Most Heartwarming Story I’ve Read In A Long Time

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!! What more can I say?, June 5, 2013
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It was the most heartwarming story I have read in a long time. As soon as I finished reading it, I called my daughter and told her she had to read it. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes a good mystery mixed with a lot of love, “real love”, this is the one.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this Book, June 5, 2013
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This book kept me reading and not wanting it to finish. Very good. I would recommend the book to others.

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading this book., June 5, 2013
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I liked reading this book about the struggles of gay persons in the past. It wasn’t what I expected in this book.

4.0 out of 5 stars Bullies and Prejudice, June 6, 2013
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This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Kindle Edition)This book brings out that bullies and prejudice has been around for a long time. How this can affect lives both directley and indirectly.
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend, June 8, 2013
Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Kindle Edition)This story is mostly sad but well-written. I looked forward to reading it each evening. It has sympathetic and interesting characters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly relevant in today’s society, May 8 2013
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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.


4.0 out of 5 stars A Poignant portrayal of women, Jan 31 2013
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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.

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant, 24 décembre 2012
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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.


étoiles sur 5 Gift for my freind, 12 janvier 2013

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I already read this book in e version and I liked it so much I bought it as a Christmas Gift for a friend.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful novel that exposes the thin veneer of Civilization, 10 Nov 2012
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From the moment I started reading this book I knew it was special; beautifully written with wonderful descriptions of nature and a fascinating storyline that is set against the 1895 prison sentence of the English playwright and novelist, Oscar Wilde, and the reactions of ordinary folk to his conviction.
The author gives us a glimpse of small town life near Nevada at the time of Wilde’s conviction, and it’s not pleasant to witness. We read how powerful spiteful unwarranted gossip can be, and how fast it can spread contaminating and infecting many of those who come into contact with it. Those who stand by and do nothing to prevent or stop such vileness are equally culpable. The tragedy is that we recognize that such ignorance, prejudice, bigotry, homophobia, racism, bullying, hatred, loathing, religious fervour and holier than thou attitudes, are not just confined to history, they are a modern day phenomenon too. Therein lies the book’s power; it could just as easily be written about contemporary life. We humans have learned little wisdom with the passage of time. The author shows that unconditional love, tolerance and friendship is the only way to survive such an onslaught of viciousness and ignorance but it’s easier said than done ~ and it does help that Mildred is wealthy.
There are elements of the book that disappoint ~ Mildred is shown as a stereotypical lesbian and the author goes to great lengths to ensure we realise she is tall and plain and manly and that men do not find her sexually attractive. And although her lover Edra is beautiful and feminine she is also stereotypical in that she has been psychologically damaged by a vicious rape that occurred in her younger life (which we are led to presume makes her afraid of all men in general.) It would have been preferable to show a more balanced view ~ shown that women can be beautiful, feminine, psychologically healthy and still be lesbian.
This book is painful reading since it highlights the weaknesses of mankind ~ just scrape below the veneer of civilization and you expose a brutish vile nature that is deeply shaming. I think this novel would make an excellent A-level text (I taught Advanced Level English Literature for over 10 years) since it covers so many relevant topics for students today. A worthy read and one you will ponder on well after you have turned the last page.
NB: I was delighted to read that proceeds from this book are earmarked for animal rescue. Thank you to the author.


5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and Creative!, 28 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Kindle Edition)

Never judge a book by it’s cover… that would be the case with this book. If your put off by the cover please, set that aside and read this book, I promise you, you will not be disappointed!
I blew through this book as chapter after chapter I just could not put it down.

The 1895 prison sentence of English playwright and novelist, Oscar Wilde, that criminalized sexual activity between two people of the same sex sets the theme in this original, creative and captivating novel.

I was thoroughly engrossed immediately and Mahurin kept my attention as Mildred, Edra and Charley shared the events of their lives as they unfolded. These are the main characters at the core of the story, but the secondary characters add depth and in the end everyone has a part to play.

Mahurin manages to weave issue’s like bigotry, homophobia and racism not only against color but against religion into this extremely well written novel. Using a small Nevada town as scenery she shows how fear and loathing can lead to hate and ignorance. I loved the historical references and the true parts of our history the author used as her backdrop. Ultimately it’s a story of love, friendship and tolerance.

5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed 
This review is from: The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap (Kindle Edition)

This is not a big book–it’s a day read for fast readers–but it is big in theme and characterization. First off, I loved the Oscar Wilde quotes at the start of each chapter, and all the other historical references, and I completely loved the kind-hearted Mildred. Someone once told me that everyone has a bias (even if they don’t think they do), and sometimes more than one. Maturin’s carefully crafted book is a call for mindfulness and for compassion. Kudos to her (AND for her exemplary work with animal rescue–proceeds from this book are earmarked for animal rescue, so spread the good word for this worthy book and the animals!).


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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26 Responses to Most Heartwarming Story I’ve Read In A Long Time

  1. Rolling Rolling Rolling…keep those re-views rolling….. (can you sing that with me?) 🙂

  2. Oh, it’s so beautifuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul 😀
    Where I could write a review? On I can’t see any options 😦

  3. This is great! You and your book deserve these. Congratulations 🙂

  4. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    FANTASTIC 🙂 It must be so rewarding to see these!!

  5. mixedupmeme says:

    I like these reviews. 🙂

  6. mixedupmeme says:

    Isn’t this a new color for your background page?

  7. Zowie! Whoohoo. Can you see me clapping?

  8. gita4elamats says:

    Wonderful reviews, congrats! 😀

  9. 68ghia says:

    Well there you go then P!!
    It’s all good 🙂
    And you are brilliant 😉

  10. fournier0917 says:

    No surprise here Paulette. Jean-Jacques Fournier

  11. natuurfreak says:

    Wat leuk dit goede nieuws te mogen lezen

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