Review: Historical Books Either Anger Or Bore…This Did Neither…Captivating, Exciting, Unpredictable. Never Wanted To Put It Down

4.0 out of 5 stars heartfelt and real, September 23, 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

I was contacted to read this book and give an honest review. To say I was excited would have been an understatement, until I saw what it was about. Historical fiction books tend to either bore me or anger due to how inaccurate and outlandish they are. I am happy to say that this book did neither of those and I never wanted to put it down.
Mahurin creates a story like no other that is captivating, exciting, and unpredictable. The main characters in The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap are one hundred percent real. Every action, every word, and every heartfelt moment is real and that is what makes this book as astonishing as it is.
The historical aspect of it is amazing as well. Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite authors so having his story in the book along with quotes from him was a treat. But beyond that the way Nevada town is written and the hardships that the main characters go through did exist in 1895 and that is what set this book apart from so many others. Mildred seemed to be a true person from back then, not a character and that had to have been my favorite part of the book.
The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap should remind everyone that sometimes the best books aren’t the ones swirling through the media; sometimes they’re the ones smaller authors pour their hearts into. Challenging morals is what makes books come alive and I can honestly say I’ve read few books filled with as much moral provoking as this book.

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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