The author kindly gave me this book because it is not yet available in my country. I’m delighted to submit a review.
The year is 1895. Reaction to Oscar Wilde’s conviction for gross indecency rouses intense emotions in a small Nevada town. Ignorance, prejudice and jealousy incite the residents, as well as, gossip, misunderstanding and loss. Mildred Dunlap, already an ostracized member of the community, has a dark secret she fears might now be discovered, and devises a plan to protect herself and her companion.
I couldn’t put this book down. Paulette Mahurin’s touching first novel doesn’t go for the jugular. Instead she allows the layers to peel back slowly and unfold naturally. With a gentle hand, she offers a fundamental truth. Our basic needs, as human beings, are not so different at all; they’re the same the world-over.
When I finished reading, after only two sittings, it was in tears. Anyone who is capable of accomplishing that deserves two thumbs up, and more. As I see it, this is a five-star must read.