The Patience Trilogy
By Beth Fehlbaum
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Steady On Books
Date of Publication: March 29, 2016
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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 confront the past that haunts her.
With the help of her stepmom, therapist, and a group of troubled adolescents, Ashley battles her demons, struggling to find the normal teenage life she’s always wanted. Can Ashley find the strength and courage to overcome the horrors of her past while fighting for the future she so deserves?
Hope in Patience continues the story. . .
Hope to heal.
Hope to grow.
Hope to evolve.
Still shattered from the horrific events of her childhood years, 15-year-old Ashley Asher is barely holding it together. Battling her vicious and vile mother who still sees her as the villain and not the victim, Ashley’s stuck in a cycle of self-injury and self-hatred as a result–despite the many people who trying to pull her out of it.
Adolescence is hard, but throw in a new school, a new family, and a father she hardly knows, Ashley’s need for self-destruction and pain intensifies. Her new therapist, Dr. Matt, may be unconventional with bizarre antics, but he’ll do whatever it takes to pull Ashley out of the doldrums. Ashley just wants a crack at normalcy. But can her counselor and the friends and family who love her teach her that “crazy is the new normal” and that nobody has it easy?
Truth in the past.
Truth in reality.
Determined to prove to her that she’s healing, Dr. Matt, her beloved therapist, shows her that “life is messy.” And he doesn’t know how messy it is about to get. When her mother decides that Ashley belongs back in their hometown with her, Ashley is forced into another family feud that she isn’t prepared for. Refusing to leave behind the new life she created in Texas, Ashley and her mother go head-to-head. But can Ashley finally find the courage and strength to battle her demons when her mother might be the biggest demon of all?
Truth In Patience is the last of the Patience Trilogy but actually the first that I read. This was a revealing tale in the depth and struggles from abuse. Ashley is a confused character, trying to overcome the adversity of her life and appear what is considered ‘normal’ for the people worried about her. Beth Fehlbaum takes very real and heartening stages on how grief and abuse can affect us. With such sensitive topics; she builds a meaningful and tearful journey for Ashley, other important characters, and the crucial developmental stage they are in.
Honestly it was challenging to read all that Ashley endured, which makes it all the more important that we listen, understand, and do something in times like these. Ashley suffered in not only Charlie’s control but her mother’s neglect and it made me incredibly emotional to think that children are afraid to tell the truth about these situations.
Ashley shows courage in standing up and sharing what has happened to her. She shows courage in getting up every day despite her depression and continuing to work through her lapses. It’s with the support of her family, therapist, friends, and teachers that she can begin to communicate what she really needs. Not what others want from her. She is a wonderful character that finds the truth and freedom.
In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is a secondary English-Language Arts 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 a featured author on the 2015-2016 Spirit of Texas Reading List- High School. She is the author of the Kirkus Starred Reviewed Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014) and The Patience Trilogy: Courage, Hope, and Truth (Steady On Books, 2016).
Beth is a member of the RAINN (Rape , Abuse, Incest National Network) Speakers’ Bureau. She has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week
Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope.”
Beth is a a survivor of a traumatic childhood, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.
Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.
2 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS:
Each win autographed copies of all three books in The Patience Trilogy
Plus a $50 Amazon Gift Card
Each win autographed copies of Courage in Patience
Winner names drawn 4/19, 4/24, 4/27, 4/30, 5/3(US ONLY)
April 19 – May 3, 2016
TRUTH IN PATIENCE
April 19 – May 3 , 2016
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