Amazon Review: Each Character Is Alive

5.0 out of 5 stars The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, September 4, 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
By ~ Paulette Mahurin

In 1895, in a small town named Red Cedar Pass, lives a woman named Mildred. She has a very big heart and cares about her town and neighbors. She never turns away a chance to do something good for others and most of the town are good people… with the exception a few of those residents who have nothing to do but be in everyone’s business and gossip, spitting out vile, hateful things with every word they speak. There are examples of prejudice, lies, hatred, ignorance, fear and bigotry, secrets, friendship, love, trust, companionship, and truth.

From page one, I became involved with the characters in this wonderful story by Author Paulette Mahurin; I wanted to hug certain people, and smack certain others up side the head. Each character is alive in the book, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens next.

By the title alone I was unsure of what type of book it would be. I was pleasantly surprised by this wonderfully told story. I did have a little trouble with some modern words that I don’t think would have been used in the late 1800’s, it wasn’t enough to jolt me out of the story but out of place enough to make me pause within the sentences here and there. There also seems to be a bit of a time line issue with ages. Other than these two small hitches, the story itself is very well told, bringing you right into the town and the lives of those within it.

Congratulations to Paulette Mahurin for a wonderful, thought provoking first book. I can easily see this being made into a movie.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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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