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Courage in Patience

Courage to endure.

Courage to survive.

Courage to overcome.

Tenacious 14-year-old Ashley Asher claws her way back to normalcy after enduring six years of an unimaginable Hell. Uprooted from her negligent and selfish mother, Ashley finds solace in the safety of her father's home. Building a relationship with her stepmother, she's finally able to open up and
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Paperback, Revised First, 264 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Steady On Books (first published September 1st 2008)
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Beatrice Rivers
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Ashley has had an awful life. She has been abused by her stepfather and hasn't seen her birth father since she was three months old.

When I started to read this book, I immediately began to feel sorry for Ashley, and I hated Charlie since almost the beginning. As the story progressed, I also started to hate Ashley's mother, as she didn't, or even want to, help her daughter in any way. If she knew what Charlie had bee
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Carol
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting story but the characters are very one-dimensional.
Nihlaeth
I find it hard to rate this book. The beginning was so strong, and some aspects of it were strong throughout the entire book. But it fell short in a lot of areas too.

First of all, the depiction of mental health issues stemming from childhood abuse was amazing. The dissociation was really well done, but also the clash between what you know rationally, and what your gaslighting abuser made you believe. That rang true to me. From the author note, we know this is from experience, but even with that
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Fizzy
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Talk about a hard book to review. As I sit at the keyboard I'm still trying to gather my facts. So let's start with the facts. This book was so well written. The characters, for the most part, were well developed. Even the ones that pulled from established stereotypes (Step-Dad comes to mind, and to some degree Mom as well) were pretty well developed as individuals. Ashley was so multi-layered and believable. So many times it's hard to find a character with her story that is written so believabl ...more
LG
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I know that since this book is about sexual abuse and was written by someone who is out as a survivor, that we aren't supposed to criticize it. The almost total lack of one or two star reviews for a book with such obvious faults made that pretty clear. But I have enough respect for the author to be honest about my opinion of this book.

The author was trying to do something very admirable, write about the healing process from sexual abuse and tie in her personal experiences. It took guts and I a
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Brooke
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I would give this book a 2.5/3. The topics are important, but I feel the author tried to tackle way too much in this one. The book featured voices from multiple characters but they switched mid-chapter and at points it was really hard to keep up with who was actually "talking". There were some really strong points, but ultimately I think it could use some more character development.

That said, I will give the second book in the series a chance, perhaps more will be unraveled in the next book.
Dana Busenbark
This is the first book of a young adult trilogy. We meet Ashley Asher right off the bat and find out what happened to her before she was even 15 years of age. We find out on the first page where the Patience Trilogy comes from and what Patience means in this case. This book seems to have a number of various topics that it covers from innocuous subjects such as High School, Track and Field, and the great state of Texas to covering things that may cause triggers for people that have experienced pr ...more
Angie
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was ok


Not having heard of this series before I started with the first book in the series Courage in Patience therefore that is the book I am reviewing. I found the book considerably different than any other young adult books that I read before. Some people say young adult fiction is 12-20 years old, others say it is 15-20 years old, but this is a dark and troubling book and as an adult in my forties I found more parts than not difficult to read. Therefore, I think this book is appropriate for mature o
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Tonja Drecker
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a YA contemporary with bite, which reels in with a range of emotions and refuses to let go long after the last page is read.

Ashley has been mistreated sexually, mentally, and psychologically by her step-father since she was six years old while her mother sat by and ignored it all. Now, she's fifteen and dealing with the wounds alone until a best friend finally draws her out. Ashley moves to a small town in Texas and starts a new life with her real father.

This is a gut-wrenching story, wh
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Mel
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I read through this book in two days, I could not put it down. This book is the story of a young girl/teenager who was abused by her stepfather and what happens when she moves in with her biological father and family. It covers lots of other topics from racism, homosexuality, abuse, the aftermath of what happens to a person after they have suffered abuse (mental health).....this book was one that touched home and I think it would be helpful to anyone who has suffered through abuse, discriminatio ...more
Jessica Rickert
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolute heart wrenching book that hit close to home. I recently had the same thing happen to my two daughters as Ashley went through. I could not imagine ever feeling as abandoned as Ashley has. This is an absolute must read but have plenty of tissue on hand.

I won this book for free in the Good reads giveaways.
John Clark
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Terrific book, not only in how it carries the reader along as Ashley starts a long, painful, but important journey toward emotional health and self-love, but in how so many memorable characters are part of her trip. This is a very worthwhile story for libraries of all types to have where serving teens with major life issues is important.
Tina Layner
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting book and I think if you start reading it, you will see what I mean.
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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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