I’m so grateful to all who have purchased a copy of my book. And to those who have taken the time to write a review. The profits are going to help rescue dogs. A few of the latest reviews:
By ChristophFischerBooks on September 20, 2014
Sara, a nurse practitioner, develops an aggressive type of breast cancer, first detected by said dog, Tazzie. The story of her diagnosis and the initial treatment is full of raw emotion and written with great empathy and with amazing medical knowledge.
We also learn about her family background and the issues that have made Sara’s life not the happiest until now. Blessed with good insurance and access to a top oncologist she enters a special research programme that trials a new treatment for cancer. The drug works and increases her libido, which is why she eventually asks out a handsome fellow cancer patient named Ben.
Once the two of them embark on their untimely love affair they help each other heal and work through their personal issues: Ben’s alcoholic parents; Sara’s unhappy childhood with a controlling and critical mother, a schizophrenic brother and her divorce from ex-husband Henry.
Mahurin has chosen her characters very well and given them so much more than just bad things like cancer. Ben and Sara are both highly evolved and reflective people who have the ability to work through their problems, speak honestly with each other and develop at last a proper relationship in their life based on solid foundations – it was moving to read about it.
The other characters in the book are equally interesting and get enough coverage to add extra colour to the often humorous and certainly inspiring novel in front of you; be it Sara’s mother, the cancer doctor or the friends – not to forget the lovely Rottweiler Tazzie.
Against the biggest of obstacles a couple can face, the positive message is that it is never too late to start living. The hope that patients have attached to miracle cures and new treatment means nothing when time is only spent on the clock but does not translate into moments of shared love and happiness. Be there breakthrough studies or not, never give up on living. Amidst so much understandably tragic and miserable cancer stories here is a book that shows positive role models to look up to and to keep in mind when the unspeakable happens to you.
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
By Wanda on September 25, 2014
Ben meets a girl. Ok a woman whom is treated by the same oncologist he is seeing for the first time…
So begins an epic love story at times raw with naked truth about cancer at others lyrical about the mere act of living. Between our main two protagonists is a dog. One Ben learns to love as both he and his new love interest learn how to take a crash coarse with coming to terms with what formed them, driven their actions and dictated how they would live their lives.
Together the two love birds and Tazzie the mini-rotti lives through more subplots in a matter of months than the two human protagonists dealt with in their 45 + years leading up to diagnosis.Ultimately this story does not romantasize the horror of cancer. It is never over explicit but it does portray a less than romantic view of a very painful usually fatal disease.
But in the end although it seems as if the story is about death and endings at first it is in fact about love, life and hope.
A moving story where the characters grow so much it left me breathless.
I am convinced that this story will not be everybodies cup of tea. It is simply to “real” to be universally loved. I am however convinced that for the most part this book will be a firm favourite and it will serve not to only. Entertain but also to inspire.
By Eileen C. Fullbright on September 21, 2014
By Carmen Stefanescu on October 1, 2014
As the author has done in her previous book, here again, she delivers a fascinating read that you just can’t put down. Her characters are created with the perfect precision that only Paulette Mahurin can do. The story plot will keep you reading and make you hunger for more when you reach the end. I read her book, The Persecution Of Mildred Dunlap, and fell in love with Mahurin’s writing. I have been waiting for another book like it, and she has come through for me. Mrs Mahurin writes stories that pull out a wide range of emotions when you are reading them. The characters in His Name Was Ben are relatable people.
She writes heroes and heroines that are a little different than you are used to reading about. Sara Phillips is a likable character, and we hurt for her as she deals with the hell she’d been through, on the rollercoaster ride her life had become since the doctor diagnosed her with a fearful disease. She will need those around her as she struggles with an ugly reality, the monster in her life – cancer. Once healed from her double mastectomy, she awakens to life when meeting Ben Gottlieb, who works in the legal department at NASA. Ben is a patient, too, waiting to see Michael Zimmerman for a consultation. I hate spoilers so I won’t steal the other readers the pleasure of immersing in this compelling, touching story.
Tazz, the Rottweiler Sara saved from the shelter, is a perfect counter balance for the heartbreaking circumstances, Sara and Ben pass through.
Paulette Mahurin writes stories full of empathy, raw honesty, and grace. Her characters are memorable, the dialogue believable. All in all the message is a positive one – fight, never give up. It’s about love, life versus living, believing in yourself and others. I highly recommend this book.
The love in this book shines through…love of family, friends and the wonderful, amazing planet on which we live. Not my usual choice to read and there were times when tears filled my eyes but I’m glad I read this beautiful book.
This is a great story about love, trusting, letting go of fear and how amazing it is when one actually finds that special person they have been looking for.
I personally had a few aha moments.
I thought it was great how Paulette puts the thoughts of the characters into words while they where having a conversation. We all do that: that little voice in our heads talking to us “Do they think I’m fat?, or do they think I’m dumb? or do they like me?
Life is hard. But with an open mind and heart, a positive attitude, kindness and sensitivity and the willingness to be honest life can be GREAT!!!!!
Thank You Paulette for a great story.
Love you El