Amazon Review: Had Me In Tears One Moment, Laughing The Next

5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read!, August 26, 2012

Review 6******

I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

I started reading this novel with a bit of trepidation, as I have not read this genre of book before. However, by the time I had read the first few pages, I found myself completely won over. I absolutely loved it!

Mildred Dunlap is a loving and generous woman, who is not the most prettiest or the most feminine looking person. However, the townsfolk, especially the women, tend to judge everyone by how they look, rather than how they act. Mildred is hiding a secret, and when news of Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment in England causes a storm in the town, she is compelled to act to preserve it.

This is a fascinating tale of small town life in the late 1800’s, where the gossip-mongering, and meddling in other people’s lives, is rife. And where everyone thinks they know everyone’s business.
I would like to think of myself as a tolerant person, but as I read this story, I began to get angry. Not at the characters as such, but at the prejudice, intolerance, ignorance and most of all the bigotry these characters represent. I really wanted to march up to Josie and slap her! I’m not normally a violent person, and it takes a lot to get a rise out of me! I could really hug Gus and Charley, as they see beyond a person’s looks to the soul inside.
I know I come from a different generation and time than depicted in this story, but the subject of same sex relationships, and the emotions they engender, is still relevant today. I believe that everyone has the right to love whomever they want regardless of sexual orientation, and without prejudice. However, it will take time to change attitudes, and I think there will always be a “Josie” or at least a person like her spreading gossip for many years to come.

Paulette Mahurin has written an amazing tale full of deep emotions that had me in tears one moment, and laughing the next. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a fantastic story that will touch you deeply. – Lynn Worton (WaAR)

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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