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Hope in Patience

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  132 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Ashley Asher has spent half of her life living in fear. Her stepfather sexually abused her for years, but her mother didn't believe her. After Child Protective Services finally removes Ashley from their home, she goes to live with the father she barely remembers. Her new life in Patience, Texas, is much better. She's in therapy to deal with Post Traumatic ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by West Side Books
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Nov 30, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Heather, Hallie
In a Sentence: Hope in Patience is a poignant, heartbreaking story of a teenage girl on the long road to recovery after years of abuse.

My Thoughts

Thanks to the author for providing a review copy!

Hope in Patience is up there with Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and Willow by Julia Hoban as some of the most moving YA books that deal with abusive situations. This is one of those books that, when you finish reading it, you wish you could give a copy to every girl who's ever been abused.

I thought
Sally Kruger
The message in HOPE IN PATIENCE is extremely powerful. I experienced almost overwhelming anger at times while reading this intense book. It frequently reminded me of another disturbing book about abuse, A CHILD CALLED IT by Dave Pelzer.

Ashley is a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather. She is now living with her father and stepmother and through therapy, trying to move on and make a new life for herself. The abuse was terrible, but even worse is the fact that her mother stands be
Robin Reich
Feb 23, 2016 Robin Reich rated it it was amazing
Do you know of anyone who is a victim of abuse? Nobody asks for it or deserves it. Take the time to read Ashley’s story. Find out how she finds life worth living and that there are people who care. This is a heartfelt story of a 15 year old girl who is trying to adjust to a new life, heal herself and to move forward with her life.

This story will catch your attention from the first chapter. You will want to cry with Ashley at all that happens to her and you will want to cheer her on as she tries
The BookWhisperer
Nov 12, 2010 The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing
Hope in Patience is a brutally honest story about one young girl survival from a life of abuse. This story was truely an eye opening experience for me. While my career has allowed me knowledge about tragic crimes. I was not aware of the struggle to survive after such a crime. Ashley Asher is the main character that has experience a life of sexual abuse at the hand of her step father Charlie. Ashley is a very strong child, but it is amazing to see the loyalty that this child holds for her mother ...more
Ms. Mulhern Gross
Dec 10, 2010 Ms. Mulhern Gross rated it liked it
Hope in Patience is the sequel to her gut-wrenching Courage in Patience (click to read my review). The Patience Books are the story of fifteen-year-old Ashley Nicole Asher, who is sexually, emotionally, and physically abused by her stepfather. Ashley’s story in Hope in Patience follows Ashley as she continues her rocky road to recovery. Like many 15-year olds, she wonders what it would be like to have a boyfriend, to live a normal life, and run better during cross-country season. She also faces ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Hope in Patience is a very powerful and emotional story of surviving molestation and abuse. I devoured it and even though it was not an easy read (meaning it deals with sensitive issues) it is one that I would recommend.
The main character Ashley is portrayed in a very believable light. I appreciate how Beth (the author) did not make her problems magically disappear, but really showed her process to accepting what happened to her, learning how to deal with it and the resulting emotions, and ho
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
What a great read. I absolutely loved this emotional and realistic depiction of a young woman who is battling with the life after abuse. I love to see her battle with being strong, but still feeling intense moments of weakness. And what a true story of how females are deeply affected by actions that ocurr in their younger years.

