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!