Review: A book that challenges us, whether that challenge is our morals and beliefs, or simply or minds. Extremely well written, intelligent and engaging read.

5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent and engaging read!, December 5, 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

I studied the writing of Oscar Wilde not that long ago and was shocked when I found out that Oscar Wilde had been imprisoned for his sexuality. Well, that is where this book starts at. The news breaking in a small town, here in America, and the response of the close minded people that inhabited the town.
When Mildred, and her cousin Edra, find out about the huge deal that is being made about Oscar, they decide that their own relationship needs to be hidden away from prying eyes. Mildred comes up with the plan to basically trick the town gossips into believing that she and Charley, a recently widowed man, are building a relationship.
This book is extremely well written and highly engaging, grabbing the reader’s attention by the detail that is placed within its pages. The story is poignant, and regardless of your beliefs regarding the subject of homosexuality, every person who reads this book would be able to connect on some level with Mildred and Edra.
Everyone has felt, at some point in their lives, that persecution for simply staying true to themselves. Mildred is a strong woman, holding up a community while trying to keep her own dark secrets hidden. She is a gracious woman and loved by few, unfortunately.
I have to say that I can honestly recommend this book to all of you for the simple reason that sometimes we all need to read a book that challenges us, whether that challenge is our morals and beliefs, or simply our minds. So please, grab your copy today and be drawn into a world that none of us alive today could fathom. I hope you enjoy!


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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