Goodreads Reviews: Major Life Lesson. Plot Twists And Turns, Not Predictable.


NVTony rated it 5 of 5 stars false

Was not sure about this one until realized there was a major life lesson for anyone broad minded enough to read to end. Relationships were not offensive to any average reader. Moral of story gossips are vicious you can find good folks in all walks of life. Story was well written.

Lynda Maki

This is a very simple, straightforward story set in a small town in Nevada in the 1890’s. at times, the writing is reminiscent of Willa Cather and My Antonia. The narration was clear, strong and true remaining consistent throughout the novel.

Prejudice and homophobia play big parts in this drama although friendship, love and trust themes also significantly factor. It was enjoyable and the plot twists and turns as it winds its way to the end; it wasn’t very predictable and I enjoyed that.

I won this novel through a Good Reads Giveaway.


Jakenv rated it 3 of 5 stars false

Good morality lesson to be learned.
Terri Tinkel
This was an odd little story. It takes place in 1895 in a small town. Oscar Wilde has just been arrested in England because he was caught having a sexual relationship with another man. In the USA, in a small town, the local gossips are having a field day with their indignation over this scandal along with any other thing that they don’t agree with. There are two women who are frightened that their secret will be discovered. They have a plan of how to cover up their own relationship. As the gossip goes out of control, it seems as though these two lovely women’s lives will be ruined. This book shows how gossip can be so distructive and how many people get caught up in lies and bad things can happen.(less)

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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