphic and at times hard to read, but it is so real. Ashley's story made me cry at times, especially when her mother refused to believe the abuse was happening and told Ashley it was her fault. Instead of protecting her daughter, Ashley's mom was more interested in taking her husband's side.

Even though Mrs. C had a very small part in the story, I really admired her for making sure that Ashley's stor
Ciera Bennefield
Mar 10, 2012 Ciera Bennefield rated it it was amazing
Courage in Patience is a true-to-life epic story of a sexually, mentally, and emotionally abused girl. Ashley Asher's inner monologue shows the confusion, introversion, fear and anger of anyone that is in an abusive situation.

I usually shy away from abuse stories, however, this one called to me and I'm glad I answered. It's a really good. Somewhat reminiscent of A CHILD CALLED "IT" but one step down in intensity. In fact, it's much like SPEAK. This book, however, could be up there in the leagues
Aug 02, 2011 Leslie rated it it was ok
Fehlbaum's novel would be an excellent choice for teens who have suffered abuse in its treatment of the subject - except much of the book focuses not on Ashley, molested by her stepfather since she was nine, but on a fight against censorship surrounding Chris Crutcher's Ironman, chosen by Ashley's English teacher stepmom. The subplot is an interesting way for Ashley to learn that others suffer in their own ways, but honestly? Just read Crutcher's books themselves.

Billi Jo Moran
Dec 16, 2016 Billi Jo Moran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One Must read , outstanding book!

This book was so amazing. I really connected with the main character. I'm a survivor of sexual abuse from siblings. I've strugled threw life, just like these young characters do in this book. They are a group of teens , who each are struggling to grow into who they want to be. Not what others are trying to force upon them. Just a great book, couldn't walk away from it till it was finished.
Oct 31, 2010 Ashley marked it as to-read
I just read Hope in Patience, which is the sequel to this book and I had no idea it was the sequel! I imagine that there were things I would have understood better in Hope if I had read this first, but I still loved Hope in Patience. I want to pick this one up now. I wish I had known about it sooner!
Melissa Craven
Jun 07, 2016 Melissa Craven rated it really liked it
Shelves: yabc-shelf
4.3 Rating
Ashley’s story is a powerful, gripping tale of survival in the face of abuse
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Sep 30, 2016 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this would be a great read for high schoolers. Very eye opening.
Apr 01, 2016 Josie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moving and powerful read for full review see here -
Jan 20, 2017 Rachel added it
I could not put this down! Such a good read...I really was rooting for Ashley the whole time...I encourage people to read this whole trilogy!
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In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading.

Beth is the author of the forthcoming Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Ho
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Other Books in the Series

The Patience Trilogy (3 books)
  • Hope in Patience
  • Truth in Patience

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