Amazon Review: Engaging, Unsettling, and Even Uplifting

4.0 out of 5 stars Love and hatred blossom in the Nevada desert., August 14, 2012

A realistic portrayal of small-town prejudice and the damage that fear and hatred can impose. To my relief, this is a story about love and friendship more than simply uplifting the rights and lives of a lesbian couple. The book has real power to speak to any reader who has ever loved and been judged or who has ever been the one to unfairly judge another, regardless of his or her sexual orientation. The book was engaging, unsettling, and even uplifting. At stake here is the value of freedom for each to think and live as he or she will.

I enjoyed being caught up in the story and found it hard to put the book down. Although the language used by the characters was at times too modern-day, the author successfully created a vivid and realistic 1895 Nevada backdrop for the drama to take place. Well-developed characters make the story flow like water. Highly recommended reading!

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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