Review: Well Researched And Beautifully Written

4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and beautifully written, 15 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

I read this book with interest. It’s not the usual type of genre I read but I was curious after talking with the author. Paulette has created a very plausible story. It is set more than a century ago and is certainly not ‘Little House on the Prairie’ but it did feel real to me each time I picked up the story. It was so easy to sink straight into the little American town with their close and caring community, destructive gossip and nasty, vindictive bigotry because of how the characters interact with each other. The mix of ‘good and evil’ symbolised by the helpfulness of the community, all pulling together when the need arose contrasted so well with the ‘harmless’ gossip that ‘doesn’t hurt anyone’ and the ladies that perpetuated (and made up) the tales.
The book is well written, a lot of care and attention to detail has gone into the writing of this book and there were a few poignant parts (which I will not reveal).
The characters were believable and those who were supposed to be likable were and it was easy to dislike those who were nasty and vindictive. The story made so much sense to me that I think a lot of lessons could still be learned from the people of Red River Pass.
I was encouraged to stray from my usual path, onto a dusty Nevada road where I met a lot of people from a small and sometimes backwards town. The town was redeemed at last by the insightful and wise men who advised against the pastime of malicious gossip, bigotry and hatred.

The ending was a twist which I didn’t see coming (entirely) and it was a pleasurable and satisfying read.

Paulette Mahurin is certainly on my ‘Authors to watch for’ list.

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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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