This story exemplifies the harm and pain ignorance and fear that happens when people cease to be individuals and follow one’s own conscience and better judgement. Once they give up their own voice and allow others to make decisions for them and speak for them, how then is the responsibility for the consequences divided or shared? Friendship and trust are saving graces for the main characters in contrast to the negative parts of society we see in Josie and her group. Throughout, the quotes of Oscar Wilde remind us about one of the story threads, yet touch so many other truths of life. Once I began this book, I had to keep going.
This was so good that I couldn’t put it down. I read the entire thing in one setting. I love and hate books like this. Love them because they grab your attention and don’t let go, hate them because the end so quickly. I definitely recommend this book.
This book is a brilliant study of both human nature and prejudice. Knowing how the protagonist became so twisted and bitter made her more real, but no less vile and villainous. The main characters were well written and easily identified with. All in all this was a well written book with a satisfactory ending. Well worth reading.
This wonderful book not only held my attention, but made me think more seriously about the life-style and hardship of a life differing from the norm. The time frame in the late 1800, was well depicted, as were the character development.
It is one of my favorite books of this year.
Thought provoking. The ideas that hatred can evoke are beyond reason. People with open minds and true intentions are worth looking for.
This was thoughtful and well written book. It made me consider how much we miss in life when we cannot open our hearts and minds to the differences in the people around us who have so much joy and love to share. We are all unique and that is the best part
I had reservations about reading this novel when I first started it, thinking it would just be another story about a Lesbian couple. I decided to continue on and I am glad I did. The intolerance and bigoted behavior of a certain group of women in this small town was unacceptable. The author brings you into the story and you forget the reservations you had about reading the book and instead get involved in the friendships and different cultures of the people in the town who came together to help each other out during the terrible times.
I loved this book. The characters came alive, each with his/her own vices and virtues to create a perfect fabric of life in a small town – then and now. Thank you – it was a gift.
Wonderfully written story of what nasty gossip can cause and the tragedy it can cause to good people. Licked the free thinkers who tried to help those in need.
Not for those uncomfortable with realistic portrayals or touchy subjects. I loved it. Made me think. Wish there was more on the cousins.
This book was a home run. I couldn’t put it down – a very quick read. So well written and what a great storyline. Tolerance and friendship overcoming hate and ignorance. Also love the proceeds being donated to an animal shelter. As a dog owner and lover I appreciate what Paulette is doing.
This story was so good. It says lot on how people can be good and evil I highly recommend this book
I read this book in just a few nights, and very much enjoyed it. The story was touching and well detailed. Thank you.
I found this book to be great…I learn something from reading this book. You will surely njoy…. please do buy. You won’t be disappointed.
Welcome to the most dysfunctional small western town where everyone has a secret and an ulterior motive. No secret is safe and the most innocent comment can be misconstrued as evil and twisted. A God fearing town where gossip, hate, suspicion, and jealousy prevail. Will good win out? Can people live their lives as they deem fit? Can all be accepted for the good in their hearts versus judgment on their looks, race, or religion? Read and find out. A touching story of friendship, acceptance, and individuality.
I was immersed in the story from the start and I finished it in a single day. I thought the story was very nicely written and I hated that it had to end. I’ll look forward to the author’s future works.
Paulette Mahurin’s book The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is a great reminder of narrow minded thinking and social intolerance. This doesn’t occur just in small communities or in the past. It is just as insidious in big cities but perhaps more diluted. Perhaps it is easier to hide in cities if one is not part of an “accepted norm”. It is not just in the past, but social justice is an ongoing issue in today’s society. The legal rights of gay couples is still a current topic in religion and politics. This story serves to show the human side of those that do not fit the “normal” or what is acceptable. Sometimes seeing the human side helps sway a prejudice into a softness. I think the story is well written. I could visualize the environment and characters, and felt empathy for them. I liked the point the book is making.
This was a book I was unable to put down.
Maybe the ending could of been not so abrupt.
Thanks for writing about a subject matter many of us have not given a second thought.
The tongue can be used for good or for harm and the author illustrates the effects . It behooves us all to be careful of what we hear and speak.
This book showed the heartache of people that live a different lifestyle than what is the normal there is one truth in the Bible and it is up to us to find it, I take the words as written others as to and take away to suit themselves
The story line was a good one and it was well written and edited. The book was set at the turn of 20th century so some of the discussion about sexuality and homosexuality didn’t ring true to the time period. But that’s a minor criticism.
This is not my usual type of book, but I thought it sounded interesting.I thought the book captured the time as I imagine it to be very well,the small town feel, and town gossips,and the hardships of life at that time.Also the fear of anything different.I thought this was going to be a tale of woe, but it was actually uplifting and showed the goodness in people as well as the bad,I have to say I’m glad my time is now and not back then,good book.
The theme of this book was hard to take given the relevancy of the same issues. It breaks my heart when people interfere and judge others. Kindness and compassion are often absent. I was fearing a horrible ending, but happily this book ended with a surprise twist that I would have never suspected. This is an important read and speaks to judgement of all types.
Set in the 1880s Nevada, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap is about a lesbian couple earning their livelihood on a Nevada. They live quietly, happily, keeping to themselves. Then, Britain brought in a law that made homosexuality an illegal act and the famed Oscar Wilde was charged, convicted, and imprisoned, news set telegraph wires resounding throught America.
Mildred Dunlap and her lover are terrified that attention and suspicion will now fall upon them. While they try to keep themselves inconspicuous, town gossips stir up terrible trouble. As suspicions grow worse, they are helped by someone who unexpectedly comes to their aid.
Written on every page are messages of true love, individual prejudices, odium, and the power of love to overcome. A pleasantly gripping story that definitely engaged me. I’m not surprised that there are so many 5 star reviews of this novel. It is definitely worth reading.
Before I started to read the book the author insisted on a fair and honest review.
That made me nervous. Very nervous, so as I started to read the book it was with relief that I fell in love with the story. In essence it is about prejudice and gossip and how speaking without thinking can ruin lives and have done so already.
What came as a surprise was Charlay. A man knocked to the floor by grief, friending a woman and a man who on first appearance confirms to the times and norms but both of them have a secret, a secret which could get them jailed or ostracized in a small town. Both these people have another thing in common, they read. As Charlay gets drawn into a plan by one of his new friends which leaves him in the middle of the gossip rumour it is his other friend that provides him with rationalisation and insight he needed. Charlay’s growth in the book is immense and I loved reading about him and his journey into a less judgemental way of thinking. I loved the part in the book where he is told, that what he was raised to believe may not be the truth, that he, as a man in his own right received a mind by the Grace of God and that if he should use it to think for himself then he should see it as a gift from God. Charlay did not disappoint.
This is one of those books which you will either love or not, but I do believe that all can learn much and that most will love the moral of the story. Hellen’s story, a minor subplot in the book is a tragic reminder and I have only come across one other character that I hated more than I do Josie.
I give this book a 7 *** *** * review rating.
I already read this book in e version and I liked it so much I bought it as a Christmas Gift for a friend.