Goodreads Review: Thumbs up: …so well written; Thumbs down: I don’t support Lesbian…

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
by Paulette Mahurin(Goodreads Author)


Liisi Carr‘s review

Aug 10, 12
3 of 5 stars false

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Read in August, 2012
Details: Its the late 1800s and England is in an uproar over Ocsar Wilde is in jail for being sexual with another man. This uproar carries all that way to a very close minded town in Nevada. The gossip girls of Red River Pass Nevada are the mortal judges of anyone who is not like them, or in their circle of friends. They instigate the persecutions of African Americans, gays and lesbians, and anyone not of their faith and religion including Jews. Paulette Mahurn wrote this book as an assignment from one of her university teachers, where she was to write a story about an old photograph This novel is her tale.

My Review: Before I begin my review, and on behalf of all the Mom’s Thumb Reviewers we do not affiliate with, or support Gay or Lesbian standards. We do not judge, or wish harm to anyone with different standards than us, but we follow the natural law God ordained between a Man and a Woman.

Thus stated, this was hard to read at first. We didn’t know what this book was about when we first we asked to read and review it. So we have had to discuss as a team, and help our reviewer as she read this book. Paulette is a great author, she has amazing skills with words and story imagery. This book isn’t just about a Lesbian couple, but persecutions and judgements on Jews, and African American people. People can be friends, can be neighborly but don’t have to agree on what their neighbor’s choose to do with their lives. People can read a book, because its so well written, even if the subjects are not something they agree with. Mildred is a really kind woman, who uses her inheritance that her father worked so hard to build up for his family to beneift the majority of the people living in Red River Pass Nevada. But despite her kindness, and her manly looks the gossip girls do their worst to tear her to pieces. But as the saying goes, what goes around comes around. Karma really does a job on these women, and innocent children and people are stuck in the middle of the spoiling of the gossip girls.

The whole time I read this book, I was trying to figure out what the image on the front cover had to do with the story. And it has great meaning as you turn each page, some new aspect of the story is brought forth just from a random picture. Each character is so real, and their own personal story is so life like, its almost like Paulette studied the history of that time period, almost like she wrote about someone’s family history, almost like this could really be a true story. I love the details put into describing each character: their physical appearance, their charactistics, and their hidden secrets. New discoveries are made every chapter. As I came to the close of this book, I found I actually enjoyed it. I won’t read it again. But it was interesting, kept you motivated to read it to the end, and had great historical facts. For people who don’t mind reading topics that are new, different, this is a book I would recommend to you. For those who are skittish around Gay and Lesbian topics don’t read this book.

Pros: the best characterization I’ve seen in a book, and I’m big on characterization. Great details and emotional apsects in capturing the feelings and turbulance of that time period with all the different topics mentioned. It was so sad to see how horrible the gossip girls were about the Jewish man in France. And the African American in the government. Josie is quiet a character.

Cons: discusses a topic I don’t agree with

My Rating: I give this a thumbs down because I don’t like and don’t support the Lesbian standards, and prefer to just not have anything to do with those people: whether its books, movies, riots etc. But I give it a thumbs up for being so well written by a woman who is married to a man. For a Straight woman, this was well written.
My letter of response for this review:

Dear Liisi & everyone you’re working with. Please feel free to copy to them,

Thank you so much for your time and really excellent thoughtful review.
I’m grateful beyond words for your heart in embracing my book in fairness
and being so honest about where you are coming from. It is, after all, conversations like this, I feel deeply in my heart, that bring more peace and harmony in the world, the embracing of tolerance without violating our own morals. The opportunity to agree to disagree in a respectful honest way is a wonderful place to come together to solve issues large and small in the world.

If you or any other of you here would like me, as an author, to contribute to your blogs, on any topic, I am happy to do so, as an exchange and thank you, and to welcome a relationship with you.

The photo on the cover was my husband’s grandfather, grandmother, and grandaunt and seemed to fit with the two women and a man image in the story and so we used that.

Thank you again and feel free to contact me here or at my private e-mail address:

I will share your review on the book’s blog and facebook page to give you recognition and thanks.



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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