Knowing that the author had personal experience with abuse, I knew going in that this would feel like a real life story of a girl dealing with abuse. But I was amazed at
Jan 01, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
A well-written account of a sensitive topic, Hope in Patience kept my attention from the very first page on through to the end. If I didn’t have children to care for and other things competing for my attention, I would have read this in one sitting. It was that gripping, that good. Amazingly, this book cracked me up in a couple of spots. It is so refreshing to find a bit of humor in such a serious, potentially disturbing book. While this is told in the first-person voice of Ashley, the sexual ab ...more
Jan 09, 2011 Kyleigh rated it really liked it
I love and hate these kinds of books. They are always such wonderful stories with so much meaning, but they always make me horribly sad. Hope In Patience was no exception. I really liked this book, even though at times it was difficult to keep reading because I became so frustrated with where the story went. I always appreciate authors who take a stance and write about difficult times in life. Not many people are comfortable talking about such ugly issues, much less writing about them. I don’t k ...more
Deborah Takahashi
Mar 29, 2013 Deborah Takahashi rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Ashley Asher grew up feeling empty, alone, unloved, and worthless. In fact, she even wished to die because the agony her stepfather put her through. What readers learn is that Ashely has been molested for years and her own mother didn't do anything to stop it. However, when Ashley speaks up, Child Protective Services is notified and she in her biological father's custody. Although Ashely doesn't know her father, she slowly re-builds her life by seeking help from a therapist, making friends, and ...more
Nov 09, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-own, blog
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Hope in Patience by Beth Fehlbaum was not an easy book to read, but it was definitely powerful. It's about Ashley, who spent the years from 9-15 suffering sexual abuse from her stepfather and neglect from her mother. After a particularly horrific night, she moves to Patience, Texas to life with the father she's never known and his family.

One of the things I most appreciated about this book is that Ashley isn't magically fixed b
Dec 13, 2011 Cat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library264
Title: Hope in Patience
Author: Beth, Fehlbaum
Year: 2010
Publisher: WestSide Books
ISBN: 978-1-934813-41-6
Reader’s Annotation
Ashley Nicole Asher a 15 years old girl has experienced repeated sexual abuse by her step-father.
Plot Summary
Ashley Nicole Asher is 15 years old, was abused since age nine by her step-father. Due to the disclosure of this abuse she is moved to her father’s home who she has never seen other than when she was a baby. Now she is safe or is she? Even though she has all of th
Oct 25, 2010 Lawral rated it it was amazing
This is a harsh story, and my heart broke for Ashley over and over again while I was reading it. It is not a book that will be immediately accessible to a wide audience. It is a book that shows how one young woman is able to overcome years of sexual and emotional abuse with the help of some solid family and friends, and as such, it it has the power to provide exactly what the title suggests, hope, if it gets into the right hands.

Ashley's abuse at the hands of her step-father is definitely a foca
Newport Librarians
Oct 13, 2011 Newport Librarians rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ms-becky, ya-fiction
WOW! I learned quite a bit about persons dealing with abuse: the ways the turn it in on themselves, things they let go; including some we should all practice letting go, they way they compartmentalize. I think the last surprised me the most. After years of abuse by a stepfather, she was still able to trust and love her father even letting him hug and console her and she was interested in attempting a relationship with a boy her own age. She was open with peers about her situation too and though ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Emily rated it did not like it
Three pages in and I had to stop because of the disgusting treatment of suicidal ideation and self-injury. Such detrimental language is so damaging for people seeking help or other young adults who read these books to know that we are not alone. These are coping mechanisms (albeit maladaptive) that deserve proper, respected treatment and people should not be shamed for how they cope with abuse and other harsh realities.
May 03, 2013 Kcatty rated it really liked it
Shelves: r-done, e-f
So. I re-read this book.
The writing drove me crazy till about halfway through. It's definitely stylistic, but stylistic writing gets on my nerves like crazy. It makes it that much harder to read - either because it's purposefully simple or purposefully wacky.
The characters I liked, although some of them were...over the top. Well, rural Texas - whadaya know.
I like how the author did abuse and recovery. I won't go into it, because that's a talk for another day, was good. It was more accur
Lisa Gibson
Dec 21, 2010 Lisa Gibson rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this book. It's ranks right up there with Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I will say that Ms. Fehlbaum's book is more about Ashley's survival than her coming to terms with the fact that she has been sexually abused by her stepfather.

