Review: Shows what effects of hatred can have on an entire community
Author Biography

Paulette Mahurin, an award-winning 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. She and her husband have been involved in dog rescue for the past 28 years. All profits from her book are going to the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County,CA., Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center.

VC STAR Sept. 9, 2012 Sunday Life Section:


Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers Favorite

“The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap” by Paulette Mahurin is an emotional story that shows just what effect hatred can have on not just one or two people but on an entire community. Paulette Mahurin writes a novel that will leave you emotionally involved with each character. The story takes place in the year 1895. Mildred is a very wealthy woman who took in her cousin Edra. The two women become more than cousins and roommates and find happiness in being lovers. However, the happy ground they found is threatened when a ruling from England is heard in town. This new ruling causes Mildred to look for a way to bring the attention away from the fact that two unmarried women live in the same house. She thinks she finds the solution but as with any good story the road is not an easy one.

What really rings sad to me is that many of the same issues that come about in this novel have not changed much. There is still such a terrible stigma for those who are in a gay or lesbian relationship. Now of course in a modern age in the United States you won’t have judgments like the one passed on Oscar Wilde for “gross indecency”. I loved that Paulette used the “gross indecency” ruling as the main catalyst to get things started in the book. The writing is well done as is the editing. My only complaint is that to me Mildred seems very stereotypical. I enjoyed the character as a whole and the story kept me emotionally involved, as I was still drawn into the conflict and emotions that the characters were going through. The setting and time period have been well-researched and add to the enjoyment when reading this book. I think anyone who wants to learn more about this particular kind of conflict even on a fiction level would enjoy this book.

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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15 Responses to Review: Shows what effects of hatred can have on an entire community

  1. So honored to follow you…

  2. barb19 says:

    Hatred is ugly in any form.
    Thanks for the review – I can’t wait to read the book!

  3. LuAnn says:

    Great review. I will definitely be reading the book. Glad to be part of your blogging community. 🙂

  4. Chancy and Mumsy (Mag) says:

    Hatred can stretch far and wide and do much damage. Nice review. Hugs

  5. I like you already. Happy to have found your posts here 🙂
    What you mentioned about things being the same just came up in a conversation with a good friend of mine. I was reminded of this passage. I hope you don’t mind if I share it.

    Book the First—Recalled to Life – Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
    I. The Period
    It was the best of times,it was the worst of times,it was the age of wisdom,it was the age of foolishness,it was the epoch of belief,it was the epoch of incredulity,it was the season of Light,it was the season of Darkness,it was the spring of hope,it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

  6. vision5d2012 says:

    Thank you Paulette for following my blog. Your book sounds excellent and is in one of my favorite categories, historical fiction. Addressing the topic of prejudice and the disintegrating impact that hatred brings into the lives of those who practice it (as well as their targets) takes courage, insight and an ability to hold many viewpoints with neutrality. Thank you for shining your light of truth on this shadow side of our human nature, so we can heal it within ourselves and offer compassion to those who cannot yet see it. Thank you also for your commitment to the animal kingdom.

  7. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing says:

    Reblogged this on lost creek publishing.

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