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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin

Book Review The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap5 stars

When I first saw the title, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, I immediately thought that this book would be a court drama – even given the fact that this book is set in 1895. – but I was wrong.

This book is written by a talented author who defines relationships, and persecution based on those relationships which also involve the small mindedness of persons in the world – in the big picture and the small.

The story flowed very well, point of view shifts were clearly defined and the events of this book are completely conceivable.

I found it interesting that the beginning and the ending of this book started out with news’ post of a man in England and that news crossed the ocean to America’s soil. It goes to show how words are very powerful and actions based on words, whether truth or lies, can be deadly.

This tale goes into the presence of bullying due to a person’s looks or their ability to stand apart from the popular crowd. When actions are shown to be generous, the persecution continues because she chooses to stand true to who she is.

Along the way, though, she finds friends where she did not think she had any; support when most needed and a heart full of love that finds strength to keep giving through the afflictions thrusts upon her.

This is a tale of strength, courage, valor, generosity and discovery. It is a tale completely worth reading!

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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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