Ashley is trying to move forward in life and realize that she is worthy of the love that her father and stepmother are giving her. She has to overcome the fact that her mother will never be the person she wants her to be. Ashl
Jan 17, 2011 Ricki rated it really liked it
This is the kind of book you have to read twenty pages at a time because it is so intense. Ashley goes to live with her father (who she's never known) and step-mother at age fifteen because her step-father has been sexually molesting her. She has to go through intense therapy and is very lost because her mother and grandparents profess that she is lying. This book is very well-written, but, at times, it felt like a teacher was writing it (which is in fact, true), because there were many explicit ...more
Karen DelleCava
Apr 12, 2013 Karen DelleCava rated it it was amazing
Hope in Patience is a riveting novel of Ashley Asher who rises from the ashes of her tormented existence; sexual abuse at the hand of her stepfather. I immediately became immersed in Ashley’s fragile state of mind. I sympathized with heart wrenching journey as she learned to trust again (not an easy task when her own mother accuses her of having an affair with the stepfather). And I cried when she truly experiences love for the first time in her life. With the help of her brilliant therapist, lo ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it
**Major trigger warning**

This book is about surviving childhood abuse, both physical and sexual. It is the second book in a series, but I did not read the first and I didn't think I missed anything. I thought the touchy topics were handled well, but the rest of the story fell a little flat for me.

Difficult to read, but I found it to be one of those important reads. I would keep the title in mind for recommendations for specific people.

Final Grade: B

I received this book for free, but all opinions
Christina Rogne
Mar 15, 2011 Christina Rogne rated it really liked it
It all started as a recommendation from my teacher and it turned into much more for me. I really enjoyed this book and just minutes ago I checked out the other book in this two part series. I'm hoping this book will be just as great and I hope I'll love it just as much as "Hope In Patience." The ending of the book was by far my favorite part. Everything fit together and it was so amazing. I recommend this book to people who are intersested in reading these types of books.
Martha Schwalbe
Jul 17, 2011 Martha Schwalbe rated it liked it
Ashley's abuse is revealed in pieces throughout the text so it's not too hard to take. The desire to cling to her mother resonates with me as I think it will with many teen girls. She finds love and support with her father and step-mother, a nice contradiction to the culture in which we live. The story is broken into different scenes because she separates the past and present. This might pose some difficulty for reluctant readers.
Jul 18, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
This book has a lot of potential, I could definitely see that. The main character grew to accept those around her, and she definitely began to overcome what had happened to her. I liked the other characters, Bev and K.C. especially.

It just wasn't really my cup of tea, to be quite honest. I skimmed a lot of it, and was still able to pick up a lot of what I needed to know.
Jenna Chanley
Nov 18, 2011 Jenna Chanley rated it really liked it
This book is so sad! I liked this book because it shows how hard some people's lives can be. The girl in this book had a very rough live, and she is trying to overcome her fears from the past. It gives people a realistic outlook on abuse. It makes me grateful that I have the family that I am living with.
Jan 26, 2011 Olivia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I received this book free from Everbind at TCTELA this weekend. Stayed up late at the hotel reading it. Great survivor story for all students, not just girls. I don't like to spoil book endings. It has an allusion to Chris Crutcher's "Ironman" which I loved. Energizing and tough. It truly offered Hope.
Nov 13, 2010 Lizzie rated it it was amazing
This was a such a gorgeous, tough, touching, amazing story. I could hardly put it down! Beth does a wonderful job of getting in the trouble teen's mind and belts out a story that could and should be a beacon for at-risk teens everywhere. Highly recommend it!
Joan  2
Mar 04, 2011 Joan 2 rated it liked it
I read this because the title so intrigued me. Young Hope moves to Patience, Texas. It is the story of how Hope is struggling to heal after being sexually abused by her step-father and abandoned by her mother. A tough subject, not my usual fare.
Feb 16, 2011 Sarita rated it really liked it
Whoops, read the second one first. But that didn't lessen the message, or the exquisite craftsmanship of this book, testament to the author's skill. And now that I have discovered there is a first one, I am considering reading it as well.
Feb 12, 2011 Sunshine rated it it was amazing
This book was heart-wrenching and heartwarming at the same time. I could not put it down. I read it in 1 day. I was rooting for Ashley all the way, and silently cursing her mother under my breath.
Dec 07, 2010 Nance rated it it was ok
The family dynamics are interesting. Ashley is learning to become comfortable with herself and adjusting. Rather than simply a story of abuse; a story of moving on. The voice is good.
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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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