Friday, December 7, 2012
‘The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap’ by Paulette Mahurin
Genre: Historical Fiction
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 Britain’s recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When 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 Wilde’s imprisonment. It is a chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.
I want to first introduce you to this author Paulette Mahurin.
Paulette Mahurin is a nurse practitioner, specializing in women’s health in a rural clinic in where she lives with her husband and two rescued dogs. She also taught in several college level nursing programs, including UCLA, where she had a Master’s Degree in Nursing from their nurse practitioner program. Her two passions are writing and rescuing dogs.While in college she wrote and published two award winning non-fiction short stories.
ALL profits from her book, ‘The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap’, are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Center, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA.
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To say that this book was amazing is an understatement. A friend of mine read it and raved about it and she said “Jess, you must read this and review it!” Well without waiting for a reply from me she was so adamant I read this, she contacted the author and had her send me an email so that I could get this book read and reviewed. At this point it, I was very excited to read this book! When a friend is ranting and raving I can’t help but get giddy about it too! It sat in my inbox for a few weeks waiting for me to finally reach it…HOLY COW! Ah-mazing!
This book is written in the year 1895 and we meet a whole slew of characters of a small town in Nevada. It’s the year when Oscar Wilde was sent to prison for being caught with another man. This is a story of how this one town reacts to that news. This is a story about of a town full of people who have held on to hatred and prejudices of people who happen to choose a different lifestyle. This story follows the life of Mildred Dunlap, Edra, and Charley as they try to survive amongst the people that persecute them and the choices they make. All while trying to keep their ”real” secret from coming out. You will find these characters intriguing and full of promise all the way to the end of what author Paulette Mahurin is really trying to convey across her pages…love is what matters, friendships are a blessing, and tolerance is a must. You won’t be able to not get engrossed in this wonderful storyline that reminds us that these injustices are still living with us today and we should all remember the devastation that can be caused by asinine gossip.
The historical backdrop she uses in this story is so perfect and conducive to the entire story line and just absolutely makes the novel so much more. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I give it my thumbs up!
5 thumbs up = Ah-mazing!
Paulette Mahurin has kindly offered two ebooks for a giveaway! Please take time to enter today, but also keep in mind that ALL proceeds of this book go to a no-kill animal shelter so if you don’t win the giveaway and you really want to read this book, your purchase is going to a great cause! Thank you all for coming by today!!! 🙂 Happy Reading!