Amazon Reviews: Hope it becomes required reading in the school systems; triggers reflection about whether each day, you as a person, might have opportunities to infuse your own thoughts and behavior with more courage, kindness, and effort in understanding.

I’m very grateful for these two reveiws and a heartfelt thank you
to Cruising Lover, B.L. Rocque and MaryL  for taking the time to read
and review my book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Humanity Revealed, Reviled and Reborn, April 20, 2013
By
Cruising Lover (Seattle, WA USA) – See all my reviews
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Paperback)

One of the most powerful books I’ve read in a very long time. It took me awhile to finish it as there was so much pain experienced by the main characters, I could only absorb it in smaller doses. Ms. Mahurin captures the very essence and heart of hatred, exhibited by small town characters who have nothing better to do than tear others reputations apart. I came to loathe some of them, they were so “real”.

However, Ms.Mahurin also firmly grasps the heart of both love and forgiveness and the strength of character exhibited by her protagonists. She deeply understands these subjects and gets her points across without resorting to preaching. This small Nevada town represents, from long ago, what this world still shows us is possible in the human heart and mind. That this was her *first* novel is astounding. I cannot recommend it highly enough and would hope it becomes required reading in the school systems where it is dearly needed.

5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking !, April 20, 2013
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In The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap we find ourselves inside small town mindsets and dirty deeds. Author Paulette Mahurin conjures up an unforgettable story about how good people can be hurt by dysfunctional human beings. The main setting is Red River Pass, a fictional location in the American west around 1895, when news breaks about the conviction of writer Oscar Wilde for “gross indecency.”

In finely wrought storytelling, the author introduces the scene, the times, and each of the characters with a good balance of narrative and dialogue. I particularly liked the degree of characterization, ranging from caricatures to warm blooded people, as a device to separate the primary perpetrators from their intended victims, as well as the sketching of some half developed people who waiver, becoming reluctant followers, bystanders, or supporters. Though the primary plot line centers on intolerance, and specifically the degree to which a same sex couple might seek to hide that relationship at the turn of the 20th century, we come away knowing the story could take place in today’s world, where people are similarly influenced by their views about this subject, religion, economic position, and perceived social standing.

The crisp dialogue sounds like what I would expect to hear from voices of people who lived in that time period in a somewhat remote location. The deft writing about how people jump to conclusions based on incomplete information is a hallmark of this well structured story. There were moments when I would have liked to draw my own conclusions about how characters felt or what was happening, rather than have the narrator tell me this information. But, to the author’s credit, after the tragedy occurs (and not necessarily what the reader might have expected), the author allows the reader to reach their own opinion about what might be ahead for the characters.

This is a book worthy of the accolades collected to date. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a well paced read and numerous worthy messages. It is the kind of book that triggers reflection about whether each day, you as a person, might have opportunities to infuse your own thoughts and behavior with more courage, kindness, and effort in understanding.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless issues, worth reading!, April 21, 2013

 

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Sometimes I like to pick a novel that I know nothing about and this was one of those. Free Kindle and I am grateful for the experience. The novel is a realistic portrayal of what fear and ignorance can do to a town. The author has written a story about freedom, love and tolerance and brings to the table a timeless fact… that love is love and is not limited by gender. I also enjoyed the historical fiction genre and the ingenious use of the Oscar Wilde quotes. Thanks to this author for this story, we all need to read it.
For me, the ending was nice and neat and I think I might have enjoyed a different ending. Definitely looking forward to the next novel!

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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29 Responses to Amazon Reviews: Hope it becomes required reading in the school systems; triggers reflection about whether each day, you as a person, might have opportunities to infuse your own thoughts and behavior with more courage, kindness, and effort in understanding.

  1. seeker says:

    You’ve read my mind. I am quietly finding out what is the required reading at our school because I want to suggest this in their Book Club. You are the second person I am trying to promote at school and there so much protocol to abide. Patient is a virtue on my part.

    • Understand. I’ve been taking with a couple of school psychologists who are trying to get this into a High School and have several other teachers who are also trying to suggest this. Where do you live, geographically? Maybe I could get a book to you to pass along for consideration if you’re in the U.S. or Canada. Please don’t feel any pressure from me, but if this is something you’d like to do feel free to e-mail me directly.🙂

      • seeker says:

        I live in Vancouver, Canada. No pressure at all, it’s just talking to the teachers and administrators is just a slow process. What I want is to be involved at the school level indirectly and provide good reading materials. Thanks, I will use your e-mail in the future.

      • Understand and thank you so much. We can chat here or in e-mail but if it ever comes to doing something then by all means please feel free to e-mail me. Whatever works for you is great by me. Mailing to Vancouver is not prohibitive for me so if you ever want me to mail you a book, just let me know. No pressure. It’s very kind of you to even mention this and I thank you. Big cyber hug,🙂

  2. tazzielove says:

    These are great reviews.

  3. fournier0917 says:

    More great news… Congratulations again Paulette. How wonderful. Jean-Jacques

  4. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success. I have read so many “this ought to be required reading” or a “mandatory” course for high school and most advocates are right re their particular issue. But the sad truth is that in 33 years of history teacher in high school , I venture to say about 10% had read ANY book cover to cover. I could not get most to even bring their history book to class let alone read it. That 20% college bound exists but here in Miami most of my students were 2-5 years below reading level. I am not optimistic about the future of America.

    • Thank you, Carl. You do speak from a lot of experience and I really appreciate your stopping by to share this. Very sad state of affairs. My book is being considered by antibullying advocates to be read as part of programs on tolerance. For me personally, whether it gets picked up or even read, whether through the vehicle of my work or efforts, I hold out a prayer for the nonsense of intolerance to end. Have a great Sunday.

      • I have been out of the system since 2006 but am very sure this issue is addressed in various ways. For protection only, not aggression, I would offer that one third of senior high girls carried a single edge razor blade concealed somehow on person or book bag.

      • Hard to know what to say to this, the situation and the solution. It’s a very difficult dilemma, for sure. I appreciate your comments here and can imagine all you’ve lived through with your teaching experience. Sobering and sad.

  5. gita4elamats says:

    Wow, that’s a great idea, getting them into schools!
    Congrats on 2 fab reviews!🙂

  6. Congratulations Paulette, on the review AND getting Mildred to the schools for reading. I hope that happens.

  7. FlaHam says:

    Paulette, If I hadn’t already read your wonderful book, I would be over at barnes and noble chasing it down, if I couldn’t find it there, I would be off to wherever to get a copy. These are to very fine reviews for a richly deserving book. It was truly a wonderful book, rich in character and emotion, while framing reality in the late 1800s. Again thank you for the opportunity to read your novel, and thank you for the signed copy. Please take care, Bill

  8. Misaki says:

    Congrats on the great reviews!

  9. Outstanding reviews for your book, Paulette! I do hope this gets into schools. It’s the perfect vehicle for anti-bullying. Fingers crossed. Just because it takes a while, doesn’t mean it might not happen.

  10. 68ghia says:

    Well deserved praise Paulette!!
    Congrats😉

  11. Amy Metz says:

    This book is on my TBR list! Great reviews.

    • Thank you, Amy. This means a lot to me as I’ve read your impressive bio and am equally interested in your book/work. I also see we have things in common, you were a teacher and had a parent with dementia. Same here. Always happy to connect with another author sister. Stop by any time.🙂

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