How often do we read a narrative that cuts so close, we bleed emotionally?

5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary! Poignant! How often do we really get …, October 2, 2014
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Extraordinary! Poignant! How often do we really get to see, to read a narrative that cuts so close, we bleed emotionally? Mrs.Mahurin is perhaps one of the most talented writers of our time. She draws us in, fills us with questions, and makes us realize our own frailties. We find ourselves weighing our values, questioning our capacity to deal with pain, suffering, and life in real terms. This story is too real, too raw, and too close to our own reality to put down. In the jargon of today, it is a real “page turner”. We have all faced tragedy in our lives, but how Sara, the main character, deals with her cancer, and the world around her, is a valuable lesson for us all. It is an emotional story that will make you wake up, and become part of the events happening all around us everyday. Her descriptive capacity makes the story all the more believable and a true reality for everyone. We can see who the heroes are, and they are all of us on some level. Life is hard, and life is complex, and how we deal with daily events is the summation of who we really are. Read this book and prepare to look at life differently, wholly, and with more respect than perhaps you ever have!
5.0 out of 5 stars I’m not very good at writing reviews so I’ll just keep it plain …, October 3, 2014
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I’m not very good at writing reviews so I’ll just keep it plain and simple. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I kept trying to put myself in their very real shoes. And I cheered, hoped and prayed for them all the way. More characters from Paulette to fall in love with.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom in writing, October 5, 2014
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Paulette Mahurin has surely “found a vein”, a particular niche for her writing which I would describe as “raw”, “honest”, “deeper than deep” and even “therapeutic” as she expresses in detail what other writers only touch on or imply. Her latest book “His Name Was Ben” reaches beyond mere story telling and hints how readers who have similar issues might even resolve them.I was especially impressed by her portrayal of the character “Rosalie”. It was beyond perfection. Everyone has experienced a “Rosalie” at some point in their lives and her bite came right through the pages.
Engrossing!
on October 24, 2015
What a beautiful, beautiful story. I really want to give this five stars – the characters are beautifully developed and there are passages that are so poetic and full of gripping metaphors. You can tell there are parts of the story where the author’s muse took over and the words flowed like pure water. It’s clear she’s a natural writer – very hard to come by. There were, however a fair amount of awkward transitions, particularly in the dialogue, spots where it was hard to understand where the characters were or where they were going, and incomplete sentences that I can’t give it a full five stars. But trust me, you’ll be so lost in the beauty of the story that you will hardly notice! Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars … two cancer patients find each other and fall in love. It is a tale of highs and lows, 3 Oct 2014
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Paulette captures the essence of emotions in gripping story of how two cancer patients find each other and fall in love. It is a tale of highs and lows. It is the sense of the mixed emotions thats grasped me as a reader.There are the emotions one would expect from being diagnosed with the most aggressive forms of cancer… fear of the unknown and the known, despair and hopelessness. But there are other feelings involved: the fear of being rejected, of not being wanted and the fear of losing one’s womanhood or manhood. Add to the mix unhealthy family relationships that cause even more stress and anxiety with a complete lack of empathy and even sympathy. And then add… The desire to be accepted and loved. The hope of new trials and medications, The effects of cancer and the after affects of treatment; The realization of success/failure and The determination to make the most of life despite the odds. Well worth the read and all proceeds go to charity.

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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24 Responses to How often do we read a narrative that cuts so close, we bleed emotionally?

  1. tazzielove says:

    That’s some review. Very powerful.

  2. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    Great review for Paulette’s new book, His Name Was Ben.

  3. Barb says:

    Absolutely awesome review of the new book Paulette.

  4. Yes humbly talented and draws us in. And donates profits to helping animals . How much more can one be on this side of the kingdom?
    Yisraela

  5. natuurfreak says:

    You are a very good person

  6. Excellent revoew and so well deserved!

  7. We need a “love” button here at WordPress!!🙂

  8. Such nice reviews, Paulette. Hooray for you.

  9. Francina says:

    Congratulations , great reviews and well deserved, Paulette❤

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