Wanda’s Amazon Review: Don’t Judge the Book by it’s Cover

5.0 out of 5 stars Do not judge this book on it’s cover, August 5, 2012

Before I started to read the book the author insisted on a fair and honest review.
That made me nervous. Very nervous, so as I started to read the book it was with relief that I fell in love with the story. In essence it is about prejudice and gossip and how speaking without thinking can ruin lives and have done so already.
What came as a surprise was Charlay. A man knocked to the floor by grief, friending a woman and a man who on first appearance confirms to the times and norms but both of them have a secret, a secret which could get them jailed or ostracized in a small town. Both these people have another thing in common, they read. As Charlay gets drawn into a plan by one of his new friends which leaves him in the middle of the gossip rumour it is his other friend that provides him with rationalisation and insight he needed. Charlay’s growth in the book is immense and I loved reading about him and his journey into a less judgemental way of thinking. I loved the part in the book where he is told, that what he was raised to believe may not be the truth, that he, as a man in his own right received a mind by the Grace of God and that if he should use it to think for himself then he should see it as a gift from God. Charlay did not disappoint.
This is one of those books which you will either love or not, but I do believe that all can learn much and that most will love the moral of the story. Hellen’s story, a minor subplot in the book is a tragic reminder and I have only come across one other character that I hated more than I do Josie.
I give this book a 7 *** *** * review rating.


About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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